Pops’ Rants: Dumb Decisions Made in Japan
Nope, not all things made in Japan are better!by Pops, on
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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We Want It, Honda Needs It!
Come on Honda, we need a new S2000 but with the engine behind the seats
The NSX is cool and all, but it’s also extremely expensive for the average Joe. And that’s exactly why a baby NSX is a good idea. Let’s say it would be a great competitor for the Porsche Cayman with a price tag between $55,000 to $60,000. Without an electric motor of course. Or at least with the option to get a range-topping hybrid model, but with a gasoline-only base car that delivers around 300 horsepower. And Honda would benefit greatly from such an offering, especially in the U.S.
But no, they’re more interested in having a Vision Gran Turismo car in a stupid video game. Yeah, I know, marketing and stuff, but it’s still an awful idea when you don’t have that many exciting cars on offer. Come on Honda, we need a new S2000 but with the engine behind the seats. Make it happen already!
Lexus Loves to Waste Time
Why in the hell would you spend 15 years to make a special paint?
Now listen to this! Lexus just launched a new paint for LC coupe, and it made a big deal about how it spent 15 years to create it. Yup, 15 years. Not weeks or months, 15 freaking years. For paint. That thing that gets scratched and fades away from enduring sunny, hot summers after snowy, freezing winters.
The new paint is called Structural Blue, and you saw it for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show. Granted, it’s gorgeous to look, and it’s not the typical blue you get from other carmakers. But it’s still paint, and it’s still blue. It’s far from amazing. So why the big fuss? Well, Lexus says it spent a lot of time to create a color that’s "more blue" than anything seen before. Much sense, such wow!
I can live without the bluest blue out there
Okay, okay, this one’s is more serious to read: Lexus says the specific hue it wanted to create was so complex that it required 40 separate layers. Sounds difficult and expensive to create. So it worked on it until it managed to obtain it with just a seven-layer structure. That’s great progress from a technique point of view, but I’m still missing on what they actually did in those 15 years.
And why in the hell would you spend 15 years to make a special paint? Entire cars need less than that to be designed, built, showcased, and launched. Heck, in 15 years we get two and a half generations of any popular car out there. That’s five models including the facelifts. Maybe Lexus should spend more time on improving some of its design. I can live without the bluest blue out there, but I can’t stand that ugly front grille and headlamps arrangement. Get your damn priorities straight!
Read our full review on the 2019 Acura Baby NSX.
Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus LS Structural Blue.