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Think you were crushed by the cancelation of the 2010 Acura NSX , imagine how Honda supertuner Mugen must feel. But unlike the rest of us who are pouting about how we’ll have to settle for the Nissan GT-R , Mugen looking to the past to show that the old dog still has a few tricks left.

Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR Concept

At the Tokyo Auto Salon is the Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR, a concept car inspired by the old NSX . All we know is that this is a very cool body kit with a red interior and red brake calipers.

Mugen is being very tight lipped about the performance specifications. We can’t even confirm that there is an engine in this car. So, if the NSX Mugen RR can run under its own power, we doubt its anything more than the 3.2-liter V6 making 290 hp.

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Honda cancels the NSX supercar

Looks like the executives over at Honda caught a showing of Weekend at Bernie’s over the holiday break and got an idea. Just because the Acura NSX is dead , doesn’t mean they can’t show it off.

There was already a NSX concept car ready for January’s Detroit Auto Show before the project was indefinitely idled, so Honda doesn’t want to waste it. The concept car won’t mean that there is an Acura supercar bound for the U.S. The NSX will be there just to fill space.

From a business standpoint it’s easy to understand that Honda is just trying to get its money’s worth; but from an enthusiast’s standpoint, showing the concept is like Honda is taking us to the strip club. Honda’s New Year’s gift to North America is the ultimate ‘you can look but never touch’ set-up.

Source: Autoblog

RIP NSX. Honda announced today that the NSX program is dead. Honda CEO Takeo Fukui announced the move in a speech that all development of the car would be canceled. It seems that the company has changed its previous statement. Back in October he told Autocar that, "the new supercar is necessary for Honda". Honda will now focus its efforts on (gasp) hybrid cars.

This is a bad time for car enthusiasts, but we kinda knew this was coming. Halo cars are fun, but in times of deep economic troubles, retrenchment strategies are aplenty and come quick. The first to go are the low-volume fun cars. The NSX was not the first to be chopped, and it won’t be the last (now taking odds on the Lexus LFA .)

If there is any hope to come from this news is that we all know how efficient Honda is. We’ve seen the development cars for the NSX, which means that Honda has a large engineering and financial investment in the V10 sports car. So we can all hope (fingers crossed) that when the world economy recovers, Honda will be quick to use a lot of the technology developed in this NSX program to quickly bring a supercar to the market.

Source: AutoCar

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.

According to the British magazine, the 2010 NSX will be as technologically advanced as the Nissan GT-R and will compete with models like Ferrari F430 , Aston Martin V8 Vantage and Porsche 911 GT3 .

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.).

Source: AutoExpress
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After we finished scratching our heads about why Acura is working on a competitor for the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX , we realized it might not be a bad thing. The new chrome shnoz look from Acura may be best suited for a high-rise sports sedan. We got our guy to make a rendering of what this may look like, and we think Acura may have an attractive car/truck crossover on its hands.

In true Honda fashion, this CUV (this could almost stand for Coupe Utility Vehicle) will likely use family familiar parts under the skin. We expect the 3.7-liter V6 from the TL /MDX making around 300 hp to be the power source. From its prospective size, the likely chassis donor will be the TL with the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system used on many Acura models.

So all that’s left is to name the puppy. Considering Acura’s current set up is to name its utility vehicles with a consonant followed by “DX”, speculation could go on for a while. SDX? CDX? XDX?

Honda has made a name for itself with cleaner emission cars. It was the first to meet the stricter U.S. emissions standards of the 1970s, without using a catalytic converter. But this was on gasoline engines. It needed a diesel for Europe, so it reinvented the engine again with the i-DTEC clean diesel engine for the European Accord .

It’s a great history lesson, but the real point of telling that was to get up to speed with the last New York Auto Show. There Honda Honda CEO Takeo Fukui announced that 2009 would see Honda’s first clean diesel engine to be sold in the U.S. The car of choice would be the 2009 Acura TSX - not surprising considering that the TSX is basically the European Accord.

Less than a year later it seems the guys over at Temple of VTEC got the scoop from a tipster that the U.S. diesel has been "delayed indefinitely". The reason: emissions certification failure (really, Honda?)

It’s reported that the manual transmission version of the i-DTEC TSX cleared emissions certification, but the automatic-equipped version has been unable to pass certification. Acura believes that the lazy americans will likely not go for a diesel if they have to go the row-your-own route. In its place Acura will likely drop a V6 into the TSX.

The BMW X6 is a car that is hard for us to wrap our minds around. Combining the agility of an SUV with the interior space of a sports sedan isn’t something we’ve been begging for around the office. But that hasn’t stoped Acura from trying its hand at an impersonator. This spy image from the rear seems to show the the box-like dumpy back end of this Acura is a farce to throw off a much more sloped design.

Rumor is that Acura is working on a new V8, that will also power the new Crossover/SAV. We still have no information on the name. As Acura already has MDX, then this one might me called MSX.

Source: GlobalMotors

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 TL has always been a nice luxury car for the money, but not usually considered a full performance alternative to the BMW 5-Series . Now it seems Honda’s luxury division is taking a step to change that by announcing that the 2010 TL will be offered with all-new 6-speed manual transmission.

Although this is not the first time a six-speed manual has been offered by Acura, there are two important distinctions. First, the new transmission has closer ratios for shorter shifts, while weighing approximately 110 lbs less than the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Second, this is the first time the manual will be available with the all-wheel drive system. The combination may not seem like much, but a true car enthusiasts never prefer full automatic transmissions, and Acura’s investment into a manual gearbox may signal the first sign of a serious war with the Germans.

Press release after the jump.

Acura announced pricing on the2009 TL , the performance luxury sedan that will go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide on September 24th, with all-wheel-drive models planned for sale in November.

For the first time ever in an Acura vehicle, the newly redesigned TL will be available with a choice of two different VTEC® engines while also offering both front wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (TL SH-AWD®) models. MSRP pricing for the 3.5-liter V-6 equipped TL is $34,955 and the TL with Technology Package is $38,685.

For TL models equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system, MSRP pricing for the 3.7-liter V-6 powered TL SH-AWD® is $38,505, while the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is $42,235. In addition, the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is also available with an exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels and high-performance summer tire package for an MSRP of $43,235. Destination and Handling of $760 remains unchanged and is not included in the MSRP.

Press release after the jump.


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