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The Acura NSX Just Got a Lot Better for 2019
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Handles better, includes previous options as standard

The iconic Acura NSX made a comeback in 2016, after a 11-year absence from the market. Powered by a hybrid drivetrain for the first time, the second-generation NSX just got better for the 2019 model year thanks to a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh.

Already a potent sports car, the Acura NSX now rides on a revised chassis that’s supposed to enhance agility on the road and track. Acura also made some design changes, but these are rather small and limited mostly to new color options. But the Japanese firm also added new standard features that cost more than the marginal price increase of the facelift. Find out more about that in the review below.

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A Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Takes on the Acura NSX in a Quarter-Mile Drag Races

A Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Takes on the Acura NSX in a Quarter-Mile Drag Races

How does the ZL1’s RWD stack up against the Acura NSX’s Hybrid AWD? Let’s find out

In this unusual quarter-mile drag race, the Hi-tech Acura NSX, takes on good old American Muscle with the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in a Quarter Mile Showdown. The results might surprise you

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The First 2022 Acura NSX Type S Sold For A Whopping $1.1 Million At An Auction

The First 2022 Acura NSX Type S Sold For A Whopping $1.1 Million At An Auction

A person known to purchase first edition performance cars won the bid for the 2022 NSX Type S as well

Just after its launch at the Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, California last week, the very first 2022 Acura NSX Type S to be sold outside of Japan went under the hammer for a cool $1.1 million courtesy of Mecum Daytime Auctions.

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2022 Acura NSX Type S – A Sportier NSX With 600 Horses And A Starting Price Tag Of Over $170,000

2022 Acura NSX Type S – A Sportier NSX With 600 Horses And A Starting Price Tag Of Over $170,000

The Acura NSX Type S comes with specs like 300 horses, 0-60 mph time of under three seconds, 190 mph top speed, and is limited to 350 examples worldwide

Earlier this month, Acura announced it will retire the NSX. But, the car will receive a grand farewell before fading away into oblivion. The automaker said that the NXS will receive the sportier Type S treatment. Unveiled at the 2021 Monterey Car Week, the NSX Type S comes with a power bump and some aesthetic upgrades inside and out. It will be limited to only 350 examples and 300 of these are slated for the U.S. Acura has priced this at $169,500.

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The Acura NSX Type S Will Mark the End of an Era

The Acura NSX Type S Will Mark the End of an Era

Acura is coming out all guns blazing to draw the curtains on the NSX by introducing the ‘Type S’ badge on the sporty sedan

After being on the market for half-a-decade, Acura has decided to pull the plug on the NSX. However, the model will receive a last hoorah in the form of a Type S model. Acura announced that the NSX Type S will be unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in the coming week. It will be limited to 350 examples, 300 of which will be available for the U.S. This will be the first time an NSX Type S is being sold outside Japan.

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Watch This Drag Battle Between Two 1990s JDM Heros

Watch This Drag Battle Between Two 1990s JDM Heros

Two JDM Legends Go Head To Head On The Drag Strip. The Winner Might Surprise You.

A drag race between two 1990s JDM legends is always going to be an epic one, which is why the YouTube channel Hoonigan refers to this as “hands down, the best episode we are ever going to make”. We are talking about two of the most coveted tuner cars from Japan – the Acura NSX and the Mazda RX-7. Moreover, both cars are (almost) stock, which is a very rare thing to see. It will be interesting to see how the two cars perform after nearly 30 years and whether they’d survive the race.

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Here's What Happens When an Audi R8 V10 Challenges An Acura NSX

Here’s What Happens When an Audi R8 V10 Challenges An Acura NSX

Is the naturally aspirated Audi R8 quicker than an Acura NSX in a straight line?

Road car drag racing has been a thing ever since the early days of the automobile. It’s not exactly the best way to find out if one car is better than the other, but it’s a fun way to establish which is faster in a straight line.

Supercar drag racing is even more exciting, especially when the contenders are significantly different. Like an Audi R8, a gas-only car, and the Acura NSX, a hybrid that incorporates three electric motors. Which one is quicker? Let’s find out.

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The 2021 Acura NSX in Long Beach Blue Pearl Just Redefined Gorgeous

The 2021 Acura NSX in Long Beach Blue Pearl Just Redefined Gorgeous

Sweet way to bring back a rare color, Acura!

Normally, we don’t get this excited over a new color brought to adorn this or that supercar, but we have to stand up and admit that on the 2021 NSX, the Long Beach Blue treatment looks absolutely marvelous. Plus, it brings back one of the rarest body colors available for first-gen NSXs, so what’s not to like, really?

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This Is Probably The Cleanest Acura NSX Type R That You've Ever Seen

This Is Probably The Cleanest Acura NSX Type R That You’ve Ever Seen

It’s amazing how far artful restoration can take a car that’s almost 30 years old

The Honda NSX Type R was all about shedding weight. It came to serve those customers that wanted even more from the beautifully-balanced NSX with better track performance and the lack of your regular creature comforts.

Honda built just 483 units of the NSX Type R and they were all offered on the Japanese market, hence the right-hand-drive layout. The example you’re about to admire went through a restoration that not only does it a lot of justice, but also makes us forget its age.

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Acura Has Big Plans Underway For First-Gen NSX Owners

Acura Has Big Plans Underway For First-Gen NSX Owners

Acura Could Launch An NSX Restoration Program For U.S. NSX Customers

Acura is now busy building second-generation NSX models, but it hasn’t forgotten about enthusiasts that own the legendary first-generation car. According to the company’s manager of the NSX Team, John Watts, Acura is considering introducing a restoration program for U.S. customers. This program would be identical to the one Honda of Japan started back in 2010.

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Next Year Acura Could Grace The World With an NSX Spider and NSX Type R!

Next Year Acura Could Grace The World With an NSX Spider and NSX Type R!

The highly anticipated Acura NSX Type R could debut in 2021

Acura revived the iconic NSX back in 2016 as a hybrid sports car, and nothing much has changed since then except for a mild upgrade for the 2019 model year. But it seems Acura is planning to roll out two new variants of the NSX: a Spider and a hardcore Type R. Excited? Well, don’t lose it yet because these new models won’t arrive until late 2021.

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The Acura NSX Sets Pikes Peak Record for Hybrid Production Cars

The Acura NSX Sets Pikes Peak Record for Hybrid Production Cars

Race-spec versions of the 2021 TLX also did well in the Race to the Clouds

Acura has been in peak form at the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Japanese automaker showed up at Race to the Clouds with a 2019 NSX and a pair of race-spec 2021 TLX sedans to make a statement in a highly competitive field. Consider that mission accomplished as the NSX, with driver James Robinson behind the wheel, set a new record for production hybrid models with a time of 10:01.913. The new record is 0.5 seconds quicker than the old record, which Robinson also set in 2018 with a 2017 NSX. The pair of 2021 TLX sedans also performed well, finishing fifth and sixth in the Exhibition class with drivers Jordan Guitar and Justin Lombard piloting the race-prepped sedans.

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2020 Acura NSX - Driven

2020 Acura NSX - Driven

Is the NSX the best supercar for the real world?

Most supercars live a life of unexplored potential. In a world where a Toyota Camry can hit 60 mph in a once-shocking six seconds, and six-figure performance machines have to cut that time in half to be relevant, few cars can be pushed to their limits in legal conditions. And the higher the limits, the fewer the chances you have to approach them. That means most supercars spend their days flaunting their looks — along with the prestige associated with their extreme capabilities — between occasional bursts of all-out speed.

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Acura's "Beat That" Game Is A Sure-Fire Way To Go Through a Day Without Doing Anything Else

Acura’s "Beat That" Game Is A Sure-Fire Way To Go Through a Day Without Doing Anything Else

It’s as addicting as it looks and sounds

Owing to the success of its Less Talk, More Drive commercial, Acura has released a new mobile racing game called Beat That. The game is free-to-play on desktop and mobile devices, and it allows gamers to race in six unique race tracks using one of the six Acura vehicles that were featured in the television commercial.

In addition to being available on desktop and mobile devices, Beat That can also be accessed on the Facebook Instant Games platform. It may not be as comprehensive of a racing game as Gran Turismo Sport or Forza Horizon 4, but Beat That offers its own thrills, including the chance to play it on-the-go.

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The Engine Inside the Acura NSX Is Way More Intricate Than You Thought

The Engine Inside the Acura NSX Is Way More Intricate Than You Thought

The attention to detail is overwhelming

Supercars are fascinating for a handful of reasons. Their body kits must be both appealing and highly-functional to fulfill tasks that relate to aerodynamics and cooling, while their engines must deliver the best available levels of performance. These aspects, joined by the use of fancy materials and whatnot, make a supercar’s price skyrocket.

However, it’s also the attention to detail that matters in a supercar. Take the Acura NSX’s V-6, for example. Like the powerplants found inside most of its peers, it’s hand-built. The whole process takes place inside a specialized facility spanning over 4,000 square feet, part of the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio.

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Can a Tesla Model 3 Really Beat an Acura NSX in a Drag Race?

Can a Tesla Model 3 Really Beat an Acura NSX in a Drag Race?

The result took us by surprise, but we will have to live with it

The Acura NSX is one of the sexiest vehicles available today. But it is not just about the looks: the car can sprint to high speeds quite effortlessly. The NSX has fans all across the globe and it has proved its mettle a number of times over the years. But, does it have what it takes to compete with the new breed of evolved cars? Unfortunately, no.

The Acura NSX recently took to a drag strip to challenge the Tesla Model 3, but just couldn’t take it down. Is this a sad plight for the petrolheads out there, or a happy one for EV lovers? You decide.

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2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car

2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car

Acura paces the Race to the Clouds for the fifth time in a row

The 2019 Acura NSX Pikes Peak Pace Car is a unique version of the Acura NSX that serves as the official pace car for the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Essentially a production model fitted with pace-specific features, the 2019 NSX is the fifth consecutive Acura to pace the "Race to the Clouds." The second-gen NSX first served as the pace car for this event in 2015.

The Japanese pace car will be driven to the Pikes Peak summit by David Donner. A six-time Pikes Peak champion, Donner is also the current holder of the Time Attack 2 Production class record. The pace car will be joined by five other race entries, including two NSX cars. James Robinson will drive one in the Time Attack 1 class, while Nick Robinson will drive the second in the same category. Acura also fields the TLX GT in the Open class, the RDX A-Spec in the Exhibition class, and the MDX Sport Hybrid in the Exhibition class.

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Acura Has One Hell of a Line up for the 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Acura Has One Hell of a Line up for the 2019 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

It’s hard to imagine another automaker or a race team beating this kind of lineup

For the eighth consecutive year, Acura is returning to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a lineup of would-be conquerors, determined to build off the automaker’s dominant run in last year’s event when it set numerous records in multiple classes and categories. This year, Acura’s Pikes Peak lineup includes four home-grown models that will be driven by the automaker’s very own research and development engineers. A fifth car, the Acura TLX GT, will be driven by driver Peter Cunningham, who’s as motivated as anybody to eclipse the record-setting time of 9:27.352 that he set last year with that year’s version of the TLX GT. As five models aren’t enough, a separate Acura NSX will serve as the event’s resident pace car for the fifth consecutive year, having first taken that role in 2015. As other automakers have come to identify specific races as their own, it’s hard to argue against Acura staking claim to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Not only has it established numerous records in the annual race, but it has also set itself up as the dominant force in the race over the last few years. If past performances hold firm, this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb could once again turn into Acura’s very one showcase.

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The 1990 Acura NSX Showed up to the Chicago Auto Show to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary Next to the 2019 Acura NSX

The 1990 Acura NSX Showed up to the Chicago Auto Show to Celebrate its 30th Anniversary Next to the 2019 Acura NSX

The original NSX looked damned cool at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

The second-generation Acura NSX may be a modern marvel of technology, but it hasn’t made any headlines in recent months. Thankfully, the original NSX showed up at the Chicago Auto Show to celebrate 30 years since its official introduction.

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Acura Marks 30 Years Since The NSX Prototype Debuted At The Chicago Auto Show

Acura Marks 30 Years Since The NSX Prototype Debuted At The Chicago Auto Show

The three decades that passed since the debut of Honda’s original halo car are celebrate with a video

On February 9th, 1989, Acura unveiled what would become the first generation of the NSX, the V-6 mid-engined supercar for people who loved the idea of Ferrari-like performance inside a car that kept all the core user-friendly values of any Honda. Acura was only three years old when the world first saw the clean, elegant, and sporty silhouette of the red prototype uncovered under the lights of the Drake Hotel in Chicago. The prototype was shorter and narrower than the final production version, but the media was alight right away, and praise came almost immediately. Honda kept the NSX in production until 2005 when the NA2 version that still retained many of the original styling cues was retired. Nowadays, we’re enjoying a radically different sports car from Honda that bears the name NSX so it’s interesting to go back and look at the car that started the myth.

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2019 Acura NSX

2019 Acura NSX

Handles better, includes previous options as standard

The iconic Acura NSX made a comeback in 2016, after a 11-year absence from the market. Powered by a hybrid drivetrain for the first time, the second-generation NSX just got better for the 2019 model year thanks to a comprehensive mid-cycle refresh.

Already a potent sports car, the Acura NSX now rides on a revised chassis that’s supposed to enhance agility on the road and track. Acura also made some design changes, but these are rather small and limited mostly to new color options. But the Japanese firm also added new standard features that cost more than the marginal price increase of the facelift. Find out more about that in the review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Acura NSX.

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The Acura NSX Just Got a Lot Better for 2019

The Acura NSX Just Got a Lot Better for 2019

Lots of options have turned into standard equipment

Acura has put together a serious update for the 2019 Acura NSX that includes an updated chassis for better handling, new interior and exterior colors, better software calibration, and $4,700 worth of previously optional equipment as standard.

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Acura's Still Tight-Lipped but an NSX Type R Could Happen After All!

Acura’s Still Tight-Lipped but an NSX Type R Could Happen After All!

It’s still iffy, though

Ever since the Acura NSX made its glorious debut, folks everywhere have been blowing up Acura’s (and Honda’s) lines begging for an NSX Type R. The truth is that the Japanese company has been rather tight-lipped, and it remains that way, but a few little hints here and there have come about. In an interview with Motoring, Acura’s Vice President and General Manager, Jon Ikeda, was asked about the idea of a Honda NSX or Acura NSX Type R, and his response gives us a lot of hope.

“I’m a car guy, so always faster performance vehicles … yeah, we like that, we talk about it.”

Of course, he was very careful not to officially confirm anything, but he never denied the fact that it does exist (or will soon, anyway.) Acura’s U.S. PR Manager, Matt Sloustcher, was privy to the conversation as well. He stopped well short of actually confirming the Type R, but he did say “anything can happen” but that there aren’t necessarily plans in the works:

“We’ll see … anything can happen,” he said. “There’s always proposals,” he said, before cautioning that the company had no plans “at this stage.”

The suits from Acura were also quizzed about other things, including upgrade packages for existing NSX owners and the response was just as intriguing, saying that there’s “nothing that can be discussed.” With that in mind, Acura has managed to sell close to 1,000 examples of the NSX, and it’s still trying to get the word out if you will. If the car continues to sell, a Type R is very possible, as long as the demand is really there. Sure, journalists everywhere want an NSX Type R but do those with pockets deep enough want it too?

There’s no reason why not, but then again, it might not happen until the next-gen NSX comes about. When that happens, it could even go all-electric. It could feature a four-motor system like that found in the Pikes Peak EV Concept. That would deliver gut-wrenching performance to the tun of 1,000 horsepower. The 60-mph sprint could come in 2.5 seconds while 124 mph could come in as fast as six seconds.

Of course, we’re getting a little far ahead of ourselves at the moment. The point is that an NSX Type R could literally be around the corner.

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Donut Media Explains VTEC: Video

Donut Media Explains VTEC: Video

Is it some magical performance elf? Nay, ’tis SCIENCE!

Matching gas-gulping speed-making with frugal efficiency isn’t an easy thing to do. Some folks slap a turbo on it and call it a day, while others add some extra batteries and an electric motor and call it a hybrid. But what if you didn’t need either of those things to have your cake and eat it too? Well, turns out Honda has been doing exactly that since the ‘80s, and it’s called VTEC.

The acronym stands for Variable valve Timing and lift Electronic Control, and basically, the system works to modify the exhaust and intake valve timing in the head to better extract more efficiency from the engine. While older engine design used a single cam profile to time the valves, VTEC actually manages to change the cam profile for increased power when you want it and decent fuel mileage when you don’t.

The first example came out in 1989 with the JDM Acura Integra, eventually hitting the States a few years later with the high-tech Acura NSX. Ever since then, H-badge fanboys have never been the same.

There’s obviously a lot more to it than we’ve explained thus far, so hit play for all the details.

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Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX

Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX

Can the king of 90s performance hold its own against the new Civic Type R?

In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.

The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!

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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
Check out our full review of the 2017 Acura NSX "Dream" or, liven up your desktop with more NSX wallpapers in the gallery below

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the Acura NSX "Dream Project By ScienceofSpeed.

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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...

Continue reading for the full story.

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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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