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Acura NSX To Pace The 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Acura NSX To Pace The 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

For a car which only just began production, we sure have seen an awful lot of the new 2016 Acura NSX. But we don’t hear anybody complaining, and soon we’ll get another good look, as the NSX will be the official pace car of the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This is not the full-on racing version of the car which Honda has also shown off recently, again ahead of the car hitting showrooms, and as a pace car it won’t really get to open up the throttle. But since seeing the car at all is pretty special at this stage, it’s fine if it’s not hitting its top speed.

The car will be driven by Sage Marie of American Honda Public Relations, who also has some racing experience, including two runs at Pikes Peak. The car will be prominently displayed when not actually being driven, for those in attendance to look at. Also, Honda is setting up cameras all along the course in order to post shots of the car in motion all over social media. The car’s livery is new, but the heritage black, white and red color scheme is always used for the new NSX.

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Is This The Acura NSX Roadster?

Is This The Acura NSX Roadster?

The long-awaited second generation 2016 Acura NSX is slated to finally hit the streets in 2016. This week, there’s a custom-built 1991 Acura NSX convertible advertised at a used-car lot in Massachusetts making the rounds of the Internet, and it’s a reminder that a roadster version of the 2016 NSX is all but a foregone conclusion. A series of renderings picked up by a Dutch online newspaper show patent-office photos of a car that looks suspiciously like an NSX with a removable roof panel.

Acura hasn’t released any details or even confirmed that a convertible version of the NSX is planned (no prototypes have been spied in testing that we know of, either), but it’s a safe bet that such a car would follow the coupe’s introduction within a year or so, and use the same hybrid-boosted V-6, all-wheel drive and nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission as the coupe.

There was never a convertible version of the original NSX, so the body rigidity of the roadster in Massachusetts might be a little suspect, especially since there’s no mention of who built it. The conceptual images that have surfaced show what appears to be a removable roof panel that leaves a sculpted rear deck when down, similar to the drop-top version of the new NSX that appeared in the 2012 Marvel blockbuster The Avengers, with Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark at the wheel.This design also looks like it retains much of the coupe’s structural rigidity.

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1994 Acura NSX - Review: Video

1994 Acura NSX - Review: Video

You probably already know that the Acura NSX was a revolutionary mid-engine car with a high-revving V-6 and lightweight aluminum chassis, that it was good enough to give Ferrari a serious wakeup call and motivated the Italians to start building good cars again. But, did you also know it has a reputation for being bigger than it is? Or, that is has an engine that forges onward in spite of an absent legacy? Whatever that means?

You will after watching this hilarious, nonsense-filled review from Regular Car Reviews, who has managed to find an incredibly original 1994 NSX. It’s not often you see a first generation NSX with the factory wheels still fitted, much less the original steering wheel and tape deck, which is just awesome. Also, if you want to make yourself feel really old, stick around for the end to hear a long list of things that happened in 1994.

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Acura Prepares Lots Of Customization Possibilities For The New NSX

Acura Prepares Lots Of Customization Possibilities For The New NSX

Meet the Once and Future King.

It doesn’t always pay to be the first at everything — just ask everyone who ever left on a boat, never to be seen again. Honda was indeed sailing into uncharted waters when it released the original NSX — a budget-priced supercar that handles, idles and actually starts when you turn the key? "Variable valve timing?" What’s that? The NSX was in many ways an unwelcome revelation for sports car makers worldwide, a game-changer that forced hands and preceded a revolution in sports-car design, refinement and sophistication.

Honda paid for it, too. The original NSX was a critical wunderkind, a dadaist poke in the eye of "serious" sports car makers like Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, and later, Lambo’s corporate cousin Audi. Almost immediately, those companies responded to the NSX by releasing new designs that were increasingly docile around town, faster and safer on the highway, and (most importantly) laden with horsepower, gadgets, computers and luxury options well outside of Honda’s budget ballpark. It’s not easy to justify a $100,000 surcharge for a badge alone.

Now, the Empire of the Rising Sun strikes back, rising to meet the Italians and Germans right in their own market. Ever wonder what Honda could have done with $100,000, and a point to prove? Yes, indeed — The Once and Future King is back to reclaim his throne. And this time, he’s coming with all the hardware he needs to meet the usurpers on level ground. Let the war begin.

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Buy The Acura NSX in 2015 or Wait For The Ford GT?

Buy The Acura NSX in 2015 or Wait For The Ford GT?

Now that the downright tsunami waves spawned by the 2015 Detroit Auto Show have somewhat settled, a rather important first world problem has emerged. With both Acura and Ford competing for the spotlight using a V-6-powered supercar that is in essence a rebirth of an icon from each carmaker, only one of them can be crowned as the winner at some point in time. I say this because even though the Acura NSX and the Ford GT were unveiled at the same time, almost a year will separate them from the time each one enters production, not to mention the fact that the GT was just a concept car and not the road-going variant.

With that being said, despite not sharing the exact same sphere of aficionados, the two upcoming supercars will most definitely get cross-shopped at some point in their lives, and that will happen for a number of reasons other than the whole "I have a V-6, you have a V-6" thing going on at first glance. While pricing hasn’t been yet revealed for either the NSX or the GT, a $125,000 to $150,000 starting MSRP common on both isn’t out of the question.

Despite offering "just" 550+ horsepower, the 2016 Acura NSX may be at least as fast as the 600+ horsepower Ford GT, mainly thanks to the fact that its twin-turbocharged V-6 will also be augmented by no less than three electric motors (read: plenty more torque) and its traction off the line should be superior thanks to all-wheel drive. On the other hand, the Ford GT will be all about old-school brawn, a twice-as-long family lineage and quite a bit higher motorsport credentials, as it will also be doubled by a Le Mans racing car. Buying the NSX or waiting for the GT is actually a much harder decision than I initially imagined, as both supercars seem to have an equal number of strengths. Thankfully - or not, actually - I don’t have the money for either one so it is only a hypothetical decision. Would you jump at the NSX or would you wait for the GT?

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Supercar Buyers Guide After the Detroit Auto Show

Supercar Buyers Guide After the Detroit Auto Show

If the 2015 North American International Auto Show is a litmus test for the future of the automotive industry, sports car enthusiasts have plenty to look forward to. This year’s Detroit show had an eclectic mix of introductions ranging from high-efficiency green cars to pickup trucks, but most surprising was the large number of high-horsepower performance cars.

Regardless of what type of performance you like, the Detroit Auto Show had it. There were high-powered sedans like the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V and 2016 Lexus GS F, there are more practical vehicles like Mercedes GLE63 AMG S Coupe and Ford F-150 Raptor and traditional sports coupes like the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider and 2016 Shelby Mustang GT350R also had their time to shine. Stealing the spotlight, though, was the debut of two awe-inspiring supercars: the 2017 Ford GT and the production version (finally) of the Acura NSX

While both of these cars showcase the future that awaits supercar enthusiasts, they both do so in slightly different manners. The Ford GT, which will enter production next year in time to run in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, is all about racing with an aero-tuned body and the “most powerful EcoBoost production engine ever,” with initial estimates rating this mid-mounted, twin-turbo V-6 at more than 600 horsepower. The 2016 Acura NSX is more of a high-tech beast with a mid-engine, twin-turbo V-6 producing "north of 550 horsepower," which is paired to a three-motor electric drive system resulting in the latest version of Acura’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive. Of course, we still have to wait for pricing on both of these new offerings, but it seems like the NSX will start in the $150,000 range while the GT will likely be a bit higher.

The birth of the hypercar may have already changed how we, as enthusiasts, look at sports cars (including the high-end supercars), but for now, we take a look at how the newest breed of supercars — those that have debuted over the last year — stack up against the Ford GT and Acura NSX.

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2015 Detroit Auto Show: Best in Show

2015 Detroit Auto Show: Best in Show

As all the champagne glasses have been emptied and spotlights have been downgraded to regular indoor lighting, the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show is now welcoming regular folks instead of hungry journalists hunting for each and every press conference and its subsequent car launch. Unlike other editions, this year it was probably the most surprising in terms of premieres, mainly because the general consensus spoke about a very Ford-centric car show. Sure, there were plenty of worth-mentioning world premieres from every other American carmaker stables, with GM showing its 2016 Chevrolet Volt and the bonkers 2016 Cadillac CTS-V, while the 2015 Chevrolet Bolt Concept stopped a reasonable amount of presses as well.

The truth of the matter is that Ford pretty much stole the show, with the GT Concept even outshining the much-expected production version of the 2016 Acura NSX, while the 2016 Mustang GT350R and 2017 Ford Raptor were more than worthy sidekicks. With that being said, a number of other carmakers also brought a fair share of worthy premieres. Alfa Romeo showed everyone their all-new 2016 4C Spider, ready to complement the coupe version in being the first new Alfas in a long time to be officially available in the U.S., while Buick showed a very cool-looking but sadly futureless 2015 Avenir Concept.

Even though most trucks aren’t actually meant to be beauty queens, Nissan brought a somewhat visually-challenged new Titan in Detroit, but its Cummins V-8 with 555 pound-feet of torque will probably be more than enough to keep people from saying that it looks like a Chinese copy of the Ford F150. Speaking of new vehicles falling from the ugly tree, Audi premiered the all-new Q7 SUV, which comes packed with technology and a gigantic loss of weight to counteract its less-than-stellar looks, while Mercedes-Benz brought the 2016 GL63 Coupe to steal some sales from the latest BMW X6M. There were plenty of other cool or less-than-cool novelties in Detroit, but we figured we’d just choose the five best-of-show vehicles in the following list.

Click past the jump to learn which cars we find the best of show this year.

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Acura Plans a More Powerful NSX Type R

Acura Plans a More Powerful NSX Type R

Even though most of the glory expected by the 2016 NSX was stolen by the bonkers-looking Ford GT concept car in Detroit, it seems that Acura/Honda is only getting started in this segment, as an even more powerful and lighter NSX Type R model is already in the works. Of course, its actual horsepower and weight are still a bit of a mystery, as the only official numbers regarding the NSX’s powerplant mention "over 550 horsepower." With that being said, a future NSX Type R should probably get more than 600 horsepower, along with a major reduction in weight.

Most of the information above comes straight from Ted Klaus, the chief engineer for the new Acura NSX, who confirmed it during an interview with Auto Express during the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Considering that the first-generation NSX saw a Type R variant some two years after its official unveil, the earliest we could see a version of the new one would probably be 2017. Nevertheless, the simple fact that the carmaker is considering something even more hardcore and maybe even track-ready is enough to make us get all hopped up.

Naturally, pretty much every detail concerning the new NSX-R can only be regarded as speculation right now, but there should be plenty of different features on the model to make it worthy of the red "R" nameplate. The original NSX Type R didn’t even have an audio or air-conditioning system, thus dropping quite a lot of weight compared to the already-light NSX, so a drastic weight loss should also be expected from the future model, along with redesigned suspension kinematics and even more horsepower.

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Ford May Have Rushed the GT's Unveiling to Cool the NSX's Debut

Ford May Have Rushed the GT’s Unveiling to Cool the NSX’s Debut

By far the two biggest gossip subjects at the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show, the 2017 Ford GT and 2016 Acura NSX may have ended up as premiers at the same show simply because of Ford’s marketing paranoia and combative stance. Why else was then almost every media outlet taken by surprise when Ford let it slip that an all-new GT will be unveiled in Detroit?

Let me explain: unlike the Acura NSX, which will start production and reach dealerships during the course of 2015, the upcoming Ford GT is rather far from finishing its development. Its actual production may start as late as the Summer of 2016 at the earliest, in order to also coincide with 50 years since the GT40 impressively won the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. Further more, a racing version of the new GT could also signal Ford’s return to the grueling endurance race, albeit a pre-production prototype of either variant is yet to be caught by spy photographers.

You shouldn’t be regarded as a conspiracy theorist in believing that the blue GT that bowed in Detroit is simply a concept car built to test the waters, while the actual production version is still at least a year from being revealed. What does it have to do with the NSX, you ask? Well, in theory the two supercars are rather different from each other, despite both expected to compete for similar customers (read: people who want an American-made mid-engine supercar that’s cheaper than a Ferrari or Lamborghini with similar specs). My feeling is that Ford didn’t want Acura to run away with all the supercar laurels at the 2015 NAIAS and decided at the very last moment to bring the unchiseled GT to detract from the NSX’s attention.

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Honda NSX Order Books are Already Closed in the UK

Honda NSX Order Books are Already Closed in the UK

The 2016 Honda NSX (known as the Acura NSX in the U.S.) is so desired that people are willing to place orders for it despite the fact that the production model has yet to make its public appearance. That’s the case in the UK where British customers have scooped up the hybrid sports car’s entire first-year allocation, forcing Honda to close the order books as it waits for the car to make its long-awaited public debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. The news was first reported by British auto magazine Car.

You would think that we’d be surprised by this, but the truth is we’re not. Honda only asked for a £5,000 ($7,800 as of 12/1/2014) deposit to secure a reservation for one of the 100 models that were made available. That’s a rather small amount of money to put down for this type of car despite how unsettling it may be not knowing the final price or specifications. That’s a risk 100 UK buyers have taken for the chance to get first dibs on the NSX, which isn’t expected to arrive until 2016.

If you got left empty handed on the NSX, Honda’s UK dealers have a pretty sweet alternative for you in the form of the 2015 Honda Civic Type-R. Order books for the hot hatch have just opened with potential buyers required to place a deposit of just £3,000 ($4,700) to secure a piece of the first wave of models scheduled to hit dealerships in August or September 2015. Sure, it doesn’t come with as much hype and fanfare as the NSX, but the turbo-packing Type-R is still a heck of a consolation prize, if you can even call it that.

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Spy Shots: Acura NSX Goes for Another Testing Session

Spy Shots: Acura NSX Goes for Another Testing Session

If you haven’t already seen it, we are celebrated Halloween with a list of cars that we never want to see come back from the dead. To keep with that theme, let’s take a look at a car that was dead, but has thankfully been resurrected. The upcoming Honda NSX supercar was last seen testing at Nurburgring where it unceremoniously burst into flames and subsequently burned to the ground.

Since that fateful day, the Acura has risen from its fiery grave and is back to tackling the ‘Ring. We caught some video footage of the machine just a few days ago, but now we have our official spy photos. The car looks stunning, and I am beyond excited that most of the wild concept styling is remaining to make it to production.

We still don’t have any more details about this AWD hybrid supercar, but it is nice to see it running around the track again. With a supposed public debut in about six months, Honda needs to get those bugs worked out soon.

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Video: Honda NSX Goes Back to Nurburgring

Video: Honda NSX Goes Back to Nurburgring

The last time we saw Honda’s latest and greatest supercar, the NSX, on the Nurburgring, it was slowly smoldering and turning into a pile of carbon fiber and ash. Thankfully Honda wasn’t fazed by the fiasco, and has since returned to the Green Hell with a new, and fully functioning NSX prototype, all wrapped in camo.

The car is definitely going through some rigorous suspension testing, and it does look like the test drivers are giving this car a proper thrashing. Each run sounds like its at full throttle, there is plenty of tire squeal, and they even bottom out a few times by hitting the mini carousel at such a high speed. They are going for broke for this and it’s awesome.

The sound is a pretty interesting thing to hear as well. While there is a fair bit of motor noise, you can hear a lot electrical whine from the hybrid system that’s getting a work out too. This is most easily heard when the car is coming in for a turn, and the regen system starts harvesting energy.

As a bonus, there is even just a hint of Jaguar growl in one shot thanks to the NSX being chased by an F-Type. Press play and look at the NSX, driving around the ‘Ring, and not catching fire.

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