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Honda NSX Gets New Lease on Life

Flagship Coupe Reportedly Back On, But in a Different Form
November 22, 2010
/ By Peter Lyon​

The NSX lives, at least in a different form. According to one source, Honda never gave up its plans for an NSX successor. Even though the V-10-powered post-NSX concept came along at the wrong time -- during the economic meltdown -- and had to be cancelled, Honda engineers didn't completely shelve the project.

They simply applied a more market-friendly (and eco-friendly) sports-car approach to the company's flagship 2-door, giving it the latest hybrid gizmology. Completely different than Toyota's THS-II hybrid system, the technology slated to power Honda's new sports coupe "can be driven with either a clutch and an engine only, the engine and motor only, or the motor only," says our source. It will also offer a manual transmission option.

It apparently will employ a modified Accord platform, and power will come from either a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a 3.5-liter V-6, with the latter considered the sure favorite. Why do we think so? Once again our spies in Japan have uncovered a patent application that specifies a "V6 powertrain developing upwards of 400 horsepower." That makes sense, especially when you consider what 1 company staffer told us about Honda's desire to return to making sports cars. "Honda does not see the CR-Z as a sports car. It's a sporty coupe and a great first try in the hybrid-sports direction. To be called a sports car, a car needs to have the potential of an NSX or an S2000. That's what we need to aim for."

And as expected, the coupe will employ a version of the automaker's proven SH-AWD system, but Honda will apply NSX concept technology by fitting the rear-drive-based SH-AWD setup that enabled the test mule to lap the Nürburgring in 7 minutes, 37 seconds 2 years ago.

Using the front-wheel-drive Accord platform as a base for this car will cut R&D costs dramatically. Engineers will swap the front and rear around to create a rear midship AWD package. If the coupe gets the green light for production, expect to see it in showrooms as early as 2014. Still unclear is if the car will continue to be badged as an Acura here in the U.S.

 

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"V6 powertrain developing upwards of 400 horsepower."

:eek:

I like where their head is at. :)
 

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Prelude

Maybe it is bc the word Accord is attached to this rumor but this seems like it should be the groundwork for bringing the Prelude back. Toyota & Subaru have their coupe coming, Nissan has the Z & GT-R, Hyundai has the Genesis etc etc

I realize that the Accord coupe pretty much occupies the slot that the Prelude used to so all they have to do is differentiate it some like offer AWD or the SH-FWD again ...

I am still weary of the 2nd generation NSX rumors & think that it is more likely to happen once Honda decides to try to launch Acura in Japan again ...
 

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Another Rumor


Date: February 04, 2011 12:39
Submitted by: Jeff
Source: LeBlogAuto (thanks to Frank Opperman)
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Le Blog Auto is a french language automotive blog (you probably wouldn't have guessed that from its name), and today they are reporting that Honda CEO Takanobu Ito has changed his tune concerning the future of a super sports model from Honda. Based upon the google translation of the article linked below, there have been several clues from the media that Honda has re-started the sportscar project that was put on hold 2 years ago in the heat of the financial meltdown. To add fuel to those rumors, apparently when asked at a "Tokyo Sports" function held by Honda today, Ito-san actually responded in the semi-affirmative when asked about if there were any plans to introduce a road version of the HSV. Below follows is the Google translation of the relevant text.

Today was the presentation of a Tokyo sports Honda for 2011, including the Super GT is of course a prominent place since the manufacturer officially committed. President Takanobu Ito (stakeholder, remember, the 1st draft as head NSX chassis) was the presentation itself, as is customary, and has not escaped the famous question. But instead of evacuating the subject, as usual, his answer was surprising: "I have something in mind." Although not a definitive yes and frank, this is a clear change of attitude vis-à-vis past denials.

I can personally attest to the fact that in past media conferences, Ito-san has very quickly shot down any notion that Honda would be working on an NSX successor, so this report is definitely something very encouraging for Honda performance enthusiasts.

Source: LeBlogAuto

 

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Confirmed


Heads up, Hondaphiles – it looks like the NSX has been dug out of storage and plopped back on the table as a candidate for production. Company president Takashi Ito has announced that he's jump-starting development on the supercar. As you may recall, the beast was unceremoniously put to bed after the global economy gutted itself back in 2008. At the time, the project sailed under the HSV-010 moniker, and Honda even went so far as to campaign a version of the machine in the Japanese Super GT series.

Since then, the supercar segment has all but exploded with new metal. Mercedes-Benz jumped into the action with its SLS AMG, Lexus came to the party with the high-tech LFA and old-timers like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R have been enjoying their own slice of supercar territory. We're all for the notion of a resurrected Honda fighter, but we're still going to treat this 1 with a healthy dose of skepticism.

We've been burnt before.
 

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Honda Motor Co. officially announced its plan to develop a high-performance sports car to serve as a successor to the now-defunct NSX.

President Takanobu Ito confirmed earlier reports about the car at a press conference held Friday to highlight Honda's 2011 motor sports activities.

The new model will be based on the 3.4-liter HSV-010GT race car. Honda runs the car on the Super GT auto racing circuit.

Ito said he wanted to commercialize the HSV because other automakers participate in the competition with racing versions based on cars sold on the market.

"I think Honda should respect the history of the Super GT competition (as a stock-car race)," Ito said.

Ito also indicated Honda may develop a low-priced small sports car.

"There are 2 types of sports cars--affordable and high-performance. I hope we will be able to market both," he said.
 

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Honda’s president recently told a Japanese business newspaper that the company continues work on a new sports car, and the project has now been confirmed to us by an American Acura executive. The company line is that this new car will not follow up the NSX, of course—Acura told us that last summer that the mid-engined car was “too high a halo“ and that the next sports car wouldn’t be as ambitious or as highly priced. The vehicle that was to pick up the NSX’s torch, a V-10–powered supercar tested at the Nürburgring, was fitted for cement shoes and dumped off Tokyo’s Rainbow Bridge due to the usual concerns of high cost and obscene consumption. We also know that it won’t use a V-8, since that engine program was axed some time ago, as was further development of the company’s general rear-wheel-drive platform.

Only a chemically imbalanced optimist could react to these facts without tearing up, but at the minimum, the information helps give shape to Honda’s plans. An Acura spokesperson tells us that what it terms a “sports model” will “meet the needs of the current times and customers,” and that it would be an “exciting model that also achieves outstanding environmental and safety performance.” Based on that, as well as the company’s current platforms and engines, the sports car is likely to be a front-engined, all-wheel-driver with a V-6 that could be turbocharged or possibly even hybridized. While that could have the makings of an outstanding grand tourer with true continent-spanning range, it could also turn out to be the equivalent of an Acura RL coupe with the dull charm of the Honda CR-Z. Without a rear-drive platform, it seems unlikely that we’ll see something as visceral as the S2000—never mind the NSX.

Whatever form is decided for its sports car, neither the Japanese HQ nor its American outpost has said yet when we can expect to see the vehicle, even in concept form. The new car may not be positioned as a successor to the NSX, but let’s hope the company’s foray into Ferrari-baiting at least serves as inspiration.
 

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Just the Facts:
* Honda says it is starting a feasibility study for "a new sports car."
* The plan could deliver the long-wished-for replacement for the NSX.
* Honda already has a hybrid supercar under evaluation.​
TOKYO — Honda President Takanobu Ito dropped a bombshell here late last week when he said the automaker would begin a feasibility study for "a new sports car."

His comment came during Honda's annual motorsports conference in Tokyo, where Honda outlined its plans for the coming 2011 season.

In Japan's Super GT championship (the nearest thing Japan has to NASCAR), Honda won the championship last year with the HSV-010 GT coupe, which is a pure prototype, while Toyota and Nissan are fielding cars in Super GT that are ostensibly production-based.

When asked whether Honda would make a road-going version of the HSV-010 GT to comply with the spirit of Super GT rules, Ito said no, but added, "There is clearly a demand for that type of car that we must answer."

Therefore, he said, Honda would begin a feasibility study for "a new sports car," but no timetable or details of any kind were given out.

While many fans long for Honda to build a replacement for its groundbreaking, midengine NSX of 1990-2005, Honda's belated reply has been to craft an upscale, megabuck, front-engined V10 4WD supercoupe, ostensibly to rival Lexus' LFA.

That car was canned at the 11th hour as the Lehman Brothers crisis broke in 2008, but a separate racing version, with a 3.4-liter V8, carbon-fiber chassis and rear-wheel drive, survived — it's that car that Honda's been racing in Japan's Super GT series, winning both GT500 drivers' and manufacturers' titles in 2010.

Behind the scenes, Honda has been crafting ideas for a "new NSX" for the road for some time. 1 idea has been for a midengine coupe to rival the Audi R8, another to go for broke and build an ultrahigh-tech super hybrid with a $500,000 sticker.

Whatever the outcome, Honda has at least started to talk publicly again about a new sports car, so a true successor to the legendary Acura NSX might yet appear.

Inside Line says: Honda's President Ito, who was in charge of the aluminum body of the NSX, has now begun a feasibility study for "a new sports car." Should we take that as a good sign? — Peter Nunn, Correspondent​

 

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The latest on the super sportscar
Date: February 14, 2011 09:14
Submitted by: Jeff
Source: TOV News
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Upon my arrival in Chicago last week, my primary mission (apart from checking out the refreshed 2012 TL) was to try to find out as much as I could about Honda President Takanobu Ito's reported confirmation that development of an "NSX successor" had been restarted. After speaking with Honda spokesman Jun Odajima (Manager, Public Relations/Corporate Affairs), there are some points to clarify. It was explained to me that there was apparently some misunderstanding concerning what Ito said, and according to Odajima, these key points are true:
* There was no official announcement by Honda that the development of the high performance super sportscar had resumed, but when questioned by the media, Takanobu Ito indicated that development of a high performance super sportscar model had in fact resumed. Odajima has confirmed that this is correct.
* We were told by Odajima that this new vehicle will not be based upon the existing HSV-010 race car, as has been reported. The HSV-010 is based upon the road car that WAS going to be the NSX Successor, so it seems that the reports of "restarting the abandoned project" are inaccurate.
* The existing HSV-010 will continue to campaign in SuperGT. Honda hopes to develop a new SuperGT car based upon the new super sportscar, but there is no formal plan or timetable in place for if or when that will happen. Odajima's statement: "Although Mr. Ito is hoping that we would be able race the car in the future, we are not sure of how and when that would happen."
* Contrary to the many references in the media as the "Next NSX", the official stance in the USA is that the new super sportscar should not be considered as a successor to the NSX.​
Many in the media have already labeled this vehicle as the "next NSX", but since this news broke a few weeks ago, American Honda spokesmen have repeatedly told me that it should not be considered the "NSX successor". Odajima will only confirm that the car will be a "super sportscar" but he told us "I can't share anything else about the positioning at this moment."


 

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At a recent Tokyo press conference, Honda president and CEO Takanobu Ito let slip that Honda is contemplating building a next-generation NSX. (We've previously reported that the car is most likely already in development.)

A combination of the financial crisis and the global movement for greener cars led to the cancellation of the last attempt at an NSX for the new millennium. Honda shelved the project but never forgot about it, and even campaigned a version of the cancelled car in Japan's Super GT series.

While Ito did not actually come out and say that Honda has officially green-lit the NSX, the climate finally looks to be right to reevaluate Honda's road-going sports car program, with the company's hybrid technology as a focal point and the NSX as the halo car.

What Ito did say at the press conference is that Honda is "rekindling" its spirit of motorsport and sports cars, and has commenced evaluation of several other models that will meet the expectations of a public wanting both meaner and greener efforts.

Honda is reportedly working on 2 other sports-themed cars with hybrid tech -- a medium-sized sports car with a V-6-hybrid (strongly rumored to debut as an Acura) and a compact lightweight 4-cylinder hybrid coupe -- in addition to the NSX.

The NSX reference came from a slip of the tongue by Ito when asked about the current Super GT race car, which was based on the shelved production car. To enable it to race in Japan (and to give it better balance and make it lighter), Honda dropped the V-10 and replaced it with a V-8. And it started winning.

While the future production model NSX was expected to employ either a V-6 or V-8 with hybrid technology, Ito's comment that, "we might just launch the car in limited numbers as is, with a downtuned V-8," was as surprising as it was welcome. Ito's pronouncement aside, it is unclear what form the car will take, or when we might see it in showrooms.

Watch this space...
 

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Honda NSX Revival Rumors

Honda's Takanobu Ito hints that Honda could put a small number of cars, based on the latest V8-powered NSX racer, into production but does not say when.​

In Japan Sports cars are back on the menu at Honda as the company considers a road-going version of its race winning NSX.

Honda killed the 2nd-generation NSX with its F1-inspired V10 engine before it could hit the road but is now considering a new plan after scoring a string of successes in Japanese GT racing.

After consolidating its green technology with the Insight, Civic Hybrid, CR-Z and Jazz Hybrid, Honda believes the is right for a serious re-evaluation of its sports car program.

The head of Honda, Takanobu Ito, says the company is "rekindling" the spirit of motorsport and has commenced evaluation of a new car - for sports driving enthusiasts and motorsport - that will meet the expectations of a public wanting greener technology.

The result is likely to be smaller and lighter, and have a smaller and greener powerplant, but still generate a decent amount of power. Ito hints that Honda could put a small number of cars, based on the latest V8-powered NSX racer, into production but does not say when.

But Honda is known to be on 2 other cars, 1 a medium-sized sports cars with a V6-hybrid, strongly rumoured to debut as an Acura for the USA, and the other a compact lightweight 4-cylinder hybrid coupe.
 

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Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito says his company is developing a sports car that will be the spiritual successor to the discontinued Acura NSX.

But in tune with the times, the new car won't feature the brute V-10 engine that had been envisioned for the next NSX. That vision was scrapped in 2008 during the global financial crisis.

Speaking to reporters at the Shanghai auto show, Ito said the car would be exhilarating to drive but also environmentally friendly: "That's the kind of sports car we want to make."

Ito did not give details of the sports car or a timeline for its launch. The vehicle is expected to use an electric drivetrain to give the gasoline engine a boost, a Honda spokesman said. The car will be positioned as a high-performance counterpart to the 2-seat Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid.

"We are working very hard on it," Ito said.

Ito's predecessor Takeo Fukui killed plans for an NSX replacement as 1 of several cost-saving cutbacks.

That version of the NSX was expected to have a front-mounted V-10 engine turning out at least 500 hp. It would have followed the 1st-generation NSX, which had a mid-mounted V-6. That NSX went out of production in late 2005 after 14 years.
 

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Not a Remarkable Example of Innovation?!

Honda Sports Hybrid To Succeed Acura NSX

anupamb | April 25, 2011 at 3:32 pm



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A few years back, even normal hybrid passenger cars were considered non-pragmatic. However, over time, more and more automakers have been paving the way for hybrids with aggressive racing capabilities. Honda’s new successor to the long-discontinued Acura NSXis one of the many examples of the lot. Honda Motor Co. President Takanobu Ito revealed this at the on-going Shanghai Auto Show.


Not too long ago, Honda was planning to launch its next Acura NSX, but the global financial crisis compelled Honda’s then President Takeo Fukui to abandon the plan in order to cut expenses. Honda engineers were determined to employ the V10 engine for the purpose of the NSX on line. But that was the story of 2008.


Now, 3 years later, we expect Honda to think “green” while designing its next NSX. To our delight, Honda will no longer continue with the second generation NSX from 2008, but would rather do the follow-up with a new hybrid!


The 2-seater Acura NSX was not a remarkable example of innovation. For some critics, it marked Honda’s shift of focus from innovation to profit. Honda seems to be determined to banish this supposition and exemplify a revival of innovation.


The innovation studded Shanghai Auto Show was the best venue for Honda to disclose its green ambitions with race cars. The V10 engine of Honda’s 2nd generation NSX plans in 2008 was an improvement over the V6 engine used in the 1st generation NSX. However, now the successor of the Acura NSX will have an electric drivetrain which will supplement the gasoline engine and render the car much more powerful than the Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid.
 
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