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PostSubject: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:44 pm

I didn't think they were going to remake them!? And it'll be hybrid...

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Honda NSX concept unveiled at 2012 Detroit auto show

One of the biggest draws of the 2012 Detroit auto show is the new Honda NSX concept car. Developed in tandem by Honda's design studios in California and Japan, the new NSX is a svelte-looking supercar with an exciting purpose: it heralds Honda's new supercar.

After years of will-they, won't-they delays, concepts and U-turns, this time Honda is adamant - it really is replacing the original NSX.

The new NSX has big boots to fill: the 1980s original had a major impact on the supercar arena, bringing ease of use and less fearful road manners to the upper echelons of the sports car market. You could well argue that today's Audi R8 and Ferrari 458 Italia wouldn't be so biddable if the NSX hadn't existed.

New Honda NSX: the engineering story
The new NSX, 2012-style, will focus just as much on high-tech as the original. That name stood for New Sports Experimental and Honda is equipping its newcomer with a hybrid powertrain.

There's a slew of hybrid supercars coming in the next three years: McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, to name but four, are all preparing part-electrified sports cars. You can now add Honda to that list.

The new NSX sports Honda's first mid-engined application of its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, as previously seen in the more workaday Honda Prelude and Japanese-market Inspire.

That means the NSX will be four-wheel drive, although the exact workings of the petrol and electric motors on the production car remain to be seen. Honda will be forced to use one of its petrol engines from elsewhere in its global car range, which points to a 3.0 or 3.5-litre petrol engine to provide the motive power.

It is likely that the NSX will use the latest lithium-ion batteries; although the entire European hyrbid road car range sticks with nickel metal hydride batteries, Honda has just bought into a Japanese specialist in lithium ion technology.

So when can we buy the new Honda NSX?

That's the $64 million question here in Detroit. This is no longer a pie-in-the-sky concept. Honda has confirmed the NSX is now a live project, as the company tries to claw back its reputation for cutting-edge engineering and exciting sports cars after the death - in Europe at least - of the S2000, Type R models and standalone sports cars.

'Acura is planning on building a new NSX based on the concept which will feature a hybrid all-wheel-drive (AWD) powertrain to achieve amazing handling and acceleration with excellent fuel economy,' an official confirmed to CAR. 'The basic components of the system are similar to Honda's electric super handling all-wheel-drive (SH-AWD) system but configured for a mid-engine car.

'Though eagerly awaited, the NSX concept is in it's early planning phase so no further information on the engine and launch timings can be confirmed at this stage.'

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:47 pm

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:21 pm

Hybrid = ghey.
4WD NSX = ghey.

Don't like. Won't be anything like the old, proper one.

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:27 pm

There's a slew of hybrid supercars coming in the next three years: McLaren, Ferrari, Porsche and Lamborghini, to name but four, are all preparing part-electrified sports cars. You can now add Honda to that list.

What's happened to the world!!

Great looking car though.

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:29 pm

Looks gorgeous just a shame about the 4WD and engine..

Maybe itll be good though, wait n see!
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:46 pm

I'm willing to give these Hybrid supercars a chance. It's not like the usual Prius with a pathetic 1.5 lump, it'll be an already quick car given an extra boost with the electric.

I expect it'll have the main of the power going from the engine to the rear wheels, with the small extra from the electric motor going to the front. If so, I like the sound of it. And it looks the part too!
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:59 pm

Yum....

"The new NSX sports Honda's first mid-engined application of its Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, as previously seen in the more workaday Honda Prelude and Japanese-market Inspire."

Not quite, the prelude is 4 wheel steer not 4 wheel drive...would be nice though! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:10 am

Doesnt look half as good as the old IMO.
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:18 am

It sort of looks like the disabled, mentally ill paedophile cousin of a R8.
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 12:45 am

^ What she said.

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:28 am

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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 1:36 am

As He and she said..although i like the looks.

Hybrid is a big no with me but i suppose they are only keeping up with the times..sadly Sad
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:25 am

Looks like they have stolen a "little" of the design from audis Razz

Hate it.
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:32 am

I knida like the look of it.

4wd and hybrid can pee off though!
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:48 am

To be fair though sadly thanks to all these new regulations and constraints put on car manufacturers more and more cars like this will be made...
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PostSubject: Re: New NSX!?   Wed Jan 11, 2012 6:09 am

Sam wrote:
Looks like they have stolen a "little" of the design from audis Razz

Nope, stolen a 'lot' of the design from the new Esprit.

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