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Rumored Acura NSX Has Front-Mounted V-10


AutoCar.co.uk - http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsGallery.aspx?AR=236065&EL=-1&IM=201155

AutoCar.co.uk - http://www.autocar.co.uk/News/NewsGallery.aspx?AR=236065&EL=-1&IM=201155

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Am I the only one disappointed by the rumored Honda/Acura NSX as presented over at Autocar? It looks to my eye like the meeting of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro and Nissan's just-launched 370Z. Both attractive cars, indeed, but neither one possessing the NSX's legendary mid-engine layout, unique silhouette, and lightweight frame ensuring ultra-precise handling.

Opposed to the original NSX's minimalist 3.0-liter V-6 that launched Honda's revolutionary VTEC variable-valve timing, this new vehicle is rumored to house a honking V-10 that takes up significant real estate in front of the driver. And look at all that dead space between the crankshaft pulley and the front bumper, reminiscent of similarly wasted space in the ultra-swoopy Camaro of the late 1990s.

I'm sure this proposed vehicle from Honda (which might be delayed due to market struggles) will be a track-day dominator, just like the new Nissan GT-R and the Porsche 911 twin turbo. But nothing can match the driving joy of a willing dance partner with quick moves and light feet, and I hope a worthier successor to the NSX name makes its way into production as well.--Colin Mathews

2002 Acura NSX 2dr NSX-T Open Top 3.2L Manual exterior left side

2002 Acura NSX 2dr NSX-T Open Top 3.2L Manual exterior left side

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  1. They have been struggling for a design direction on the new NSX for some time, the previous couple of teasers went down a flop and they are desperetely trying to find a solution. This may be one project that should sucumb to the financial crisis and be canned. It along with the long rummoured and equally ugly (as far as leaked drawings have shown)Lexus supercar.
    GT-R isn't exactly pretty but is purposeful, this is not. Drawing above looks a bit like the front of an 80's Camaro, rear abit like a z4 Roadster, neither of which are design beauties.
     
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  2. After 18 years, nobody remembers what the hell an NSX ever was. Honda missed the opportunity. The NSX was NOT an M3 or Corvette rival, it was supposed to be an EXOTIC, and as such it should not be a direct competitor to ugly POS utlilitarian Nissan GT-Rs and the like, but rather Ferraris and Lambos, and the occasional Aston ans Audi R8
     
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  3. I think they lost it all when they went to a front engine.
    It is not distinctive.
    Think about the Porsche, the Lamborghini, the better looking Ferraris, the Audi A8.
    Now think about the Corvette, the Camaro, the Nissan Z.
    The new NSX looks like a $40,000 car which they will try to sell for $100,000+.
     
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  4. When I heard of a NSX replacement, first thing I thought was a Honda-built Ferrari kind of car. It is a dissapointment that this car has to be a front engine car, even though it's front midship which is a little better, the whole point of this was to compete directly against the GT-R, but it's not much different. One good thing is that htye made it mandatory to beat the GT-R in the Nurburgring lap times.
     
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