• Nov 22, 2010
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According to Peter Lyon, Motor Trend's correspondent abroad, Honda is still hard at work on a successor to the much-loved NSX sports car. If true, we can expect the halo car to be powered again by a six-cylinder engine, this time augmented by a hybrid powertrain.

Up to this point, we're willing to put on our tinfoil NSX fanboy hats to suspend our fleeting grip on reality in hopes of a return to Honda-spec supercardom. However, not even Mulder himself could sell us on what Lyon is suggesting. According to MT's man in Japan, Honda is planning to use a flip-flopped Accord platform as the basis for its super coupe. You read that right.

While we'd love to see a 400-horsepower, all-wheel-drive NSX hit the market in 2014, we're not holding our collective breath... especially for one based on a backwards Accord chassis.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      dEEr HaANdAh,

      Put ingeen en frunt, put diffurinchul en reer wif dryveshaff en duh middul. Mahk kar lyke dat plees.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Punctuation & spelling & grammar are your friends.

        Use them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is by far the best thing Honda has ever done..

      • 4 Years Ago

      Honda has had their attitudes about sports car ass-backwards for some time now [Hello CRZ, goodbye S2000] - so it makes perfect sense to me they're using a flip-flopped, backwards, generic, vanilla, family sedan platform for their ultimate Halo car.

      Next up: THE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM HONDA THAT THE 2015 Acura NSX will have 6 wheels instead of 4 !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Drop the 4wd idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A backwards Accord is a 911. Think about it.

      The most irrational (and wonderful) automobile layout ever.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone is saying the Accord is too heavy, tall, wide, bulky, etc...but maybe he's referring to the European Accord, a.k.a. the Acura TSX. That would make more sense, yes?
        • 4 Years Ago
        For example, just on the Accord, the Accord Sedan, Accord Coupe, and Accord Crosstour have different sheet metal, structures, windows, and ROOF HEIGHTS.

        How did they do that using your argument?

        School is back in!!!!!!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        John H.?

        • 4 Years Ago
        @bike: School time!

        The Accord chassis is unibody, not body-on-frame. That means that the roof and other upper bits (crossmembers, bracing, geometry) are integral to the car's designed-in chassis stiffness / NVH and safety cage / crumple zone. Changing those pieces will affect how the car performs, and how safe it will be. Chopping the roof by a foot, and changing how the rest of the car sits isn't as easy as it sounds.

        If the Accord were BOF like a *real* truck (i.e. not a fakey Ridgeline), then only the frame would matter. It'd also handle like a truck, pushing the weight up higher than it need be.
        • 4 Years Ago
        School is back in for another session.

        That "fakey" Ridgeline has a fully boxed frame welded to a unibody structure.

        Like Sue, you need to go do more homework.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Even if they used the TSX chassis, it's still too big & heavy.

        The current TSX roof is nearly a foot higher than the NSX, and it weighs nearly 500 pounds more for pity's sake!
        • 4 Years Ago
        WTF does the height of the roof on the TSX have to do with Honda using the Accord PLATFORM to build an NSX?
      • 4 Years Ago
      just to pacify everyone out there who is about to have a heart attack due to the accord bit. remember the skyline GT-R was built on the same chassis as the vanilla skyline, which was nothing impressive. great cars and lame cars have shared platforms before. If Honda is serious about making a serious sports car, it will be fine, even if it shares an Accord platform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Zmatt: The Nissan GT-R is a brute force approach using computers to make up for an oversized, overweight chassis - it has the same curb weight as a full-size Buick (3800+ lbs)!

        For comparision, the NSX-R punched in a 1000 pounds lighter, at 2800 lbs.

        I dunno about you, but I think 1000 lbs is a *lot* of additional weight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @john H,

        wait, did you just say the skyline GT-R isn't a legitimate sports car? What IS then? a car does not have to be rear drive or mid engined to be a sports car. Granted, this new NSX will be, but I was using the skyline as an example or a family car, turned legend. it can, and has been done.

        @Reuben, the R32-R34 were all based on the skyline, just awd instead of rear drive, with attesa-ets and super hicas, and the rb26dett. the platform was the same. the R35 on the other hand is on a platform of its own, and the current skyline (aka infinity G) is based on the Nissan Z cars and not the GT-R.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Nissan Skyline GT-R has always been built off the Skyline chassis, which has always been available as a sedan. So this makes perfect sense. Like it's spiritual father, the Mitsubishi GTO / 3000 GT, the Skyline GT-R is too big and heavy to be a proper sports car.

        OTOH, the NSX, like the S2k, was a proper, lightweight sports car built on a dedicated sports car chassis.

        If Honda is going to slap the "NSX" label on some watered-down IMA-powered POS, like they did with the CR-Z, I want nothing of it. NS-Z? No thanks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      sorry, you lost me at hybrid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If and when we are blessed with a new NSX, I sincerely hope that it does not include a tacked-on metal beak. Why does honda insist on designing such ugly vehicles?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Given the choice between the Acura beak and the CR-Z hybrid system, I'll take the beak.


        Because I can always get a JDM Honda-badged nose or a full aftermarket bodykit to rectify the looks.

        It's much harder to reengineer to reengineer the car to remove IMA.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does Honda not have enough money to create an aluminum space frame? Ugh...if the future NSX comes into fruition, it would most certainly be the laughing stock of the car world. Why even bother?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Stopped waiting/caring for Honda/Acura and just bought an M3. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        shoulda bought a mustang
      • 4 Years Ago
      By flip-flopping the Accord chassis, does the author mean that the new car will be built on Accord components in a rear-engined, RWD form?
        • 4 Years Ago
        As Mugen showed with their RR, a new NSX could use a North-South layout in the same packaging.
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