Honda's iconic supercar, the NSX, was snapped testing at the Nurburgring
17 June 2008

Our spies tell us that this is a test mule for the long-awaited new Honda NSX. Fresh shots from the Nurburgring reveal this very Japanese-looking sports car, which is running on the same wheels and exhaust configuration as the long wheelbase S2000 that Honda used as an NSX prototype last year. We’ve got no confirmation as yet that it is Honda’s new supercar, a model whose development has been constantly delayed since the original Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept was revealed in January ’07.But, although this prototype is smaller and squatter than expected, we know the NSX development project has been completely reworked in the last year. So it’s not hard to believe that this is the almost-finished supercar. We know the new NSX will have a front-mounted V10 engine offering around 500bhp. But sources have previously claimed it’ll have a 2+2 seating arrangement. Judging by this prototype, if it is a 2+2 then the rear seats will be tiny, like an Audi TT’s. We’ll bring you more information as we get it…

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17 June 2008

The Japanese onslaught against the 'junior' supercars like the 911, R8, Gallardo, F430, Corvette et al continues. And all appear to be adopting the front engine layout so far following the GT-R and Toyota (Lexus). And all with the potential to make their US and Euro rivals look silly and expensive. Who next from the land of the rising sun?

17 June 2008

My thoughts exactly. However, a V10 as the powerplant makes me think it may be slightly nose-heavy. If the weight distribution is spot on this will be the making of a truely ground breaking car which follows in the footsteps of the giant slaying GT-R, and to some extent the original NSX for that matter.

19 June 2008

In my opinion Honda should have stuck with a mid engined lay out and used a smaller capacity turbocharged engine with the emphasis on sublime handling and body control rather that outright power and straight line speed.

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