• Jun 19, 2008
Click above for gallery of high-res Acura NSX prototype spy shots

The next generation Acura NSX is still two years away. But the cars with which it will compete are currently moving the goal posts further and further toward the horizon. By the time the NSX arrives, it could need rocket boosters and a hyperdrive. Or maybe it already has them?

The NSX prototype that we recently showed you lapping the 'Ring has recently been clocked unofficially by KGP spy photographers doing a 7:37 lap around the 'Ring in traffic. It's no secret what kind of cars live in that 7:30 bracket. Seeing as how Honda CEO Takeo Fukui wants the NSX to lap the 'Ring faster than the GT-R, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that Nissan's supercar has done it officially in 7 minutes, 29 seconds.

Remember, though, when the Nissan GT-R was casually timed by trackside reporters, they clocked it doing a 7:38, and well know now what GT-R can really do when pressed by a professional. If the NSX mule and it's rumored 550-hp 5.5L V10 are really that good already, then the car looks in good shape to deliver on Honda CEO Fukui-san's command to beat the GT-R and LF-A.

As a bonus, KGP also managed to snap the interior of the NSX prototype. While not revealing much, we can see its gauges and the paddle shifters for its rumored 8-speed transmission. Also note that these new pics of the NSX prototype were taken while it ran that 7:37 lap.


[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I was there and it was using cut slicks, it had a rolling start, it cheats because it uses an automatic, it started the clock late, it had a professional driver instead of an average guy, but it's going to cost infinity dollars and not nine thousand, it used VTEC which is also cheating, and insert everything else that the GT-R haters say about anything Japanese and fast.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if the price tag will be attractive, and if it will look good, because with the way all of the current and upcoming Acura's are swaying, this one is might be destined to a fugly nose and have way too many buttons inside.

      I already know it will handle good, ride quality comes into question too, with them chasing the GT-R it could be as bad or worse.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well, mission accomplished Honda, now you can throw that $100k sticker on the windshield and put them on the lots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wonder if the price tag will be attractive, and if it will look good, because with the way all of the current and upcoming Acura's are swaying, this one is might be destined to a fugly nose and have way too many buttons inside.

      I already know it will handle good, ride quality comes into question too, with them chasing the GT-R it could be as bad or worse.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Why would you need a trust fund? What ever happened to hard work and achievement? No, not everyone can afford a car of this magnitude, but there are certainly plenty of people who either have saved enough to buy it outright or make enough to make the payments.
        • 6 Years Ago
        attractive only if you have a trust fund.
        my guess is gonna be $140-175k

        count me out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like that 6K is about straight up on the tachometer.
      s13hybrid
      • 6 Years Ago
      Who cares what kind of lap times it puts out if the price is jacked up? And why doesn't honda just go with a turbo six. Didn't some of the old NSXs come with a turbo six (special addition)?

      That aside, welcome to the early '90s! Where is Mazda's entry?
        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        no turbo NSX.

        comptech offered a factory warranty supercharger for like $10k
        believe it brought power up from 270,90 to 420ish.

        • 6 Years Ago
        @s13hybrid
        yes every car should be identical to the gt-r because they're so awesome and everybody loves them
      • 6 Years Ago
      3:35PM - This just in... Someone with a sun dial clocked the GT-R at 7:19... ZOMG!!! What if Ferrari going to do???

      3:40PM - That same guy just clocked the NSX at 7:18:599999999999999999999999999999999999 with that same sun dial watch... In other news: Prosche, Ferrari and Lamboughini just sold their assests and the top level execs committed hara-kiri :O

      3:45PM - Another random person is now saying he clocked the GT-R at 6:59 with his Seiko watch!!! In other news: Honda execs committed hara-kiri :(
        • 6 Years Ago
        GT-R beats NSX by half past a freckle eh? lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not bad for a mule... anything in the 7:30s in freakin' impressive. Can't wait to see the final numbers. I'm still mad at Honda for abandoning the mid engined layout though, but if it works well and if it's styled right, I won't be mad for too long.
        • 6 Years Ago
        3rd that. I really liked the HSC from awhile back. And I also agree they shouldn't call it the NSX.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I second that notion on the abandonment of the mid-engine layout. I don't think they should call it an NSX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's going to be an awesome car and I have lots of respect for Honda/Acura, but given the likely price bracket of the car, isn't it weird they'd compare to the much cheaper GT-R ? Nissan, when testing, aimed to compete with much more expensive cars, aiming up instead of down... To be fair, this car's performance should be at least benchmarked against cars in its price range, pitting it against the GT-R spec-V/V-spec. Should be a nice battle right there... Can't wait to hear more about both cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please, the NSX is hardly done. This is a camouflaged prototype caught racing around the ring. I am sure that the adjustments made to the wheels, tires, and body for production will most likely bring the NSX down to the GT-R goal.

      Lest we forget this GT-R video showing the prototype GT-R tooling around the Ring at 7:38:
      http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/25/video-nissan-gt-r-laps-the-nurburgring-in-7-38/
      This GT-R looks more polished than the NSX.

      Now my next question is- any reports on track conditions? Because, again, as we saw with the GT-R, they could have quite an effect on the overall lap time.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the NSX also seems to have some sort of padding or false body panels that would trash the aerodynamics.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Regarding track conditions, per the article, this time was taken on an OPEN TRACK with TRAFFIC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hopefully this, the LF-A, the GT-R, Z06, ZR-1 and cars like it will be available after the CAFE restrictions are jacked up. This seems like an exciting new time in automotive history (the Engineering Age?) and it would be a shame if it is hamstring'ed by government restrictions. It's great for us car nuts to see the manufacturer's going after each other like this
        • 6 Years Ago
        It seems fairly typical to periodically have the govt put restrictions on cars to make them more practical somehow (pollute less, no lead in gas, CAFE) then HP drops, after awhile it makes it back up again with all said restrictions. CAFE won't affect handling. Getting high HP motors isn't anything new, getting them to comply with emissions is. Next step will be getting them with better mileage or whatever's next. It's all rather exciting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If I'm not mistaken this was done with traffic.
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