Honda NSX

Honda NSX

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.

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

We all know that Japan always made memorable sports car. The first two examples are the Datsun 240Z and Toyota Toyota Celica GT4; but in 1990, they launched on the market another model that later become a success in all over the world, the NSX. The NSX (New Sportscar eXperimental) was meant to be a competitor for the supercars elite, Ferrari Ferrari (348), Porsche and Chevrolet Chevrolet Corvette. The NSX was launched in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show as 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). Honda starts working on this model in 1984 when the company asked Pininfarina Pininfarina to design the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental). 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 Honda discontinued production of the NSX in 2005, but the company is already working on a successor. A new sports car for a new era, which is to incorporate Honda’s most advanced technology (set to be launched in 2009).


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