• May 23rd 2007 at 9:04AM
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When spy pics of the new NSX surfaced a couple of days ago, it was just a matter of time before we got a better look at Honda's forthcoming supercar running the 'Ring. The previous shots of the S2000-cloked mule gave us a rough idea of the length and rear suspension setup, but these new shots tell more of the tale.
The stock wheelbase of an S2000 comes in at 94.5-inches and this test car has obviously been stretched a good 10-inches or more. As such, the driver seems to be placed dead center within the vehicle. The rolling stock is also much larger than anything previously seen on Honda's four-wheeled superbike, likely sporting 18- to 19-inch wheels. As for the width of the mule, it seems to have remained the same, but the naked eye can only tell so much.

Although the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept foretells the future styling direction of the new NSX, the lack of any new sheet metal would indicate that the chilly reception it received has forced Honda's designers back to the drawing board. We're certainly okay with that, as long as the 500 HP V10 remains unchanged. We're still coming to grips with the idea that the next iteration of the NSX will have a front-mounted engine instead of the midship V6 of the previous model, but time will tell when the NSX debuts, likely sometime in 2009.

[Source: Straightline]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      does this mean you could stick a v10 in a s2000?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I actually liked the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept. It had a very 80s sharply-cut look to it.
        • 8 Years Ago
        If the car is to be designed by European trained/experienced designers,it will have a fighting chance however;if it's going to be designed by Americans (trained)namely the same geeky,nerdy monkeys at the Acura "design studios" and who use such phrases as "kinda cool" it will flop!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's not an NSX.
      That's a hardtop S2000.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As I wrote the last time, if Honda (not Acura -- except in a few countries they are all Hondas) is smart this time, they will make a more mainstream vehicle at closer to $60,000. This will actually SELL, unlike the NSX, nicely complement the upper end Acuras, and bring people into the showroom for sedans.
      The Ferarri wannabe thing of the previous NSX was an ego trip.

      As for the Corvette thing -- wonderful car in comparison to former versions, wonderful muscle sports car. The market is wide open for a car like this which lacks the "grandpa always wanted one" connotation.
      ----Yes, the image is not "gold chain and muscle shirt" -- unfortunately, it is "gold chain, white beard and size XXL flowered polo shirt". If you see a young man driving a Vette, you figure he is a kept boy with a Sugar Daddy. (and Daddy chose the car to remind him of his own youth).
      At least in LA, I can recall seeing NO ONE under 55 driving a Vette, in many years. When these guys go, their sons wont want the cars. Time for a new styling and quality direction.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I don't care where the engine will be in the New NSX, as long as it looks good and performs well.

      I hope that the new body is evolutionary and not revolutionary. I liked the old body style of the NSX. Just take the old body, throw in a more powerful engine, condense the length a bit, redo the interior, give it bigger rims, new front and rear lights and you have a winner.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You Corvette people make me laugh. Who wants to have a car that I see at least 5 on the way to work every morning with 70 year olds driving them...

      "Oh look, that old man who just passed you is driving a Chevrolet. Such a commener driving a commener car, and he is so fast too. Good thing you never go that fast, huh?"

      Some of us are under the impression that the whole supercar thing is about speed. Maybe we are mistaken, and old.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That is NOT an Acura. It's a HONDA, hence UK plates.

      So development will be buy HONDA, who have quite a big presence in the UK.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm disappointed that Honda is moving in this direction. It really doesn't make sense from a strategic standpoint to offer a 500 hp V10.

      At least the old NSX offered a clear counterpoint to the conventional design of the Corvette. And even if the V10 engine will ultimately be used in a top-end Acura sedan and SUV, does anyone really think it will ever achieve sufficient volume to pay for itself? I suspect not.

      The great irony is that rising gas prices could result in the market shifting toward sports cars like the old NSX just as Honda has joined the Corvette in the "mine's bigger than yours" race. A classic example of dysfunctional groupthink.

      Honda seems to have lost its genius for staying ahead of the curve. Either that or it has lost its courage.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Jonnie- it does look the s2000 and I think that's ugly too. But I wouldn't put it past Honda (Toyota-Nissan-Ford) to use a near identical design, slap in a different interior and charge more with a high end label.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Jesus H. Christ, why are there so many stupid, ignorant people in the world, including readers right here on Autoblog?

      READ THE ARTICLE, the car is a test mule. For those of you who are illiterate, a mule uses a temporary body, usually from another car (or previous version) in the manufacturers stable. A mule is used for testing, especially the chassis. So, duh, that's not what the final car is going to look like. Get a clue people.

      • 8 Years Ago
      While Honda is very smart to not reveal any future designs by covering up their prototypes w/ old designs (and yes, i know, they are not the only ones to do this), their NSX might turn out to be a little late to the japanese supercar party. True, the GT-R is a little stale now after soooooo many spy shots, but it will still be a great car when it launches next year. The LF-A will be out in a year, and while most people are probably not ready for a Lexus Supercar, people will still be able to choose from either that or a GT-R before the Acura even shows it's face.

      Either way, the Corvette will always hold it's value as the best supercar for the money. 480 hp in the most extreme GT-R? how about 650-700 hp in the most extreme Z/07. And the base Corvette still has 430hp which screams value compared to any of these other cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I find it funny that so many people like to compare cars that don't even exist. When the cars are this level you shouldn't bother comparing just numbers. Everyone knows that on the street a good driver in an EVO can mess with a Corvette even though the number clearly put the Vette ahead. The Corvette will always have great numbers and do great on the track, but the NSX has always had an aim at a different sort of customer. The Vette is a great value, but people looking for luxury sports cars usually don't care about value.

      We still don't know what engine this future car could have but I hope they take a page from BMW and make a family of V engines that can be shared across platforms. Honda is way overdue for that.
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