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PostHeaderIcon Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX

In one corner we’ve got the 1991 – 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.

The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!

PostHeaderIcon Do New Patent Images Reveal Forthcoming Honda NSX Type R?

Recently published patent images show that Honda has a new, simplified air dam design that increases strength and rigidity, while simultaneously improving air flow as well. The patents also show what appears to be the new air dam attached to a second-generation NSX, spurring rumors that the H Badge could be cooking up a go-faster Type R iteration of its hybrid supercar.

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“These intakes use a mesh insert to help keep random rocks and sticks and small squirrels and other random road debris from entering the dam and damaging the cooling system”

The recently published images are a novel take on traditional air dam design. Typically, these intakes use a mesh insert to help keep random rocks and sticks and small squirrels and other random road debris from entering the dam and damaging the cooling system. However, Honda’s latest design instead employs crossbars to block the incoming debris, which then act as supports for the dam, helping to keep it stiff, while simultaneously easing the flow of atmosphere. The design is certainly useful for sports cars, but as the patent states, the design can also be applied to other segments.

However, as pointed out by our friends over at Motor1, the air dam design is clearly applied to the Honda NSX in the patent images, thus padding rumors that Honda is already working on a lighter, simplified iteration of its halo performance machine. That means that with the next product cycle, the NSX could very well carry the Type R badge.


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“With the next product cycle, the NSX could very well carry the Type R badge.”

We certainly hope so. We’ve already put together a speculative review and rendering for such a machine, and we’ve got our fingers crossed it comes with the power gains (700 horsepower) and aggressive weight reduction we expect.

Either way, the air dam patent in question was filed in June of 2016, which means we might see the design in the real world very soon, where it’s on a Type R’d NSX or no.

As a reminder, the current NSX comes equipped with a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 and no less than three electric motors, all of which help pump out 573 horsepower. Routing the muscle is a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission, while AWD puts it to the pavement. A sprint to 60 mph takes 3 seconds flat, while top speed is rated at 191 mph.

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.


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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Honda NSX Type R.

PostHeaderIcon Banned No More: Cars From The Class of 1992 That Can Now Be Registered In The U.S.

“25” may seem like a random number in the auto industry, but ask any self-respecting collector in America the significance of this number, and they’ll tell you all about it. For those who don’t know, “25” in this context means “25 years,” as in the number of years that need to pass before a car that was not originally produced in the U.S. and was not subjected to strict U.S. guidelines for crash tests can now be legally imported and registered for road use.

The rationale behind the NHTSA’s 25-year timetable has left many collectors confused and frustrated. The word “overkill” has even been used many times by a number of collectors we talked to. But that’s the rule; it is what it is.

The good news is that every year, a batch of these forbidden fruits become ripe for the picking by virtue of them finally meeting the 25-year criteria imposed by This year, car models from 1992 finally got their “welcome to America” status. Whether there’s still interest in any of them is a different story altogether. The important thing is that they can now be registered for road use here in the U.S., giving them the opportunity to finally touch thousands of miles of roads that were previously forbidden to them.

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Autozam AZ-1


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Let’s start this list with a complete oddity. The Autozam AZ-1 is the rare car that manages to be cool and strange at the same time. It traces its roots to Mazda’s short-lived Autozam marquee, which specialised on building small cars, otherwise known as keicars in that market. In the five years that Autozam was around, it developed a full lineup of these cars, one of which was the AZ-1. It’s hard to tell what the AZ-1’s defining feature was because there’s enough of them to go around. It could be the gullwing doors. It could be its mid-engine layout. Heck, it could even be its flamboyant styling. Whatever it was, the AZ-1 was ahead of its time in a lot of different ways.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution


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Technically, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution has already made its way into the U.S. market. But that didn’t happen until 2003 when the Evo VIII became available. Unfortunately, the first seven versions of the street-legal rally car remain unicorns in the American market, at least until this year when the first iteration of the Lancer Evolution turns 25 years old. It’s now legal to register the OG Evo in the U.S., and the next few years should also open the doors for succeeding versions of the all-wheel-drive hero ride when they hit their respective magic numbers.

Ford Escort RS Cosworth


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The Ford Escort RS Bosworth sits in the same wheelhouse as the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution in that both trace roots to the rally racing world. Like the Lancer Evo, the Escort RS Bosworth was homologated for road use in 1992. It even received a good number of Cosworth bits and pieces, including the iconic YBT engine that has developed a cult following of its own. That engine was capable of producing 227 horsepower and together with its top-flight handling and all-wheel drive capabilities, it was able to run on any kind of surface and speed up to around 137 mph. Having been built by Ford of Europe, the Cossie never made it to the U.S., at least until this year when all 1992 models received their 25-year entry cards.

Alfa Romeo RZ


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Alfa Romeo has produced its share of memorable cars in its history, but very few captured the hearts and wallets of people like the RZ convertible. Designed in collaboration with Zagato, the RZ featured dramatic styling that emphasized the stylistic strengths of the Italian design house. It also came with a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that produced 210 horsepower, enough power to help make it a serious performer on the road. Combine that with the car’s race car-derived hydraulic suspension and those who are willing to spend time and money to bring the RZ to the U.S. could have a car that can grab serious attention.

BMW M5 Touring


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The BMW M5 Touring is not the sexiest car in this list. It might not even be the most prominent of its body type (more on that later). But it makes its way here because it achieved unicorn status when its sedan counterpart made its way stateside in 1992. That model went on to do well here in the U.S., but those who preferred the wagon version we’re out of luck. That all changed when the calendar flipped to 2017. Sure, it’s 25 years too late for the M5 Touring, but it’s worth noting that the car’s classic look still makes it a desirable piece of vintage BMW. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s powered by a straight-six engine that produced 311 horsepower.

Subaru Impreza WRX


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As awesome as it is to own a 1992 BMW M5 Touring, I’m not taking it over a same-year make of the Subaru Impreza. It was back in 1992 when the first versions of the Impreza came to life, and the performance-spec WRX variants quickly became sensations to every market they were sent to. Sadly, the U.S. was shut out from getting the OG Impreza WRX, depriving us of a car that featured a number of rally-inspired technology, including an all-wheel drive system, a stiffened suspension, and a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that came with 240 horsepower. 2017 is the first year that we can get our hands on the car that started the WRX legacy. Now that the opportunity is here, expect a lot of collectors to try to get their hands on one.

Maserati Ghibli


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When Maserati introduced the third-generation Ghibli at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show, it brought back a name that the Italian automaker hadn’t used since 1998. That was the last year of the second-generation Ghibli’s six-year production run, which began in 1992. The second-gen Ghibli will never upend the first-gen version in my mind, but if you’re looking for a four-door performance sedan from the early 1990’s to buy, few offer the kind of stories that the second-gen Ghibli has. Its persona non grata status in the U.S. for the past 25 years may be its defining trait, but it also came with some notable features, including a 2.0-liter V-6 engine that produced in excess of 300 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to a standard six-speed manual transmission, the second-gen Ghibli was capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds on its way to posting a top speed of 156 mph.

Porsche 911 Carrera RS (964)


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The Porsche 911 Carrera RS (964) is a good example of a car that should be bought and registered as soon as it became eligible for road use in the U.S. It’s not as iconic as its predecessor, but it’s still the real deal. Emissions and safety regulations prevented us from enjoying it when first came out, but now that it’s been unshackled, you can get one this year in all its glory, including its 3.6-liter flat-six engine that produced 256 horsepower. In the event that you’re looking for one, you need to be quick at it because the model is already making a good case for itself as a sought-after collectible among Porsche collectors. Just last year, a 1991 Carrera RS 964 sold for around $200,000, roughly the same price you’ll have to pay for a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo. Now go imagine what the 1992 model will fetch in the same setting.

Honda NSX-R


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The last two cars on this list are without question the most desirable ones to get. First up is the Honda NSX Type-R, or NSX-R for short. You’ll get varying opinions about the original NSX-R, but those opinions most likely fall under the awesome and really awesome categories. Not only is the NSX-R regarded as the model that really brought to life Honda’s Type R brand, it also set a standard for performance cars that’s still held in high regard to this day. It doesn’t have mind-blowing power numbers — “only” 276 horses from a 3.0-liter VTEC V-6 engine — by today’s supercar standards, but everything else about the NSX-R is still impressive even by today’s standards. It was 256 pounds lighter than the standard NSX. It had a cabin that came with lightweight carbon-Kevlar seats. It had forged-aluminum Enkei wheels. It even had a stiffened chassis and suspension that made it potent on the track. The NSX-R’s legacy is cemented by its current status as a sought-after collectible among car collectors. It’s next to impossible to find one of these models today carrying anything less than a six-figure price tag.

Jaguar XJ220


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It’s only fitting that the holy grail of the “batch of 1992” is one of the first modern supercars to capture the world’s attention. The Jaguar XJ220 was, at one point, the fastest production car in the world. That record-setting achievement was largely due to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produced 550 horsepower and 475 pound-feet of torque. With that kind of power, the XJ220 was able to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 212.3 mph. The supercar’s stranglehold on the “fastest production car” title even lasted for a few years until the McLaren F1 came along and beat it. That’s not a diss on the XJ220, but a compliment to how impressive of a supercar it really was. It took the McLaren F1, arguably the most important supercar of the modern automotive era, to usurp the XJ220 as the fastest production car in the world. To say that the Jaguar XJ220 is sought after in today’s collector’s scene is a gross understatement. It’s already reaching six-figure price tags on account of its status (only 275 were made) and history, and as the years go by, those prices will only go one direction: up, up, and away.

PostHeaderIcon Acura NSX GT3 To Be Sold Globally

In case you were somehow unaware, let me be the first to tell ya – GT3 racing is an awesome spectacle. Imagine a long line of production-based competition vehicles hailing from some of the biggest names in automotive performance. Forget the V-8-powered metal shells of NASCAR and the unobtanium spaceships of Formula 1 – GT cars are actually somewhat recognizable as iterations of their street-legal counterparts, plus the requisite aero enhancements, of course. For well-heeled individuals interested in playing race car driver, the GT3 class makes for a tempting adventure, especially with all the customer racing options now offered direct from the factory. Now, Acura is sweetening the pot with this – the NSX GT3 race car, available to anyone with an extra $500,000 to burn and an insatiable need for speed.

Offered for purchase globally in anticipation of the 2018 race season, the NSX GT3 is close in spec to the street machine, but with some notable differences – for example, the hybrid AWD system was replaced with RWD and gas-only power. Honda Performance Development is taking orders now, starting at 465,000 Euros, or $546,491 at current exchange rates (07/28/2017). North American buyers are directed to browse AcuraClientRacing.com, while MUGEN2 is handling sales in Japan. Buyers in the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are advised to contact JAS Motorsport. Acura and Honda are also offering customers access to “parts and service,” as well as “training and engineering services,” if needed. Read on for more info on the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda/Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Now on Sale

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Honda/Acura announced the highly anticipated 2018 NSX GT3 customer race car is now available to order by qualified customers for the 2018 Motorsport season. Sold through JAS Motorsport in Europe, HPD in North America and by Mugen in Japan at a base price of €465,000, the GT3 may not be the best car on the grid next year, but it’ll certainly be the best looking. 

Racing with the Honda/Acura NSX GT3, eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned race events around the world, will cost you around half a million Euro just to begin with. Then there is the parts and sales, training and engineering services you’ll have to pay for. But the good new is Honda supplies all of that so you don’t have to shop around.

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As for the technical specs, Honda/Acura NSX GT3 boasts a production-based 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engine with the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system changed for competition and mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox and backed by racing chassis and aerodynamic package. The car’s development has been undertaken as a collaborative project over the past three years that has also included HPD since the end of 2015 with over 85,000km of race and test mileage completed. An initial batch of 12 cars will be produced in time for the start of the 2018 race season.

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The 2018 NSX GT3 will be eligible for:

  • The Blancpain GT Series, Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Europe;
  • The Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA SportsCar series in North America;
  • The Blancpain GT Asia Series and GT Asia championship
  • Super GT’s GT300 class in Japan
  • The Australian GT Championship
  • Intercontinental GT Challenge

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PostHeaderIcon Bee Allegedly Causes Driver to Smash Honda NSX into Highway Divider

Of all the things to blame for causing a car crash, a bee’s sting ranks right up there as one of the weirdest of them all. Yet that’s exactly the excuse given by a Taiwanese journalist who claims that a bee stung him in the neck as he was test driving a Honda NSX, causing him to lose control of the supercar and crashing it into a highway divider.

The alleged journalist, identified by local Taiwanese media as “27-year old Hu,” was taking the 500-horsepower hybrid supercar for a test run on the Wang Kung Temple Provincial Highway in Taiwan with the windows down. According to Hu, a bee flew into the cabin and proceeded to sting Hu in the neck. The pain from the sting ended up forcing Hu to lose control of the NSX before the car ended up slamming nose-first into a concrete barrier. While it’s not yet verified, this incident could very well be the first NSX hybrid supercar to crash on a public road.

Photos and videos from the scene reveal a good amount of damage on the front-left side of the NSX, including the detachment of the front fenders on that side of the car. Fortunately, the journalist didn’t suffer worse injuries than the alleged bee sting, something he can credit to the airbags, which appears to have engaged judging from the photos.

Police officials did give Hu a sobriety test to make sure that he wasn’t intoxicated at the time of the crash. Test results reportedly came out clean so at least that’s one problem that he doesn’t have to answer to. Sadly, he still might be on the hook for the damages incurred by the NSX when it crashed.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda NSX Will Cost Significantly More In Japan Compared To The Nissan GT-R NISMO

You would think that for an automaker that comes from Japan, its home market would get first dibs on any of the cars it builds. But that’s not the case with the Honda NSX. Apparently, the Japanese market isn’t getting the NSX until 2017, much later than other countries like the U.S. and Australia. Even more curious, the NSX will come with a base price of ¥23.7 million in Japan, or the equivalent of $235,000 based on current exchange rates. That amount is not only 50 percent higher than the supercar’s base price in the U.S. of $156,000, but it’s also a lot more expensive than the Nissan GT-R Nismo in Japan. For the record, the GT-R Nismo is priced at ¥18.7 million in Japan, or around $186,340.

It sounds ridiculous that a Japanese supercar costs more in its manufacturer’s homeland compared to international markets, but if you pull the curtains behind the development of the NSX, a number of revealing informations will tell you that it’s not as it might seen. First, the NSX, despite “technically” being a Japanese supercar, is actually being produced in the U.S., specifically at the automaker’s new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. That puts it in the “imported car” category, which traditionally carries a higher tax rate than local or regional cars. Then there’s the issue of Japan’s other tax rates, not the least of which includes an eight percent gas-guzzler tax that adds to the rising price tag of the supercar. Throw all of these charges together with the NSX’s base price in Japan and you get to that rather exorbitant figure.

In any event, Japanese customers aren’t obliged to buy the NSX if they feel that it’s not worth the price of owning one. Those who don’t mind paying a premium for the car now have a chance to get a hold of one as NSX Performance Dealers in Japan are now accepting applications for the supercar. Only 100 units will be made available in the first year with deliveries expected to begin on February 27, 2017, or May 2017 in the case of models that come with iron brake rotors.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda Files Patent For Name That Could Be Used In A Smaller NSX

The triumphant return of the Honda NSX jolted some life back to the automaker’s sports car offerings. Now there are talks of another sports car entering the fray, and if this rumored model is as legitimate as some people have claimed it to be, the automaker’s recent filing of the letters “ZSX” with the European Union Intellectual Property Office is as good a sign as any that another sports coupe could be on its way.

The Japanese company filed the trademark on July 26, essentially reserving it for use on any type of vehicle, motorcycles and watercrafts, included. There is a possibility, slim as it may be, that the ZSX name could be used for a very different purpose. A new bike, perhaps? But the resemblance to the NSX name is what’s causing a lot of people to start connecting the dots. Is the rumored “baby NSX” going to be called the ZSX?

Honda has been mum on that issue, but according to Automoto, the company is scheduled to pull the covers off of a new concept at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. This will eventually spawn into the much talked-about entry-level version of the NSX. The source, a Honda engineer from Japan, also claims that the model will initially be available as a coupe, but will be quickly followed by a version with a removable roof. It is also said to feature a hybrid engine, much like the NSX, made up of two electric motors and the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that’s currently being used in the Honda Civic Type R.

This isn’t the first time that news of a mini NSX sports car has surfaced. There’s already been talks within Honda of building an S2000 successor in the vein of the current NSX and just last month, NSX project boss Ted Klaus made the most significant declaration, telling Autocar that the NSX is being treated more as a platform than an actual model and that its platform is being prepared to give rise to a number of different versions, including a non-hybrid, a lightweight model, an all-electric versions, and a convertible model.

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PostHeaderIcon EVO Reviews The Honda NSX: Video

There is just something about the new Acura NSX that makes people love it or hate it. EVO finally got the chance to put a Honda-badged version of the NSX through the paces, but Henry Catchpole – the driver in the video – didn’t seem too enthused about his time behind the wheel. I won’t ruin the experience of the video for you, but at one point, Catchpole blames jet lag and being short on time for his less-than-stellar attitude when reviewing the car.

In the video, Catchpole is piloting the NSX around Thermal Raceway. The car itself sounds amazing, and even Catchpole claims you can feel the electric motor up front kick in and pull the car as he comes out of a corner. While he was putting it through the paces, it almost seems like he was afraid of the car, as he didn’t really get on it as hard as I would have. The important part about the video, however, is that you get another chance to hear and see what it is like to pilot what was one of the most anticipated supercars prior to its debut.

Try not to hate on Catchpole or EVO that much for the lack of normal camera work. As the video starts off, we’re told that EVO didn’t have time to send a full camera crew, so for filming purposes, the team was shorthanded. Either way, click play and take a little trip around the track in the new NSX. To me, it’s worth it just to hear the engine as the car is put through the paces.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Acura NSX Pricing Announced

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Acura revealed the official pricing sales plan for the new NSX super car, hitting the streets all across America next spring. According to this information, the 2017 Acura NSX starts at $156,000 for the base model, and tops out at $205,700 for a fully loaded version with all the options fitted.

You get a lot of car with a basic 2017 Acura NSX, but the extra 50 grand for a model equipped with al the bells and whistles will get you some juicy features one may find hard to walk away from. For one thing, it allows you to customize your NSX with several exterior and interior features including three wheel designs with painted or polished finish, carbon-ceramic brake options, a carbon fiber interior sport package, carbon fiber roof, and more.

The company is now taking orders for the 2017 Acura NSX, but you don’t need to rush to get the first production unit. The very first serial production NSX, VIN 001, is already slated for the auction block, where it will be sold at the Barrett-Jackson collector car auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the benefit of two children’s charities: the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground. It’s a great way to kick things off.

“The NSX is the pinnacle expression of Acura precision crafted performance and we’re thrilled to take the next step toward bringing it to market,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “We’re creating new space within the supercar realm, pushing the envelope beyond the conventional thinking about supercars – just like the original NSX.”

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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Acura NSX – First Track Test Review

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I know it looks like something out of a video game, but the 2017 Acura NSX is real, it’s finally ready, and they sent on to the Sonoma Raceway for Motor Trend Senior Features Editor Jason Cammisa to have a go in. He brought along a first-generation NSX to see how things have moved on.

So, how does the new Acura NSX looks, goes and feels? Cammisa has some interesting quibbles about all those aspects of the car. But then again, they are mostly musings of a motoring journalist whose head is full of irrelevant stuff like understeer, lap times, and 0-60 times. The average buyers looking for something cool looking and high-tech with a hybrid motor are going to love this thing to death.

2017 Acura NSX Highlights:

Twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine

9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT)

Three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system

Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)

Agile Handling Assist (AHA)

Dynamic System with Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes

Dynamic torque vectoring

Multi-material body design with aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC)

ContiSportContact tires (245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear)

6-piston front and 4-piston brake calipers front and rear

TFT display for low-mounted instrument panel

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PostHeaderIcon Yet Another Introduction to 2017 Acura NSX

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Since the day it was introduced as a concept, we’ve been bombarded every other week with material on how awesome the new Acura NSX is and how it will rewrite the rulebook on super car making when it’s released. But the car itself is still nowhere in sight.

Well, until now. The new 2017 Acura NSX finally gearing up for launch, and although it is still a year and a bit away from actually hitting the streets, the company has confirmed its final technical details and also given us a bunch of new pictures to keep up amused until then.

So, the 2017 Acura NSX: it has a “Sport Hybrid Power Unit” consisting of a bespoke, mid-mounted twin-turbocharged, 75-degree 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine with dry sump lubrication, mated to an all-new 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct-Drive Motor. This results in what Acura calls “zero delay” response. So the moment you press the accelerator, you have the 500 hp and 550 Nm torque output of the engine at your disposal.

Boasting an aluminum-intensive space frame and a carbon fiber body, Acura NSX manages to strike a balance between lightness (curb weight 3,803 lbs) and rigidity, both for the sake of handling and crash protection. What’s more, it has a Sport Hybrid All-Wheel-Drive system and double wishbone suspension which deliver what Acura likes to refer to as on-rial cornering. The raises the question, will be able to slide this car if you want to?

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The post Yet Another Introduction to 2017 Acura NSX appeared first on Motorward.

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Since the day it was introduced as a concept, we’ve been bombarded every other week with material on how awesome the new Acura NSX is and how it will rewrite the rulebook on super car making when it’s released. But the car itself is still nowhere in sight.

Well, until now. The new 2017 Acura NSX finally gearing up for launch, and although it is still a year and a bit away from actually hitting the streets, the company has confirmed its final technical details and also given us a bunch of new pictures to keep up amused until then.

So, the 2017 Acura NSX: it has a “Sport Hybrid Power Unit” consisting of a bespoke, mid-mounted twin-turbocharged, 75-degree 3.5-liter DOHC V6 engine with dry sump lubrication, mated to an all-new 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT) and Direct-Drive Motor. This results in what Acura calls “zero delay” response. So the moment you press the accelerator, you have the 500 hp and 550 Nm torque output of the engine at your disposal.

Boasting an aluminum-intensive space frame and a carbon fiber body, Acura NSX manages to strike a balance between lightness (curb weight 3,803 lbs) and rigidity, both for the sake of handling and crash protection. What’s more, it has a Sport Hybrid All-Wheel-Drive system and double wishbone suspension which deliver what Acura likes to refer to as on-rial cornering. The raises the question, will be able to slide this car if you want to?

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The post Yet Another Introduction to 2017 Acura NSX appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2x Production Acura NSX Spotted in the Wild

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The work is almost done turning the new Acura NSX from a concept into a full-fledged production car. But the company is not going to release the car until some time next year. Until then we reckon they’ll be busy doing the sort of things you see in these pictures: drive the car around, test it in the real world, and maybe benchmark it agains the main rivals.

Well, that is what we assume is going on here. These pictures show two red Acura NSX in full production trim somewhere in the U.S. in company of a Porsche 911 and later on in a garage with an Audi R8. It is interesting they didn’t feel the need to cover up the cars in any way of form. Then again, we’ve been looking at this car for the past three years. We know it inside out.

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The new Honda Acura NSX is handsome car, no doubt about it. It is pitched by the manufacturer as a high-end hybrid sports car, but that hunkered-down, the swooping roofline, and the massive aero parts, they all scream supercar. If they don’t, the powertrain certainly does.

Speaking of the powertrain, it’s a hybrid system consisting of twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motors all working in tandem with a Super Handling all-wheel-drive system. Final figures are yet to be revealed, but this bad boy’s going to be fast.

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Pictures via Reddit

The post 2x Production Acura NSX Spotted in the Wild appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon 2x Production Acura NSX Spotted in the Wild

Red Acura NSX Spot-0

The work is almost done turning the new Acura NSX from a concept into a full-fledged production car. But the company is not going to release the car until some time next year. Until then we reckon they’ll be busy doing the sort of things you see in these pictures: drive the car around, test it in the real world, and maybe benchmark it agains the main rivals.

Well, that is what we assume is going on here. These pictures show two red Acura NSX in full production trim somewhere in the U.S. in company of a Porsche 911 and later on in a garage with an Audi R8. It is interesting they didn’t feel the need to cover up the cars in any way of form. Then again, we’ve been looking at this car for the past three years. We know it inside out.

Red Acura NSX Spot-1

The new Honda Acura NSX is handsome car, no doubt about it. It is pitched by the manufacturer as a high-end hybrid sports car, but that hunkered-down, the swooping roofline, and the massive aero parts, they all scream supercar. If they don’t, the powertrain certainly does.

Speaking of the powertrain, it’s a hybrid system consisting of twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motors all working in tandem with a Super Handling all-wheel-drive system. Final figures are yet to be revealed, but this bad boy’s going to be fast.

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Pictures via Reddit

The post 2x Production Acura NSX Spotted in the Wild appeared first on Motorward.

PostHeaderIcon Honda NSX Concept-GT Transformed In Less Than One Minute: Video

As the Honda NSX Concept-GT in this video will demonstrate, the days of an actual painted livery on your racecar seem to be largely over. And while we might miss the Gulf Oil Ford GT40s and John Player Special Lotus F1 cars, the amazing speed of the transformation of this NSX is difficult to deny. Admittedly, the vinyl is going on over a base of white paint, but not much of this is left uncovered by the end, and there are certainly some cars that hit the track wearing nothing but vinyl over carbon-fiber bodywork.

Motorsports are going to be a very important part of the life of the 2016 Honda/Acura NSX, as the original version of the car was developed with help from none other than F1 legend Ayrton Senna. And indeed the black, white and red color scheme on this car’s livery may well be intended to evoke memories of the Marlboro livery on the Honda-powered McLaren car in which Senna won all three of his world championships.

Honda NSX Concept-GT Transformed In Less Than One Minute: Video originally appeared on topspeed.com on Sunday, 19 April 2015 06:00 EST.

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