Like most Acura models the NSX was also sold as a Honda NSX outside of the U.S. and gets its name from being the automaker’s New Sportscar eXperimental prototype. When it was introduced in 1990, the Acura NSX was the first car to feature an all aluminum chassis and introduced the U.S. to VTEC with its high revving 270 HP 3.0 Liter V6 engine before increasing displacement to 3.2 Liters for an additional 20 HP gain. In 2002 the NSX received a facelift and despite the new appearance, much of the NSX remained the same underneath until the vehicle was discontinued in 2005. Despite the modest power and somewhat dated technology, due to the NSX’s low coefficient of drag and lightweight construction, the Japanese sports car was able to compete with some of the most exotic Italian super cars of its day.
What can you do with a little talent and a spy photo? A pretty cool rendering of a future NSX Super GT. Designer Jon Sibal took a spy picture of the future Acura NSX and did what plenty of rich fanboys are likely to do with their next NSX. He added a widebody kit and racing paint to make a full blown NSX GT racecar.
His description of the process of going from spy shot to race car rendering makes it sound kinda simple, but we’re not going to try it anytime soon.
When the Acura NSX (known as the Honda NSX outside of North America) first arrived in 1990, it’s high revving V6 and razor sharp handling made it the surprise darling of the automotive press. Unfortunately by the time it finally died out fifteen years later, the industry had surpassed it. But Honda was not done with the NSX. Just like the Nissan’s GT-R, Honda has spend the the last few years meticulously developing a killer car.
We haven’t even seen a clear spy shot of the NSX in over a month, but today AutoExpress took one of the car’s better renderings and turned into a cutaway view of the future Acura supercar.
Under the hood there will be a 5.5-liter V10 delivering 560bhp. The engine will be mated to a six-speed semi-auto box, with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters. The 0 to 60 mph sprint will be made in less than four seconds, while top speed will go up to 200 mph.
The NSX will go on sale later next year at a price of $150,000 (est.).
Honda announced the company want a 10 cylinders engine for its future NSX: "This sort of discussion was made between the American Honda people and r&d people, and some people were questioning whether it’s really necessary to have a V-10," Kondo says. "But sports is a special category. We said if we’re going to do it, we’re going to go to the extreme," says Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo.
But better performance also means higher prices: the NSX will cost more than the Gt-R that is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6.
The company hopes to sell 1,000 units a year of the NSX in the United States, where Honda plans to launch the sports car first, sometime in 2011.
The Acura NSX is two years away from its official launch, but we can already imagine how it look like, and more than that what engine will get and what price will have.
Inside Line reports the car will have a price somewhere around $160,000, right on top of its rivals: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Maserati Gran Turismo and Jaguar XKR.
The NSX will get a 5.5-liter V10 generating upwards of 600 horsepower and 433 pound-feet of torque. At low speed the V10 deactivates five cylinders to save fuel and lower emissions. The V10 is bolted to a quick-shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, while a revised version of Honda’s Super Handling AWD system generates the car’s prodigious grip levels, enabling such a quick ’Ring lap time.
7Tune brings new details about the 2010 NSX. According to the Japanese Magazine the 5.5L V10 engine will use VCM (Variable Cylinder Management) which is a direct result of increasing oil prices. This system shut down one bank of cylinders in constant speed driving situations which will reduce its capacity to 2.75 liters.
Torque has been confirmed at 60.0kg/m and a massive output of 600ps through all four wheel is expected to be produced.
A big news is that the 5.5L V10 engine may make an appearance in a special Acura RL model. This could be a 4-door NSX version, but we will need to wait and see.
The Acura NSX will follow its predecessor and have different sized wheels and tires, with Bridgestone RE070R 255/30R19 up front and 295/35R20 at the rear.
If the future Acura NSX will actually look like this, Nissan and Lexus will be in lot of trouble! The V10 supercar looks more aggressive and sportier than the GT-R, and from we could see in the spy shots it looks even better than the future LF-A. I think I’ve just found my dream car!
The car doesn’t have a name yet; what we know is that it will be powered by a 550bhp 5.5-litre V10 with cylinder deactivation technology. That means it will shut down five cylinders when engine load is light, thus reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The engine will be mated by an eight-speed auto gearbox with paddleshifters is on the cards, while hi-tech four-wheel drive will provide the best possible traction.
It will be built on a modified version of the US Acura RL saloon platform and its body will be a mix between aluminium and steel to reduce weight.
The car will go on sale in 2010/2011 at a price (for UK) of £90,000 (est.).
According to the latest spy shots, the future Aucra NSX will have a Nurburgring lap time of 7 minutes and 37 seconds. If we consider that the Nissan GT-R has a lap time of 7:29 we can imagine that the NSX will be a real competition on the sports car market.
The latest record was achieved by the Pagani Zonda with a lap time of 7:27 (only 10 seconds faster than the NSX).
The 2011 NSX will be powered by a V10 engine that will deliver 500 hp and will have an average consumption of 10 liter per 100 km. The final design will probably be inspired by the Advanced Sports Car Concept unveiled last year at the Detroit Auto Show.
Honda is pretty busy with the development of the successor of the legendary NSX. After a period of silence, Honda sends new prototypes for testings, and this latest spy shots were taken in Germany.
The previous prototypes were a S2000 resembling "mule", but this latest one looks more compactly and more muscular. As you know, the future NSX will be badged as an Acura. Initially it was supposed to be called like this in America, but Acura will also go in the Japanese market starting 2010.
The "NSX" is still a code name, as the official name has not been released yet.
The 2011 NSX will be powered by a V10 engine that will deliver 500 hp and will have an average consumption of 10 liter per 100 km.
The future NSX that will be unveiled next year at the Tokyo Auto Salon is just the beginning of Acura’s future RWD line-up. After the NSX supercar will go into production in autumn 2010, Acura will start working on a new range of rear-wheel-drive Acura sports sedans.
Honda has decided to switch to rear-wheel drive for its large sedans and develop a range of more powerful engines. Honda has aspirations to compete with Lexus, Infiniti and BMW in Europe, and Acura is the obvious platform from which to launch that assault. The first new saloon will be a BMW 7-series rival, scheduled for launch in 2015.
As about the NSX, Autocar reports it will indeed be powered by a 4.5-litre V10 engine, delivering around 550bhp and offering racecar-like acoustics. It will also have Chevrolet Corvette overtones, loosing the design of the NSX concept model that has been unveiled at the 2007 Detroit show.
Acura is also working on a S2000-based sports car, which would replace the aging Honda two-seater and will compete with the Mercedes SLK.