• Nov 19, 2008
We don't know what the next Acura (Honda) NSX will ultimately look like, but we do know that it will have a 5.5-liter V10 throwing down 560 hp through a torque-vectoring SW-AWD setup. The folks over at Auto Express have a cutaway view of the NSX's gizzards, and what lurks beneath the creased and chevroned skin of the next do-it-all-faster supercar could be good for a few extra heartbeats. We do hope, however, that these exterior renderings are quite a ways off. Otherwise, it might not be so bad if Acura offers a cutaway version of the actual car so that you don't have to see its body, because even under the camo, the new NSX is shaping up to be um, homely.
[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Awesome, and coming only about 10 years too late. Typical Honda though, test, test, test, more testing, only to release something irrelevant. With the last NSX's record, this new one won't be out until 2015 then they will make the exact same version for 15 years after that.


      But hey, it'll be Honda quality and last foreeeeeeeever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I really wished they had stuck with the original NSX formula, but maybe with turbos on the V6, there are enough super-high-power supercars around, but more down-to-earth and "affordable" everyday supercars would be welcome.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I agree on the boosted V6!

        Maybe they could bring out the bad ass v10 version, and make another V6 model? (I'd take the v6!)

        I know that with the original NSX concept they toyed around with a V8 (which obviously was never used). Perhaps they could do something like that (It would be less blasphemous)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Agreed. The V6 in the RL or TL has been able to take quite a bit of power, and would do nicely in twiin-turbo guise.
        • 6 Years Ago
        But isn't a supercar ultra-powerful and very expensive by definition... it wouldn't be a supercar if it was relatively cheap and didn't have 500+ HP?

        I believe you want a sports car. Try looking into a 370Z or an LS3 Vette :) those are relatively simple, fast and affordable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Supercars don't necessarily need to be like that. Is the GT-R a supercar?

        "Supercars are designed to mess with G-forces, and hypercars are designed to mess with G-strings."

        --Jeremy Clarkson
      • 6 Years Ago
      A. I'll believe it when I see it.

      2. Aaargh my eyes ow ow ow
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reminds me a bit of a late-model 300ZX. Would be better if it looked like a late-model NSX... but its not bad.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like an F430 gone horribly wrong. Did their pencils slip when designing the F430 to create this monster?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oddly, despite the enthusiast comments to opposite, I think this is going to be the hot supercar ticket when it arrives, heres why:

      Conspicuous consumption is out. Luxury purchases are sinking fast, and buyers of high-end bling are beginning to espouse more subtle tastes: no-logo designer handbags, fewer holiday vacations to exotic destinations etc. Recent studies from market research firms show that in the $100k+ a year income bracket

      “The definition of living well is changing,” said Jim Taylor, a Harrison vice chairman. “There is a desire to not stand out. If you’re laying people off, you don’t want to buy a Ferrari.”

      I think the NSX will be just the ticket for those well-heeled adrenaline junkies itching to buy a GT without looking like a jackass.

      Honda's timing is impeccable.
        • 6 Years Ago
        So buying a $200,000 Honda will make you look like a reasonable, sane, non-douche who just layed-off half his company to get a car?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well, "jackass" hardly seems like a strong enough word for somebody willing to spend $30k plus on a Honda.

        I'll hit a thesaurus and get back to you...
        • 6 Years Ago
        To the average non-enthusiast, yes. They don't see 599 Fiorano-baiting abilities. They don't know where the Col de Turini or Nurburgring are, and they certainly associate Acura with Honda - as a "cheaper lexus."

        Since it is a bit *ahem homely, they will never have any clue it cost as much as an F430.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I've done some work for Honda in the past and have met the head of design David Marek who is a hell of a nice guy but who I think has lost his way. He's a very fluid type of designer, if that makes sense to any of you and I'm not sure that the sometimes very strict over sight at companies like Honda give him the freedom to explore(just an opinion, not sure).

      The two most recent Honda's, the Pilot and the Accord show the direction of the company and I for one don't like it. The Pilot I don't mind, it's a truck, it should be boxy or at least it can get away with it.

      the Accord on the other hand, well I find it just plain ugly. What makes it even worse is the fact that the 2 door coupe is uglier than the 4 door.

      More appropriately, the new Acura's: the TSX. TL and the RL all have elements of ugly. The TL in particular was perhaps the best looking Japanese car available at the time and I think of all time, for a 4 door family sedan. Now the new 2009 TL just ruins that reputation.

      My assessment of Mr. Marek was that he wasn't like Chris Bangle of BMW but the new Honda/Acura line up puts him in the same category from the stand point of final product but not in heavy handed approach. Mr Bangle told everyone this is the way I designed it and it's great and you will like it. We all know the aftermath of that approach. Mr, Marek on the other hand never came across like that but my suspicion is that he has to follow design parameters send down to him.

      In the end, a world that seems to be more and more homogenized and quite frankly boring, the NSX should be a breath of fresh air like the original was. Remember that car, some of you scorn it for not having a V8 or 500+ horse power but it was fantastic. Nothing like it had come from Japan before and since, not even the new GTR.

      There was no mistaking it for anything else and it was and is special. Super cars or Hyper cars should be out of the ordinary, special, give you a sense of magic and be an event every time you get in. This new NSX looks quite frankly boring and even worse I'm afraid, just like the Accord coupe I mentioned earlier but with some "fugly" jewelery at either end.

      Here's hoping for better and more.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they aren't planning on calling a front engined car an NSX
        • 6 Years Ago
        I love the old NSX, and define an "NSX" as a mid-engine lightweight practical car.

        This is lacking the all important engine location

        I had a similar opinion with the new GTR. It is a great car, but I have a problem with the use of "GTR". GTR's are I6's! ;-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I could get over the fact that the Gt-R has an I6. I could get over the fact that the M3 is now a V8. I can even get over and appreciate that the 'Vette can know handle and is fairly reliable.

        However, making a front engined NSX is like making a front engined 911, or a Heavy Lotus, or a FWD Supra.

        It just undermines the whole engineering concept of the vehicle.

        Honda, don't f'k with what works. If you don't make it mid-engined, don't even think about putting the NSX nameplate on it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      then prepare to be disappointed because that cutaway you see is 99% likely to be it's final design. cutaway views are time consuming and are unlikely to be presented with a opaque body image unless that body design has been finalized.

      i for one think it will look great
      • 6 Years Ago
      USDM accord (JDM Inspire) or Euro/JDM Accord was design in Japan...TL is taken from 2005 Honda Sports4 Concept, which also design in Japan,who's the hell is David Marek?..aa.. now i know, he's the who design the Acura's 'shield' front grill.. (...Mr, Marek on the other hand never came across like that but my suspicion is that he has to follow design parameters send down to him)

      BTW, why no one talk about the cylinder deactivation system?..it is crucial for the high performance sport engine...err.. ZR1 does not have that..
      • 6 Years Ago
      DOA.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I still like the HSC from back in the day better.
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