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We (and many of you) were blown away by Acura's Advanced Sports Car Concept when it was unveiled at NAIAS in January. Though we were a bit disappointed the concept was only a non-running turntable tease, Honda assured everyone that an improved, closer-to-production show car was in the works for the October Tokyo show.

Winding Road says its sources have heard the contrary, that Honda is going back to the high-performance drawing board to come up with a more super supercar. Word is the ASC just isn't impressing as many people as it needs to be. Perhaps Honda management saw the ASC wasn't its company's best effort, and instead of dumping the project entirely (like Chrysler did with the ME Four-Twelve or Ford with the GR-1), it's committing the resources needed to create something truly special in the $100,000+ sport coupe segment. As such, we're not quite sure what we'll see in October at the Tokyo Auto Show, if anything at all.

At least this is what we hope they're doing. Honda could have scrapped the whole thing and reallocated the funds to development of the next generation Pilot. Eeek!

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      If only they just kept the original more up-to-date... this probably wouldn't be an issue right now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Nice looking car, but not really ground-breaking... sort of a Honda/Vette lovechild. I'm glad to see they're starting over to come up with something that has a lot of impact instead of just a "good" sports car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      good call, that thing was a loosing propsition. everything from the blah styling(for a $100k+ supercar) to the extremely long wheelbase (for a supercar). honda is best when it tries to do more with less, the asc would have been big and over weight and unless it had 600+ hp, not particularly fast.

      honda should build a new nsx, call it the new nsx and give it a high reving v8. keep the wieght down by avoiding unnecessary features (like awd) that dont make the car faster. no matter how nice your interior is, if its not faster than a zo6 its going to be a massive dissapointment for honda fans.

      2600 lbs
      400-450 hp high reving v8
      rear mid layout with rwd

      if they build that car and call it an NSX, there is no way they can go wrong.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I also really hope that this could possibly mean they are going to give a MR configuration a second look. If they are set on making this flagship monstrosity as FR or awd then why not make a S2000 replacement in the same cost range (30k+) MR with the styling of the HSC? Just give it the same turbo engine from the RDX but with better tuning.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm happy to see Honda's gone back to the drawing board. This thing looks like a low-budget movie prop, not a $100k semi-exotic.

      A big front-engine sports car seems counter to Honda DNA, anyway.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Many you guys are a tough audience. I actually liked this concept. I sure found it more attractive than the Lexus and Toyota concepts and the Infinity GTR. Smooth lines, low profile, nearly perfect proportions, it basically worked for me. Most of what I didn't like such as the overly complex wheel design and the confusing rear window treatment I chalked off as concept car affections anyway.

      While I was also sad to the loss of the mid engine, I can understand the broader appeal of the front engine layout. Such a platform may also pave the way for a new flagship sedan, which would improve the business case for both vehicles. But given I'm in the minority here, and probably a decimal point away from the target's income anyway, perhaps Acura made the correct choice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am glad they are doing this. We don't need the next NSX so they can take their time making sure it is as good as it's legacy. I think the ME 412 looks more like what the NSX should look like. Yes put back the engine in the MR. I agree with 2600lbs with ~400hp would be perfect. I wouldn't mind a Turbo 6 or a A-VTEC V8.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My wife can identify two cars other than her own. A Jag, and an NSX. They need something that has that kind of pull.

      When the NSX first came out, car enthusiasts the world over were awed at what lil' ol' Honda had made, mid engine, aluminum body, something darn like a Ferrari, at less that half the cost! I'll admit it would be hard for Honda to work that kind of surprise again, now that we all know what they can do, but they need to come up with something that has the same 'wow factor' that the NSX had. This was just like what every one else has.
      • 8 Years Ago
      DEAR HONDA:

      TO PLEASE CAR NUTS: try and make another NSX and magically find a way to give it styling this time -- oops! a supercar pretty much needs Heritage in its styling, or it comes out looking like the last NSX, which looked like a kitchen appliance and sold in very embarassing numbers, despite the magazines hyping it to death.

      TO SELL CARS AND MAKE MONEY: knock off the Mercedes S class for your next large sedan, and knock off the SL for your next sports model, Give them some cool stylihg that previous Acura customers can trade up to.

      One might notice that the supercar market has MANY more competitors with much better models than when the NSX arrived.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A V8 would be better for this car, then they could put the same V8 in the Ridgeline and other Acura products
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want another NSX too - a pure sports car, not a luxified GT.

      But this is Acura's concept car, not Honda's. Acura doesn't do hardcore sport, they do techy GT stuff... so I thought the ASC was a good fit for them. Not that anyone would buy it, but IS true to the brand.

      Any future NSX (or S2000) should remain a Honda.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I want a new NSX as much as the next person (that loves Honda) but I want it to look better than what they came up with.
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