UTSUNOMIYA, Japan -- Honda Motor Co., as if to underscore its commitment to downsized, turbocharged engines, unveiled a mock-up of the powertrain for its next NSX that relies on twin turbos to provide a power boost.
The mock-up was on display at a media event at Honda's global r&d center here before the Tokyo Motor Show.
The redesigned all-wheel-drive NSX, due in 2015, has -- according to the mock-up -- a V-6 engine with twin turbos as part of what Honda calls its Sport Hybrid-All Wheel Drive system.
The SH-AWD system uses a three-motor hybrid system to redirect power, when the car is turning, from the inner wheel to the outer one to improve handling and performance.
The front wheels get one electric motor each, while the third is integrated into the engine as a motor-generator.
When the car is turning, the front motors redirect power from the inner wheel to the outer one to improve handling and performance.
Honda officials declined to give the size of the V-6, but said it would not necessarily be larger than the 3.5-liter V-6 on today's Acura RLX. It will be combined with a dual-clutch transmission, but officials said the company had not yet decided how many gears it would have.
Honda has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and plans to introduce an eight-speed gearbox.
A lithium ion battery pack sits in front of the engine, which is mounted longitudinally rather than the transverse setup common in most front-wheel-drive vehicles.
The Tokyo Motor Show's press days are Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Thursday, Nov. 21; the show opens to the public on Saturday, Nov. 23.