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NSX Hybrid Powertrain to Power Honda S2000 Successor
May 07, 2015 - 3:36 PM - by St.Who

Honda is making moves to compete in even more performance segments. The last S2000 roadster was was given the axe in 2009, but now Honda is considering bringing back the roadster to compete against the likes of the Audi TT, BMW Z4 and Mercedes-Benz SLK. The trio of the NSX, S1000 and S2000 would offer performance vehicles to buyers at all different income levels.

The new S2000 will likely make use of the NSX's hybrid powertrain. A tubrocharged mid mounted engine will send power to the rear wheels. Potential engines are a 1.5L turbocharged 4-cylinder, or even a detuned version of the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder found in the Civic Type R. The front wheels will be powered by two electric motors in a setup that is similar to what we find in the Acura NSX. That would make for an AWD layout that could switch to zero emissions driving for short distances.

The rumor mill also suggests that the top configuration of the S2000 successor would produce over 300 hp. It also will likely use a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

The S2000 successor hasn't received the green light for production yet. It's fate depends on Honda's performance in key markets like the USA and China. If profits are high then Honda can invest in low volume models like the S2000, but if profits aren't high then other projects will likely take higher priority.

Still, the S2000 could hit markets as soon as 2017, or even next year.
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The 2016 NSX, Supercar Socialism?
Apr 16, 2015 - 11:46 AM - by nexus

Yes I know some are ho-hum on the looks and hybrid power simply offends others, fine, but I'm talking about the total package or the essence if you will.

Consider the original NSX when it rolled off the line (exactly, assembly line produced SUPERCAR??) in 1991, it was the first time a mainstream manufacturer (ok besides the original GT40 which was little more then a homologation special) decided to take it to a segment filled with fragility and frippery.

Why that's important is because in the fallout everybody got better. The NSX was never the fastest or prettiest, but it was reliable, astoundingly refreshing after years of self loathing, self immolating metal from those special Italian marquees.

Coming back to the 2016, development alone hints that this machine is special beyond its tangibles. Honda canned two prototypes before finally settling on the current layout. First there was the howling front mounted V-10 prototype hot lapping the Nurburgring, but that was binned because what relevance would a $400,000 car have to the buyer of an ILX? It would of been an insurmountable gap to even DREAM about owning one for Tom, Dick and Harry. After fiddling around with transverse V6 Hybrids pulled from parts bin obscurity, it was decided the NSX would have a longitudinal mounted twin turbo 3.5L V6 Hybrid coupled to three electric motors. Notably, not a single part of the engine is shared with ANYTHING else in the Honda feimdom.

So whats my point? Well Hybrid duh. Hybrid is available currently in two forms, the ubiquitous Prius and assorted PHEVs OR La Ferrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 with their stalking $1 million price tags. There is no grey area for Hybrids, which besides consuming 'less' fuel they produce the buckets of torque lusted after by speed freaks everywhere.

In principle the NSX operates EXACTLY like the LaFerrari, P1 and 918, which has me thinking that the NSX could be in line to spark another revolution in the supercar segment. While it once brought dependability to a reliability starved segment, the new NSX promises to bring the technical wizardry of the 1% down to the 10% and eventually we should/could see the Hyper Hybrid setup in things as lowly as the ILX. Supercar Socialism.
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Artist Creates 2015 Honda NSX Super GT Race Car
Mar 12, 2015 - 11:11 AM - by St.Who

Artist Angryman Playground, a Melbourne-based illustrator, has taken the brand new Honda NSX supercar and really went to town with it. He gave it a wider body, race-style aero components and a gigantic roof scoop.

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Europe is getting a Honda-badged 2016 NSX!
Mar 06, 2015 - 12:42 PM - by |\|SX
I thought they were past the days of Honda badged Acura's and instead expand Acura's global operations, clearly that's not the case in Europe...

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