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Honda Confirms NSX Successor

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On: Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 4:28PM | By: Chris Weiss

Honda Confirms NSX Successor

A Honda NSX successor has been the subject of rumors for years. These rumors have started to heat up again lately, with reports indicating that Honda is refocusing on a top-end sports car now that the economy is starting to turn around.

Well, those rumors are correct. Honda president Takanobu Ito said so himself from the Shanghai Auto Show. Ito didn't get into too many details, but did indicate that the NSX successor will reflect the efficient needs of modern times rather than the pure power ambitions of years past.

"We are working very hard on it," Ito said of the sports car, adding that the car will combine exhilarating driving properties with environmental considerations.

Ito fell well short of detailing what specifically will drive the car, but rumors point to a hybrid powertrain with an electric motor kicking in to assist the primary gas engine. The use of an electric motor will allow Honda to use an engine that is much smaller than the 500-hp V10 that would have been used half a decade or so ago.

Past rumors have suggested that a hybrid NSX successor would pair up to 400 horses worth of V6 or V4 engine with a small electric motor. Those rumors have also implied that the NSX successor would be more Porsche 918 Spyder and less Fisker Karma, with the emphasis being on top-end, albeit cleaner, high performance, not on clean, practical, everyday driving. Edmunds speculated a price as high as $500,000, which would give Honda Japan's most expensive supercar.

Ito did not give a timeline for the sports car.


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