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2016 Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX
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Tech-laden mid-engine awesomeness from the Land of the Rising Sun

The Nissan GT-R is definitely the hottest thing to come from Japan nowadays, but when it comes to mid-engined supercars, the Honda/Acura NSX set all the benchmarks. At least it did until 2005, when Honda decided to pull the plug on the sports car it had developed with input from Ayrton Senna, a man regarded by many as the best Formula One driver of all time. The NSX went on sale in 1990 with a 270-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 behind its seats. The engine was later updated to a 3.2-liter V-6 that cranked out 290 ponies. While its output wasn’t exactly impressive compared to contemporary supercars, the NSX was still incredibly fast thanks to its low curb weight. Zero to 60 mph took 5.1 seconds when the car was first released, but the benchmark dropped to 4.5 seconds by the late ’90s. The NSX ceased production in 2005, when Honda announced plans to develop a successor. Fast-forward to the 2015 North American International Auto Show, where after years of teasing and concept reveals, the 2016 Acura NSX finally became a reality.

A quarter of a century after the original NSX debuted, the second generation couldn’t be more different, apart from the number of cylinders and engine configuration, of course. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 75-degree V-6 engine paired with three electric motors and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), the 2016 Acura NSX is here and it means business.

"Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader for the model. "The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics."

Unlike the rear-wheel-driven first generation, the new NSX comes with SH-AWD, with the front wheels powered by two of the three electric motors. Despite being a globally developed sports car, the 2016 NSX was largely designed by a team led by American engineers from Honda’s development center in Raymond, Ohio, while production took place in Marysville, Ohio.

Updated 05/25/2016: Th first Acura NSX rolled out of the production line at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. The first unit went to Rick Hendrick whom will receive a custom-ordered NSX, after a winning bid of $1.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January. Hit "play" to watch the video from the event.

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Rumor Watch: The Acura NSX Roadster May Debut in the Next 9 Months

Rumor Watch: The Acura NSX Roadster May Debut in the Next 9 Months

Is it true?

The Acura NSX is one of those cars that constantly come up in conversation, and that conversation usually revolves around either the baby NSX or the NSX Roadster – neither of which have ever been confirmed. The baby NSX, for that matter, might as well be filed away in the drawer of things that will never happen, but German site Autobild has now put out a report that NSX Roadster is coming as one of several sporty, open-top vehicles.

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This Crazy Wrap on a First-Gen Acura NSX Makes It Look Like a Sketch Came To Life

This Crazy Wrap on a First-Gen Acura NSX Makes It Look Like a Sketch Came To Life

You’re eyes aren’t deceiving you; that’s a real Acura NSX under that wrap

Car wraps come in many different colors and sizes. Some are subtle in their creativity, while others border on being overbearing. Then there’s this wrap created by artist Joshua Vides. The man is known for making sneakers look like black-and-white sketches, but now, Vides is setting his sights on more ambitious projects. Case in point: this first-generation Acura NSX that was given a similar treatment. From afar, you’d think it’s actually just a sketch. But it’s the real thing. That’s an actual NSX hiding under that wrap.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Acura NSX "Dream"

Wallpaper of the Day: 2017 Acura NSX "Dream"

2017 Acura NSX "Dream" Wallpaper
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Despite Patents and Trademarks, a Baby NSX isn't on the Horizon

Despite Patents and Trademarks, a Baby NSX isn’t on the Horizon

All’s not lost, but we might have to wait a while before we see the baby NSX

Bad news, gentlemen. Forget about seeing a baby Acura NSX on the road anytime soon. It’s not happening, at least according to the company’s brand leader, Emile Korkor. Speaking with Autoguide, Korkor admitted that a baby NSX would be an awesome addition to the automaker’s portfolio, but nothing, at this moment, is on the cards.

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Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

Jennings Motor Group Renders 8 Sports Cars As SUVs

The tall-riding mash-up continues…

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or maybe you’re just in denial?), demand for crossovers and SUVs continues to consume just about every automotive segment imaginable. Even the well-established performance marques are susceptible to the siren song of profitable jacked-up suspension plus tons of practical rear cargo room, with models like the Porsche Cayenne and Lamborghini Urus upending decades of sports car traditions. But what if we took it a step further? What if we gave eight iconic sports cars the SUV treatment? Welp, Jennings Motor Group did exactly that with the following renderings.

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Richard Hammond Kills the Lamborghini Aventador and Acura NSX with the Rimac One

Richard Hammond Kills the Lamborghini Aventador and Acura NSX with the Rimac One

It was a full on slaughter

The second season of The Grand Tour is now underway. If you didn’t get to watch the first episode, you missed one hell of a beatdown. Administering the walloping was none other than the Rimac Concept One. The recipients? The Lamborghini Aventador S and the Honda NSX. If you haven’t seen the video, here’s your chance to watch it and see just how inexplicably fast the Croation electric hypercar really is. But if you’re a fan of either the Aventador or the NSX, you might want to turn away now. It doesn’t end well for both supercars.

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The Tesla Roadster Looks like a Blurry Version of the Honda NSX

The Tesla Roadster Looks like a Blurry Version of the Honda NSX

Is Elon Musk a Copy Cat? Maybe

When the new Aston Martin Vantage came out, I criticized the brand for producing a car that looked like a serious rip off of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Now, as I was looking over the news from the past week, I see that there’s another look-alike out there, and this time, it looks like Tesla decided to copy the Honda NSX and slap a Tesla Roadster badge on it. Now, it isn’t a blatant and condemning rip-off, and maybe not even as bad as the Vantage vs. MX-5 copying scheme, but it’s pretty bad. I would say the Roadster looks like a blurry version of the NSX – almost like cars in 128-bit video games used to look compared to their real-life counterparts. Don’t believe me? Check out the quick comparison below.

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2017 Acura NSX "Dream Project By ScienceofSpeed

2017 Acura NSX "Dream Project By ScienceofSpeed

The NSX gets garnished with some well deserved love

The second-gen Acura NSX is an amazing, mid-engined supercar that serves as a fine predecessor to the original. But, no matter how good a company makes its prized halo car, it can always be made better. And, that’s exactly what ScienceofSpeed has done for the second-gen NSX. There aren’t any serious engine upgrades to speak of (no, they didn’t throw on bigger turbos and upgrade the electric motors) but there are some minor upgrades to increase horsepower and torque a bit. The body isn’t neglected either, with a new aero kit and some fresh paint in place to fresh things up in the sun. Finally, the interior gets the orgasmic treatment as well, including things like new seats and updated custom upholstery.

Sounds pretty nice, right? Well, it’s not often that you find such a prominent aftermarket touch on a car like the NSX. After all, it’s only been on the market for a little over a year, and it took a long time for the name to be resurrected. So, what does this custom NSX have going for it? Well, it showed up at the 2017 SEMA show, and we’re here to take a good look at it. Let’s take a journey down the page.

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Take A Ride Around Laguna Seca In An Acura NSX GT3 Race Car: Video

Take A Ride Around Laguna Seca In An Acura NSX GT3 Race Car: Video

Climb onboard for a few flying laps down the Corkscrew

When Acura revealed the second-generation NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, we were smitten. Sporting a hybrid 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbochargers and no less than three electric motors, the new NSX carries the torch of its predecessor as a high-tech ground-bound spaceship capable of warp speed on the track. As such, we think it made perfect sense for Acura to offer a competition-spec iteration. Honed by Honda Performance Development, the NSX GT3 builds on the baseline of its street-going sibling with more aggressive aerodynamics, a stripped down interior, hardcore suspension bits, and nearly 600 horsepower at the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission. The advanced AWD system was ditched to meet homologation standards, and the result is a car that’s more raw, more brutal, and more in your face than ever before. It’s the perfect fit for tackling a beast like California’s Laguna Seca race track, as evidenced by this onboard footage from our friends over at Racer.

Shot from the driver’s helmet point of view, the five-minute clip was taken during testing for the 8 Hours of California endurance race set to take place this weekend. At the helm is Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley, who wheels the NSX around the challenging circuit with precision and unflappable poise, blasting around slower traffic with relative ease. All very impressive stuff, and we can’t wait to see where the Acura team will end up when the checkered flag flies this weekend.

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Pops' Rants: Dumb Decisions Made in Japan

Pops’ Rants: Dumb Decisions Made in Japan

Nope, not all things made in Japan are better!

Nothing like a Friday 13th to end your work week, huh? Well, I’m not the superstitious type, but it’s on this day that I found out that Honda isn’t making a baby NSX. And that’s particularly upsetting since the design patent believed to be an upcoming sports car turned out to be just another Vision Gran Turismo thing. Nothing like getting a virtual car for a video game instead of an actual vehicle that could be really cool. Yuck!

In case you’re not familiar with the matter, a design patent that surfaced the web a while back hinted at a new Honda sports car. Its design was based on the bonkers NSX, it had a mid-engined layout, and it was smaller. This also meant it was lighter and more affordable. Like a dream come true, right? Well, it’s not gonna happen. Honda just wanted to make a Vision car for the upcoming Gran Turismo Sport video game. What a sad day...

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Acura NSX GT3 To Be Sold Globally

Acura NSX GT3 To Be Sold Globally

Wanna go racing in a Japanese rocket ship? Now’s your chance

In case you were somehow unaware, let me be the first to tell ya – GT3 racing is an awesome spectacle. Imagine a long line of production-based competition vehicles hailing from some of the biggest names in automotive performance. Forget the V-8-powered metal shells of NASCAR and the unobtanium spaceships of Formula 1 – GT cars are actually somewhat recognizable as iterations of their street-legal counterparts, plus the requisite aero enhancements, of course. For well-heeled individuals interested in playing race car driver, the GT3 class makes for a tempting adventure, especially with all the customer racing options now offered direct from the factory. Now, Acura is sweetening the pot with this – the NSX GT3 race car, available to anyone with an extra $500,000 to burn and an insatiable need for speed.

Offered for purchase globally in anticipation of the 2018 race season, the NSX GT3 is close in spec to the street machine, but with some notable differences – for example, the hybrid AWD system was replaced with RWD and gas-only power. Honda Performance Development is taking orders now, starting at 465,000 Euros, or $546,491 at current exchange rates (07/28/2017). North American buyers are directed to browse AcuraClientRacing.com, while MUGEN2 is handling sales in Japan. Buyers in the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are advised to contact JAS Motorsport. Acura and Honda are also offering customers access to “parts and service,” as well as “training and engineering services,” if needed. Read on for more info on the car.

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What Do The New NSX Patents Tell Us?

What Do The New NSX Patents Tell Us?

Lots of unanswered questions, but these patents look promising

Patent drawings of cars are always fun when they’re leaked because they, directly or indirectly, provide a window into an automaker’s plans for a specific model. It’s certainly no shock then that these new patent drawings from Honda have created quite a buzz in our circles, largely because it looks incredibly like the NSX sports car. First spotted by Autoguide, these patents have been registered and published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and while they don’t reveal anything specific as to what Honda’s plans are, it does point us in a direction where we could be seeing another Honda sports car in the works. Could it be a smaller version of the NSX as many people seem to think it is? Or could it be something else entirely, perhaps even the long-rumored successor to the Honda S2000?

These are very interesting questions that only Honda can answer over time. What appears clear at this point though is that the automaker isn’t content with just having one full-spec sports car in its portfolio. It figures that there’s a move to add to the NSX given how rival automakers have made similar pushes to beef up their own sports car lineups. Add that to Honda admitting that its dealerships have become more demonstrative in their requests for more sports cars wearing the Honda badge and it’s clear that there’s a groundswell of support coming from all sides for a new Honda sports car to enter the fray. There are plenty of questions that need to be answered though before anything concrete can be laid out on the table. Join us then as we try to answer some of them.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-End Track-Ready Sports Coupes

Two doors and too much fun

Let’s say you’ve got a solid six-figures burning a hole in your pocket, and you’re looking to get out on the track for a little turnin’ and burnin’. Sure, why not? But here’s the catch – whatever you bring to the pits has to make its way back home as well, and without a trailer to boot. Luckily, there are options aplenty these days that fit the bill, with a rash of barely street-legal track stars making headlines with ever-increasing levels of presence, poise, and performance. But which to pick?

Never fear, because we’ve got five of the best lined up for your reading enjoyment right here. Each can be driven on the street and each offers some modicum of comfort. However, the emphasis here is clear – speed, and loads of it, with apex-hungry suspension and tons of power under the right pedal. Restrictions for this list include a maximum of two doors and a price tag around $150,000, but we tried to stay flexible on that latter bit to keep things interesting. As such, we’ve included the Acura NSX, Audi R8, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-Benz AMG GT R, and Porsche 911 GT3. Which is your track-ready sports coupe of choice? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget the bench racing.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Hybrid Sports Cars

Going green never went so quick

Ready or not, the hybrids are coming. Scratch that. They’re already here, and their numbers are steadily increasing. But fear not, brave auto enthusiast, the ever-increasing popularity of the hybrid powertrain isn’t going to diminish your fun behind the wheel. In fact, the addition of electric assistance might actually increase the smile factor of the modern sports car. Despite rampant speculation and fear mongering over the Prius-ification of the performance segment, hybrid powertrains can add mph in addition to mpg. To prove as much, here are five of the best examples of exactly that.

Of course, you won’t be able to get one of these machines for cheap, as adding a performance hybrid system to the powertrain also adds quite a few dollars to the bottom line. But that’s to be expected when dealing with top-of-the-line technology, especially tech born and bred for the racetrack. Eventually, we’ll see this stuff trickle down to more accessible models, but for now, hybrid sports cars occupy the top of the pyramid. Tell us which model you want in your garage, and if we missed something we shouldn’t have, by posting in the comments.

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Acura's Preparing For a Full-On Onslaught at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Acura’s Preparing For a Full-On Onslaught at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Three spec racers from Honda-owned automaker will be competing in the hill climb

Over the past five years, Acura has been a staple at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. It’s done quite well for itself there, including last year when it sent three modified NSX supercars, scoring the Time Attack 2 win with a time of 10 minutes and 28 seconds. This year, the Honda-owned automaker will make it six years in a row at Pikes Peak, and once more, it’s bringing with it some heavy-hitting machinery, including a GT3-inspired NSX, a TLX GT racer, and a debuting TLX A-Spec racer.

All three cars will be competing in Pikes Peak, so don’t expect these machines to be run of the mill. Each have been prepared specifically to handle the rigorous hill climb, arriving at the event packing aerodynamic, engine, and suspension upgrades. Pikes Peak isn’t your typical race track after all, so you can be sure that all three cars are getting ready to stake their names in the race. Beyond having these racers, Acura’s involvement at Pikes Peak also extends to pace car duties since the company is the Official Pace Car sponsor at this year’s race. On top of that, Acura is also participating in a handful of pre-race activities to showcase all of the four-wheeled racing hardware it’s bringing to the event and hosting an MDX Rookie Orientation in the lead-up to the race. It’s going to be a busy weekend for Acura when the flags start flying on June 23.

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You Can Now Watch Acura Build Your NSX Supercar In Front Of Your Eyes

You Can Now Watch Acura Build Your NSX Supercar In Front Of Your Eyes

Oh, and you can drive it at a race track too

Suppose you want to make a splurge and spend at least $157,800 on a car like the Acura NSX, it wouldn’t be outrageous to at least ask for some freebies or bonuses along the way, would it? Well, you might not have to now that Acura has launched what it calls the NSX Insider Experience that grants you access to, among other things, watch engineers and car developers build the NSX in person at the automaker’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

The whole experience of being able to watch the NSX come to life is one of many offers Acura is dangling as part of the experience. There’s also the opportunity to go to a test track – in this case, the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio – and learn the skills needed to drive the 573-horsepower hybrid performance car on the track with a professional driver on-hand to provide assistance on the session. Other options like a visit to Honda’s Heritage Center, also in Marysville, can also be added on top of the basic tour that comes with the whole experience.

The basic, one-day tour starts at $2,700. That’s a pretty steep price to pay for a one-day tour, but since those who do get it are likely to have already made reservations to buy an Acura NSX, I don’t think $2,700 should be too much of a problem. There are options, though (like the aforementioned visit to the Heritage Center) that can turn the one-day tour into a two-day excursion. Availing of this option gives customers a one-night stay at the Joseph Hotel in Columbus, Ohio where a concierge will be tasked to arrange the entire itinerary.

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Precision Cockpit Hints At The Future Of Acura's Cabins

Precision Cockpit Hints At The Future Of Acura’s Cabins

No more buttons!

With many automakers paying more attention to the design language of their cars, Acura went on a slightly different route at the Los Angeles Auto Show with the presentation of the Precision Cockpit, the automaker’s interpretation of its “next generation interior.” More importantly, Acura says that the cockpit is “near-production,” which basically means that minus a few tweaks here and there, this cockpit, from its layout to its design to its capabilities, is going to be what we’re going to see in future Acura models.

Somewhat surprisingly though, Acura used the layout of the NSX supercar as the basis for the concept, which the automaker said was done to showcase Acura’s goal of ratcheting up the sportiness on all its future models. The design of the Precision Cockpit itself is interesting, in part because of the striking two-tiered leather dashboard that extends the entire width of the cabin with minimal intrusion. The instrument panel has been removed from the dashboard equation completely as Acura opted to use a 12.3-inch display just behind the steering wheel. There’s actually two of those displays on the cabin, with the other one located in the top-layer of the dashboard.

Another unique feature of the Precision Cockpit is its ergonomic simplicity, highlighted by the noticeable absence of any buttons in the center console. The only thing you’ll see there is the driving mode dial, a visual and functional nod to the NSX. Other than that, the only thing worth navigating in the cabin is the curved touchpad on the center stack that operates the large central display. Apparently, Acura designed the touchpad with “absolute positioning,” making it easier for the driver to navigate around the central display. Ballin’.

The Precision Cockpit also comes with a suite full of other features, including compatibility to electrification and automated driving. It says a lot that a cabin loaded on tech will render such niceties like brushed metal, natural wood, leather, and Alcantara finishes as secondary attributes. But, this is the future for Acura’s cabins, and if it holds to form, that future is going to look pretty good.

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Acura NSX Tries To Create Giant Geoglyph Using Modern Tech: Video

Acura NSX Tries To Create Giant Geoglyph Using Modern Tech: Video

The result admittedly leaves a lot to be desired

Give Honda this much credit: it hasn’t run out of ways to market the NSX supercar, regardless of whether it’s badged as a Honda or an Acura. In the case of this promotional ad, it’s the Acura NSX taking the cudgels as it attempts to create a giant geoglyph in the El Mirage Salt flats in California. Unlike the original creators of these mysterious giant line drawings - the Nazcas of Peru - Honda’s letting the NSX do it with a modern twist using technology to create its own geoglyph.

The process is impressive as the team set up specific GPS coordinates for the driver of the NSX to follow. The driver, for his part, is wearing some sort of headgear that allows him to simply retrace the coordinates that are behind fed to him with his NSX. It’s a complicated process that needs incredible precision to work, or enough at least to showcase the NSX’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All -Wheel Drive system.

While the result is actually barely visible if you look at it from above, the ad does succeed in showcasing the NSX run around in El Mirage Salt flats with some well-placed camera angles. It did succeed in drawing the geoglyph in a manner of speaking. But, it was kind of funny that the ad had to highlight what it was able to do in a computer at the end of the video, knowing full well that the actual geoglyph created by the NSX wasn’t as clear as they expected it to be.

It’s still a nice ad though, particularly the way the sand flies everywhere because of the supercar.

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Bee Allegedly Causes Driver to Smash Honda NSX into Highway Divider

Bee Allegedly Causes Driver to Smash Honda NSX into Highway Divider

That’s probably not what the Honda NSX had in mind when it went out for a test drive

Of all the things to blame for causing a car crash, a bee’s sting ranks right up there as one of the weirdest of them all. Yet that’s exactly the excuse given by a Taiwanese journalist who claims that a bee stung him in the neck as he was test driving a Honda NSX, causing him to lose control of the supercar and crashing it into a highway divider.

The alleged journalist, identified by local Taiwanese media as “27-year old Hu,” was taking the 500-horsepower hybrid supercar for a test run on the Wang Kung Temple Provincial Highway in Taiwan with the windows down. According to Hu, a bee flew into the cabin and proceeded to sting Hu in the neck. The pain from the sting ended up forcing Hu to lose control of the NSX before the car ended up slamming nose-first into a concrete barrier. While it’s not yet verified, this incident could very well be the first NSX hybrid supercar to crash on a public road.

Photos and videos from the scene reveal a good amount of damage on the front-left side of the NSX, including the detachment of the front fenders on that side of the car. Fortunately, the journalist didn’t suffer worse injuries than the alleged bee sting, something he can credit to the airbags, which appears to have engaged judging from the photos.

Police officials did give Hu a sobriety test to make sure that he wasn’t intoxicated at the time of the crash. Test results reportedly came out clean so at least that’s one problem that he doesn’t have to answer to. Sadly, he still might be on the hook for the damages incurred by the NSX when it crashed.

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This Eclectic Collection Includes Everything From A '92 NSX To A '59 Park Lane: Video

This Eclectic Collection Includes Everything From A ’92 NSX To A ’59 Park Lane: Video

Where do your passions lie?

Most car enthusiasts I’ve met over the years gravitate towards a specific make and model, or at least a certain car type – you know, like Japanese import tuner specials, tubbed-out muscle-bound drag racers, old-school six-figure Prancing Horse GT’s… that kind of thing. Much more rare is the true “love it all” enthusiast, the sort of person who really does have a passion for all things four-wheeled. This video from Petrolicious highlights two such individuals, whose broad collection of automobiles includes everything from high-strung performance machines to titanic luxury cruisers.

Talk about a shift – but that’s about par for the course for the two enthusiasts featured in this seven-and-a-half-minute video. Based out of Palm Springs, California, Scott King and Sandy Edelstein enjoy a huge variety of cars, or as Mr. Edelstein puts it, “the full breadth of automotive cuisine.”

Just a few of the marques spotted include examples from Subaru, Honda, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Cadillac… the list goes on and on.

It’s great to see a collection that really explores all the different corners of the automotive world. The only question is – where to next?

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Acura Buys a Ferrari 458, Examines it, then Cuts it up and Throws it Away

Acura Buys a Ferrari 458, Examines it, then Cuts it up and Throws it Away

Because NSX

It wasn’t that long ago that I brought you news about Honda purchasing a Porsche 911 GT3 and the funny message Porsche left in its engine bay after a recall was performed. Now more news is surfacing via Autocar that says Acura also bought a Ferrari 458 Italia. You might think that the car’s successor, the 488 GTB, would be a better candidate for benchmarking purposes, but the 458 stayed at the top of the charts for a long time.

So, Acura must have felt it could learn something from the now discontinued supercar, but what Acura did after it was done with the 458 isn’t going to sit well with Ferrari. Apparently, a company inside has told Autocar that once Acura engineers were done, they cut the car into pieces and tossed it into the dumpsters at Acura’s research and development lab in Japan. Really?

So, a car as great as the 458 Italia, was cut up and thrown out for Otto the garbage man. Seems pretty wild, doesn’t it? The question is whether Acura just didn’t want to deal with auctioning the car off or whether the engineers thought the car was crap and gave it a suitable death. Either way, once Ferrari gets word of this, people in the upper offices are going to lose their minds – we all know how sensitive and arrogant Ferrari is about its cars.

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TopSpeed's Top 5 High-Tech Cars

TopSpeed’s Top 5 High-Tech Cars

The future is now!

In case you hadn’t noticed, the year is 2016, people, and it’s high time we get this whole technology thing kicked into high gear. Yeah, I know you can post cat videos and catch virtual pocket monsters, but I’m talking about real tech, stuff that can actually change the world in a profound way. Not that that video of Mr. Snowball chasing the laser pointer isn’t worthwhile, I’m just saying we can do better. Thankfully, there’s at least a few automakers out there pushing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels, and we’re all a whole lot better for it.

In this list, we’ve compiled the top five high-tech cars you can go buy right now. You know, with money. And while they might not be powered by trilithium extract or be made from carbonized uranium, these five vehicles represent the bleeding edge of transportation. Is your ride among them?

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2017 Acura NSX GT3 Race Car

2017 Acura NSX GT3 Race Car

Acura hopes to homologate the NSX into the GT3 race class by fall of this year

The Acura NSX went on sale just a month ago, on February 25th, 2016, with the launch of its online configurator. With that being the case, it’s pretty easy to assume that we’ve heard the last news about the NSX for a while, but then Acura decides to throw us a curve ball. It showed up at the New York Auto Show with a GT3 variant of the new Acura NSX. Along with the debut of this new model comes Acura’s intent to homologate the model as an FIA GT3 class race car this fall.

As you probably know, this isn’t Acura’s first rodeo, as it has ran campaigns in the 1991 through1993 IMSA Camel Lights championships, the 2009 American LeMans championships – in LMP1 and LMP2 classes – and is currently running a couple of TLX GT cars with Real Time Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. Should the NSX GT3 pass its current testing with flying colors, it will partake in GT3 racing later this year.

The NSX GT3 was initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team and has already tested on various circuits in Europe and Japan. The car is now undergoing testing in Santa Clarita, California, under Honda Performance Development – Acura’s North American race engineering group. Art St. Cyr, the president of HPD, said, “The NSX was designed as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking forward to proving out its ultimate performance capabilities in GT3 racing.” He continued, “We’ll be working with the NSX engineering teams in Ohio and Japan to bring our dream of a truly world-class new Acura NSX race car to fruition.”

Given the overall acceptance and fan base of the new Acura NSX, it’s no surprise Acura is so quick to jump on the GT3 wagon. While the NSX GT3 shares a lot of commonalities with the road-going NSX, it also features its own unique differences that make it ready to take on the GT3 class. With that said, let’s take a look at the new NSX GT3 and what it will bring to the race track later this year.

Update 07-30-2016: We’ve created a new video to cover the highlights of the new Acura NSX GT3. Let us know what you think about it in the comments section below.

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Porsche Left a Funny Message for Acura in the Porsche 911 GT3

Porsche Left a Funny Message for Acura in the Porsche 911 GT3

What do you do when rival companies use your sports cars as benchmark? If you have a few giggles

It’s no longer a secret that many automakers anonymously buy cars from other companies to benchmark while they are developing a new vehicle. We’ve seen many big brands to that, including Cadillac, BMW, and Lexus, and there’s a big chance others are doing it without drawing attention to themselves. Honda, on the other hand, was caught red-handed by Porsche for buying a 911 GT3 to benchmark against the new NSX hybrid sports car.

Although Honda most likely purchased the car like a regular customer, the German company found out about it after the GT3 was recalled to fix an issue with the engine connecting rods. How is that possible? Well, high-profile sports cars are basically equipped with "black boxes" that provide the manufacturer with all sorts of data as to how the vehicle is being used. The folks over at Porsche likely spent some valuable time to put the pieces together, but as soon they were sure it was Honda’s car, they decided to pull a prank on the Japanese maker.

According to the NSX’s dynamics project leader Nick Robinson, the 911 GT3 returned with a note that said "Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side" under the engine cover. Someone at Honda had a good laugh — and probably spilled some coffee in the engine bay — over this...

Interestingly enough, Honda was also busted by McLaren for using a 12C to benchmark the NSX. But, instead of leaving a note, the Brits wanted to know "where did you go 205 mph? What track?" according to Robinson.

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Acura NSX GT3 Program on Schedule; Surprise Public Testing Session this Week

Acura NSX GT3 Program on Schedule; Surprise Public Testing Session this Week

2017 North American campaign target is "on schedule"

When Acura showed up at the New York Auto Show with the 2017 NSX GT3 in its booth, all of us here at TopSpeed went a little crazy. We’ve known that the plan was to homologate the car as an FIA GT3 racer this fall, and so far, it looks like everything is on schedule. In a press call today, Acura announced a number of things, including a surprise public testing session during the Pirelli World Challenge practice session at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

The car will be driven by Peter Kox, who has been named as the official NSX GT3 development driver and has driven various GT3 vehicles in Europe in the past. The NSX GT3 will take its turn on the 2.25-mile, 14-turn course on Thursday, July 28 and on Friday, July 29. According to Art St. Cyr – the President of Honda Performance Development, the car is “pretty much a stunner” and steady progress has been made thus far.

“Based on a very successful test program, we’re taking the next logical step in seeing how we stack-up against the competition,” Said St. Cyr. “Mid-Ohio seemed like the perfect opportunity, given the demands it places on a racecar and its proximity to NSX R&D and manufacturing.”

During the press call, it was stressed that this car isn’t in finalized form, which means there could be any number of changes before we see the finalized version, including changes to the cockpit. The car you see here in these pictures is the primary development car, so don’t expect to see Kox get too wild behind the wheel. As Art St. Cyr put it, they aren’t racing the car so they are “limiting the risk that it will get smashed up.”

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Honda Has Big Plans For The NSX

Honda Has Big Plans For The NSX

These plans include as many as five different versions of the NSX, including one that will sport the Type R badge

The Honda NSX isn’t just going to be a single model as many apparently thought it would be. Instead, Honda is treating it as an actual platform and the groundwork is already being laid for different variants to be launched following the production of the hybrid version.

NSX project boss Ted Klaus made the surprising declaration to Autocar, saying that the NSX platform could give rise to a bevy of different versions, including a non-hybrid, a lightweight model, an all-electric versions, and a convertible model. One of these variants, Klaus adds, will also sport Honda’s Type R badge, which could make it the most powerful of all the variants, more powerful even than the 573-horsepower hybrid model.

It’s no secret that Honda has a lot tied into the success of the NSX. The Japanese automaker has made significant investments on the car, including launching the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, a new production facility where the NSX hybrid is currently being built.

No timetable has been set for any of these models but apparently, the ongoing production for the hybrid version of the NSX is already giving Honda ideas of what it can do to springboard the platform’s development and put it in a position where it can give birth to a host of new variants. One of the most interesting variants is the proposed Type R model, which would ideally be the most performance-focused version of the platform by virtue of it carrying Honda’s esteemed performance badge. Developing an NSX Type R would entail a few significant modifications from the current model, including the requirement to make it lighter and have it use a gasoline-powered engine.

In addition to an NSX Type R variant, a lightweight version and an all-electric model are also likely candidates to be born out of the NSX platform. Honda has already made some strides in developing such models, most notably when it entered a lightweight NSX and an all-electric version compete at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Obviously, Honda still has a lot to work on before any of these models come to fruition. But simply knowing that a platform expansion is on the table speaks to how important the NSX is in re-establishing Honda’s stature in the performance car segment.

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Why Acura Needs to Build a Road-Legal Version of the NSX GT3

Why Acura Needs to Build a Road-Legal Version of the NSX GT3

Because awesomeness, that’s why!

The return of the Acura NSX means more than just having a second-generation model of one of the greatest sports car ever built. The new NSX also means that Acura is finally committed to offering high-performance hybrid drivetrains, as well as returning to high-profile motorsports. The latter will be achieved through the NSX GT3, an all carbon-fiber race car unlike anything the luxury company has built so far.

The second-gen NSX will also spawn a higher-performance model, the Type R, which should be downright amazing, but I think that Acura shouldn’t stop here. Now that it has a proper sports car for the road and what’s appears to be a potent race car for the track, Acura should take things up a notch provide us with a road-going version of the FIA-spec GT3.

It might sound a bit ludicrous given that the Type R will be a significant step up in terms of performance and looks, but in today’s market an extreme, track-ready model is mandatory for a company like Acura. And, here’s why.

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You Won't Believe The Markup One L.A. Dealership Is Adding To The Price Of The New Acura NSX

You Won’t Believe The Markup One L.A. Dealership Is Adding To The Price Of The New Acura NSX

This should serve as a reminder to shop around before you sign a purchase agreement

The new Acura NSX is a pretty sweet car. It’s unfortunate that we had to wait a little more than a decade for it, but it’s finally here. The best part is that it’s finally starting to hit showrooms here in the U.S., but there is a downside to that as well – dealers can pretty much add whatever markup they want. Still, be prepared to lift your jaw off the floor. International Vehicle Importers has published an image on its Facebook page of what it claims to be the first NSX at an unknown dealership somewhere in Los Angeles.

The shocker here, however, isn’t the fact that it could be the first confirmed sighting in an L.A. showroom. Nope; not at all, in fact. The real shocker is how much extra the dealer wants you to pay for this glorious beast of a car. Keep reading to see the image of the window sticker and to learn more about it.

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2017 Acura NSX Type R

2017 Acura NSX Type R

Word has it that Acura is looking at improving the output of the gasoline engine and the electric drivetrain

The second-generation Acura NSX was introduced in 2015, eight years after the Japanese firm announced that a new supercar is under development. The new NSX succeeds the original sports car that was produced in Japan from 1990 to 2005, but unlike its predecessor, the second-gen car uses a hybrid drivetrain and a significantly more upscale interior.

Despite the new 2016 Acura NSX having been somewhat outshined by the 2017 Ford GT at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the model’s sleeves are still filled with a few more aces. The most important one will obviously be the expected Type R variant, which was somewhat officially confirmed by Ted Klaus, the chief engineer in charge of the second-generation Acura NSX. Set to arrive in late 2016 or early 2017 at the latest, the new Acura NSX Type R will probably give nightmares to the engineers in charge of the Nissan GT-R R36, which is also currently in development.

The "regular" 2016 NSX puts out a total of 573 horsepower and 623 pound-feet of torque. The mid-mounted V-6 mill delivers 500 ponies and 406 pound-feet, while the electric motor between the engine and transmission cranks out an additional 47 horsepower and 109 pound-feet of torque. Two motors on the front axle each generate 36 horsepower and 54 pound-feet. With the additional power that would come with the additional of a Type R badge, the Type R should be one hell of a ride.

The 1991 to 2005 NSX spawned a Type R version about two years into the product-cycle, first as a Japan-only Honda and then as an Acura in the United States as well. With over 250 pounds of weight removed compared to the standard NSX, the Type R offered blistering track performance but a much more low-tech cabin due to its lack of air conditioning and less sound-deadening materials. The new NSX Type R will probably not be as barebones as the first generation though, with most of the performance additives coming from the improved hybrid technology sported by the model.

Updated 06/28/2016: Based on the recent rumors, we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming NSX Type R. Let us know in the comments section below what do you thin about it.

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2016 Acura EV Concept

2016 Acura EV Concept

NSX-based design, all-electric drivetrain

Rumored ever since the first-generation model was discontinued in 2005, the new Acura NSX made its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show after many delays. But, the wait was definitely worth it. Designed to modern standards with an aggressive exterior and sporty, yet classy interior, the second-gen NSX received a state-of-the-art drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine, three electric motors, and a nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Built almost entirely from lightweight materials, the NSX is both a high-profile sports car and a full-fledged track toy for speedy weekends at the track.

In production for only a couple of months as of June 2016, the NSX has already spawned a couple of race cars specifically modified for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. With the 2016 "Race to the Clouds" just around the corner, Acura has announced that it has used the NSX as a basis for an all-electric race car as well. Dubbed EV Concept, it will be campaigned in the Electric Modified Class of the 2016 Pikes Peak. Unlike the other NSX-based racers, the EV Concept uses a different drivetrain and a further evolution of the experimental four-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.

"We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly," said Tetsuya Yamano, who will be driving the NSX. "We’re honored to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year – an event respected by racing fans all over the world," added the driver who campaigned last year’s CR-Z-based electric prototypes.

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Acura NSX To Make North American Racing Debut At Pikes Peak

Acura NSX To Make North American Racing Debut At Pikes Peak

Two specially prepped hybrids will compete in the Time Attack class

After several years of rumors and delays, the second-generation Acura NSX finally made its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and went on sale in early 2016. With the first example having rolled off the assembly line in May, Acura is getting ready to put on a show at this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Specifically, besides providing an NSX as one of official pace cars, the company will also run two specially prepped sports cars in the Time Attack classes.

The event, which celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the iconic "Race to the Clouds," will also mark the North American racing debut of the second-generation NSX.

The two vehicles will compete in the Time Attack 1 and 2 classes and will be driven by brothers James and Nick Robinson, respectively. Both are part of Acura’s North American engineering team and Nick will tackle his fifth Pikes Peak race in an Acura. Between 2012 and 2015, he drove a first-generation NSX.

Both vehicles have been modified to meet regulations in their respective classes, but changes were restricted to safety equipment, chassis lightening, and a custom, high-flow racing exhaust for the Time Attack 1 car. Other than that, and the colorful liveries, the sports cars are as stock as they get, including the hybrid drivetrain.

In addition to the NSX racers, Acura will campaign an NSX-inspired prototype vehicle in the Electric Modified Class, featuring the further evolution of the experimental, all-electric, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system that won last year’s Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.

The 100th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on June 26.

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2016 Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX

Tech-laden mid-engine awesomeness from the Land of the Rising Sun

The Nissan GT-R is definitely the hottest thing to come from Japan nowadays, but when it comes to mid-engined supercars, the Honda/Acura NSX set all the benchmarks. At least it did until 2005, when Honda decided to pull the plug on the sports car it had developed with input from Ayrton Senna, a man regarded by many as the best Formula One driver of all time. The NSX went on sale in 1990 with a 270-horsepower, 3.0-liter V-6 behind its seats. The engine was later updated to a 3.2-liter V-6 that cranked out 290 ponies. While its output wasn’t exactly impressive compared to contemporary supercars, the NSX was still incredibly fast thanks to its low curb weight. Zero to 60 mph took 5.1 seconds when the car was first released, but the benchmark dropped to 4.5 seconds by the late ’90s. The NSX ceased production in 2005, when Honda announced plans to develop a successor. Fast-forward to the 2015 North American International Auto Show, where after years of teasing and concept reveals, the 2016 Acura NSX finally became a reality.

A quarter of a century after the original NSX debuted, the second generation couldn’t be more different, apart from the number of cylinders and engine configuration, of course. Powered by a twin-turbocharged, 75-degree V-6 engine paired with three electric motors and a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), the 2016 Acura NSX is here and it means business.

"Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver," said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader for the model. "The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics."

Unlike the rear-wheel-driven first generation, the new NSX comes with SH-AWD, with the front wheels powered by two of the three electric motors. Despite being a globally developed sports car, the 2016 NSX was largely designed by a team led by American engineers from Honda’s development center in Raymond, Ohio, while production took place in Marysville, Ohio.

Updated 05/25/2016: Th first Acura NSX rolled out of the production line at the new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. The first unit went to Rick Hendrick whom will receive a custom-ordered NSX, after a winning bid of $1.2 million at the Barrett-Jackson auction in January. Hit "play" to watch the video from the event.

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EVO Reviews The Honda NSX: Video

EVO Reviews The Honda NSX: Video

Henry Catchpole puts the NSX through the paces

There is just something about the new Acura NSX that makes people love it or hate it. EVO finally got the chance to put a Honda-badged version of the NSX through the paces, but Henry Catchpole – the driver in the video – didn’t seem too enthused about his time behind the wheel. I won’t ruin the experience of the video for you, but at one point, Catchpole blames jet lag and being short on time for his less-than-stellar attitude when reviewing the car.

In the video, Catchpole is piloting the NSX around Thermal Raceway. The car itself sounds amazing, and even Catchpole claims you can feel the electric motor up front kick in and pull the car as he comes out of a corner. While he was putting it through the paces, it almost seems like he was afraid of the car, as he didn’t really get on it as hard as I would have. The important part about the video, however, is that you get another chance to hear and see what it is like to pilot what was one of the most anticipated supercars prior to its debut.

Try not to hate on Catchpole or EVO that much for the lack of normal camera work. As the video starts off, we’re told that EVO didn’t have time to send a full camera crew, so for filming purposes, the team was shorthanded. Either way, click play and take a little trip around the track in the new NSX. To me, it’s worth it just to hear the engine as the car is put through the paces.

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2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

2016 New York International Auto Show – Best In Show

A variety of flavors to satisfy your speed lust

I’ll just come out and say it – being the follow-up act to the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show is not an enviable position (check out some of our coverage here to see what I’m talking about). Nevertheless, the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) pulled it off, providing us with plenty of fresh metal worthy of our collective attention and desire. From muscle-bound track monsters, to European refinement, to Japanese tech, there really was a little bit of everything in the Big Apple this year. But the question is this – which models stood out as the best of the bunch?

The criteria for clinching a spot on this list is loose, but I’ll try to distill it down for you. A Best In Show winner has to stir emotion. It has to excel, both as a piece of design and a technical showcase. Significance in a historical context is a big plus. And of course, there’s the speed – big power, crazy specs, prowess in the twisties… you know, the good stuff.

The following five cars have all that and more, and if you love fast machinery, odds are you’ll find something to love in this list.

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Jay Leno Drives The Acura NSX: Video

Jay Leno Drives The Acura NSX: Video

Learn about the new NSX in detail and watch Jay Leno have a little bit of fun with it.

A lot of people don’t realize what actually goes into building a supercar, but on the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, we learn a little about what went into the new Acura NSX. As you might expect, there were some changes throughout the production, but in this episode, Acura’s Michelle Christensen and Ted Klaus have a detailed conversation with Jay Leno explaining just what it took to build such a beautiful machine.

If you haven’t seen the Episode, I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I will say this: if there is something you wanted to know about the NSX, you’ll definitely satisfy your hunger by watching this video. Much like myself, Leno had a lot of questions about the car, but more importantly, he understands how important the NSX has been to the supercar world – past and present. The best part of the episode – aside from seeing the beautiful Michelle Christensen, of course – is when Leno and Klaus take the new NSX out for an entertaining test drive.

Leno doesn’t really beat on the NSX that much, but he does have a little fun on some windy roads, and we finally get to see how the NSX’s launch control works. Pretty sweet. Check out the episode for yourself and enjoy. As always, it is well worth your time.

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Acura NSX 001 Fetches $1.2 MIllion At Barrett-Jackson Auction

Acura NSX 001 Fetches $1.2 MIllion At Barrett-Jackson Auction

First-production model went to NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick

The Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona is typically the setting for an automaker to send over its first production model and have it auctioned off. It’s happened a number of times in the past, including models like the 2013 SRT Viper, 2013 Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray, and 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. So, when the most recent auction was held over the weekend of January 30, 2016, it wasn’t all that surprising to see another first production model get auctioned off. The only difference this time is that it wasn’t an American muscle car, but rather, a Japanese sports car that all of us have been waiting years to arrive.

Yes, the first production example of the all-new Acura NSX sports car just went under the hammer at the Barrett-Jackson auction, fetching an incredible $1.2 million. The deep-pocketed individual who took home the first-production NSX was no less than NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick, the same man who took home the keys to the aforementioned first-production Corvette Stingray and the first-production 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06, another car that he won at a Barrett-Jackson auction.

Like the other first-production cars that were sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction, Hendrick’s winning bid will go directly to a beneficiary, which in this case, is the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia. The organization is focused on taking care of at-risk kids, children of military families, and those with neurobehavioral disorders.

In addition to the first-production NSX, other first-of-its-kind models were auctioned off at the event, including the new Chevrolet COPO Camaro, which fetched $300,000 for United Way and Jay Leno’s 2000 Ford F-150 Harley Davidson Edition, which raised $200,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. All in all, it was a great day for a lot of these organizations, just as it was for Hendrick, who now has a new first-production car to add to his growing collection.

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Super Bowl 50: Acura NSX - What He Said: Video

Super Bowl 50: Acura NSX - What He Said: Video

The NSX isn’t a "she," its a "he," and he speaks well.

Previews of Super Bowl commercials from manufacturers are flying onto YouTube faster than ever. Here we have two commercials from Acura for your viewing pleasure. One is 30 seconds long, and the other is 60 seconds. The best part is that at the heart of both commercials is the companies soon-to-be-released supercar, the Acura NSX.

I’ve always thought of the NSX as more of a “she,” with those beautiful lines and loving soul, but it looks like the new NSX is slated to be a “he,” as Acura’s slogan for the NSX in these two commercials is “what he said.” Undoubtedly, Acura is speaking of that roar from the NSX’s 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 engine. That engine is said to put out 500 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and – in combination with the electric drivetrain – can put out a maximum of 573 horsepower and hit an approximate top speed of 191 mph.

Power and good looks aside, Acura is planning to let us start building our own starting on February 25, 2016. That in itself is more than enough to be excited for. Even if you don’t have the cheddar to buy one yourself, the NSX is bound to become one of the most lusted for vehicles out there, so quit wasting time and feed your desire by watching the two short videos. Fair warning: use headphones if you’re in a public place, and turn up the sound. You’ll want to absorb as much of that soul-rattling roar of the NSX as you can.

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Motor Trend Takes An In-Depth Look At The Acura NSX: Video

Motor Trend Takes An In-Depth Look At The Acura NSX: Video

The original Acura NSX went on sale in 1990 and pretty much turned the supercar world upside down. It was fast, powerful, and it represented what every supercar wanted to be. Very rarely does a Japanese supercar make an Italian titan like Ferrari look over its shoulder. The original NSX did just that. It’s too early to say if the successor to that model, the 2016 Acura NSX, will do the same thing, but when you consider the current state of the supercar segment today, it has to be even more special than the original if it has any hope of standing out.

The latest episode of Ignition sought to shed some light on what we can expect from the NSX when it hits the market in 2016. Motor Trend featured editor, Jason Cammisa, was given the task of giving the NSX a proper shakedown. Cammisa dove deep into Acura’s new supercar, providing quality analysis on some of the NSX’s most notable features — including its torque-vectoring capabilities, its multitude of driving modes, and most importantly, its “supercar-ness”.

The Acura NSX has all the elements to be a true supercar. But, is it going to be as popular as the model that forced Ferrari to rethink its own philosophies? The early returns seem to be on the ‘nay’ side, but only because the original NSX set the bar so high that nothing short of a five-star supercar would be good enough for it. The new NSX looks to be a winner, but a five-star winner? Suffice it to say, it’s got a lot to prove to be able to reach that status.

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2019 Baby Acura NSX

2019 Baby Acura NSX

Not too long ago, Honda Motor Company had a lineup filled with fun and sporty cars, including the Prelude, CR-X and S2000, while the more luxurious Acura division had its own offerings such as the Integra, RSX and, of course, the NSX. Fast-forward to today, and it’s not hard to see the brand has been focusing on strengthening its car and crossover lineup for most of the past decade as the sports cars have all died off. That will soon change, though, as Honda is bringing the 2016 Honda Civic Type R, and the 2016 Acura NSX is returning to the supercar world, but somewhere in the middle ground between these two cars, it looks like Honda is working on yet another sporty offering.

Details are slim, but a recent set of patent images have reignited rumors of a smaller version of the NSX going into production. For now, it’s just being called the Baby NSX, but reports indicate that the coupe would actually wear the Honda badge, making it a successor to the Honda S2000. There are still plenty of questions surrounding this car, but if built, it would definitely help rejuvenate some of the gusto that the automaker boasted in the 1980s and 1990s, and subsequently lost.

Updated 10/02/2015: British magazine AutoExpress reports that the upcoming "baby NSX" aka the S2000 successor is expected to be unveiled in 2018. It will a hybrid roadster that will combine a 1.5-liter turbo engine with an electric motor for a total output of 300 horsepower. On the British market the model is expected to be priced at £50,000 - which is about $75,000 at the current exchange rates.

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2017 Acura NSX GT Car

2017 Acura NSX GT Car

Even though it hasn’t hit the streets yet, the 2016 Acura NSX is already in its second season of competition in the GT500 class of Japan’s Super GT series (where it races as a Honda), and now it’s looking increasingly likely that the NSX could race elsewhere, in either the GT3 or GTE classes or possibly both. But to understand Honda’s intentions, it’s also important to understand the sometimes confusing world of GT racing.

GT racing is currently in the middle of renaissance, and Honda isn’t the only company getting in on the action. The FIA’s GT3 class in particular has exploded in popularity, with countless series in Europe, Asia, North America and South America. There are no factory teams. Instead, the cars are sold directly to racing teams, but the corporate proxy battle between Porsche, Audi, Mercedes, BMW, Lamborghini, Nissan and McLaren has been raging for years, with Bentley and Lexus joining the fray more recently. The cars are relatively inexpensive and easy to maintain, which makes them ideal for privateer teams.

The FIA GTE class, on the other hand, is more often the reserve of factory-backed racing teams, and includes the 2014 Chevy Corvette C7.Rs and 2013 Porsche 911 RSRs that compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the GTLM class in the United SportsCar Series. Despite having a similar appearance, they’re more complex and expensive than GT3 cars. They’re thought to be bit quicker too, but that’s far from certain, since the two classes rarely compete at the same venue.

Sportscar365 recently asked Honda Performance Development VP and COO Steve Erikson where he thought the NSX GT will end up. “That’s what we’re trying to figure out,” said Eriksen. “It was one of the reasons I was at a recent race at Road America, to try and get a sense of what the options are and how well those options fit with American Honda’s plans of promoting the car.”

Acura currently runs its 2015 Acura TLX-GT in the Pirelli World Challenge series. Several GT3 cars currently compete in the series, but it’s slated to adopt full GT3 rules for the 2016 season, which would make the all-wheel-drive TLX-GT ineligible. With a new GT3 spec NSX, the company could continue to compete in that series and potentially even sell a few to customer teams. A GTE NSX, on the other hand, would be eligible to compete in high-profile endurance races, like the 24 Hours of Le Mans and other World Endurance Championship rounds.

So, with that in mind, let’s take a deeper dive into what we might expect from an NSX GT race car.

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Acura Plans To Develop NSX GT Car For 2017

Acura Plans To Develop NSX GT Car For 2017

Honda hasn’t been shy about showing off racing versions of the upcoming 2016 Acura NSX supercar, but it seems that an actual customer race version of the car might be in the works. This would mean the car is compliant with either GT3 or GTE FIA classes of racing. It would be a way to move beyond the racing prototypes Honda has for publicity purposes now, and get into real-world track experience and feedback from customers. This is becoming a more and more regular thing for automakers, and it would keep future versions of the car competitive.

Honda, or more accurately Acura, already has a customer race car in the form of the 2015 Acura TLX-GT. This car was built specifically to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge, but this whole series is looking to undergo a rule change to bring it in line with FIA GT3 regulations, and updating the TLX-GT would be a big job for Honda; not one that would necessarily be worth it. So starting over with a new car might be a better way to go, and this new car would also then be eligible for other GT3-classes.
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Honda Says There's Room For Another Sports Car

Honda Says There’s Room For Another Sports Car

A new mid-engine Honda sports car that will slot in between the upcoming 2016 Acura NSX hybrid supercar and the Japan-only 2016 Honda S660 kei car is looking like more of a real possibility. We’ve seen a few patent images of the new car, but Honda is yet to announce anything official, or even mention anything about the new car, until now.

“I can’t tell you anything about the ‘baby NSX’ … I could, but I’d probably get fired.” That’s what Honda of America vice president John Mendel recently told AutoGuide, when asked about the possibility of a new mid-range Honda sports car. That’s not a confirmation, but it’s definitely not a denial either from someone who likely has a pretty good idea of what’s in Honda’s product pipeline. AutoGuide went on to ask if there is room for a dedicated sports car in Honda’s current lineup. “Absolutely there is,” Mendel responded.

So, what shape could this new Honda sports car take? The 2019 Acura ‘baby NSX’ will likely be positioned in Porsche Boxster and Alfa Romeo 4C territory. Styling will echo that of the new NSX, but feature a speedster body with a stowable top. It should get the turbocharged 2.0-liter four cylinder from the 2016 Honda Civic Type R mounted behind the rear seats and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike its probable rivals, the ‘baby NSX’ could be a hybrid, with a pair of Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive motors powering each of the front wheels. Total system output should be around 400 horsepower.

Reports indicate that the new car will be sold as a Honda, both abroad and in the United States (instead of as an Acura), meaning it could revive the S2000 name.

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 Acura NSX Paces Pikes Peak: Video

Acura NSX Paces Pikes Peak: Video

Honda and Acura weren’t racing in any official capacity at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but watching this video of the 2016 Acura NSX pace car charging up the treacherous mountain road, you’d be forgiven for assuming otherwise.

Honda public relations senior manager Sage Marie piloted the NSX and led the field of 140 entrants up the 156-turn, 12.4-mile course to over 14,000 feet above sea level. PR guys (and most automotive journalists despite what they tell you) usually aren’t known for their skills behind the wheel, but Sage is the exception to the rule. He’s won in Pirelli World Challenge B-Spec racing and previously competed at Pikes Peak in 2012 and 2014. He it knows well, because he certainly doesn’t leave much out on the course for this run.

Aside from its unique Pikes Peak pace car livery, this is a near-production-spec NSX, meaning it’s powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V-6 displacing 3.5 liters. The ICE is supplemented by three electric motors, two directly powering each of the front wheels and the third mounted between the engine and the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

No official numbers have been released, but we’re expecting the NSX to have well over 500 horsepower. The torque-vectoring front motors should also endow it with physics defying handling. Plus, with an estimated price of around $150,000, it should be a good $1 million cheaper than those fast hybrids from Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren. But, the question remains if it’ll be able to teach the exotics a few new lessons like its predecessor did.

Until we find out, enjoy the Pikes Peak video and checkout our full review of the 2016 NSX.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Acura NSX-R.

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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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