The New Civic Is Hot, The Hatchback Returns And Acura Doesn't Suck
It's a great time to be an enthusiast. From high-horsepower Hellcats to the purist BRZ, engaging automobiles are found in nearly every segment of the market. Everyone wants to join the performance parade. Everyone it seemed, but Honda.
Which would you rather have, a 2016 Acura NSX to keep or a Porsche to drive for a day? Fernando Alonso may have wanted the latter, but after Honda reportedly blocked that from happening, it appears poised to give him the keys to the former.
Michelle Christensen was Acura's first female exterior designer - she drew the original concept for the ZDX - and now she is the first woman to ever lead the exterior design of a supercar. Cuing on everything from a '32 Ford to shoes to the gym, she and her team of eight worked to make the 2016 NSX three-dimensional and "kickass."
The Acura NSX sports heavily tweaked styling for its latest debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. With a huge number of slashes, ducts, intakes and even a flying buttress in the C-pillar, the styling doesn't so much channel the air as bend it to the designer's will. In addition, the latest version sports a longitudinally mounted, twin-turbo V6 with a three-motor hybrid setup that powers all four wheels. Unfortunately, the Japanese brand is still keeping some very important specs for now.
Now that 2014 is officially in the books, it's time to look ahead. We're now setting our sights at the hot new metal that's coming our way in 2015, and here are the cars we're most looking forward to driving.
Turbo Engines, New Pilot And Ridgeline Round Out "The Year Of Honda"
Finally. After spending years rounding three bases in the development of the second coming of the Acura NSX, we can espy home base just beyond the turn of the year. Here is your first teaser image for the profoundly anticipated coupe that will show itself in production form at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. (We've even brightened it up for you, but feel free to see it in high-res, original form, along with a few other teaser shots, here.) What we can see of it looks like the last camouflaged protot
Most of us would probably deliberate pretty carefully before buying a new car – do a little research, read the reviews, take it for a test drive, compare it to the competition. But that's not everyone. Some buyers will order a new car sight unseen. Some will even place their order – for a performance model especially – before the production model is even revealed. And those buyers in the UK have been flocking to Honda for not one, but two upcoming new products.
Developing a new vehicle is not without its complications, we're sure, but usually things follow a fairly predictable progression: you develop a prototype, you test it, test it and test it again, then you put it into production. What you don't expect is that your prototype will burn to the ground, but that's what famously happened to the NSX which Honda engineers were testing a few months ago.
It's easy to poke a joke here and there about John Davis, the long-time host of MotorWeek. His voice is so monotonous that, from time to time, if you closed your eyes, you may think it's generated via a computer. But you have to give him and the rest of the show a lot of credit. The program has been on the air for decades, giving people direct, straight-down-the middle automotive reviews.
Acura has done a good job of keeping the next-generation NSX under the wraps for the past few months, especially after a fiery little incident during testing at the Nürburgring earlier this year. But UK's What Car? recently got a chance to speak with development boss Ted Klaus, and he unleashed a few new details about the much-anticipated supercar to make it even harder for us to wait.
Automakers make halo cars to drum up excitement and show off what they can do, but there's more to it than that. Advanced platforms allow a company's engineers to experiment with all sorts of technologies. And in the case of the upcoming new Acura NSX, that includes new paint processes.
Assuming all goes to plan, automakers test their vehicles to the breaking point in the months and years leading up to that vehicle's actual release into the public. Which is good, because it's much better for a car to break in glorious fashion in the hands of the company that produces it than in the driveway of an owner who just spent their hard-earned cash to get it.
Acura hasn't been shy about trotting out the concept version of its upcoming NSX hybrid supercar – we've seen it colorized on Facebook, wearing Super GT drag and running wrapped at Mid Ohio – but until now, we've missed seeing the production version at all. Thankfully, our boys in the field have been diligently camped out by the Nürburgring, just the place for Acura engineers to get the NSX shaken down and ready for the public.
Nine years separated the arrival of the original Acura NSX and the Honda S2000. By that time, the NSX was closer to the end of its fifteen-year production cycle than it was to its beginning. The latest word has it that not only is Honda planning a successor to the S2000, but it's not about to wait that long after the new NSX arrives before it's rolled out.
Lamborghini Huracán, LaFerrari, New Aston Martin Platform, Acura NSX 25th Anniversary
Episode #379 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Brandon Turkus, and Seyth Miersma talk about the Lamborghini Huracán, the Ferrari LaFerrari, Aston Martin's upcoming new platform, and the 25th anniversary of the Acura NSX's debut. We start with what's in the garage and finish up with some of your questions, and for those of you who hung with us live on our UStream channel, thanks for taking the time. Check out the new rundown below with times for topics, and you can