• Jun 18, 2008
By now we've all seen the spy shots showing Acura's NSX revival bombing around the Nürburgring in Germany. There's a reason those drivers are pushing their prototype hard enough to get air through the turns. Inside Line is reporting the Honda CEO Takeo Fukui wants his NSX to toast both the Nissan GT-R and the Lexus LF-A around the Green Hell. Considering that the GT-R has posted lap times on the 'Ring that utterly defy what it should be able to do on paper, and that the LF-A is still a moving target that's trying to best the GT-R too, Honda engineers have some serious work to do developing the NSX over the next two years. IL suspects the next NSX will get a 5.5L V10 producing 550 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque that's derived from a V8 that's slated for the next-gen, rear-wheel-drive Acura RL. They also surmise that it will use an 8-speed auto with paddle shifters, feature an advanced version of Honda's Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system and use lots of aluminum in its construction to keep weight down. Unfortunately, by the time the NSX arrives, the GT-R V-Spec will have moved the bar again.


[Source: Inside Line]


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      • 6 Years Ago

      Well that's great and all, but I don't think they'll be anywhere close to the GT-R's dollar to Ring-time ratio.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is anyone concerned about the ability of these current crop of supercars and all future supercars to perform on any track other than the 'Ring?

      It seems as if every new supercar is being custom designed to extract maximum performance from one specific track. A car should be engineered in a balanced way that allows it to perform well anywhere or in any type of racing you may do with it (road racing, auto-x, drag racing, etc).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep they'll manage to do it. And it'll also cost twice as much as a gt-r so. . . congratulations?

      Now if they beat the gtr in performance and price maybe I'll start paying attention. . . but we all know that won't happen.
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's like being mad Ferraris aren't cheap so you can afford them. They're expensive for a reason. It's why the GT-R is so cheap. Ever been in one? It's cheap for a reason...
      • 6 Years Ago
      550hp is more than the V-spec will have (reportedly). It looks smaller than a GT-R, so it might be lighter.

      If it can do V-spec performance for its estimated price point (~125K?) I'll like it. But I'm sure they have their work cut out for them.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Ok. Totally unrelated. But is there a reason Nissan doesn't make a V-spec Z car? Would this send the purists into a frenzy or something?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think it would be a smart move to make a V-spec Z car, following the release of the new 370Z, which is of course after they will have released the GTR V-spec. Nissan could ride the GTR V-spec wave and slap the label on a 370Z and they'd have my next $40-50K, and I imagine many others', given that the car is worth it (would have to have at least 400 hp. Actually, I think 400 on the dot would be a nice number, given the next 370Z will have something on the order of 350, if I'm not mistaken).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't think it would. There were some twin-turbo ZXs before the 350Z.

        I'd like to see it too.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I suppose V-spec could mean other things than just engine upgrades.

        But they already make the slightly lighter NISMO 350Z.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I suppose V-spec could mean other things than just engine upgrades.

      But they already make the slightly lighter NISMO 350Z.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry, what?

        Granted I meant that as a reply to the post above by Carsteve.

        But Nismo 350Z doesn't have 4 cyl, auto, or SH-AWD.



        You lost me.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I have no idea how I ended up on top of A7C's response that I was replying to.

        Damn this reply function to hell!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Simple fix, Make it Mid-engine Rwd
      • 6 Years Ago
      First off this is about NSX vs GT-R and may the best car win. If you want my opinion I like the NSX got one up on the GT-R for looks but as you know it is all about performance. I would love to see these on the streets and in shows not on poles or tow-trucks. I have been looking for something pretty to put in the garage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Very, very tall order, but I wish them well.
        • 6 Years Ago
        x2 best of luck honda, though i thought the nsx was slated to retail for over $100,000 per current rumblings which would put it on par with the more hardcore GTR spec V or whatever nissan badges it... the brilliant thing is, if either honda or toyota manage to usurp the GTR or it's faster version they'll also leapfrog the R8, several of porsche's best, the SLR, etc etc... which is pretty insane.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Considering the car will probably cost 1.5 times more than the GT-R, they must beat it.

        I think it is hilarious that all of these makers were expecting to compete with the price point of a Ferrari with sub par performance, and now they have to compete with the GT-Rs price point AND performance.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do people act like its impossible to beat a GTR around the ring? You need a car that has a lot of grip and balance. The car must give you confidence. Any car manufacturer can make a car faster then GTR. ANY of them. But, how much will it cost? People forget thats the shocking thing about the GTR, its price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As long as the GT-R is priced where it is priced, nothing will touch it. A $200,000 car that goes one tenth faster around the Ring is a waste of $ to all but the seriously under-endowed.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Acura always trys to outdo somebody but they fail in certain major aspects (RL, RDX) are good examples of what Acura did wrong.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The RL is a great car!

        It doesn't have the V8 that all the style-conscious, polo-shirt wearing DINKs seem to think they need. But, do a +1 on the wheels to improve the handling, improve the brakes to compensate for the increase in unsprung weight and this is a fine, go anywhere performance sedan. Much more practical and dependable than any of its German competition.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You guys obviously have no idea about Honda's sports car history. Marketing and sales is second to engineering and performance, they're trying to create the best car possible. The S2000 was never intended to be as successful as it was or be produced for more than a couple of years. Honda made no money on the original NSX. You must be confusing Honda with Toyota.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Acura dude hasn't done his homework. NSX way too heavy with luxury items.

        Wrong market anyway...retired golfers driving the NSX don't know what the "Ring" is, don't care.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Motortrend matters why? That entire test is off base, comparing the RDX to a LR2 and MKX which are clearly in another class. The only real competition is the X3 and upcoming compact SUV's. Since when did the RDX become a soft-roader luxo crossover (MKX) and have EXCELLENT off-road capabilitys too(LR)

        Sales shows if they hit home or not, and by them missing the mark THEY set, it proves that they didn't expect it to sell so "Exclusively".
        • 6 Years Ago
        As an RDX owner, I think you are off base with this comment. Motor Trend seems to agree:

        http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/suvs/112_0708_midsize_luxury_crossover_comparison/results_future_models.html
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree the RL and RDX are fugly, but they are really good cars once you experience them, and their slight resemblance of an eggplant seem to fade with time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        RDX is a great vehicle. The turbo 4 more than holds its own vs the 6 in the X3. The interior blows away the X3. And the ride isn't as rough as you suggest.
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