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.
Continue reading for more about the Baby Acura NSX.
The next generation Acura MDX was first caught testing back in May 2012, but since then, nothing much has been heard about it or its new features. That is, until today, when our spy photographers were able to grab a few images of the future generation SUV as it rounded out a bit more testing. As you can see, the car is still heavily camouflaged, hiding just about everything, but we still expect to see big changes in the design of the future MDX, including some design elements from the RLX Concept.
The future Acura MDX will also be borrowing the engine line-up from the RLX, meaning customers will choose between two engines. The standard model will be powered by a V6 engine with about 300 HP, while a new hybrid model will feature the Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. In the RLX, this version delivers a total of 370 HP.
The Acura MDX will be out on the market in late 2013 as a 2014 model.
A few days ago, a group of patent drawings were released of the upcoming Acura NSX Roadster, but those weren’t nearly enough. Based on those drawings, we have come up with our own rendering of the future drop top sports car.
As previously reported, the Roadster version will look very much like the car that will be featured in the upcoming Avengers movie, except for the roof. The Roadster model will feature the same aggressive design language as the coupe, with a low windscreen and an aggressively-shaped rear deck lid. Under the hood, it will feature Acura’s innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system that combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, allowing the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering.
If built, the new NSX Roadster will be revealed sometime in 2014, a year after the coupe version is scheduled to debut.
After the Acura NSX Concept came out in its coupe version at the Detroit Auto Show, the Acura NSX Roadster has been revealed thanks to a series of patent drawings brought out by the European patent office on February 22, 2012. As you can see these drawings, the Roadster version will look very much like the car that will be featured in the upcoming Avengers movie.
If the NSX Roadster sees a production line in its future then it will be the same type of sporty model as the coupe version with an aggressive design language and up-to-date technology. This means that the next NSX Roadster will be feature Acura’s innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system that combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, allowing the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering.
Look for the Acura NSX Roadster to debut as a 2014 model.
Updated 03/12/2012: Today we have a very cool rendering of the upcoming Acura NSX Roadster. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
Many of us have thought that there would be an Acura wagon sometime in the future. Now, with the release of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon, it seems we were right. In order to compete with Cadillac, Acura will need a wagon of some sort.
So, we now have the Acura TSX wagon, but what about those of us who want a little more luxury than what the TSX can offer. Autoblog and reader, Andrew Stump, have created a photograph of what they think a TL five-door would look like.
By taking the front off of the TL and merging it with the roofline of the seven-seat MDX, Andrew has created something truly wonderful. That being said, like the normal TL, the looks aren’t for everybody.
Under the hood, the regular TL comes with Acura’s 3.5-liter 280 horsepower V6 with 254 pound-feet of torque. For those who want a speedy wagon, the TL SH-AWD would get the 3.7-liter V6 with 305 horsepower.
Though the TL wagon will probably never see the light of day, the TSX Sport Wagon will be here in the fall.
We all know that due to the global economy many automakers have canceled or at least put on hold many of their high performance intentions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little. This video comes courtesy of the folks at Edmund’s Inside Line showing a their next generation V10 powered Honda NSX prototype running around the Green Hell. Hopefully when all this recession mumbo jumbo is over car makers can get back to work on those vehicles that make us flock to their showrooms.
After we finished scratching our heads about why Acura is working on a competitor for the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX, we realized it might not be a bad thing. The new chrome shnoz look from Acura may be best suited for a high-rise sports sedan. We got our guy to make a rendering of what this may look like, and we think Acura may have an attractive car/truck crossover on its hands.
In true Honda fashion, this CUV (this could almost stand for Coupe Utility Vehicle) will likely use family familiar parts under the skin. We expect the 3.7-liter V6 from the TL/MDX making around 300 hp to be the power source. From its prospective size, the likely chassis donor will be the TL with the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system used on many Acura models.
So all that’s left is to name the puppy. Considering Acura’s current set up is to name its utility vehicles with a consonant followed by “DX”, speculation could go on for a while. SDX? CDX? XDX?
The BMW X6 is a car that is hard for us to wrap our minds around. Combining the agility of an SUV with the interior space of a sports sedan isn’t something we’ve been begging for around the office. But that hasn’t stoped Acura from trying its hand at an impersonator. This spy image from the rear seems to show the the box-like dumpy back end of this Acura is a farce to throw off a much more sloped design.
Rumor is that Acura is working on a new V8, that will also power the new Crossover/SAV. We still have no information on the name. As Acura already has MDX, then this one might me called MSX.
Acura will unveil the 2009 TL this fall. After the car’s first official image, a very lucky guy caught it on the streets. Happily he posted the images on Flickr, so we can also enjoy them.
The 2009 TL will be offered in two distinct versions, icluding the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive on TL. Under the hood there will be the most powerful Acura engine ever, probably same 3,7 liter engine used in the RL that develops 300 hp.
Two very lucky guys caught the upcoming Acura RL in Purdue, Indiana. The production version will be unveiled at either this November’s Los Angeles Auto Show or the Detroit Show in January 2009.
The 2009 Acura RL will be powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine for the base version, while the top of the class will feature a 300 hp 3.7-liter V6 engine. It will be offered in both FWD and AWD versions.
Honda is pretty busy with the development of the successor of the legendary NSX. After a period of silence, Honda sends new prototypes for testings, and this latest spy shots were taken in Germany.
The previous prototypes were a S2000 resembling "mule", but this latest one looks more compactly and more muscular. As you know, the future NSX will be badged as an Acura. Initially it was supposed to be called like this in America, but Acura will also go in the Japanese market starting 2010.
The "NSX" is still a code name, as the official name has not been released yet.
The 2011 NSX will be powered by a V10 engine that will deliver 500 hp and will have an average consumption of 10 liter per 100 km.
The final design will probably be inspired by theAdvanced Sports Car Concept unveiled last year at the Detroit Auto Show.
The NSX will compete with models like Lexus LF-A and Nissan GT-R.
Don’t get confused, this 2009 TSX is actually a mule for the 2011 RL. Rumors say the future RL will come with an FR drivetrain layout and V8 power.
The V8 engine will have a displacement of 4.8 liters and will deliver around 420 hp. SH-AWD will almost certainly be a part of the equation. A 300hp V6 version will also be available.