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2016 Honda NSX

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In 1991, Acura shocked the exotic car world with the introduction of the NSX, a supercar that stood up to models like the Ferrari 328. However, as good things can’t last forever, the NSX was discontinued in 2005 due to slow sales. Of course, it didn’t take long before people started talking about when a successor would show up, especially considering the fact that the NSX was said to go into production a few years back, but was denied on several occasions.

However, rumor mills don’t just shut down and the latest information churning them is that an NSX successor has always been in the cards. At first it was believed to come out in 2009, but the economic crisis made sure that didn’t happen so this future model is still a few years away. It was first thought to be powered by a 4.5L V10 engine , but Honda President Takanobu Ito has already chatted it up with Automotive News and stated that the future NSX won’t come with a V10 engine. The idea for an engine that size was actually dropped in 2008, then the company decided that the car should be environmentally friendly and still fun to drive. "That’s the kind of sports car we want to make," Ito said.

The future NSX will be positioned as a high-performance counterpart to the two-seat Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid. According to Ito, the company is working very hard on the new car and now rumors are suggesting that it will go hybrid. We’ll get official confirmation of whatever will be under that hood eventually.

UPDATE 09/22/2011: At the start of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda President and CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the company has started working on a new sportscar in the mold of the iconic NSX. They said that the new model would be radically different from its predecessor with an improved engine and better power-to-weight-ratio. The company, like everyone else, will also work on improving the vehicle’s fuel economy.

"Our recent efforts have been focused on fuel efficiency, and that perhaps gives the impression Honda is behind with pushing the brand image of sportiness, but let me assure you that is not the case. We will address that impression with our new generations of cars." (AutoCar)

UPDATE 10/05/2011: A new Acura Supercar Concept may be our first glimpse at the future NSX. Sources are stating that this concept will mark the beginning of the NSX as the next supercar will borrow design elements from it. Other sources have also told AutoExpress that the new supercar may benefit from one of a couple of different engine setups. The first possibility is a 3.5-3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine in combination with a twin electric motor set-up powered by lithium-ion batteries. This motor will have a plug-in recharge system for a small electric-only range, giving it great amounts of torque. The second is the set up from the Dual Note 4WD Hybrid Concept consisting of a 3.5 liter V6 engine which sent power to the rear wheels, while in-wheel electric motors sent power to the front. This setup delivered an output of over 400 HP.

UPDATE 12/30/2011: British magazine, AutoExpress, is offering few new details about the future NSX to pacify the masses. The new NSX will be a 400bhp four-wheel-drive hybrid model and will be heavily based on the concept car seen on the set of the new Avengers movie. The hybrid system will combine a 3.5-liter V6 engine driving one axle with a pair of in-wheel electric motors driving the other ones. This system will offer a total of 400 HP and will propel the FWD NSX from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.

The biggest news offered by AutoExpress is that the NSX will also be offered as a roadster, but no other details about this model were provided.

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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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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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Do New Patent Images Reveal Forthcoming Honda NSX Type R?

Do New Patent Images Reveal Forthcoming Honda NSX Type R?

We want it, you want it... is Honda making it?

Recently published patent images show that Honda has a new, simplified air dam design that increases strength and rigidity, while simultaneously improving air flow as well. The patents also show what appears to be the new air dam attached to a second-generation NSX, spurring rumors that the H Badge could be cooking up a go-faster Type R iteration of its hybrid supercar.

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Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

The 25-year-rule has elapsed on these old school classics

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept

2017 Honda Vision Gran Turismo Concept

It’s the baby NSX! Oh, wait, no it’s not...

The rumor mills we’re churning, anticipation was building, everything was falling into place. Word of Honda’s plan to build a “baby NSX” reached fever pitch when patent images, spy photos, and teasers found their way to the surface. Would it be possible for Honda to actually double-dip on the NSX nomenclature and introduce two versions of it? Well, we finally have our answer and it’s a “no.” What we do get instead is the Honda Vision Gran Turismo, a no less exciting concept that we can all enjoy… in the world of Gran Turismo Sport.

I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be thrilled or disappointed at this development. I suppose it’s a mixed bag of both, though like everyone else, I was genuinely over the moon at the thought of seeing a baby NSX hit the real world. Not only would it provide us with a new option to get our NSX fix, but as the supposed “baby” of the two, it would, in theory at least, be the far more affordable version than the current NSX that starts at $156,000. As awesome as it is, the NSX’s price tag has priced a lot of people out of buying one so the excitement surrounding a smaller and more affordable version was tantalizing. The good news is that the version that we did get - the Vision Gran Turismo - is a lot cheaper than what a baby NSX would’ve been priced. It comes free as part of Gran Turismo Sport so at worst, you’re only spending for a PlayStation 4 console and a copy of the game. That’s what, $400? Still, it would’ve been much better if all that teasing led to a baby NSX. That’s not the case this time, but there’s still hope for the future, right, Honda?

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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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2017 Honda NSX-GT

2017 Honda NSX-GT

The race-spec NSX gets updates for 2017 Super GT season

The second-generation Acura NSX (Honda NSX outside the U.S.) made its global debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and entered production much later, in May 2016. Even though the actual road car was launched for the 2017 model year, it was preceded by a concept car in 2014 and was advertised as early as 2012. In 2014, the first NSX hit the track in Japan, in the form of a GT500-spec racer for the Super GT series.

Essentially a beefed-up version of the road car with a comprehensive aero kit to help with downforce and cornering, the Honda NSX-GT replaced the HSV-010 GT, which in turn replaced the first-generation NSX. Honda’s new race car scored its first win during its maiden season, but ended 2014 with only two victories in a championship dominated by Nismo. A similar scenario followed in 2015, with Autobacs Racing Team Aguri and Team Kunimitsu bringing Honda two wins. Nismo once again won the championship with the Nissan GT-R.

In 2016, things took a turn for the worse, with the Honda NSX-GT failing to win during the six events of the season. With two races left on the calendar by the end of the year, Honda has already unveiled a new car for the 2017 season. Although based on the same NSX, the revised race car brings significant changes on the outside, mainly due to the new regulations introduced for 2017. Join me in my review to find out what sets the new NSX-GT apart from its forerunner.

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Short Film Of Ayrton Senna's Relationship With The Honda NSX Is A Touch Of Nostalgia: Video

Short Film Of Ayrton Senna’s Relationship With The Honda NSX Is A Touch Of Nostalgia: Video

Senna’s legacy will forever be linked to the NSX

Certain race car drivers are irrevocably linked to a specific automaker. We know about Michael Schumacher’s relationship with Ferrari and we also know about the close ties between the late, great Ayrton Senna and Honda. Much like the Schumi-Ferrari relationship, Senna and Honda shared a bond that went well beyond the race track, so much so that Senna actually played a big hand the development of the original Honda NSX supercar. The three-time F1 world champion even reportedly owned three NSXs when he was alive, one of which has since been auctioned and another appearing in a U.K. dealership.

I bring all of this up because of filmmaker Robert Alblas. He may not be a household name, but Alblas is good at what he does and proof of that comes in the form of this short film he created, artistically capturing the relationship between Ayrton Senna and the first-generation Honda NSX.

Captured through the lens is that imbibed a “walk-down-memory-lane” feel to it, complete with a dusty garage setting that served as a nice backdrop for the iconic NSX. In between shots of the NSX’s unmistakable design, Alblas spliced it with sepia-toned footages of Senna’s accomplishments in Formula One, creating a unique interplay between the car and the driver that it’s most associated with.

From there, the NSX is taken out of the garage and driven on a country road, complete with aggressive shots of it blasting through straights and attacking corners. All the while, images of Senna’s F1 adventures continue to be spliced into the action. Those who are unfamiliar with the relationship between the Senna and the NSX will surely find this short film riveting from start to finish.

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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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Honda NSX Will Cost Significantly More In Japan Compared To The Nissan GT-R NISMO

Honda NSX Will Cost Significantly More In Japan Compared To The Nissan GT-R NISMO

You would think that for an automaker that comes from Japan, its home market would get first dibs on any of the cars it builds. But that’s not the case with the Honda NSX. Apparently, the Japanese market isn’t getting the NSX until 2017, much later than other countries like the U.S. and Australia. Even more curious, the NSX will come with a base price of ¥23.7 million in Japan, or the equivalent of $235,000 based on current exchange rates. That amount is not only 50 percent higher than the supercar’s base price in the U.S. of $156,000, but it’s also a lot more expensive than the Nissan GT-R Nismo in Japan. For the record, the GT-R Nismo is priced at ¥18.7 million in Japan, or around $186,340.

It sounds ridiculous that a Japanese supercar costs more in its manufacturer’s homeland compared to international markets, but if you pull the curtains behind the development of the NSX, a number of revealing informations will tell you that it’s not as it might seen. First, the NSX, despite “technically” being a Japanese supercar, is actually being produced in the U.S., specifically at the automaker’s new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. That puts it in the “imported car” category, which traditionally carries a higher tax rate than local or regional cars. Then there’s the issue of Japan’s other tax rates, not the least of which includes an eight percent gas-guzzler tax that adds to the rising price tag of the supercar. Throw all of these charges together with the NSX’s base price in Japan and you get to that rather exorbitant figure.

In any event, Japanese customers aren’t obliged to buy the NSX if they feel that it’s not worth the price of owning one. Those who don’t mind paying a premium for the car now have a chance to get a hold of one as NSX Performance Dealers in Japan are now accepting applications for the supercar. Only 100 units will be made available in the first year with deliveries expected to begin on February 27, 2017, or May 2017 in the case of models that come with iron brake rotors.

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Honda Files Patent For Name That Could Be Used In A Smaller NSX

Honda Files Patent For Name That Could Be Used In A Smaller NSX

This new baby sports car ties up with Honda’s plan of treating the NSX more as a platform than an actual model

The triumphant return of the Honda NSX jolted some life back to the automaker’s sports car offerings. Now there are talks of another sports car entering the fray, and if this rumored model is as legitimate as some people have claimed it to be, the automaker’s recent filing of the letters “ZSX” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is as good a sign as any that another sports coupe could be on its way.

The Japanese company filed the trademark on July 26, essentially reserving it for use on any type of vehicle, motorcycles and watercrafts, included. There is a possibility, slim as it may be, that the ZSX name could be used for a very different purpose. A new bike, perhaps? But the resemblance to the NSX name is what’s causing a lot of people to start connecting the dots. Is the rumored "baby NSX" going to be called the ZSX?

Honda has been mum on that issue, but according to Automoto, the company is scheduled to pull the covers off of a new concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. This will eventually spawn into the much talked-about entry-level version of the NSX. The source, a Honda engineer from Japan, also claims that the model will initially be available as a coupe, but will be quickly followed by a version with a removable roof. It is also said to feature a hybrid engine, much like the NSX, made up of two electric motors and the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s currently being used in the Honda Civic Type R.

This isn’t the first time that news of a mini NSX sports car has surfaced. There’s already been talks within Honda of building an S2000 successor in the vein of the current NSX and just last month, NSX project boss Ted Klaus made the most significant declaration, telling Autocar that the NSX is being treated more as a platform than an actual model and that its platform is being prepared to give rise to a number of different versions, including a non-hybrid, a lightweight model, an all-electric versions, and a convertible model.

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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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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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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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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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Honda NSX Concept-GT Transformed In Less Than One Minute: Video

Honda NSX Concept-GT Transformed In Less Than One Minute: Video

As the Honda NSX Concept-GT in this video will demonstrate, the days of an actual painted livery on your racecar seem to be largely over. And while we might miss the Gulf Oil Ford GT40s and John Player Special Lotus F1 cars, the amazing speed of the transformation of this NSX is difficult to deny. Admittedly, the vinyl is going on over a base of white paint, but not much of this is left uncovered by the end, and there are certainly some cars that hit the track wearing nothing but vinyl over carbon-fiber bodywork.

Motorsports are going to be a very important part of the life of the 2016 Honda/Acura NSX, as the original version of the car was developed with help from none other than F1 legend Ayrton Senna. And indeed the black, white and red color scheme on this car’s livery may well be intended to evoke memories of the Marlboro livery on the Honda-powered McLaren car in which Senna won all three of his world championships.

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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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Spy Shots: Honda NSX Burns to the Ground on the Nurburgring

Spy Shots: Honda NSX Burns to the Ground on the Nurburgring

When the first NSX debuted, Honda was using it as a weapon to challenge the power of Ferrari on the track. For all intents and purposes, the new NSX will serve the same purpose, but I think Honda has taken it a bit too far. You may have noticed that there have been more than a few stories about Ferrari’s randomly bursting into flames around the world, and Honda was not going to be outshone. We now have news that the NSX prototype we just saw testing on the Nurburgring has also burst into flames.

Obviously, it is sad news that the NSX production mule has been destroyed, but it’s mildly comical when put into the context of the decades long battle against its Italian rival.

Thankfully it doesn’t appear that anyone was hurt in the fire, but the NSX does look to be a complete loss. Most of the rear body work has been burnt to nothing and what is left doesn’t exactly look salvageable.

I sure hope Honda has a backup if it plans on getting enough testing done to have this car on sale by next summer.

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Spy Shots: Honda NSX Caught in Production Guise

Spy Shots: Honda NSX Caught in Production Guise

It seems that Honda’s constant back-and-forth on whether or not to build a new NSX is over, as we have spy shots of a production version making laps at the Nordschliefe.

I bet that last sentence just brightened up your day, didn’t it?

Covered in camo and blasting around the Green Hell, it appears that the NSX — branded as an Acura in the U.S. — with hit showrooms looking almost exactly as it did when it was first unveiled a few years ago. We expect the car to roll into dealers sometime in the summer of 2015 with a turbocharged, V-6 engine and one of the most advanced all-wheel-drive systems in the world. Considering that V-6 is supposed to make more than 400 horsepower, we might finally have a car with the potential to dethrone the incredible Nissan GT-R.

Now that we have production cars hitting the ‘Ring, there should be a LOT more info coming soon. Keep your eyes here on TopSpeed.com for all the news as we get it.

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Honda NSX Will Take on the Hill of Goodwood

Honda NSX Will Take on the Hill of Goodwood

The Goodwood Festival of Speed always attracts some of the year’s finest supercars to take to its famous hill climb. This year is no different, as Honda has announced that it will not only be in attendance at the festival, it’s also booking its ticket to run the new NSX supercar on what is arguably the world’s most famous hillclimb, providing the capacity crowd in attendance an up-close look at the new supercar.

The NSX’s attendance at Goodwood will harken back to the days when its predecessor was a fixture at the Festival of Speed, including back in 1993 when 10 NSX models were showcased at the inaugural Goodwood festival.

It seems appropriate now that over 20 years later, the NSX will return at Goodwood in in its latest incarnation, and one that will definitely hold court and be one of the star attractions at this year’s festival.

That’s how the NSX rolls these days.

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Honda Considering an NSX Roadster

We are still waiting for the official debut of the NSX, but it looks like Honda is already considering a roadster version for the upcoming hybrid sports car.

In a recent interview with the AutoCar, Principal Designer Jun Goto said that Honda is looking into offering a convertible version, but the execution of suc a vehicle is still a long ways off, so do not expect to hear any official confirmation of a production model for at least two years after the coupe rolls out, if ever.

Unlike the original open-top NSX, which featured targa panels, rumors point toward he future open-top NSX being a real roadster with either a hard or a soft top.

As for the coupe version, he said that the production version will carry over about 95 percent of the styling elements we saw on the concept version, but that the production model will be larger. As for the interior, according to Yuki Inamori, the NSX’s interior designer, it will be "even more exciting than what you see [in the concept]."

The production version Acura/HondaNSX will be likely unveiled at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

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2016 Acura NSX Remaining True to its Roots and Aiming for the Ferrari 458

The Acura NSX is widely regarded as one of the finest handling and fun-to-drive sports cars of the bygone era. Acura is the last brand that comes to mind when it comes to mid-engine, purpose-built sports cars, but that’s what it did back in the 90s, and it took the world by surprise.

Until then, Acura, and its parent Honda, were attributed to affordable, reliable and economical modes of transportation for the masses. Then, they rolled out the NSX with a mid-mounted, V-6 and close to 300 horsepower. Now, the car maker plans to launch a replacement for the legendary NSX and promises not to disappoint.

The production of the NSX ceased back in 2005, and it left a long legacy behind. Building on the legacy of legendary sports car is no easy feat. And that’s exactly what Honda and Acura engineers are faced with when it comes to the new NSX.

Little has come out in the public as far as the development of the 2016 NSX is concerned. That said, those at the helm of the project have their sights set firmly on some of the biggest names in the business. Ferrari, Porsche, Nissan and Audi already have cars that are competing with each other on the global scene, and Acura is shooting to offer all the qualities of a Ferrari 458 at a highly competitive price tag.

Ted Klaus, the person in charge of the development Acura NSX, was talking to Autocar recently, and he said “The NSX has never been about a set of figures on a piece of paper,” he said. “As with the original, the eventual power figure won’t grab headlines, for instance, but the qualities that you can’t write down, such as driver involvement and pleasure, are the ones that will matter."

"As engineers, we like numbers, but I’m acutely aware that if we build this car against a set of criteria that has been written down, we will lose our sense of focus.”

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2013 Honda NSX Concept-GT

2013 Honda NSX Concept-GT

The reborn Acura NSX has deservedly gotten a lot of attention. Acura and Honda definitely hit one out of the ballpark with the sports car so much so that the latter wasted little time tweaking the sportster, giving it a full-on racing treatment.

Thus, the Honda NSX Concept-GT race car was born and it looks every bit as awesome as the soon-to-be-in-production supercar.

The NSX Concept-GT has been penciled in to compete in the GT500 class of the Super GT Series fifth round this weekend at Suzuka and ahead of its racing debut, the Japanese auto brand took the task to ensure that the racecar is ready to throw down once the race gets underway.

As you can see, the visage of the NSX is clearly visible in the racecar. What makes the Concept-GT different though is the plethora of racing components that have been added to it. Honda didn’t dive into the specifics but it looks like the racer has been fitted with an odd, if not menacing-looking carbon-fiber front spoiler lip, an enormous rear wing, side vents, and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in race-ready Bridgestone Potenza tires.

The racecar’s powertrain comes in the form of a 2.0-liter mid-mounted inline direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder engine working together with a hybrid setup and while no specific output was disclosed, we imagine it to be close to the 400 horsepower output we assume the road car is going to carry.

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Honda Starts Taking Pre-Orders for the NSX

Honda Starts Taking Pre-Orders for the NSX

One of the most awaited supercars is no doubt the 2016 NSX (or Acura NSX, depending on the market). The NSX has been up and down so many times, that at some point we had no idea what to believe anymore, but once the 2012 NSX Concept was unveiled it became pretty clear that the company was serious about getting the name back on the market.

It looks like people were very impressed by the NSX, as Honda has received an unprecedented demand for the supercar. This made the company to open a pre-order bank for the NSX and any customer depositing a total of £5,000 ($7,600 at the current exchange rates) can be among the first customers to get it. Not until 2015, unfortunately.

Honda already received a total of 25 deposits for the NSX, so maybe it will rethink its decision of offering the NSX as a limited edition.

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what you should know about the NSX

Starting its journey back in the year 1990, the Honda NSX is always been considered as the executive’s super car. After completing a glorious period till 2005, this version of automobile suddenly got a break due to some bad reasons. Now, after many years Honda is again planning to present its all new version of NSX, estimated to come out in the next three years.This 2014 Honda NSX is believed to come out with a Hybrid technology and also with an all wheel drive

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2012 Honda NSX Concept

2012 Honda NSX Concept

Since the NSX will be headed Stateside as an Acura, we got the Acura NSX Concept when the Detroit Auto Show opened its doors. Other markets like Europe and Japan, however, will be given a Honda to serve as their NSX base, so the Geneva Motor Show will find itself with a Honda NSX Concept to preview their production supercar.

The Honda NSX Concept will feature the same design language and the same technology as the Acura NSX Concept. It will be powered by the company’s next generation VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection engine which is then combined with a dual clutch transmission and a range of new technologies, including the innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) hybrid system. This system combines a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system that allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Honda hasn’t released any details on the final output of this setup, but rumors say it will go up to about 400 HP, or just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds.

The production Honda NSX will be unveiled in the next three years.

UPDATE 03/12/2012: Honda has unveiled a very cool promo video for their NSX Concept which was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. Enjoy!

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Video: Honda NSX - Past and Future

Honda brought back the NSX name this year at the Detroit Auto Show with the unveiling of the Acura NSX Concept, but the history of the NSX begun back in 1990 when the first generation was unveiled on the market. Today, the company has unveiled a very cool video that presents a tribute to the NSX - both past and future.

The NSX was offered with a choice of two engines: a 3.0 liter V6 with 270 HP and a 3.0 liter V6 with 252 HP and 210 lb.-ft. of torque. With the new generation, Honda promises to impress the masses even more than they did with the first model. Rumors state that the new NSX be a hybrid sports car that combines a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a unique 2 Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system. This system allows the car to instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. This setup will be just enough to deliver a total of 400 HP.

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Next Honda NSX will feature a four-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain

Next Honda NSX will feature a four-wheel-drive hybrid drivetrain

Honda is previewing the new NSX supercar with the first concept version set to be released next month at the Detroit Auto Show. But before that happen, British magazine, AutoExpress, a few new details to pacify the masses. The new NSX, built as a Japanese rival to models like the Audi R8, will be a 400bhp four-wheel-drive hybrid model and will be heavily based on the concept car seen on the set of the new Avengers movie.

The hybrid system will combine a 3.5-liter V6 engine driving one axle with a pair of in-wheel electric motors driving the other ones. This system will offer a total of 400 HP and will propel the FWD NSX from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds. The model will be revealed as an Acura badge concept, but on markets like Europe, it will be sold as a Honda.

The biggest news offered by AutoExpress is that the NSX will also be offered as a roadster, but no other details about this model were provided.

Stay tuned! We’ll have more details on the new Honda/Acura NSX after its official debut in Detroit.

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Next Honda NSX will get hybrid V6 and AWD

Just a few days ago, we reported that Honda would preview the next NSX supercar with the Super Sports Concept set to be revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and now, British magazine, AutoCar, has come with more details on the future vehicle. Yoshikazu Kigoshi, General Manager for Honda, has described the new NSX as a "halo model that will be a successor to the NSX."

Kigoshi also said that the next NSX will be a hybrid vehicle that will combine a new 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine to drive the front wheels with an electric motor to power the rear wheels. It has also been rumored that the supercar will use a new seven-speed double-clutch gearbox as standard. Its future design language will most likely follow the same one that will be used for the Super Sports Concept.

The new NSX will be sold as an Acura on the North American market and as a Honda on markets where Acura is not being present.

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Honda will preview next NSX with Detroit-bound Super Sports Concept

Honda is intending on providing a little padding for the winter months by bringing back a couple of models for their future lineup. It was already announced that the company would be unveiling the Small Sports EV Concept - the concept that is said to preview the revival of the S2000 - at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, but word has it that the company is also bringing a new Super Sports concept set to be revealed at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This new concept is said to preview the future NSX supercar.

The two concept cars provide proof that Honda is in fact working on two new sports cars: a small daily driver for those who want to drive in style and a bigger, more powerful model for those who are looking for greater performance. During a recent interview, President of Honda Motor Europe, Manabu Nishimae, said that Honda "knows that there are customers who want Honda sports cars, and we are developing and intending to deliver products for them."

It is believed that both sports cars will be feature a high-performance hybrid or electric powertrain and both are expected to go on sale by 2013.

Image is a rendering of the future Honda NSX.

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Honda NSX previewed by Acura Supercar Concept

Honda NSX previewed by Acura Supercar Concept

A while ago a mysterious Acura sports car was caught on the movie set for The Avengers. Now, rumors about that mystery prototype suggest that some of its design elements will be used for the long rumored Honda NSX supercar. Recently, the Acura prototype was spotted in Central Park, New York, with actor Robert Downey Jr at the wheel.

This may all just be a coincidence, but this new mysterious supercar concept has befallen our eyes at the same time Honda CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the next NSX would be a high-performance exotic sports car. Then there’s a source leaking information, saying that "Honda wants to build a supercar that breaks the mould while creating a new technological package." The company is currently working on a 3.5-3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine in combination with a twin electric motor set-up powered by lithium-ion batteries. This motor will have a plug-in recharge system for a small electric-only range, giving it great amounts of torque.

Another source told AutoExpress that the Dual Note 4WD Hybrid Concept from the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show was the first glimpse at the technology that will underpin the NSX. This concept was powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine which sent power to the rear wheels, while in-wheel electric motors sent power to the front. This setup delivered an output of over 400 HP.

The Honda NSX will go on sale in 2014 and will be priced from about £65,000 or about $100,000 at the current exchange rates.

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Honda confirms 'new NSX'... AGAIN

Honda confirms ’new NSX’... AGAIN

Trying to decipher the future of the NSX name is like watching a never ending tennis match. Honda’s building it; it’s never going to happen; just kidding, we’re building it again; nope, not going to happen. As exhausting as this back and forth battle is, every time news comes out on the future of the vehicle, our ears perk up and take notice. Well, turns out, the light is green again because at the start of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda President and CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the company has started working on a new sportscar in the mold of the iconic NSX. They forgot to mention the word again, but they did say that the new model would be radically different from its predecessor with an improved power-to-weight-ratio.

"I spent part of my early career at Honda developing the NSX, and specifically the aluminum body. I really enjoyed that experience, and learned much, so it is my wish that Honda engineers have the experience of developing a sportscar like the NSX in the future. Within Honda, our engineers are already looking at developing such a car."

For the new NSX, Honda will focus on improving the vehicle’s engine output, as well as in reducing the car’s total weight so that it delivers a better power-to-weight ratio. The company, like everyone else, will also work on improving the vehicle’s fuel economy.

"Our recent efforts have been focused on fuel efficiency, and that perhaps gives the impression Honda is behind with pushing the brand image of sportiness, but let me assure you that is not the case. We will address that impression with our new generations of cars."

Maybe we are just gluttons for punishment, but we’ll continue to follow this story to see if it holds any water. Hopefully it will stick this time around.

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2016 Honda NSX

2016 Honda NSX

In 1991, Acura shocked the exotic car world with the introduction of the NSX, a supercar that stood up to models like the Ferrari 328. However, as good things can’t last forever, the NSX was discontinued in 2005 due to slow sales. Of course, it didn’t take long before people started talking about when a successor would show up, especially considering the fact that the NSX was said to go into production a few years back, but was denied on several occasions.

However, rumor mills don’t just shut down and the latest information churning them is that an NSX successor has always been in the cards. At first it was believed to come out in 2009, but the economic crisis made sure that didn’t happen so this future model is still a few years away. It was first thought to be powered by a 4.5L V10 engine , but Honda President Takanobu Ito has already chatted it up with Automotive News and stated that the future NSX won’t come with a V10 engine. The idea for an engine that size was actually dropped in 2008, then the company decided that the car should be environmentally friendly and still fun to drive. "That’s the kind of sports car we want to make," Ito said.

The future NSX will be positioned as a high-performance counterpart to the two-seat Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid. According to Ito, the company is working very hard on the new car and now rumors are suggesting that it will go hybrid. We’ll get official confirmation of whatever will be under that hood eventually.

UPDATE 09/22/2011: At the start of the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, Honda President and CEO, Takanobu Ito, confirmed that the company has started working on a new sportscar in the mold of the iconic NSX. They said that the new model would be radically different from its predecessor with an improved engine and better power-to-weight-ratio. The company, like everyone else, will also work on improving the vehicle’s fuel economy.

"Our recent efforts have been focused on fuel efficiency, and that perhaps gives the impression Honda is behind with pushing the brand image of sportiness, but let me assure you that is not the case. We will address that impression with our new generations of cars." (AutoCar)

UPDATE 10/05/2011: A new Acura Supercar Concept may be our first glimpse at the future NSX. Sources are stating that this concept will mark the beginning of the NSX as the next supercar will borrow design elements from it. Other sources have also told AutoExpress that the new supercar may benefit from one of a couple of different engine setups. The first possibility is a 3.5-3.7 liter VTEC V6 engine in combination with a twin electric motor set-up powered by lithium-ion batteries. This motor will have a plug-in recharge system for a small electric-only range, giving it great amounts of torque. The second is the set up from the Dual Note 4WD Hybrid Concept consisting of a 3.5 liter V6 engine which sent power to the rear wheels, while in-wheel electric motors sent power to the front. This setup delivered an output of over 400 HP.

UPDATE 12/30/2011: British magazine, AutoExpress, is offering few new details about the future NSX to pacify the masses. The new NSX will be a 400bhp four-wheel-drive hybrid model and will be heavily based on the concept car seen on the set of the new Avengers movie. The hybrid system will combine a 3.5-liter V6 engine driving one axle with a pair of in-wheel electric motors driving the other ones. This system will offer a total of 400 HP and will propel the FWD NSX from 0 to 60 mph in under 5 seconds.

The biggest news offered by AutoExpress is that the NSX will also be offered as a roadster, but no other details about this model were provided.

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Honda CEO officially confirms new NSX

Honda CEO officially confirms new NSX

Honda stopped production of the NSX supercar back in 2005. And ever since then there were lots of rumors about a successor for the famous car. But now Honda CEO made it official: "I feel that we need to meet the calls from the public asking (for a successor)." However, do not expect to see a production version before 2015.

After the NSX was officially dropped, the only car that had some connection with it was the HSV revealed last year and considered a race-car successor to the NSX.

As for the future sports car there are lots of rumors: first of them said that it will be powered by a 4.5 liter high-rev V10 engine producing around 550 HP. That is actually not the case as Acura has recently patented a new V6 engine that will deliver up to 400 HP, making it a more ideal choice for the sports car once it is coupled to a combination of electric motors. So, the 3,5 liter V6 offered in a supercharged version remains the strongest possibility.

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Video: Tribute to Honda NSX

Video: Tribute to Honda NSX

Honda has unveiled an exceptional video that pays tribute to the legendary NSX supercar. Turn up your volume, sit back, and enjoy! The next six minutes will represent pure art.

The NSX was launched in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show as a mid-engine sports car prototype. In 1990 the car went on sale on the US market, and only one year after that it won the Car of the Year award (in 1991).

The model launched in 1990 was powered by a naturally aspirated V6 engine with an output of 270 hp and a top speed of 168 mph. Honda discontinued production of the NSX in 2005. However there are rumors saying that Honda is already preparing a successor for the supercar and that it will be revealed in 2011 and will be powered by a V8 engine.

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Future Honda NSX to be inspired by the HSV-010 GT

Future Honda NSX to be inspired by the HSV-010 GT

To be or not to be? This is the question when it comes to the future Honda NSX sports car and latest reports suggest that it will "be". The German magazine, AutoBild, reports that the NSX will be revealed in 2011 and will be a road-going version of the HSV-010 GT.

The production version will be a front-engine V8 model, but with a displacement of 3.4 liters instead of the 5.0 used in the racing version. However, output will be kept at more than 500 hp.

The car is expected to make its official debut in 2011.

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Honda NSX to be named "Super Hybrid Sports"

Honda NSX to be named "Super Hybrid Sports"

The last time we heard anything about the next generation of Honda’s New Sportscar eXperimental, it was that the upcoming Japanese super car was put on indefinite hold just like the Aston Lagonda. Well there is some good news, it appears that the car is back on the track, except this time it won’t be known as an NSX, instead Honda will be calling it the Super Hybrid Sports.

The 21st century super car will be powered by the next generation of Honda’s “valve less throttle” version of the 3.5 Liter V6 coupled with a hybrid synergy drive system from the next generation Acura Legend and RL. The gas/electric power plant will produce a maximum output of around 450 HP PS which would put it in line with the Toyota FT-HS.

The upcoming NSX successor will also feature a super handling all wheel drive system bolted to the future super car’s all aluminum platform and feature a rear transaxle that combines the gearbox and final drive in one package just like the other super vehicle from the land of the rising sun, the R35 Nissan GT-R. With the return of a high performance machine from Honda as well as the upcoming Lexus LF-A and Godzilla from Nissan, all that is left is for Mazda to hurry up with the new RX-7 and the Japanese super cars that did battle back in the early 1990s will be back in full swing.

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Future Honda NSX caught at the Nurburgring

Future Honda NSX caught at the Nurburgring

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.

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Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR Concept

Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR Concept

Think you were crushed by the cancelation of the 2010 Acura NSX, imagine how Honda supertuner Mugen must feel. But unlike the rest of us who are pouting about how we’ll have to settle for the Nissan GT-R, Mugen looking to the past to show that the old dog still has a few tricks left.

At the Tokyo Auto Salon is the Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR, a concept car inspired by the old NSX. All we know is that this is a very cool body kit with a red interior and red brake calipers.

Mugen is being very tight lipped about the performance specifications. We can’t even confirm that there is an engine in this car. So, if the NSX Mugen RR can run under its own power, we doubt its anything more than the 3.2-liter V6 making 290 hp.


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Honda cancels the NSX supercar

Honda cancels the NSX supercar

RIP NSX. Honda announced today that the NSX program is dead. Honda CEO Takeo Fukui announced the move in a speech that all development of the car would be canceled. It seems that the company has changed its previous statement. Back in October he told Autocar that, "the new supercar is necessary for Honda". Honda will now focus its efforts on (gasp) hybrid cars.

This is a bad time for car enthusiasts, but we kinda knew this was coming. Halo cars are fun, but in times of deep economic troubles, retrenchment strategies are aplenty and come quick. The first to go are the low-volume fun cars. The NSX was not the first to be chopped, and it won’t be the last (now taking odds on the Lexus LFA.)

If there is any hope to come from this news is that we all know how efficient Honda is. We’ve seen the development cars for the NSX, which means that Honda has a large engineering and financial investment in the V10 sports car. So we can all hope (fingers crossed) that when the world economy recovers, Honda will be quick to use a lot of the technology developed in this NSX program to quickly bring a supercar to the market.

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Honda NSX production delayed

Honda NSX production delayed

Honda announced that the long-waited NSX replacement won’t be launched this year at Tokyo Motor Show. Honda give no info about when the car will be launched, but for sure won’t happen before 2010.

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1990 - 2005 Honda NSX

1990 - 2005 Honda NSX

We all know that Japan always made memorable sports car. The first two examples are the Datsun 240Z and Toyota Celica GT4; but in 1990, they launched on the market another model that later become a success in all over the world, the NSX. The NSX (New Sportscar eXperimental) was meant to be a competitor for the supercars elite, Ferrari (348), Porsche and Chevrolet Corvette. The NSX was launched in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show as mid-engine sports car prototype. In 1990 the car went on sale on the US market, and only one year after that it won the Car of the Year award (in 1991). Honda starts working on this model in 1984 when the company asked Pininfarina to design the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental). The model launched in 1990 was powered by a naturally aspirated V6 engine with an output of 270 hp and a top speed of 168 mph. Honda discontinued production of the NSX in 2005, but the company is already working on a successor. A new sports car for a new era, which is to incorporate Honda’s most advanced technology (set to be launched in 2009).

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