• Dec 11, 2006
It's been speculated for some time that sales of Acura's luxo-barge offerings may be hindered by the automaker's lack of offering V8 power. According to Automotive News, this problem may be remedied soon.
In an interview with Honda's president of R&D in the States, Hirohide Ikeno, he hinted that a new direction for Acura powerplants would debut at the upcoming Detroit auto show in January.

It's already been confirmed that the new NSX, due in 2009, will likely get a mid-ship V10, drawing credibility from Honda's 8- and 12-cyclinder racing mills. That kind of power is necessary in the supercar market and a V8 option is a necessity if an automaker hopes to compete with other luxury sedans.

Although development of the V8 will be carried out by Acura's parent company, Honda, don't expect a V8 option in the next Civic.

[Source: Automotive News -- Sub. Req.]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda's always been the last company dragged kicking and screaming into offering more powerful engines for their cars. Right or wrong, they don't truly understand (or maybe refuse to cater to) the constant American clammor for more power. Just look how long it took for Honda to even start offering V-6's in the Accord (1995, I think?). It baffles me why a V-8 wasn't developed sooner given the increase in sales a V-8 could provide across much of Honda's (and Acura's) product line.
      • 8 Years Ago
      V8, so rwd then? or are they trying to keep the RL AWD?

      No point in having a V8 unless there is RWD. Hope it makes it way into a Honda platform, their SUV's offerings have been kind of weak in variety and power. For example the CRV still does not have a V6, and the ridgeline could use a V8 as a Halo car to their V6. Come one Honda, just because people do not tow on average more than 6500lbs does not mean an anemic V6 will cut it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Acura's problem is that Honda isn't particularly good at doing excess. They praise balance, and efficiency, and applicable innovation. The RL doesn't have a V8, because with 290 hp, it really doesn't need it. And for sedans, AWD or FWD just makes more sense for how people really drive their cars, as opposed to how the magazines test them, or even how we take them on a test drive.

      So Acura's end up being clever, sensible and very well made, while luxury seems to be defined by indulgence and excess. The latter is probably inevitable given the high level of content of todays vehicles where even economy cars come with power features, leather, nav systems and smooth powertrains. But the net result is that a lot of luxury car buyers are getting a whole bunch of power and features they will never ever use, just for the sake of having a luxury car.

      I'm mixed toward Acura having a V-8. For the reasons above, I'd like to see them stay close to their principles and eschew the addition of "vanity" V8s for the RL and MDX. On the other hand, I'd really like to see the type of V8 they would produce.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What they should really do is add turbos to their V6, with direct injection, like the BMW 335i twin turbo inline 6. Turbos with direct injection transformed BMW's similarly low torque, mediocre horsepower six-cylinder into a torque monster. 300 lb-ft from 1400 rpm to 5000 rpm. Who needs a V8?

      I'm sure they're working on it, given the turbo'd I4 in the RDX.
      • 8 Years Ago
      you know, judging by how honda does things, that this will be one of the best, most advanced, most complex, and most reliable v8s ever made.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Listen up, I currently own (2) genaration 2 Acura Legends,(1) generation 2 Integra,(1)Honda Del Sol,and (1)98 Accord v-6 ex-L.All of these cars except for the Accord(the most recent model)have very few problems.My Accord however is on it's third transmission and from what I understand this is a widespread problem affecting VTEC v-6 honda's and acura's.So the first thing that Honda should do is get their quality up to par.Think about it, would you buy if you new that it would need a new tranny in 40,000 miles,and again in another 40,000 miles,and again in another 40,000 miles?
      • 8 Years Ago
      So, NAIAS come and gone, anybody seen what the new direction for engines is supposed to be?
      • 8 Years Ago
      We have been promised a V8 off and on for the last ten + years. This is just another tease and rumor to me, which hopefully is true this time around. The RL needed a V8 a long long time ago to compete with the Lexus LS and Infinit Q. What's more important is making the RL larger, not smaller.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Takeo wrote - "Snazzum, it's not a simple matter of reluctance, Honday despite what many people think is a relatively small company (compared to Toyota and Nissan anyway) and they don't have R and D capital available to them as easily."

      Honda is the biggest engine manufacturer in the world. I doubt that it's a matter of insufficient R&D.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda first off needs variable valve timing on their V6s.
      GM has a camshaft phaser on the 3.9 pushrod V6, Ford has two on the 24 valve 4.6 V8.
      Honda V6 family 3.0-86x86, 3.2-89x86, 3.5-89-93, 3.7-90x96, no variable valve timing. Honda still relies on eEGR for mileage.
      Model year 2000 Toyota Corolla-variable intake valve timing. Thanks Honda

      Has anyone actually made a single cam engine with direct injection? probably not, but Honda could purchase the direct injectors that are mounted under the intake port, with the tip between the two intake valves.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Honda's high horsepower VTEC V6 engines lack low end torque. Luxury buyers don’t share the vroom-vroom kids’ enthusiasm for high-revving motors.

      The Acura 3.5 RL's jewel-like non-VTEC motor developed 225 hp @ 5200 rpm and 231 lbs.-ft. of torque @ 2800 rpm. The current RL, which isn’t selling well, develops 290 hp @ 6200 rpm and 256 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5000 rpm. It has to have the hell revved out of it to get anywhere in city driving and is a gasoline pig. A V8’s superior low end torque, satisfactory fuel mileage and better acceptance by high end buyers would solve a lot of Honda’s problems. Alternately, Honda can return to non-VTEC V6 designs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "It's been speculated for some time that sales of Acura's luxo-barge offerings may be hindered by the automaker's lack of offering V8 power."

      The preceding statement was brought to you by the Department of the Obvious. Wait, this just in! A complete lack of RWD performance cars may be part of the problem!
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