• Apr 17th 2008 at 11:32AM
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Click above for a gallery of the Acura Advanced Sports Car concept.

By most accounts, Honda originally planned to show off the next generation NSX to the seething throngs at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. But due to the less-than-positive reception the Advanced Sports Car concept garnered at the Detroit show, Honda's designers headed back to the drawing board to redesign the front clip housing the 550 hp, 4.5-liter V10.

Now, Autocar has gotten word from a Honda insider that the NSX is bound for the 2009 Tokyo show, sporting a new front end that "has Chevrolet Corvette undertones" and is slated to for production in the fall of 2010.

The new NSX will supposedly kick off Honda's first serious attempt at producing rear-wheel-drive vehicles to rival BMW, Mercedes, Lexus and Infiniti, including new platforms that will underpin Acura's larger sedan offerings and an S2000-based Acura sports car that takes aim at the Mercedes SLK. The launch of Acura's 7-series fighter isn't due to make an appearance until 2015. For Honda' sake, let's hope they can expedite development to make it happen around the turn of the decade.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Forget about this fugly P.O.S., and go ahead with the production version of the HSC.
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      can`t wait to see this car...if it ever comes. Honda keeps promising and under delivering. The NSX will have a tough time to compete with the GT-R. Will this NSX have better performance than the GT-R and at what price? The RL is a luxury car joke. The TSX is from the Honda Brand. Only the TL manages to distinguish its itself as a nice design with Acura flavor...but with an Honda Accord platform!. What the hell is taking Honda so LONG to bring us a true luxury line up for Acura!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who is running the show over there. Does anyone have a clue?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Honda didn't have a problem kicking Ferrari's ass 20 years ago. I'm pretty sure they won't have a problem with a Nissan now, although I'm sure they won't do it at Nissan's price. But in Acura's defense, they're not trying to compete with Nissan. Because the GT-R is a Nissan and not an Infiniti, it doesn't get the amenities that an Infiniti (or Acura) branded product will have. So the difference in price will more than likely be completely justifiable. That said, if and when Nissan decides to do an Infiniti-model based on the GT-R, THAT will compete in terms of price/performance with the Acura more than the Nissan would. There will be people who'll argue otherwise, but I hope that makes sense.

        But read more about Honda's SH-AWD and torque vectoring. Very interesting for steering response, etc.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think red is a fanboy... Acura products sucks at the moment and does not match up with infiniti. Case, the TL competes with the maxima, the RL doesn't even come close to the M and the TSX(lets just say a $30k 4 cylinder front wheel will not cut it). By the way super handling Front wheel drive will not cut it either. By the way, they are gonna screw the TL up.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think Igenuis is a childish, mammary-sucking, fellatio-connoisseur that likes to have his rear-end filled with "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" and then penetrated by a midget-riding donkey standing with his hands cuffed to his ankles.

        See? I can do it too. :)

        Do us all a favor and don't spawn any children...

        By the way, I own a Nissan. Unfortunately, I have a phone conference (with a Mitsubishi exec no-less...yep, fanboy...that's me :D ) and don't have time to prove your idiocy. Although, now that everyone's seen me sh*t all over you, they can probably come to their own conclusions.

        kthanxbye. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      The NSX is dead
        • 7 Years Ago
        What happened with design? The original model though Ferrari like was a distinctive low production model. This new one looks like anything else on the road. Maybe it's time to just call it quits.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'd have to agree, My dream car is the mid 90's NSX.
      I was disappointed with the concepts that do not live up to nsx standards (front engine V10=blasphemy).

      Just let it stay dead, and give us a new s2000
      • 7 Years Ago
      I still wish it was gonna be mid engined. Oh, well...
        • 7 Years Ago
        It can be front mid-engined
      • 7 Years Ago
      ...and will stay dead because the next model will not be mid-engine.

      YSX...yawn sportscar experimental
      • 7 Years Ago

      "sporting a new front end that "has Chevrolet Corvette undertones".."

      So much like the previous NSX looked that that era's Camaro, this one is doing the same thing all over again.


      Ok, all teasing from a 'vette owner aside, that car does look awesome and it will be very cool to have something with the NSX nametag on it back on the road. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      What happened to the HSC Concept? I loved that thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ferrari ought not to laugh.

        The first NSX scared the bejeezus out of the Italians, and probably furrowed some brows as Porsche as well. It wasn't quite as extreme, but it cost a lot less and wasn't a complete maintenance princess. Remeber late 80s/early 90s Ferraris? Remember "Oil changes every 1000km, and even then you're spending more time in the shop than out". The NSX was a supercar that could be treated like an Accord, and it (as well as the Corvette) were serious game-changers.

        I think people forget that the NSX was released in 1991. They're comparing it to models released in the last years of it's life, which isn't exactly fair. Honda's mistake was not (by choice or not) failing to keep the pressure on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      congrats honda on the decision to go RWD on multiple models!! you're only (look at watch) 25 years late!!

      my high school calculus teacher used to say "better never than late..."
        • 7 Years Ago
        rwd? honda motorcycles since day 1!
        • 7 Years Ago
        What we have to remember is that, despite some very good sales, Honda is a small company. Smaller than Nissan/Renault, FIAT, PSA or Mitsubishi. Much, much smaller than Ford, Toyota, Daimler, VW or GM.

        They can't really afford to engineer more than a few platforms, and they really can't make them terribly different from each other. They're about the size of BMW, who also has a serious lack of diversity in their product line: all rear-drivers (excepting the Mini) with little base engineering differences. The difference is that Honda's cars are mostly front-drive (excepting the S2000) and are more mass-market (with the lower profit margins that entails).

        It's the reason that Acura struggles as a marque of gussied-up Accords: Honda is not Toyota; they do not have the capital to engineer a speciality platform and move it in the volume necessary to offset the cost. What they do, they do very well, and criticising them for working within their financial limitations really isn't fair.

        You may as well as BMW or Porsche (unless they buy VW) to sell a Civic-class car at a Civic price (and no, the 1-Series does not count; it's too small inside, to expensive to make and much too heavy). They're simply not set up to offer that breadth of product.
        • 7 Years Ago
        oh trust me, having been on the inside for several years at the big H (not hyundai), i can tell you they have plenty of $$$ to develop a RWD sedan.

        they were just arrogant about it because unlike a big marketing/sales based company like Toyota, Honda is an engineering/manufacturing driven company. if their engineers said, "no need for RWD V8, we can accomplish just as well with AWD and a 300HP V6", that's what they set out as a challenge. problem was, while the engineers were busy impressing themselves with variable timing-this and super handling-that, the market was calling for a RWD sedan with available V8.

        if they can spend $$$ on developing a stupid "awesome-o" robot and even private jets, they've got money to make a RWD V8 sedan. it's not money they lack; it's sales and marketing driven savvy they're deficient on.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Highly doubtful the Acura brand will become global. My sources in Japan tell me that Honda is highly likely to abandon that plan because the "Lexus" brand is doing horribly in Japan.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lexus in Japan will take some time to take hold. They literally swapped out the badge and jacked up the price. Of course people balked at it.

      • 7 Years Ago
      all it needs now is Acura's ugly bucked teeth grill and its SH-"F"WD
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