• Jul 21st 2009 at 2:00PM
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Even though it's been going on for more than two years now, the tale of the Acura NSX is like a news story that just broke: you have to keep checking back for details, and each subsequent update could turn the whole story on its head. The V10 NSX that was going to own the sports car gods on Mt. Olympus was killed, and a rumored newly resurrected NSX is said to be a V6 hybrid that will challenge Toyota's own will-they/won't-they FT-HS/Supra.

Whereas Toyota's entry is reported to put out 400 horsepower to the rear wheels, the NSX will reportedly get about 450 horses going to all four wheels via Acura's SH-AWD system. Dubbed the "Super Hybrid Sports," sources claim it will be built on the same steel platform as the next generation Acura RL.

While this speculation sounds like an interesting car – at least, until the next update comes along – it is a redefinition of what NSX means to us and could take a while to get used to. And if Acura is truly intent on becoming a top shelf luxury maker, we can't help but find it a bit quizzical that they're taking their flagship sports car brand downmarket to compete with a Toyota Supra.

[Source: 7Tune]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      They would have been better off reviving the S2000. This is an uninteresting car.

      I think Acura fell off when they stopped using real names (Integra, Vigor, Legend), not counting the original NSX; which this clearly is not.
      • 6 Years Ago
      By the NSX's own heritage, the next-gen has to measure up to Nissan's GT-R, and Toyota's LF-A ..

      Not the Supra
        • 6 Years Ago
        Technically by the NSX's own heritage it should be going against the Ferrari F450. The Supra and GT-R were even on the NSX's radar during development and the Lexus brand was still in the planning stages.

        I'm nitpicking, of course :-P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Judging from the front overhang - i'm gonna guess it's a front, transversely mounted engine :(
      JDM Life
      • 6 Years Ago
      IDK how this car is goin to be attractive with a awful shape like that..

      This is also no NSX replacement. The NSX i know is a total DIFFERENT car...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Holy front overhang, Batman!
      • 6 Years Ago
      If it's not mid-engined, RWD, and very light, it's not an NSX. Period.
      Call it the HSC or whatever and emphasize that this is a future NSX-SUCCESSOR, but this should NOT wear the time-honored NSX name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just don't call it NSX!!!
      • 6 Years Ago

      450 hp
      50 ft. lbs. torque

      • 6 Years Ago
      Hang around 5 minutes. They'll cancel it again...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't believe they are bringing it back... STOP TEASING US AND JUST MAKE IT OR NOT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Im not a fanboy but im pretty sure they Toyota-Lexus/Acura are thinking twice about bringing their sports car to reality because their performance numbers wont be able to justify the price tag they will come with..Specially when compared to the performance numbers of the Nissan GT-R...It would be a tough sell...So yeah I def see them going hybrid route to justify their drawbacks of how they don't perform like the mainstream performance cars out in the market now....
      • 6 Years Ago
      V10... why? Why are manufacturers enamored with an engine with a cylinder count not divisible by 3(evenly divisible into 360-degrees) or 4... (4-stroke cycle)

      if a force-fed V6, or a V8 isn't enough, why not an inherently balanced, modest-displacement V12 that has better inherent firing order and balance than a V10?

      Front engined... Nix the NSX reference. NSX 'IS' mid-engined.

      On again, off again. call me when they show a concept.

      HSC concept was bland, nearly to the point of ugly, where NSX was hot, if a little bit big in the back end.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "...where NSX was hot, if a little bit big in the back end."

        Hey a lot of people love a bit of junk in the trunk.
        • 6 Years Ago
        firing order and engine balance take a back seat to packaging and cost in this day and age
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