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The NSX Rises Again: Honda Confirms A Sports Car Under Development

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On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 11:50AM | By: Chris Weiss

The NSX Rises Again: Honda Confirms A Sports Car Under Development

Toyota has the Lexus LFA. Nissan has the GT-R. Currently, the only member of the Japanese Big 3 to not have its own flagship sports car is the one that boasted the top Japanese sports car a short decade ago. Back in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Acura NSX was the supercar from Japan. And not too long after its discontinuation in 2005, rumors of a successor began popping up regularly. Now, Honda has confirmed that it is indeed working on a new flagship sports car.

According to Autocar, Honda CEO Takanobu Ito confirmed that the automaker is working on an NSX successor on the night before the Frankfurt Motor Show began.

Ito said: "I spent part of my early career at Honda developing the NSX, and specifically the aluminium body. I really enjoyed that experience, and learned much, so it is my wish that Honda engineers have the experience of developing a sportscar like the NSX in future. Within Honda, our engineers are already looking at developing such a car."

While Ito recalls the NSX with nostalgia, the new car will work under some new principles. Unlike the last scheduled NSX successor, which was expected to use a big V-10 engine before it was cancelled in 2008, the new car will follow the popular trend of balancing a low curb weight with a powerful-enough engine, offering a large power-to-weight ratio. The new car will also have to be efficient in addition to sporty, according to Ito's plans.

Of course, Ito's confirmation fell well short of specifics like engine specs, price range, and launch timeframe, but it is good to know that the NSX has found its way to the minds and lips of Honda execs.


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