Honda boss Takanobu Ito has referred to the newly launched Lexus LFA as a "monster" at a press conference in Tokyo today.
Asked about a NSX replacement Ito reiterated that the company has no plans to directly replace the supercar but added that if they did "it wouldn’t look like the monster Toyota has just shown at the motor show".
Ito also hinted that a hydrogen fuel cell powered supercar could be on the cards deep into the future. "It would be lighter than a petrol car, be fun to drive and has maximum torque from zero rpm," he said.
Honda’s boss also canned speculation he was planning to bring the company’s luxury brand Acura to Europe. "The economic crash forced us to change our plans, it’s not coming for the time being and I don’t know when it will," he admitted.
Ito also restated the company’s plans to broaden its range of hybrids. He revealed plans for twin motor hybrids for cars larger than a Civic and committed the company to continue its development of petrol and diesel engines to go with them.
The long term goal for Honda though is to have a range of hydrogen fuel cell cars, but conceded that they would not be commonplace for at least two decades.