New NSX to go into production in 2010

Honda’s new NSX is finished and will spearhead the European launch of the Acura brand when it goes into production in autumn 2010. That’s the word from Autocar’s sources inside Honda Japan, who have confirmed that the front-engined V10 supercar will be unveiled at next year’s Tokyo show and will be followed by a new range of rear-wheel-drive Acura sports saloons. We can also reveal that the controversial looks of the NSX concept model have been overhauled since its debut at the 2007 Detroit show. The long nose has been completely redesigned.“It now has Chevrolet Corvette overtones,” said our source. But the new NSX will still be powered by a 4.5-litre V10 engine, delivering around 550bhp and offering racecar-like acoustics. The NSX was meant to be unveiled at last year’s Tokyo motor show, but Honda bosses postponed its launch because they were unhappy with the car’s final design. Honda has aspirations to compete with Lexus, Infiniti and BMW in Europe, and Acura is the obvious platform from which to launch that assault.Insiders tell us that there will be a range of Acura models alongside the NSX. Honda will switch to rear-wheel drive for its large saloons and develop a range of more powerful engines. The first new saloon will be a BMW 7-series rival, scheduled for launch in 2015. Another new model could be an S2000-based Acura sports car, which would replace the ageing Honda two-seater, taking it more upmarket to rival the Mercedes SLK.If Acura is to have an impact on the European market, it will require a huge investment from its parent company, but the brand needs sales here to succeed.

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17 April 2008

It's certainly a 'looker' but I wonder if it isn't more from the BMW design school (next 6-Series!) movement than the Honda department!

18 March 2009

[quote JJBoxster]It's certainly a 'looker' [/quote]

However, I drive a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 and I just cannot imagine not having the same "PUMP" I get with my American Made car.

Not to insult anyone, but I am female and need extra power for a number of reasons driving in the U.S. Not just to 'show off and have fun' but to excellerate beyond those huge, cumbersome and dangerous trucks that are on our highways.

I'd also consider, Saturn "Sky," and Pontiac's "Solstice." If I lost my job and had to downgrade.

I buy American. :)

18 March 2009

[quote FastVette]

However, I drive a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6 and I just cannot imagine not having the same "PUMP" I get with my American Made car.

 Not to insult anyone, but I am female and need extra power for a number of reasons driving in the U.S.  Not just to 'show off and have fun' but to excellerate beyond those huge, cumbersome and dangerous trucks that are on our highways.

I'd also consider, Saturn "Sky," and Pontiac's "Solstice."  If I lost my job and had to downgrade.

 I buy American.  :)

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Not insulted, just a bit confused.

Do you prefer your Corvette because it's American, because you're a female, or because it's got "extra power"?

I always knew that American muscle cars were fast due to the vibration causing bits to constantly fall off of them, resulting in lighter weight and more speed. I now appreciate that Japanese and European cars can achieve similar velocities without the need to shed body parts, due to lighter weight being designed in in the first place.

:)

18 March 2009

[quote FastVette]

I buy American. :)

[/quote]

Regardless of whether its the best car or not? Foolish idea.

Unfortunately that policy has left the big 3 in the position they are in now. they've been getting away with selling substandard rubbish to the American market off the back of this patriotism, (and Chrysler & GM bosses have admitted to this) where the rest of the world refuses to buy it as it just isn't good enough.

If the Big 3 had made competitive cars rather than sitting back you would have had a huge range of good looking powerful and economical cars, and safeguarded millions of jobs. And you would not have to give BILLIONS of your own hard earned taxpayer money to prop up these lame ducks. Doesn't that make you mad?

18 March 2009

[quote Orangewheels]

Regardless of whether its the best car or not? Foolish idea.

Unfortunately that policy has left the big 3 in the position they are in now. they've been getting away with selling substandard rubbish to the American market off the back of this patriotism, (and Chrysler & GM bosses have admitted to this) where the rest of the world refuses to buy it as it just isn't good enough.

If the Big 3 had made competitive cars rather than sitting back you would have had a huge range of good looking powerful and economical cars, and safeguarded millions of jobs. And you would not have to give BILLIONS of your own hard earned taxpayer money to prop up these lame ducks. Doesn't that make you mad?

[/quote] On the other hand, if we'd done this in the UK, we might still have a domestically owned motor industry.

18 March 2009

[quote Orangewheels]

[quote FastVette]

I buy American. :)

[/quote]

Regardless of whether its the best car or not? Foolish idea.

Unfortunately that policy has left the big 3 in the position they are in now....

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Funny, I thought the opposite of that policy has left the big 3 in the position they are in now, i.e. US consumers NOT buying American cars and instead opting for Japanese and, increasingly, Korean cars (only a rhetorical point, I know what you meant)

You are right to say the big 3 did produces a lot of dross over the years, but to be fair to them many of their more recent efforts are much better, so buying American is not the automatic poorer choice it used to be....alas I fear it may be too late for Detroit.

As for the new NSX, haven't Honda dropped the production plans since that article was posted?

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