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Honda HSV-010 - Click above for image gallery

With the exception of a singular shot and a brief press release, Honda is predictably mum on details about its GT500-bound NSX replacement. Thankfully, one fan in Japan was able to snag shots of the HSV-010 undergoing testing at the Suzuka Circuit ahead of its first race in May, and judging by the pics below and videos after the jump, SuperGT fans have plenty to be excited about.

Based on reports from the ground, Honda will campaign four HSV-010s in the 2010 season, each of which was testing at the racetrack late last week (check the differing window banners in the gallery below). The driver line-up hasn't been officially disclosed yet, but the new coupes will bear the numbers 8, 18, 32 and 100 at their debut May 20-21 at Suzuka.

Powering the HSV-010 (which stands for Honda Sports Velocity) is a 3.4-liter V8 mounted in front and sending power to the rear wheels through a six-speed sequential gearbox -- the same transmission used by Nissan and Toyota on its GT500 contenders. The styling bears some resemblance to prototypes that ran the Nurburgring in recent years, but it's decidedly curvier, more aerodynamic and -- to our eyes -- damn sexy, particularly in matte black with the angry LED eyebrows.

As previously reported, Honda has no plans to sell a road-going version of the HSV-010 to consumers. Instead, the Big H has found a loop-hole in the SuperGT regulations that allows the automaker to campaign a car in the series that's "production feasible" but not in production. So unless Honda reverses course and pulls an LFA, the closest you'll come to seeing and hearing the all-new NSX is in the videos after the jump.

UPDATED with more videos after the jump and high-res images in the gallery below. Thanks Enzo!




[Source: Circuit Diary via TOV and Motors Blog]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      Man, I wish some of this could have trickled down to a new S2000 replacement. Sigh.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what a beautiful thing. The sound, the look! I can't believe Honda has no current plans to bring this car to market.
      my only quarrel is that a lot of the legacy cars that are being "recreated" now are just in a whole different price range of the initial enthusiast crowd. GT-R for example was a reasonably priced car that tuners made into a monster. same way i feel if they bring the Supra back its going to be all luxurious and on par to compete with an Aston Martin /rant
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, look at it this way. The 2005 Acura NSX cost $90,000. The average new car cost back then was $27,958 so it was roughly 3 times the average new car price. The average new car cost in 2009 (according to THIS website) is $26,300. So, the Nissan GT-R at $80,000, $10,000 LESS than the last NSX, is QUITE a steal by performance comparison.

        You're right about the old Skyline GT-R though, they were only about $30,000.

        Another thing to keep in mind though is this. The Supra TT, the 300ZX TT and even the FD Mazda RX-7 were all 13 - 14 second 1/4 mile cars out the box. Look at the Nissan 370Z. It runs a 13.3. Now I know there's a LOT more than just straight line squirt racing to consider, but seeing as how Nissan is the only one of these three to truly "resurrect" one of these nameplates, I don't think the 370Z is a "bad" deal for $29,990.
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      You people really think this looks good ?? !!

      Its ugly as hell...the pic with the above shot the car seems like a RC car you buy a Toys"R"Us....

      If your look from the front i think it looks good....but the car as a whole doesnt flow and its not pretty. Sounds good tho...reminds me of the LF-A...could this be Hondas ansa to the LF-A ? It better be a good one....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        And while I'm at it, I might as well take another cheap shot: at least it doesn't make you want to poke your own eyes out, like the SC430 does.

        At any rate, all these cars are pretty irrelevant.
        RWD V8 GT-R: can't buy, doesn't exist
        RWD V8 Honda: can't buy, doesn't exist
        RWD V8 SC430: won't buy, too ugly
        • 5 Years Ago
        @JDM Life
        Looks better than your melted-wax dream car ISF.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Forumula Nippon engine makses this car boring.
      Sound like Forumula gets boring real soon when it comes from Road car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda will never build it.
      They have a green car image to cultivate now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damn, this car makes me feel almost proud to say I'm a Honda fanboy again. 'Almost' -- until they make this car into production.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Me too. If Honda skimps out on making this one, i may just have to lay my fanboy'ism to rest indefinitely. There's just no excitement with the company anymore. This coupled with the De Ferran news and i'm done i think.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That sound... makes my knees weak.
      WinXP
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why, wont you just make this Acura? please, oh and bring the CL back while your at it
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised no one has noticed that the rear lights look like they're pulled straight out of the FT-86 Concept.

      Honda actually DID have plans for RWD concerning its Acura brand, but they scrapped it and they're still just bringing Accords with can openers at the front. I think Honda COULD make a RWD Chassis, at least one would do. Infiniti literally uses the FM Chassis in all of its cars. At one point Chrysler was considering to turn its mid-sizers to RWD(That includes the Camry/Accord fighting Avenger)
        • 5 Years Ago
        It does look like an FT-86, but the connected shape of the two rear lights looks like an inverted NSX as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Crank up your volume and see these 10 + 10 minutes of HQ videos:

      Part1:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCqY-vAX4EA

      Part2:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXfdGLbPcyI

      • 5 Years Ago
      The car looks good due to it's wide body panels.

      Take off the wide = UGLY
      • 5 Years Ago
      Makes me sad watching (and listening) to the vid. Sounds so amazing, and the bodywork looks like it would've been a sexy production car.

      One thing to note, widebody Super GT cars distort a lot of facets from the production model. Headlights wouldn't be so slanted and "angry" (a byproduct of having wider larger overhang fenders for the bigger tires), there wouldn't be those Klingon-forhead hood vents, nasty rear wing, absurd fender flares, etc etc.

      A shame that Honda is putting its eggs in the hybrid basket. And the ugly Crossturd. Ironically, Toyota is more focused on sporty cars while Honda is sticking to uninspired derivatives.
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