Automotive News reports that the long-dead NSX is back under development after its spiritual successor was sent to the round file in 2008. We've heard an increasing chorus of rumors that the project has been taken off the shelf, but this is the first time we can recall reading direct quotes from higher-ups within Honda confirming its existence. Takanobu Ito, Honda's President, reportedly disclosed that his company is currently working on a successor that will be both entertaining to drive and efficient, which likely means buyers can expect to be met with a hybrid drivetrain when the supercar launches. When will that be? Ito didn't give specific details on when the new-generation NSX will land, though he did say that the racer will be the brawnier bigger brother of the company's CR-Z hybrid.

That means that we can kiss the luscious V10 mounted in the old HSV-010 goodbye. That vehicle was intended to be the most recent take on the NSX, but was scrapped after the auto market at large began circling the drain back in 2008. While fans of the Japanese supercar were up in arms over the fact that the HSV-010 abandoned the mid-engine, rear-wheel-drive finesse of the original NSX for an all-wheel drive platform, we have to imagine many NSX loyalists might not have kind words for a hybridized version of the bruiser.

[Source: Automotive News – sub. req.]


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      Zeer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda has the ability to make an efficient sportscar. When the first gen NSX was shown in concept form, people had doubts as to whether Honda could build a vehicle that could tango with the most prestigious names in the sportscar industry... I know without a doubt that Honda CAN do it again. But WILL they? That remains to be seen.
      WatchF1
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda still has the tech and knowledge to pull this car off. I, for one, wouldn't mind if they revived the S2000 and NSX in one car. Mid Rear. 8-9k RPM Honda 4pot with Hybrid assist. ~350HP and light weight, it'd be fun despite being down on power, on paper.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda, Honda please I beg you Don't murder this car before it's even born You know how to make totally sextastic engines (Indy and F1) PLEASE PLEASE just give this baby a not Accord front end and a mans man powerplant I want to hear a Honda V8 at 9,000 rpm!
      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      Honda needs to come back to the supercar game. Developing a high-revving V8 with twin turbos for a plateau of torque (a la Mclaren MP4-12C) for the NSX, and a powerful 4-cylinder for a sub-NSX model (the K23A1 from the Acura RDX would work). I'm open to an AWD system (SH-AWD from Acura), as long as the NSX is mid-engine.
      Rampant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, I feel totally stupid for not noticing this sooner, but the C6 Vettes headlights look very much like the NSXs.
      Zkrp
      • 3 Years Ago
      If its got the power and the MPG's and keeps the weight down. Im in.
      WheelMcCoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      So much hurt here! I, for one, will allow myself to fall in love again and am looking forward to the spiritual successor of the NSX. An electric / hybrid engine is fine with me as it permits guilt-free cruising. It's about time mpgs in the teens becomes unacceptable. Let's challenge Honda to make it lighter, leaner, faster, cleaner.
      Shadowlayer
      • 3 Years Ago
      You got to be shitting me, I'll rather take a all electric NSX like the Tesla that another slow POS like the CRZ
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Alon Zemach
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whats the point? With all the recent disappointments from honda (crosstour, crz, insight, civic) why even bother with nsx. Honda needs to go to its roots of engineering first. (and I sell Hondas!)
      • 3 Years Ago
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      RevenantDC5
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Entertaining to drive" is not the way an enthusiast describes a supercar. If Honda doesn't feel an intense passion to create a halo car that represents their very best in performance, engineering, and style - I don't even want them to try. I don't want to hear CR-Z and NSX together. To quote Dr. Evil, "You just don't get it, do ya? You don't."