• Dec 11th 2009 at 6:56PM
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We knew it was coming and now we've got details. According to the latest reports out of Japan, the Honda NSX will live on, but mere mortals will never get a shot behind the wheel.

As previously reported, Honda has been actively petitioning the Japanese Automobile Federation (JAF) -- the organizing entity behind Japan's Super GT series -- to run a new front-engine racer in the touring car championship. A cursory reading of the rule book states that vehicles campaigning in SuperGT must be production vehicles (think GT-R, MR2, SC430). However, Honda's found a loop-hole.

Just as Toyota has done in recent years with the Supra (it's out of production), the Super GT rules specify that a vehicle's specs and design must be submitted to JAF to be approved. That means that a vehicle can be "production ready," if not actually in production. So for the 2010 SuperGT season, Honda will bring out an all-new race car based on the NSX prototype (seen above), reportedly packing a 3.4-liter V8.

So... Lawyers: 1. NSX's lovers: 0. But at least we get to see it race...

[Source: Insideline]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Among my blessings, I count life, freedom, and free ball friday.
      In equal measure, my greatest disappoints :) are the lack of enlightened statesmen, others' work ethic, and no honda supercar.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm not ever excited. Sorry Honda, but Lexus already brought us the LF-A and Nissan gave us the GT-R and Audi introduced the R8 and Ferrari gave us the F360, F430 and F458 and AM gave us the V8 Vantage and Maserati made the GT and Mercedes made the SLS and BMW showed us the M1 Concept and Chevy came out with the ZR1 (Which is rarely ever spoke about for some strange reason) and Ford made the Mustang GT500 KR.

      Welcome to the party... but the party is just about over. But you're early for the green party starting next decade. Too bad Toyota not only makes the LF-A but the Prius. Seems like they are beating you on both ends.
      • 5 Years Ago
      honestly.. why are people still calling this the NSX?? im a huge Honda fan and i can easily tell that it is no NSX nor ever ment to be an next gen NSX.. Honda's always referred to this car as an NSX replacement, but they've never actually called it an NSX..

      so stop calling it an NSX, it's what would of been Acura's Halo car, but it's never been named.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what a genesis coupe rip-off!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        are you stupid, who wants to rip that POS off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      why enter the series when u dont even have any performance oriented products to back it up? Honda is really stupid. They wanted to go green then stop entering any motorsports series and plant some trees instead.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A Honda Accord has more racing perigee in the bolts that attach the hood to the car than Hyundai has in the whole Genesis Coupe.

        Right now, Honda has the S2000, and the Civic SI. The fit is more of a sport car than the genesis coupe will ever be. Honda has competed and won at the top levels of motorsports. The prior NSX had the touch of Ayrton Senna.

        I ask, and what of Hyundai?
        This comes from a proud owner of the Elantra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Rather than a loophole, it is more a case of Honda saying: "Let us do this or we're out." The Super GT Association is a basically a room with Nissan, Toyota and Honda and some privateers so they edict the rules, and bend them if necessary, as they see fit for the mutual benefit of everybody. Just like DTM.
      And the V8 engine is the same Honda engine used in Formula Nippon, just as the engine in the Lexus SC is the Toyota used in Formula Nippon as well. It was decided as a way to cut costs, just as the shared Ricardo gearbox that will be used from 2010. Only Nissan, that does not have a 3,4l V8 and does not want to develop one, benefits from a waiver because... well, because they can not run the Super GT without Nissan. Starting to see a pattern, here ? That is not to say Super GT is phony. It is a genuine ultra-competitive race series, extremely spectacular. A must see.

      Lastly, for what it's worth, the official designation of the 2010 NSX entered in SuperGT is HSV-10.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog's lack of motorsport knowledge continues to amuse me. Super GT is not a "touring car championship".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why do Toyota and Honda hate us?

      Why can't we get another Supra and NSX?

      Even the Prelude was cool.

      Seriously guys, why do you hate us? lol
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know the GTR despite all its brilliance is not a good looking car. However, I would own one in a minute if I were so in love with my new A4. My point is you guys are giving the NSX crap for being ugly when that is the mule. Wait for the end K then give it crap.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It looks like there is a lot of body roll in that pic! It does have a rather lack luster shape. I hope that it is just done up with random honda panels, similar to what Subaru is doing with their latest project. Its settled now though, the next NSX is FR.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a feeling they will eventually make a production version but knowing Honda they will only sell it in Japan. They really like teasing the rest of the world with nice cars that they won't sell to anyone but their own kind....
      • 5 Years Ago
      It seems that R&D people associated with the development of the cancelled-before-the-production new NSX got a break that they wanted. I hope that with success, the V8 (however small the displacement may be) is revived, and somehow with luck, that the FR platform is considered for the Acura lineup.

      I drive an Acura here in Korea (very rare due to absence of the brand), love it, and hope that Hyundai-Kia's continued push upward with their V8s and FR platform give Honda some thoughts about its Acura brand.

      What's up with their new smart luxury axiom for Acura, btw...Has it not been sub-1 tier luxury brand for the past 20 years? Smart, like what...?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm almost sure this car will be sold, now that lexus has the lfa...
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