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Honda HSC - the NSX replacement?

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March 2, 2005

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March 3, 2005 The HSC (High-Performance Sports Concept) originally unveiled at last year’s North American International Auto Show was Honda’s main exhibit at the 2005 Melbourne International Motor Show opened today, further fueling speculation the car is the basis for the next generation NSX. Like the NSX it will replace, the HSC builds on decades of Honda’s engineering heritage to deliver the ultimate driving experience in an easy to drive package. Its muscular exterior, with sharp lines and elaborate detail, serve as a teaser for what lies beneath the hood. The two-seater coupe features a mid-mounted DOHC i-VTEC V6 engine delivering in excess of 300 horsepower from 3.5-litres.

Among its many highlights, the HSC showcases an all-aluminum frame, and aluminum and carbon fiber body panels. Inside, the instrument panel features superimposed meters, designed to provide two sets of information in one location.

A motorized sequential shift transmission with paddle-mounted or dash-mounted gear shifters gives the driver the instant control required of a true sports car without losing ease of operation. Stopping power is provided by six-piston Brembo disc brakes.

The four-wheel double-wishbone suspension combines with low-profile rubber on 19-inch front wheels and 20-inch rear wheels to provide superb handling and response. The five-spoke forged aluminum alloy racing wheels are shod with 245/35ZR19 tires in front and 295/30ZR20 tires in the rear.

Short overhangs and a 104.7-inch wheelbase maximize handling and agility.

The cockpit is rounded and sleek for an aggressive look as well as increased visibility. A clear glass engine cover, located behind the cockpit, shows off the engine. The lower body boasts a low waistline, rectangular air intakes on both sides, curvaceous fenders, scissor-style doors and sharp lines that leave no doubt to the concept's sporty nature.

The wedge-shaped front fascia includes large, lower air ducts, projector-style HID headlamps and smooth lines for enhanced aerodynamics.

In the rear, high-illumination LEDs are incorporated into the taillight housing for a visibility-enhancing three-dimensional design.

Dual exhaust tips are integrated into the bumper and a rearview camera, located next to the taillights, transmits the view behind the car to the driver via the navigation system tilt-up screen when the concept shifts into reverse.

Inside, the concept features a race inspired cockpit with black nubuck leather trim and anodized aluminum accents on the door panels, centre console, steering wheel and meter housings.

The high-tech instrument panel speeds up driver decision-making by clustering gauges together on the dash, reducing the need to adjust focal distance between the display and the world outside.

A thick, leather-wrapped performance steering wheel and aluminum foot pedals offer increased road feedback and precise control.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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