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Late last year, Honda confirmed that it had halted development on the Acura NSX project as we had come to know it. While we're still mourning the loss of the promised front-mounted 560-horsepower V10 powerplant and torque-vectoring AWD setup, the boys at Car and Driver are reporting that the NSX may yet appear in some other form entirely.

Quoting John Watts, Acura's senior manager of product development, C&D says the NSX revival may still be in the works, just on a somewhat lower performance plateau. Says Watts, "For it to be fully effective [as a halo vehicle for the brand], it couldn't be too far removed" from Acura's other products.

As the original Acura NSX proved, Honda is capable of amazing things when it comes to performance-minded automobiles. As cool as another technological Tour de Force would be, the idea of a mid-level sportscar from Acura is certainly an intriguing prospect in its own right and would be something much more affordable for the average working stiff.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      this is all moot as this car will suck. I'm sorry. I loved honda/acura. and the NSX and S2000 were amazing examples of great looking, great handling sports cars. But with the new president's stance clearly stating it will no longer make rear wheel drive sports cars, this car is doomed to wallow in mediocre territory.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make this new NSX a sports car based on the new RL. V-8 powered, SH-AWD, maybe
      400 HP and price at 55 to 60. Acura needs the new RL and NSX. Then all they have to do is re-vamp the grills.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want them to make 2 doors stock with turbo! Sort of like the AP1's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know that concept design has been around for a while... but damnnnnnn.... Acura should be modelling their cars based on that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Make it mid-engine! I'm thinking a G35 competitor with a mid-engine layout would be an awesome addition to this segment. Keep it under $50k and sign me up!
        • 5 Years Ago
        My first thought as well, mid-engined please. Maybe a smaller displacement V8, like 2x F20C's or something on one crank.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am going to laugh and laugh when Honda researches, and develops and refines and tests, and changes focus, all to end up with...

        The HSC, a concept car they showed 6 years ago.

        Now THAT'S what I call progress!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did anyone else think this was some strange version of the R8 by just looking at the picture?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh no! It's just you!!!

        This concept design is old and was shown before the R8.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Most def it has to move down market in all aspects because if they can't make the car better then a Nissan GT-R there's no point in bringing the NSX back again.....If they make it down market at least they will be able to hold face and say it's a Grand tourer like a G37 as appose to a ZR1, GT-R or a 911 etc...
      • 5 Years Ago
      This isn't an NSX replacement, if it isn't mid-engined. Just that simple.

      It may be some other new car, super-sport, or grand touring, or something... but if it isn't a mid-engined 2-seat sports car, it isn't an NSX anything.

      I'd prefer an Audi/Lambo/Ferrari/Porsche like longitudinal drivetrain, but I'll even look past another transverse drivetrain like the previous NSX and MR2, at least it is mid-engined and rear-drive.

      Honda can make the engines... They used to be able to style the car, as well, but recently, I am no so positive, considering current hondas like Accord, and all the new Acuras, and that concept pictured.

      If you aren't going to put a mid-engined sports car on the market, just let the NSX be at peace in the used-car, soon to be classic category.

      This is getting ridiculous... SVX used to be the affordable front-engined Porsche Carrera 4 alternative. NSX used to be the premium, but cheaper-than-Ferrari mid-engined sports car alternative. Japan was building good stuff, less expensively than european hardware...

      Now we get game-playing and hybrids... or a nearly 4000-lb tour de force, but super-heavyweight and not-so-great-looking GT-R. No new Supra/2000GT, No new MR2, No new RX7, No new 3000GT,

      At least Nissan is in the game, although the new Z looks like a frog, but at least offers the hardware. Infiniti G37 actually looks good, as a front engined GT Coupe.

      Hyundai is getting hungry...

      But Toyota only has rumors. Honda has pathetic rumors, Mitsubishi and Subaru don't even have coupes at all, nor have they for a decade. And the new Subaru/Toyota coupe is rumored to be losing horsepower before it has even been seen by anyone, and the word "eco-car" has been floated to describe it.

      Have the japanese companies all lost their nerve?

      The american companies all seem to be living 40 years in the past... and most of the european hardware is still above a working-Joe's shrinking discretionary buying power.

      I guess buying 12-17 year old SVXs and NSXs, and learning how to restore them properly is going to be about it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But youre right about one thing, JDM. Honda is pretty much useless these days.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1. We don't even know for sure if it will be called an NSX, so whining about ruining the reputation and history of the vehicle shouldn't start until its confirmed. At this point its just a replacement.

        2. Most of the people bitching have never owned this car and never could. So taking it very personally is unnecessary.

        3. They stopped making the NSX because it wasn't profitable, which is also why a suitable replacement has taken so long to come out, that and the market keeps changing. As far as I'm concerned the NSX was an amazing mistake made by Honda, just be happy it existed at all. And appreciate that Acura is attempting to create another high performance car.

        4. Even if this car does end up being significantly different from the original.. so what? Cars change along with time. People go crazy about the thought of a possible forced induction mid-engine corvette, why not give this car, whatever it ends up being, a chance.

        5. So what if the new one ends up sucking? The original NSX will always be remembered for what it was.

        6. Don't get too worked up about this "report", how many have we seen over the years and then the story completely changes, there has been so much time wasted complaining for nothing.

        • 5 Years Ago
        The IS-F has beaten the C63 in numerous track tests where bends are involved, if you have actually followed the news stories.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The IS-F pales in comparison to the M3 and C63, which are its competitors, not th G37. The G37 is a great alternative to the bland IS350.

        The LF-A has yet to be released, and who knows what itll be competing with when its finally released. Seems like the Camaro wont be the only car to be in preproduction for what seems like forever.

        Good luck with the Supra. Toyota wont commit to saying they even have anything planned these days, what makes you think itll be here anytime soon?

        Toyota/Lexus' last concern is performance. 8spd slushboxes =! performance. Unless you consider a corolla sport a performance sedan!! Yeehaw!
        JDM Life
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dont believe Japanese have lost their balls and the LF-A, IS-F and GTR are are perfect example of that. If anything their balls have grown bigger with these cars.

        Toyota/Lexus is ahead of Nissan/Infiniti. Nissan or Infiniti does not have a IS-F competitor, the IS-F rapes the G37 coupe & sedan and with the LF-A looks very serious even more so then the GTR. Not to mention Upcoming GS-F model from Lexus, Infiniti does not have a match for it. Nissan does have the 370z which is very good. With the upcoming Supra Toyota will have a competitor for the 370z.

        In all Toyota & Nissan are on the ball with performance....where Honda is stuck wonderland.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with Boxer Fanatic,

        If its not Mid engine rear wheel drive then its should not be called NSX or NSX replacement. They should say Honda/Acura NEXT HALO car. BTW I love HSC I don't understand why dont they make it? its small enough doesn't look heavy and also if you make it hybrid power mix with V6 then you already have a winner, MidEngineRearDrive hybrid sport car. And if they really want to throw more technology then add SH-AWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Soooo.... it's more of an Acura branded S2000 replacement then an NSX replacement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Either way, they should most definitely make it
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't mind if they came out with something smaller like the Lotus Elise!

      Make it a bare bones RWD 6 spd with a K20 motor and sell it to the poor enthusiast! lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      ""For it to be fully effective [as a halo vehicle for the brand], it couldn't be too far removed" from Acura's other products."

      In other words, it has to be boring, bloated, heavy, and overpriced? Thanks for the memories, NSX... you will be missed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This whole NSX replacement thing pisses me off...... Honda....take 2 k20 motors and join them at the crank..... Turn the motor sideways and drop into a car like the Evora. Price at $75k and sell all you can make...very, very simple.......
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would work great for me.
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