• Oct 11, 2011
The Acura NSX is likely the hottest car to ever come racing out of Honda's often-staid bullpen, so news that its successor might be a hybrid has raised red flags with some enthusiasts. After all, Honda's hybrid line up hasn't exactly set the world on fire. The Insight has received mediocre reviews and been called a poor alternative to the Toyota Prius (though things are looking up for 2012). The little CR-Z has neither impressed enthusiasts looking for a replacement for the tossable CRX Si nor proven as parsimonious as the 50-mpg CRX HF.

Now, Motor Trend is suggesting that the NSX replacement may be a hybrid, but won't be tame. Instead, the car will be an all-wheel drive monster with gas and electric married to make 400 horsepower. Styling may be along the lines of the Acura Advanced Sports Car concept, and the vehicle is to be loaded with the latest in high tech gadgetry. Before you dismiss this as just another member of the (somewhat troubled) "performance hybrid" club, here's a possible twist: It's possible that the new NSX will not just be a hybrid, but a plug-in hybrid with a lithium battery pack to drive twin electric motors. Maybe this car really is a suitable drive for superheroes. Motor Trend's sources expect the car to bow in 2014 for less than $100,000.


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      Danaon
      • 14 Hours Ago
      I bet it does, count on Honda to ruin another classic nameplate. The CRZ is garbage as well, because they insisted on making it a hybrid. They basically made a car that wasn't all that efficient (for a hybrid)... but it was slow, didn't handle great, and was too expensive. I dunno what Honda is thinking (or if they are thinking) anymore.
        danwat1234
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @Danaon
        The reason why the CRZ doesn't get that good of MPG is 1. Not direct Injected. 2. Not part time Atkinson cycle , part time OTTO cycle like their new earth dreams engines 3. A Parallel hybrid, also known as a mild hybrid not a full parallel+series hybrid. Not high performance because the electrical side of the system is not very powerful and the engine isn't turboed.
      Ford Future
      • 14 Hours Ago
      Anyone who has driven the "weak" Insight with "just" a 15 horsepower electric motor should be able to see the future. That tiny motor gives the car V6 power, the battery is currently the weak spot, but that will change. That's what the Japanese do, continuous development. Electric Torque is the Future.
        danwat1234
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @Ford Future
        Yup the Sport+ button on the 2013 CRZ gives it a nice boost but still not that fast.
      grantisgr8
      • 14 Hours Ago
      A hybrid would be lame. Just make it electric already.
        danwat1234
        • 14 Hours Ago
        @grantisgr8
        That would require a very large battery and so a heavy curb weight and batteries are expensive.
      Sukairain
      • 14 Hours Ago
      The question should be Will the next Acura NSX come at all?
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 14 Hours Ago
      I suppose it's the right direction but knowing that the automakers are clueless, not least of which Honda, it's a given that it will only be a small step and not going straight for the obvious goal. so small a step that it is only symbolically helpful and if they really mess it up like the cr-z it could even hurt. the most likely way they will fail is to do an entirely conventional car with whatever retarded drivetrain they normally put in such cars like turbo V6 or V8 and then add on a token electric motor as a secondary system. it should of course be the other way around. a light aerodynamic powerful electric car with a token tiny combustion engine as range extender. but getting it wrong is their business and they have quite the track record. I'm sure they'll manage this time as well. the Iron Man Acura doesn't show any forward thinking.