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Discussion in 'Asian Forums' started by Da Fizza, May 22, 2007.
Because the Corvette is God.
GM is God, the Corvette is Jesus.
No chance. Long bonet and the driver is sittin on the rear axle.
I'm 30 minutes away. I'll be there in 10.
It's FR... #$%#.
This is an engine test. From the rumor I heard, they are testing a V10 engine.
If this car is ugly, why don't look the ferrari enzo concept testcar.
Man, I'd make "the back step out" every single day in my '91 Turbo (usually about four times a day minimum). And '91 is before they adjusted the suspension to reduce snap oversteer. Sure, I spun it a couple times, but it was always due to something unexpected (gravel on the road when everywhere else was clear, water when it hadn't rained in days, etc). I once took it around a 90* left-hander through intersection at almost 60mph. No bullshit. I was damn near perpendicular to the road.
haha...what movie is that from again? Pulp Fiction?
Trust us, it's the next Honda NSX
01 June 2007
This might look like a long-wheelbase version of the Honda S2000, but it isn't. Autocar can reveal that the car you're looking at is, in fact, the replacement for Honda's NSX supercar, caught lapping the Nordschleife only last week.
Our spy photographers took these pictures at a Nurburgring "Industry Pool" test day; click on our gallery to see more of them. They also managed to catch the intriguing development mule on video; click here to watch our video preview. That done, read on for the very latest information on Honda's forthcoming supercar.
Underneath the disguise
Given the look of the body panels of this mule car, you might assume that Honda has had a major rethink of the layout of its forthcoming supercar. However, Autocar has learned that the car's mechanicals will be very similar to those hinted by the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept that appeared at the Detroit motor show in January.
Unlike the original NSX, this NSX replacement will have a front-mounted V10 engine and a two-plus-two seating arrangement. It'll offer around 500bhp it'll have to in order to compete with Nissan's new GTR and Lexus' LFA and, if the ASCC is anything to go by, a rear-biased version of the Super Handling All Wheel Drive system that's employed in the Honda Legend saloon.
Back to the drawing board
What's still unknown and about which this development car reveals little is what the finished car will look like.
Honda's decision-making on the look of its NSX replacement has been very patchy indeed. Four years ago it showed us the HSC, only to scrap it; earlier this year, we saw the ASCC, and Honda bosses are rumoured to have sent that design back to the drawing board too, on the grounds that it wasn't bold enough.
The word is that a third and final, more dramatic design proposal will appear at the Tokyo motor show this autumn and, in an attempt to steal the limelight from Nissan's finished GTR, that will be announced as the blueprint for the finished NSX replacement.
The appearance of this development mule suggests, for the first time, that there may be some truth in that rumour. If Honda's form is anything to go by, though, all will depend upon the reception that the concept receives.
On the circuit
It's been suggested that the move away from a mid- to front-mounted engine, and from two seats to four, will give this new flagship Honda a very different character from the last NSX. Sources say that it'll be more of a rounded GT than a hardcore sports car. But it should still be fast.
Our spies have reported timing this development mule, in its unfinished state, putting in laps of the 14-mile Nordschleife in just 8 min 20 sec. Honda is clearly targeting the performance levels of Porsche's 911 Turbo, as you can see in our video; tellingly, Nissan did exactly the same during the development of the new GTR. And that means that it's unlikely to be happy until the car is lapping regularly, and reliably, well inside eight minutes.
wow, thats much slower than someone would expect:
8:09 --- 151.656 km/h -- Honda NSX-R, 320 PS/1467 kg (sport auto 08/02)
8:16.15 149.471 km/h -- Honda NSX (Best Motoring video "Carrera Invasion")
If you're going to change the layout and type of car it is so much, just don't call it an NSX! Usually Honda is very good at keeping the herritage of a line intact. Man...this is starting to piss me off.
"Our spies have reported timing this development mule, in its unfinished state, putting in laps of the 14-mile Nordschleife in just 8 min 20 sec. Honda is clearly targeting the performance levels of Porsche's 911 Turbo...that means that it's unlikely to be happy until the car is lapping regularly, and reliably, well inside eight minutes."
Give it time, it'll likely be much faster. If it set an 8:20 on one of its first laps out, that is not shabby at all.
Well, Honda hasn't been calling it the NSX, just all these news outlets have been calling it the nsx. Same as the lf-a and ft-hs being called new supras.
I'm sure honda will call this something different.
Well I know for a fact that the LF-A isn't the new Supra. When working with Toyota I knew of two distinct "sports car" programs...although that was before much of the design work was being done.
The thing that pisses me off even MORE is that on the Lexus site, the "Future Vehicles" section includes some concepts, but not the LF-A. The Canadian site doesn't even HAVE the LF-A on it. I just sold my car, and plan to not have one for 2-3 years...but when I do buy again, I'm dead serious on an LF-A. Such a sweet looking car, and it being a Lexus...you know it's going to last.