• Dec 21, 2010
Acura has been toying with us for some time. We've been waiting patiently for an NSX replacement soon after the original Japanese supercar disappeared, and while we've been waiting around Acura told Car and Driver that something "unconventional" is coming in the very near future. The only hint we have is the use of the word "sporty." Unfortunately, that tag can apply to nearly anything these days, with exhibit A being the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

Car and Driver was able to confirm that the car will not be the front-engined camo-clad car we saw from time to time. However, they got a very confident "probably" from Acura regarding the resurrection of the NSX nameplate.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Something "unconventional" for Acura would be a car that people buy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      By "unconventional" does Acura mean RWD and an attractive fascia? If so, count me in. If they're just teasing and intend to do more of the beak-nosed puller variety, I'll pass. Strength in engineering is great so long as it appeals to the driver. I so wish Acura would tap into the classic BMW enthusiast pool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm going to call it right now. CR-Z with a Acura badge.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I didn't even see your comment before I posted mine. I guess great (or twisted) minds think alike!
      • 4 Years Ago
      A little birdie told me that it might be called an Integra with a turbocharged k24 and awd.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a bridge for sale too if you're interested.
        • 4 Years Ago
        K24 turbo and awd? That is unconventional, since thats not what Integras were suppose to be. Don't know why they would though, K24 turbos are heavy with large turbo lag. But maybe they'll get more out of it then the failed RDX.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How is a

        K24 turbo with SH-AWD unconventional.

        Acura currently sells a

        K23 turbo with SH-AWD
      • 4 Years Ago
      An attractive car would be something very unconventional for Acura.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Probably bringing back the Integra/RSX. They have the ugliest and most boring lineup around.

      Autoblog constantly posts what they will do but it never comes. I wish they would STFU and just make something good instead of ugly crap.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car looks like a sad clown
        • 4 Years Ago
        Friends, can we start posts with some legitimate conversation about the vehicle to stir some real conversation.

        Honda has no doubt lost its mojo, we need to explain why to get traction. The blogs lose so much credibility from these flame on posts.

        Honda, you need a super car, and a rear wheel sports car even if they do not individually support your business objectives. This builds a new era of Honda fanboys, without it you will continue to lose market share legitimately to companies like Subaru.

        Not everything you do has to be so practical that only near retirement money looks at it. Please open your business model, because we know you have the engineering know how...

        Please...

        • 4 Years Ago
        Excellent post @TheSensor
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Unconventional" so they will release a car that isn't ass ugly?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, Chibi, that car is most certainly crying.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh... well poor little guy. :'(
        • 4 Years Ago
        It’s not a looker but Motor Trend gave it 5 stars. Out of so many SUV, CUVs and Trucks only 3 or 4 got 5 starts from MT. Pretty impressive if you ask me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      An unconventional Acura.... a fullsize body on frame pickup truck? ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        ^ took the words right out of my mouth but after seeing the anemic powerplant Acura saddled their only hope with (sportwagon) I've given up on the house Honda built.

        My prediction? A crz with an Acura nose and rsx badge to finish burning what's left of their bridge
      • 4 Years Ago
      An unconventional Acura...you mean, they might actual make a decent looking car again?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe a Diesel Acura?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Friends, can we start posts with some legitimate conversation about the vehicle to stir some real conversation.

      Honda has no doubt lost its mojo, we need to explain why to get traction. The blogs lose so much credibility from these flame on posts.

      Honda, you need a super car, and a rear wheel sports car even if they do not individually support your business objectives. This builds a new era of Honda fanboys, without it you will continue to lose market share legitimately to companies like Subaru.

      Not everything you do has to be so practical that only near retirement money looks at it. Please open your business model, because we know you have the engineering know how...

      Please...
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Honda still engineers excellent cars. They just come off the production line looking like Mr. Hankey. You want a solution to Honda's mojo problem? Hire a decent design team."

        Agreed. . .though I also believe that Acura marketing/product planning also needs a firm shaking. Other posters have already mentioned my impending point, but I think it ought to be repeated in light of this discussion; Acura's current portfolio isn't bad so much as its overlap and the last half-decade's worth of decisions suggest a lack of direction. They completely canned a decent seller in the RSX (but not the JDM-Civic based CSX in Canada) in anticipation of pursuing Tier 1 status (made all the more hilarious by several upmarket companies considering a FWD entry-level car if they don't already produce one), yet have refused to commit to the kind of vehicles that embody a top-level make (like a sports car or better yet, a flagship that doesn't rely on contrived update cycles to maintain the perception of being the better car) on the grounds of economic viability?

        Maybe someone should tell Acura that during the recession, the most sports-oriented arms of its Tier benchmarks (namely AMG and M) not only enjoyed record sales, but grew in scope? Or that Audi has yielded considerable performance and fuel economy gains in a multi-tiered experiment that combines weight reduction and powertrain innovation, two areas in which their parent company also has considerable expertise. Seeing that there are new rumblings about the NSX, it's possible that they're waking up and working on more than just another stopgap that only diehard Acuraphiles will care about. Regardless, Acura needs to pick a market, and redirect the energy they've been vesting in excuse-making into competitive, relevant, and differentiated product. As is, the only difference I perceive between them and bankruptcy-era Buick is that their engineering and technology-driven image is more in-line with younger buyers. Yet as with Volvo with safety, we're getting to a point where the parity of the rest of the market has become such that they may not be able to keep riding that horse into the sunset.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda still engineers excellent cars. They just come off the production line looking like Mr. Hankey. You want a solution to Honda's mojo problem? Hire a decent design team.
        • 4 Years Ago
        amen.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Since the death of the last "sporty" vehicle Acura had, the RSX Type S, the words "Sporty" and "Acura" in the same sentence lately has been an oxymoron. Since they said its going to be unconventional I will guess and say it wont be a Type S version of anything that's currently out. Perhaps Acura will come out with a rebadged CR-Z and "unconventional" means it'll be a sporty hybrid.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @sportsbike80: the CSX was Acura's version of the Civic, the RSX was Acura's version of the Integra.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it is ugly but..

        the TL SH-AWD 6MT is a very well performing car. Weighs 100 pounds less than the crappy 5 speed auto, less drivetrain loss, and has a great Honda manual.

        Outhandled a 335i on Inside Line
        • 4 Years Ago
        The RSX was just a Civic Si.

        Go buy a Civic Si if that's what you want. I don't think Acura should go downmarket like BMW and Audi just for numbers.
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