This front-engined concept will become the new Honda NSX
8 January 2007

Acura's superb new front-engined super-coupe concept, revelaed at the Detroit motor show on Sunday (7 January 2007) will definitely go into production. It is already being freely described by its creators as a replacement for the long-lived Honda NSX, despite the fact that it has a completely different mechanical format and lacks a proper production name (at present it's just called Advanced Sports Car Concept).

Confusingly for Europeans, it carries the badge of Acura, Honda's upmarket US brand, because it was conceived by American designers at Acura's Californian design studio. Honda is well aware that to succeed, the car will need solid support from US buyers.

The car's two designers, Patrick Lukasak and Bull Gex, spent a little less than a year on the project, which will now be developed further in Japan for showing as an advanced prototype in Tokyo next September, complete with a Japanese-designed interior. The car is 4.62m long, sits on a 2.74m wheelbase, is powered by a front mid-mounted V10 engine and has an advanced, electronically controlled four-wheel-drive system with a rearwards torque bias to aid handling adjustability. The wheels, milled from solid aluminium alloy billets, are 19-inch at the front and 20-inch behind.

Few other details are known: Honda people won't reveal the engine capacity (3.0 litres looks a strong possibility, given the obvious F1 connotations) or even whether the Acura ASCC is to be a two-plus-two or a pure two-seater. Quick inspection of the car's all-glass cabin - which doesn't have a finished interior – shows that either option is possible. All will be revealed in eight months' time.

Steve Cropley

Watch the video here.

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Dallara Stradale
    The Stradale is the first road-legel car from Italian motorsport constructor Dallara
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    The motorsport constructor's first road car is inspired by Lotus minimalism. Does it thrill on road and track?
  • Hyundai i30 N
    Standard spec is good so paint colour is our car’s only option
    First Drive
    16 March 2018
    What’s Hyundai’s first hot hatch and N-brand debutant really like? Let’s find out
  • Porsche Boxster GTS
    This is the new GTS version of the Porsche Boxster
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The 718-generation Boxster is our favourite roadster of the moment – so is this new GTS variant worth the extra outlay?
  • BMW 5 Series
    First Drive
    15 March 2018
    The BMW 5 Series is top of the mid-exec pack, but is there still room for a diesel saloon in everyday family life?
  • Audi A7 front
    First Drive
    14 March 2018
    The new Audi A7 Sportback looks the part, but how does the new Mercedes-Benz CLS rival cope on UK roads? We find out