Now having more knowledge of the NSX and engine specifications, it's shown that the engine placement has been changed since the prior generations. They have switched from the Transverse
placement to a Longitudinal
placement. I think it looks better, and it's said to improve the vehicles dynamics, however, how will it affect working on the engine itself ? How do you feel about the switch ?
But the big news here is how the engine is positioned within the car. Unlike the original NSX, the new production model will have its engine mounted longitudinally and not transversely.
Hideki Wakamatsu, Honda's operating officer and chief officer of technology development for drivetrain and e-drive told Edmunds
that the change from a transverse layout to the longitudinal one happened recently after extensive testing, but that the change would not delay the anticipated on-sale date of 2015.
Not only does this layout simplify packaging (look at how much material is behind the engine now), but Wakamatsu says that the car is dynamically improved with this configuration.
The Ferrari 458 Italia and McLaren MP4-12C, two of the NSX's benchmark competitors, also use a longitudinal midengine layout."