With McLaren’s Formula One team set for a return to Honda power in 2015 it seems appropriate to have a look back at an era when the two were partners in F1 and in particular this impressive road car that was influenced by the relationship, although that’s not the reason we have these images.
This eBay auction item isn’t just any old Honda NSX, the seller claims that it was once owned by the three-time F1 World Champion, whose footprint can apparently still be seen in the carpet. This model with vin-number T000999 was handed to Senna by Antonio de Almeida and found a home near the Estoril circuit in Portugal. The seller’s advert claims that this iconic machine has been in his possession since 1996 but doesn’t give any details on how he came by the car. If this is car that Senna owned then it will be worth a mint and the £47,500 auction starting price will be justified, but you might need a few detective skills to work out if the car is genuine, so we’re not sure that it will be sold in the 9 days that remain in the eBay listing.
When it was first designed Senna had a hand in improving the car’s performance. The chassis was stiffened and the suspension was tuned after Senna gave his appraisal, and since its arrival the NSX has proven to be a sweet handling car thanks in part to his input.
A year after they unveiled the hybrid NSX at the 2012 Detroit Auto show, Acura returned to show a revised version of the mid-engine sports car. The company’s return confirms their commitment to producing the first NSX since production stopped on the original in 2005.
The exterior of the Acura hasn’t changed all that much over the course of the past 12 months, but the car shown at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show has a larger grille and a 3D version of the brand’s ‘shield’ logo on the bonnet. The front bumper has been altered to aid aerodynamic efficiency and a carbon fibre splitter has been added. New wheels and a few minor alterations to the bodywork also distinguish this year’s model.
The interior has been dramatically altered from the sparse cabin we saw last year. It’s closer to the spec we will see when the car reaches production. The full leather interior with carbon fibre lined centre console and suede trim will make this a comfortable place to sit. The layout offers great visibility for the low ride height and there are very few buttons to press to control the car as everything goes through the “Simple Sports Interface”.
Reports on a New Zealand website suggest that a right-hand drive version could be built. The car’s chief designer, Jon Ikeda said “I’m sure it will be sold in right-hand-drive markets - it’s a global car, that’s what we’re trying to do,” so there’s hope that the stunning revival of the NSX will make its way across the pond at some point, but probably only after it’s been rebranded as a Honda.
Acura - Honda’s luxury brand for the United States - is at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show to introduce the latest NSX prototype. We have already seen this car several times in various international exhibitions, with its first appearance on European soil dating back at the latest Geneva Motor Show before it showed up again at the Paris Motor Show.
The new Honda/Acura NSX - heir of the iconic Japanese supercar of the 90s bearing the same name - is expected to hit the market by 2015. In its prototype version, the Honda NSX is 4.33 meters long and boasts extremely modern lines typical of a premium sports coupe: its captivating front-end is seamlessly coupled to a pretty sporty rear-end, with large LED lights that characterize the look of its sharp tail.
With regard to powertrain, the NSX is equipped with the advanced SH-AWD (Super Hybrid All Wheel Drive) which combines anaturally aspirated mid-mounted V6 with two electric motors placed on the front wheels, which allows for higher performance and lower fuel consumption while improving the overall handling of the car.
Here is a nice video picturing the new Honda NSX Concept, which was premiered at the last Geneva Motor Show following a first appearance at the North American Internationa Auto Show in New York, where it was displayed with an Acura badge (the final version of this car will in fact be marketed in US and Canada as a model from Honda’s luxury brand).
The production version of the NSX should be ready in 2015 and is supposed to retain most of the elements of the concept. The prototype measures 4.33 meters in length, 1.90 in width, 1.16 in height and has a wheel base of 2.58 meters. Under the bonnet pulses a naturally aspirated, mid-mounted V6 VTEC engine mated to a pair of electric motors that allow the car to increase its power while keeping the fuel consumption down.
The model comes with the SH-AWD (Super Hybrid All Wheel Drive) system which makes sure that the right amount of torque is delivered to each wheel of the car at all time in order to obtain the maximum traction and performance in every situation. The transmission is a dual clutch auto, while the wheels are 19″ on the front axle and 20″ at the back.
Acura introduces the ad that will promote the new NSX during the XLVI SuperBowl, which will see the New York Giants and the New England Patriots battling each other at the Lucas Oil Stadium of Indianapolis, Indiana. The model is basically the long awaited heir of the iconic Honda NSX sportscar of the 90s, but will be marketed in North America with Honda’s luxury brand Acura. The car was unveiled in mid January in Detroit, at the North American International Auto Show, and is powered by a V6 Vtec engine in combination with two electric motors. Its innovative Super Handling All Wheel Drive system makes sure that the ideal torque in any situation gets constantly transferred to all four corners of the car, implying an obvious benefit to its overall performance.
However, the real star of this commercial is Jerry Seinfeld, the famous American comedian that owes his worldwide popularity to the successful “Seinfeld” sit-com of the 90s. Simply put, Seinfeld finds out he is just number two on the customers’ waiting list for the new Acura, and tries to convince the holder of the number one spot to switch places through a number of different odd offers, with no success. Then, as soon as the number one guy gets persuaded, another special guest gets in the way..
The car is frankly a bit neglected in the commercial, but if you want to take a closer look, check out our photo galleries: the official one dispatched by Honda and an exclusive one taken live at the 2011 NAIAS a few weeks back by our colleagues from Autoblog.it.
One of the most eagerly awaited concept cars currently on display at the 2012 NAIAS is definitely the Honda/Acura NSX, the model that is going to inherit the glorious NSX name from the famous Honda sports car of the 90s. This mid-mounted concept uses a V6 Vtec petrol engine with direct injection as well as two electric motors, and somewhat anticipates the production model, that is expected to debut within 3 years and will eventually be marketed in North America with the Acura badge.
The NSX adopts an all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system that can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, called new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system. To make it work properly, the NSX boasts a quite complex and advanced ‘dual-clutch’ transmission system that distributes the power coming from its three engines to all four wheels in order to obtain the best possible traction and torque distribution at all times, also improving the overall performance of the car.
Honda Motor Co’s president and CEO, Mr. Takanobu Ito, commented: “Like the first NSX, we will again express high performance through engineering efficiency. In this new era, even as we focus on the fun to drive spirit of the NSX, I think a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities.” This NSX prototype measures 4.33 meters in length, 1.89 meters in width and just 1.16 meters in height, and uses 19″ wheels on the front axle and 20″s at the back, fitted with 255/37 and 275/30 tyres respectively. The new Honda/Acura supercar will be developed by an engineering team led by Honda R&D Americas Inc. and manufactured in Ohio, at a yet to be named facility.
Acura is the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Honda, and this coming January, during the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, they will introduce to the world three brand new concept cars for the very first time. The most significant piece of the lot is by far the eagerly-awaited new version of the NSX, which will eventually enter the market as a fully-fledged Honda model at a later time. The Acura-badged NSX concept should be a further evolution of the prototype used during the shooting of “The Avengers” movie (pictured above, with Robert Downey jr.). Unfortunately, no official technical details have been released about the car, but rumor has it that it is a a four-wheel drive model equipped with V6 hybrid powerplant and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Making their first appearance at the Acura stand in Detroit there will also be a compact luxury sedan called ILX, that is scheduled for launch in spring 2012: it will feature three powertrains (including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid) and should go on to compete in the same class as BMW 1-Series and Mercedes new A-Class. Completing Acura’s line up at the event will be a redesigned version of its five-passenger SUV model, the RDX.
In the wake of the announcement that the successful Honda NSX model will return to production and following the anticipation about its hybrid engine, a new car has appeared that seems to foresee its exterior design. This car is an Acura-badged roadster featured in the ‘Avengers’ movie, and has been photographed on the set nearby Central Park, New York, with Robert Downey jr. behind the wheel.
According to AutoExpress, the new NSX will be powered by a brand new V6 and two electric engines, and its architecture should be similar to the Dual Mode 4WD concept displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2001, a prototype that actually had a center mounted 3.5 litres V6 with two electric engines on the front wheels, delivering 400 hp.
The new NSX will probably adopt a VTEC engine with capacity between 3.5 and 3.7 liters and Li-ion batteries that can be recharged like hybrid plug-in cars. The NSX will be a full hybrid car, therefore it will be able to run a few miles powered by electric energy only.
How could we define this as anything but protectionist spirit? The comparison offered by Auto Express is hardly believable, reporting that the Honda NSX will challenge the Aston Martin V8, Jaguar XKR and even the Maserati GranTurismo. Although if the numbers offered by the Japanese company are correct, this model will beat the European coupés with its eyes shut.
The V10 5.5 should see some technical solutions strictly derived from Formula One technology, with even the possibility of deactivating some cylinders to reduce consumption and emissions. Power and torque will hit 590hp and 600Nm, while the F1 will provide top-end aerodynamics. According to some rumours, the final part of the car is like one large wing.
The guys over at 7Tune have recently published new rumours regarding the next Honda NSX, the “kill-the-GT-R” currently in development phase and which should make the supercar market sit up and take notice.
While the NSX will be equipped with a 5.5 litre V10, the big news is its Variable Cylinder Management, which enables the de-activation of certain components when maximum power isn’t necessary - as for example, in city traffic.
Surprised? Perhaps, but we’re all battling oil prices and emissions controls, supercars included. This, though, can’t hold a candle to the appeal of the engine and its scary numbers.