Trying to decipher the future of the NSX name is like watching a never ending tennis match. Honda’s building it; it’s never going to happen; just kidding, we’re building it again; nope, not going to happen. As exhausting as this back and forth battle is, every time news comes out on the future of the vehicle, our ears perk up and take notice. Well, turns out, the light is green again because at the start of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda President and CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the company has started working on a new sportscar in the mold of the iconic NSX . They forgot to mention the word again, but they did say that the new model would be radically different from its predecessor with an improved power-to-weight-ratio.
"I spent part of my early career at Honda developing the NSX, and specifically the aluminum body. I really enjoyed that experience, and learned much, so it is my wish that Honda engineers have the experience of developing a sportscar like the NSX in the future . Within Honda, our engineers are already looking at developing such a car."
For the new NSX, Honda will focus on improving the vehicle’s engine output, as well as in reducing the car’s total weight so that it delivers a better power-to-weight ratio. The company, like everyone else, will also work on improving the vehicle’s fuel economy.
"Our recent efforts have been focused on fuel efficiency, and that perhaps gives the impression Honda is behind with pushing the brand image of sportiness, but let me assure you that is not the case. We will address that impression with our new generations of cars."
Maybe we are just gluttons for punishment, but we’ll continue to follow this story to see if it holds any water. Hopefully it will stick this time around.
In 1991, Acura shocked the exotic car world with the introduction of the NSX , a supercar that stood up to models like the Ferrari 328 . However, as good things can’t last forever, the NSX was discontinued in 2005 due to slow sales. Of course, it didn’t take long before people started talking about when a successor would show up, especially considering the fact that the NSX was said to go into production a few years back, but was denied on several occasions.
However, rumor mills don’t just shut down and the latest information churning them is that an NSX successor has always been in the cards. At first it was believed to come out in 2009 , but the economic crisis made sure that didn’t happen so this future model is still a few years away. It was first thought to be powered by a 4.5L V10 engine , but Honda President Takanobu Ito has already chatted it up with Automotive News and stated that the future NSX won’t come with a V10 engine. The idea for an engine that size was actually dropped in 2008, then the company decided that the car should be environmentally friendly and still fun to drive. "That’s the kind of sports car we want to make," Ito said.
The future NSX will be positioned as a high-performance counterpart to the two-seat Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid. According to Ito, the company is working very hard on the new car and now rumors are suggesting that it will go hybrid. We’ll get official confirmation of whatever will be under that hood eventually.
UPDATE 09/22/2011: At the start of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda President and CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the company has started working on a new sportscar in the mold of the iconic NSX . They said that the new model would be radically different from its predecessor with an improved engine and better power-to-weight-ratio. The company, like everyone else, will also work on improving the vehicle’s fuel economy.
"Our recent efforts have been focused on fuel efficiency, and that perhaps gives the impression Honda is behind with pushing the brand image of sportiness, but let me assure you that is not the case. We will address that impression with our new generations of cars." (AutoCar)
UPDATE 10/05/2011: A new Acura Supercar Concept may be our first glimpse at the future NSX. Sources are stating that this concept will mark the beginning of the NSX as the next supercar will borrow design elements from it. Other sources have also told AutoExpress that the new supercar may benefit from one of a couple of different engine setups. The first possibility is a 3.5-3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine in combination with a twin electric motor set-up powered by lithium-ion batteries. This motor will have a plug-in recharge system for a small electric-only range, giving it great amounts of torque. The second is the set up from the Dual Note 4WD Hybrid Concept consisting of a 3.5 liter V6 engine which sent power to the rear wheels, while in-wheel electric motors sent power to the front. This setup delivered an output of over 400 HP.
UPDATE 12/30/2011: British magazine, AutoExpress, is offering few new details about the future NSX to pacify the masses. The new NSX will be a 400bhp four-wheel-drive hybrid model and will be heavily based on the concept car seen on the set of the new Avengers movie. The hybrid system will combine a 3.5-liter V6 engine driving one axle with a pair of in-wheel electric motors driving the other ones. This system will offer a total of 400 HP and will propel the FWD NSX from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.
The biggest news offered by AutoExpress is that the NSX will also be offered as a roadster, but no other details about this model were provided.
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Honda stopped production of the NSX supercar back in 2005. And ever since then there were lots of rumors about a successor for the famous car. But now Honda CEO made it official: "I feel that we need to meet the calls from the public asking (for a successor)." However, do not expect to see a production version before 2015.
After the NSX was officially dropped, the only car that had some connection with it was the HSV revealed last year and considered a race-car successor to the NSX.
As for the future sports car there are lots of rumors: first of them said that it will be powered by a 4.5 liter high-rev V10 engine producing around 550 HP. That is actually not the case as Acura has recently patented a new V6 engine that will deliver up to 400 HP, making it a more ideal choice for the sports car once it is coupled to a combination of electric motors. So, the 3,5 liter V6 offered in a supercharged version remains the strongest possibility.
Honda has unveiled an exceptional video that pays tribute to the legendary NSX supercar . Turn up your volume, sit back, and enjoy! The next six minutes will represent pure art.
The NSX was launched in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show as a mid-engine sports car prototype. In 1990 the car went on sale on the US market, and only one year after that it won the Car of the Year award (in 1991).
The model launched in 1990 was powered by a naturally aspirated V6 engine with an output of 270 hp and a top speed of 168 mph. Honda discontinued production of the NSX in 2005. However there are rumors saying that Honda is already preparing a successor for the supercar and that it will be revealed in 2011 and will be powered by a V8 engine.
To be or not to be? This is the question when it comes to the future Honda NSX sports car and latest reports suggest that it will "be". The German magazine, AutoBild, reports that the NSX will be revealed in 2011 and will be a road-going version of the HSV-010 GT .
The production version will be a front-engine V8 model, but with a displacement of 3.4 liters instead of the 5.0 used in the racing version. However, output will be kept at more than 500 hp.
The car is expected to make its official debut in 2011.
The last time we heard anything about the next generation of Honda’s New Sportscar eXperimental, it was that the upcoming Japanese super car was put on indefinite hold just like the Aston Lagonda. Well there is some good news, it appears that the car is back on the track, except this time it won’t be known as an NSX, instead Honda will be calling it the Super Hybrid Sports.
The 21st century super car will be powered by the next generation of Honda’s “valve less throttle” version of the 3.5 Liter V6 coupled with a hybrid synergy drive system from the next generation Acura Legend and RL. The gas/electric power plant will produce a maximum output of around 450 HP PS which would put it in line with the Toyota FT-HS.
The upcoming NSX successor will also feature a super handling all wheel drive system bolted to the future super car’s all aluminum platform and feature a rear transaxle that combines the gearbox and final drive in one package just like the other super vehicle from the land of the rising sun, the R35 Nissan GT-R . With the return of a high performance machine from Honda as well as the upcoming Lexus LF-A and Godzilla from Nissan, all that is left is for Mazda to hurry up with the new RX-7 and the Japanese super cars that did battle back in the early 1990s will be back in full swing.
We all know that due to the global economy many automakers have canceled or at least put on hold many of their high performance intentions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little. This video comes courtesy of the folks at Edmund’s Inside Line showing a their next generation V10 powered Honda NSX prototype running around the Green Hell. Hopefully when all this recession mumbo jumbo is over car makers can get back to work on those vehicles that make us flock to their showrooms.
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.
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.
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.