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The Acura NSX was the first vehicle I ever drove in which I felt I could never make a mistake. With predictable mid-engine balance and a refined V6 power curve, it could be driven through the turns with a deft touch; the NSX didn't have to be manhandled like the original Viper.

Now I feel like the replacement for the NSX is taking on some of the Viper's virtues. Called the "Advanced Sports Car Concept," the show-stopping debut at the Acura press conference revealed a V10 engine mounted in the front--just like the Viper. Other fang-like cues include long hood, short-deck proportions and an overall feeling of more muscle and less finesse; more quarter horse and less thoroughbred.

Click through for more thoughts, the press release and check out our photo gallery with 39 high-resolution live and official images.

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Acura, however, is taking steps to make sure that the new Acura 2-seater isn't losing its deft touch. A rear-wheel-drive biased version of the high-tech Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD). If you've never driven the Acura RL, you can't understand the pro-active response and control offered by SH-AWD. Give it a rear-wheel-drive bias and let the fun begin.

While performance is certainly the driving force behind Acura's next-generation sports car, the message at the unveiling was clearly style. The concept was developed at the Acura Design Center in Southern California with the mission of only giving a "preview" of the NSX successor's design direction. The noticeable NSX reminders include the wraparound taillights and the black canopy.

This design has little to do with the HSC Concept that Honda introduced at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show. Observers and analysts thought that concept was a preview of the next NSX, but its mid-engine construction apparently was rejected.

Notable features on the advanced concept include billet wheels, carbon-fiber underbody and embossed air vents.

NSX production ended in 2005. Acura officials promised a look at the real thing later this fall in Tokyo.

Acura "Advanced Sports Car Concept" Debuts at North American International Auto Show

Concept Provides a Glimpse of the Next Generation Acura Exotic Sports Car

DETROIT, January 7, 2007 – The show-stopping Acura "Advanced Sports Car Concept" made its world debut today at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. The dynamically styled concept provides a preview of the design direction for the successor to the Acura NSX.

Created to take exotic sports car styling to a new level, the concept is designed to incorporate a powerful front-mounted, V-10 engine and a new high-performance, rear-wheel-drive based version of Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™).

"The Acura brand will always be a home for people who love to drive," said Takeo Fukui, president & CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. "As we advance toward building a car like this, I can tell you it will feature advanced technology matching our passion for performance."

The concept's exterior demonstrates a dynamic fusion of advanced technology and emotion. The long, pronounced hood features deeply sculpted lines and embossed air vents, both of which hint at the powerful engine beneath. The exterior lines run the length of the body, creating a ribbon-like effect from the front headlights to the rear wheel arches, evoking a feeling of movement and power.

Although modern in its appearance, the Advanced Sports Car Concept retains the subtle cues associated with its predecessor, the NSX. The concept's slim, LED headlights are pushed wide and designed to mimic the pop-up headlights found on the first generation NSX. Other styling hints include a modern take on wraparound rear taillights and the all black cockpit.

"Our intention was to design an exotic sports car that gracefully combines advanced technology and strong emotion," said Jon Ikeda, principal designer, Acura Design Center. "The technical, machined surfaces and keen-edge design are balanced with sweeping curves and dramatic lines, all of which results in the ultimate exotic sports car."

Wide and low to the ground with a 108.8 inch wheelbase, the concept is anchored by grippy 19 inch front and 20 inch rear performance tires which are mounted to custom billet-machined, polished aluminum wheels. Powerful, ventilated carbon ceramic brake discs and eight-piston calipers accent the wheels. Bold wheel arches and flares add to the concept's aggressive appearance.

The low slung cabin is constructed entirely of tinted glass and sits flush against the body. Door handles are also flush mounted, allowing the sports car to retain a clean and aerodynamic appearance. The Advanced Sports Car Concept features a carbon fiber underbody and the rear is finished with aggressive quad exhaust pipes and integrated rear diffusers, further communicating its high performance potential.

The Advanced Sports Car Concept was designed by the Acura's Los Angeles-based design team that will be based at the new Acura Design Center, opening this summer.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Has too much robo-cop look in it. But Acura using a V10 would be a welcome change. Acura just is not high end enough compared to the Europeans and Lexus in terms of its engine offerings.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another Batmobile.
      • 8 Years Ago
      not a great looking car.

      how did they manage to make a front engined car with all the rear visability of a rear engined design.

      seriously though, i have stared at the back end for 20 min trying to figure out what they were up to, i still have no idea. anyone have any idea what the hell that thing is in the middle of the back window?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like lux. muscle car to me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whole front clip looks like the Audi R8.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm European and I'm very VERY disappoited. They should keep the NSX formula as a mid engine exotic lines supercar to continue competing with Ferrari and others. With this new direction the NSX successor will only be in the market of muscle cars; Skylines; Supras; British GTs...
      If at least they offered an appelative design with style and class like Aston Martin's... but as we can see on the photos it looks like an American muscle car. By the way isn't it the car drawn by Americans? (Californian team or something)
      Oh... and keep the name FERRARI in your brains and not GM or Skyline!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's because GTR is going to be a 911 killer with a engine that won Ward's Award 13 times. I like 911s but if GTR are cheaper and better... it's going to be a hard choice for some people.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      blast. I wanted the hsc to be the next nsx.... it wouldn't have been all that difficult to reshape the butt and the rear part of the roofline into something a bit more palatable. boo.
      • 8 Years Ago
      • 8 Years Ago
      How much bigger and heavier is this than Honda's perfectly "advanced sports car", the affordable S2000?

      Bill P.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I get the Corvette references... But seriously... The first thing I thought of when I saw this thing is "Why is Acura resurrecting the Firebird??". Maybe if they paint it black, it can be a shoe-in for the Knight Rider movie...

      Acura's designs have suffered as of late with overly busy lines and strange detailing. This is actually, for once, a clean concept, but full of very edgy and sharp amalgamations of seams and creases. And it fairly screams "pony car".
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