• Jul 29, 2008

The new Acura/Honda NSX may still be a couple of years away, but when talking about the sequel to such a dynamically legendary supercar, time won't stop speculation from ramping up and details from leaking. True to its name, Inside Line has put together what it believes is an accurate depiction – both visually and technically – of the newest challenger for Japanese supercar domination.

The first thing to know about the new NSX is that its emphasis will be on aerodynamics. Honda's F1 team may have yet to reach the pinnacle of success on the circuit, but that doesn't mean the company hasn't learned a few tricks in the process. For starters, the entire rear end of the car is tipped to act as a giant wing, generating prodigious amounts of downforce where soon-to-be archrivals Lexus LF-A and Nissan GT-R use heavy rear transaxles to keep the tail planted and the weight balanced. At an estimated 3256 lbs (you know, give or take), the NSX is also expected to come in a good 550 lbs lighter than Nissan's beast. Based on sources within Honda, Inside Line has come up with what they feel is an close prediction of how the NSX will look, and then proceed to call it boring. What lies underneath, however, is tipped to be a 5.5-liter V10 pumping more than 600 hp and 433 lb-ft of torque through a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox and the company's Super Handling AWD system.

With an anticipated $160,000 price tag, the new Honda supercar will have some dangerous competition. However developmental test mules of the NSX have already reportedly managed to lap the vaunted Nurburgring Nordschleiffe in a blitzschnell 7:37 on their first attempt. Once everything's tweaked to perfection, though, the NSX is easily expected to drop below 7:30. How far below will remain to be seen. With Japan, America and Europe's best vying for the top slot, the heat is on.

[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      That is one disgusting piece of ugly cr@p. I guess it's intended for the American market only.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Anyone can tell it's not an attractive design just from the spy shots. Besides, you can predict what the real car is gonna look just based on the recent Honda/Acura design cues for the American market. You can insist that the real thing would look much better than the magazine rendering. But when the real ugly thing gets unveiled, you can um.... feel like an idiot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i have to agree although the side profile of it is really nice (imo). the front and rear leave a lot to be desired though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm sorry. but if you're going to do an NSX, do it the proper way.

      mid-engine, rear-wheel drive.

      that's what i associate with the NSX.
      i wouldn't be having such a problem if they just called it something else.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @vintage:

        new Vigor (cause it ain't a NSX): 3256 lb
        Corvette Z06: 3132 lb

        difference: 124 lb

        Its not that heavy. By the way the ZR1 is heavier, estimated 3,300 lb (Wiki)
        • 6 Years Ago
        i concur..
        no mid-engine --> no nsx
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring out in 2010 the replacement for a car that was out of date in the '90s. Just to be typical Honda they will test it for 10 years and release it just in time to be about 10 years too late. Why don't you stick a few R cars on a slow boat to the U.S. and see how those sell compared to a $150k+ car that you know won't have another update for 20 years.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i like this idea. why cant honda be bothered to offer any of the R cars? we get their R bikes afterall. i have the money to get a SH-AWD Civic R. just make it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't like the front, but I think the ass-end looks great... except for those stacked exhaust tips. And like most people, I still believe it should've been mid engined. I'd bet money it's gonna be an incredible drive though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well at least its not 225K like the LF-A.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IMHO the Design, fell short from a supercar perspective.

      The Original NSX envokes an EXOTIC design feel to it.....This does not.

      How many times does HONDA have to go back to their drawing board to get it right? save yourself a headached and humilation HONDA and Fire all the Acura design team and Leave the design to the Japanese or yet hired someone from Maranello.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The back looks sexy, but the front looks like a Tiburon that fell out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down.

      Where could they possibly put a big V-10 on that wheelbase but over the front axle? Such a damn shame to lose the MR layout...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Corvette ZR-1" just ordered one. ;)
      • 6 Years Ago
      I laugh at the price tag.

      Rebadged Honda = expensive much?

      At least Nissan didn't even think about rebadging the GTR with the Infiniti name and jacking up the price.
        • 6 Years Ago
        since when did they rebadge this car?

        this car will out do everything from audi, lambo, porsche and ferrari.


        • 6 Years Ago
        The old one couldn't beat an STI on a track. Is this one really going to be that much quicker??? I'll take an STI and $120k in upgrades.

        Call me crazy, I guess I like hatches...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda now means "butt ugly" in English.

      The GTR is no supermodel but just about everything that came after the Civic is vomit-inducing
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree. I don't know a honda that looks good these dayss.

        And for Autoblog to associate "legendary" with the old NSX, you must be smoking something. The thing only had a freakin V6 that never topped 290HP. I swear honda does not know how to make a performance anything. Hopefully this will change that but for 160k? Dang.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Keat, if the old NSX is such a dog, why is it they have higher resale values than more poweful japanese supercars like the 300ZXTT, RX7TT, Supra MkIV, 3000GTVR4, etc etc etc.

        The NSX is a scalpel. Not a sledgehammer. It wasn't made to have a billion HP and be fast in a straight line.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ KeatMP:

        I think you completely missed the point of the original NSX. It was never designed to be the most powerful car. Consider that it's final iteration (NSX Type R) ran the Nurburgring in 7:56 with less than 300hp and you'll start to understand the point of the NSX. And when it debuted, even though it's power output seemed modest, light weight (the worlds first all aluminum production car), amazing handling (suspension developed by F1 drivers Ayrton Senna and Satoru Nakajima) and dual personality from it's VTEC engine (first variable valve timing system in the US, plus titanium connecting rods and a screaming 8000rpm redline) meant that it could outperform the best that Europe had to offer on most circuits at the time, yet be fuel efficient and tractable in daily driving. And it brought something to the table that no other exotic could boast: reliability. Say what you want about it but almost every automotive publication I've ever read has credited the original NSX as being the reason Ferrari, Porsche and the like had to build better cars, because Honda proved that reliability issues and performance weren't synonymous. It was indeed legendary.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @ Keat

        hmm yet another ignorant person of Honda's Race Bred history as well as Racing history
        • 6 Years Ago
        keat: Honda can't build ANYTHING performance oriented?

        The David Brabham driven Acura ALMS P2 car winning Lime Rock overall (beating Porsche & Audi) proves you wrong! Anybody that saw Senna & Prost win 15 out of 16 F1 GPs in 1988 proves Honda has indeed figured out performance... "SOMETHING"!!!

        JMO
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey Vintage, forget the Japanese sports cars. The NSX holds value better than Ferrari 348s of the same vintage.
      • 6 Years Ago
      No one is going to read this, but it needs to be said: the only people calling this an "NSX" are the blogs and speculators. Acura has said that is an NSX-replacement model, not a new NSX.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised by the price, because if these specs hold true, this has the potential to be THE fastest coupe in the world by a HUGE margin.

      400lbs lighter than the V-spec? 80hp stronger than the V-spec? And the V-spec is already getting the performance mods that make it possible to shave off multiple seconds off the GT-R's Nurburgring time.

      I agree with 2007RC's comment, that if they get this thing dialed in right, you could see mid-high 7:10s from this car.

      This might just be the next level up in the 'get what you pay for' supercar wars.

      70K GT-R, ~7:30
      100K ZR1 ~7:25
      130K V-spec, ~7:20
      160K NSX, ~7:15

      Now thats just a goofy estimation of the times, but I'll bet five-hundred monopoly monies that is the order in which it comes out.
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