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When the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was postponed last month because of the Colorado wildfires, it was met with understanding from a lot of people given the circumstances, but also with hints of disappointment from fans of the event.

But all’s about to be forgiven when the 90th installment of the event kicks off on August 12 . One vehicle that comes as a late entry into the party is this insane Acura NSX from the guys over at LoveFab in Traverse, Michigan. We say that word "insane" because the car features a ridiculous engine under its hood in the make of a twin-turbo C96S engine that produces a whopping 850 horsepower.

Needless to say, those numbers are tantamount to what you’d expect from cars that will be participating at Pikes Peak. Will the LoveFab NSX have what it takes to steal the show?

That remains to be seen, but it sure wouldn’t hurt that it has 850 horsepower to lean on to.

Check out videos of LoveFab’s Acura NSX by clicking on the photo above!

Acura NSX Concept

The NSX Concept unveiled by Acura at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show is powered by a VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection combined with a built-in electric motor. The production version will be offered with exactly the same powertrain, but other versions may be coming out of the woodwork. In an interview with Autoguide, an individual involved in Honda’s motorsports efforts announced that Acura is also taking an NSX supercar under consideration and this version could be powered by a conventional gasoline engine. Before you get too excited, know that this model may only be built for racing competitions.

The same Acura insider announced that the company is aiming for a possible competition in North America, highlighting the Grand Am series as one option. However, if the company wants to race in this competition, they will have to come equipped with a gasoline engine because hybrids are not allowed to race in the series.

Acura PR manager Gary Robinson said: "we do intend to race the new NSX… it is much too early to discuss where or what the specifications might be." Robinson did, however, rather decisively shoot down the rumor, commenting that, "You can expect that any plans we make will be consistent with the concept and purpose of the car."

Source: AutoGuide
Acura NSX Concept

Nearly every automotive brand has its own little gimmick. Ford has its blue oval, Chevy has its bow-tie, Buick has its shields, and on it goes. Acura , however, never really developed a gimmick until recently and it certainly made up for its lack of said gimmick by making one for the ages.

Acura’s newfound gimmick was what it dubbed “the shield” or as us automotive buffs have dubbed it “the beak.” As of late, Acura has received a good bit of flack regarding said beak, and even its own design head admits that it went “a little overboard at some points” when speaking about “the shield.”

According to multiple reports, however, Acura has no plans to drop the beak any time soon, but it may massage it a little on certain models. We already saw that the nose was slightly reduced on the ILX , though it was still pretty large. The NSX Concept was another that looked as if the beak was trimmed back a little bit, but it was also still very noticeable.

It’s one thing to have your own little niche carved out in automotive history, but it’s another thing when that niche suddenly becomes the focal point for your cars. We are willing to bet that “the shield” gets trimmed down over the next few years and the largest cut down just may happen when Acura finally releases the production NSX .

Then again, car companies can be a little stubborn when it comes to admitting failure and letting designs linger around for way too long, so we may be in for several decades of this massive beak. Only time will tell.

Patent filings are sometimes the bane of secretive automaker’s existence. They try to sneak up and surprise the buyer by holding their cards close to their chest and not letting any information out about a new car. Well, the problem is that they need to patent these ideas to prevent other manufacturers from catching wind of their designs and stealing them. Then, you have savvy media folk that scour patent filings and dig up dirt on them, a la the Chevy SS, Cadillac ELR , Buick Electra , and so on.

We caught a glimpse of the 2014 Acura RLX concept car and its glorious beak in April and we were somewhat underwhelmed by it. Well, the savvy folk at Car and Driver recently dug up a patent from Europe showing what they are claiming to be the official production model 2014 RLX. Surprisingly, Acura’s production patent, or so it’s claimed to be, looks very much like the concept car. It appears that the only things that are different are the front lip design and the way the exhaust integrates into the bumper, which was far and away the coolest feature on the Concept RLX.

Unfortunately, the production RLX looks like it will retain the goofy looking “Jewel Eye” headlights, which are the two stacks of five LED lights making up the front headlights. On first glance, the “Jewel Eye” headlights did look a little neat, but it was definitely more of a novelty deal, as they now just look odd.

For those in favor of the ginormic Acura schnoz, don’t fear, as it appears to be in the same massive form as it was in at the NY International Auto Show.

Again, the true question is whether these actually are production images or just Acura patenting the basic RLX concept. Only time will tell, as we expect to see the real deal 2014 RLX in L.A. in November.

Life is indeed imitating art in the case of Robert Downey Jr.

No, he hasn’t turned his Hollywood gig of a full-fledged super hero into a real life career, but what he did do is attend the Avengers premier in Hollywood the only way his on-screen alter-ego, Tony Stark, knows how: in grand style.

Instead of being driven in a limousine that is pretty much SOP with premieres, Downey, together with his wife, decided to drive the $9 million Acura NSX Roadster to the premiere at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

Sticking with the movie, the NSX Roadster was accompanied by a number of Acura models bearing the S.H.I.E.L.D emblem, possibly to keep Downey Jr. safe in case Loki comes out and tries to eviscerate him.

For a man that revived his career with one hit after another, Downey could very well end up becoming associated as Tony Stark - and for some hard core fans, Iron Man - in the real world.

And if you’re going to try to fit into those shoes, you might as well do it looking ridiculously cool behind the wheel of a $9 million movie/superduper car.

Now that we have seen the official images of the Acura NSX Coupe , everyone is expecting a roadster version for the sports car. This will surely happen in the near future considering Acura has already filed a patent for a roadster’s design, but until the production NSX Roadster shows up in 2014, we get another opportunity to take a gander at its design.

Acura has just officially unveiled the one-off NSX model that will be driven by S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the new "Avengers" movie. This new sports car is a $9million project , and this is the first official image of the concept!

The concept is powered by a palladium-powered 80,000 TOHC 32-valve engine with titanium-forged block and nitrous fuel-injection system combined with a 9-Speed HYPER-Shift transmission. There aren’t any details on the engine’s output, but the concept can achieve 234 mpg in city traffic and 302 mpg on the highway. Now that’s efficiency!

The exterior of the concept shows off an underbody kit with an aero-dynamic spoiler lip and black-night painted-wheels with particle matter technology. Since this is a superhero movie car, it was also equipped with plenty of defensive systems like advanced radar-deflecting capabilities with wave modifier, a bullet and foreign element-proof clear coat, and metal skin and bulletproof hyper-traction tires.

"Acura is developing an impressive second chapter as the official vehicle of the cutting-edge S.H.I.E.L.D. organization, enabling us to reinforce Acura’s brand philosophy of innovation and advancement, and leverage excitement for the new ILX , RDX and NSX supercar concept product news announced earlier this year," said Susie Rossick, Acura Brand Manager.

Acura NSX Roadster

A few days ago, a group of patent drawings were released of the upcoming Acura NSX Roadster , but those weren’t nearly enough. Based on those drawings, we have come up with our own rendering of the future drop top sports car.

As previously reported, the Roadster version will look very much like the car that will be featured in the upcoming Avengers movie, except for the roof. The Roadster model will feature the same aggressive design language as the coupe , with a low windscreen and an aggressively-shaped rear deck lid. Under the hood, it will feature Acura’s innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system that combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, allowing the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering.

If built, the new NSX Roadster will be revealed sometime in 2014, a year after the coupe version is scheduled to debut.

After the Acura NSX Concept came out in its coupe version at the Detroit Auto Show, the Acura NSX Roadster has been revealed thanks to a series of patent drawings brought out by the European patent office on February 22, 2012. As you can see these drawings, the Roadster version will look very much like the car that will be featured in the upcoming Avengers movie .

If the NSX Roadster sees a production line in its future then it will be the same type of sporty model as the coupe version with an aggressive design language and up-to-date technology. This means that the next NSX Roadster will be feature Acura’s innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system that combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, allowing the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering.

Look for the Acura NSX Roadster to debut as a 2014 model.

Updated 03/12/2012: Today we have a very cool rendering of the upcoming Acura NSX Roadster. We hope you’ll enjoy it!

Source: Vtec

Honda brought back the NSX name this year at the Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the Acura NSX Concept , but the history of the NSX begun back in 1990 when the first generation was unveiled on the market. Today, the company has unveiled a very cool video that presents a tribute to the NSX - both past and future.

The NSX was offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0 liter V6 with 270 HP and a 3.0 liter V6 with 252 HP and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. With the new generation , Honda promises to impress the masses even more than they did with the first model. Rumors state that the new NSX be a hybrid sports car that combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system. This system allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. This setup will be just enough to deliver a total of 400 HP.

Years after Seinfeld went off air, Jerry Seinfeld still has comedic timing intact. That Acura NSX commercial he did for the Super Bowl with Jay Leno was a hoot and a half.

Drawing from the overwhelmingly positive reception they received from the ad, Acura has decided to add to the comedy by releasing extra footages from all the "offerings" Jerry made to the first prospective owner of the NSX .

Check out all the ads after the jump and watch how he tries to convince the owner to take a munchkin, watch him do sock puppet reprisals of Jersey Gangland, make small talk with the "omelet guy", and even do a painfully awkward, albeit hilarious, stand-up routine during a family dinner.

Everything we love about Jerry Seinfeld was on full display in the ad. And knowing how Acura can milk this for everything its worth leading up to the NSX’s release, we’re pretty sure that we haven’t seen the last of Jerry Seinfeld in his quest to own the very first production Acura NSX.

Check out the extra ads after the jump!

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