Sporty Acura/Honda NSX-GT ready to tackle the Super GT image

With a menacing design and an aggressive stance, the new Honda NSX-GT will try to combat the new Lexus LC500 and the upgraded Nissan GT-R in the series.

The Japanese automaker will exhibit not one, but two versions of the NSX for the race tracks of the world starting 2017. The most noteworthy is of course the larger coverage NSX GT3 in the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. But for its home market of Japan there’s an even wilder iteration – set to take part in the Super GT Series. The NSX-GT has an over the board version of the standard coupe’s aerodynamic body kit. There’s a huge front splitter up front, wider front fenders with louvers over the wheels, big side sills to link to the larger hips and a rear-end dominating diffuser.

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The NSX also undergoes significant powertrain changes due to the Super GT rules. Instead of the mid biturbo hybrid V6 it now packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with direct injection. It will sport more than 590 horsepower (440 kilowatts) and the assembly tips the scales at just 2,313 pounds (1,049 kilograms) with the driver and no fuel. In comparison, the NSX GT3 keeps the coupe’s standard 3.5-liter biturbo V6, including the same crankshaft, block, pistons, heads, valve train, and dry-sump lubrication – only ditching the hybrid support.