• May 21, 2007
The return of the NSX to Acura's lineup has been an off-and-on again affair, but the latest intel has a new NSX with a 500-horsepower V10 on schedule for an arrival sometime in late 2008 or 2009. While our only indication of what the new NSX may look like up to this point has been the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept, we do know work is well under way on the car's mechanicals. Thus, we submit these spy photos as Exhibit A, evidence that Acura is currently testing its new NSX. They were taken at the Nurburgring in Germany and show a heavily modified Honda S2000 with quad tailpipes located in the middle of the rear bumper and what appears to be a heavy-duty double wishbone suspension below. The test car also features big wheels and a hardtop of sorts. The S2000 body on this NSX mule suggests that Acura is still far from finalizing a design for the car, but that doesn't appear to have stopped engineers from working on the brand's follow up to the world renowned "everyday supercar" that was the original NSX.
[Source: Straighline Blog]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      its not mid engine?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Heh, looks more like a Mazda to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's a UK car, so I did a quick look up on the DVLA web site using the plate, these are the details returned:

      The vehicle details for OU07 EFW are:

      Date of Liability 01 05 2008
      Date of First Registration 15 05 2007
      Year of Manufacture 2007
      Cylinder Capacity (cc) 2199CC
      CO2 Emissions 0g/Km
      Fuel Type Heavy Oil
      Export Marker Not Applicable
      Vehicle Status Licence Not Due
      Vehicle Colour SILVER

      Heavy oil means it's a diesel, although I very much doubt if it is, this may be just what they have to do to register a test car like this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      All I can say is the production version had better look more like the show car than the tester. Otherwise it won't matter how fast it is or how good it handles.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's no 'test mule.' That's probably someone's modded S2000. If it is actually owned by Honda/Acura, it's to test their engine, not what the actual next nsx will look like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I did not believe an S2000 body would work for an NSX replacement chassis, so I picked over the photos. Look at the 2nd shot on the straightline page -- there is a good 10 inches added behind the door, which is why that hardtop has such a wide C-pillar.

      If Honda/Acura is REALLY smart this time, instead of going after Ferrari (a field with many new competitors since the first NSX) they will make a "Z Killer", no higher than Corvette price range. This will actually do them some good: when they replace the RL with a model that sells, the sports car will be similarly priced.
      The former NSX, at over twice the price of the RL, was too limited to have a real halo effect on the rest of the brand.
      • 7 Years Ago
      #11 -- A TEST MULE is some cobbled-together, sliced and stretched version, for testing. Sometimes it is another model with mechanicals of a new one -- LIKE THIS. Sometimes it is the current model with the front clip of the restyled model (see the Merc SL post) Later, the spy shots will be of a preproduction vehicle, no longer a "mule", but an early version, perhaps wired together, of the real car.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If they just made a RWD TL id be happy. none of this pseudo super car gimmick stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Are you guys Stupid?? It's a test mule!! They are more than likely testing various internals that will go into the NSX body...
      Bryan
      • 7 Years Ago
      Boring..but thats what I expect from the Japanese. Funny thing. Yesterday I was behind an older camry. The M and Y had fallen off and it just said car. Yeah, thats it, the Toyota car. Nothing exciting, so boring, very repetitive, basic transportation...zzzzzzzzzzzzz.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hopefully the front-engine configuration will be similiar to the 599GTB where the engine is compact enough for it to be set behind the front axel, giving it a near 50/50 distribution.

      As for geting a combined 23.5mpg, I bet honda could do better than that if they further developed their diesel engines. Their 2.2L already has gotten amazing reviews in europe.

      Audi's upcoming 6L V12 makes 500HP and 738TQ and would achieve about 20mpg in a heavy SUV. I'd like to see a high performance diesel in a sports car and honda loves their fuel economy. Seems like a good fit to me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So THAT's where all the surplus S2000 tailights went! :P
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