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What we know about Honda's new mid-engined sportscar
Jun 19, 2015 - 1:08 PM - by mr.smith

Online patent pictures have stoked rumors that Honda will be coming out with a new mid-engined sportscar to compete against the Porsche Cayman and Alfa Romeo 4C. After doing some reading, I thought I would do a little write-up to put together everything that we know about the upcoming sportscar so far.

Honda's new mid-engined sportscar has many connections to the Acura NSX. The two vehicles will share similar proportions. The new sportscar will also make use of some of the technology that is in the NSX. For example, the new sportscar will likely use the NSX's hybrid 4-wheel drive system.

The new mid-engined sportscar will be built alongside the NSX in Honda's Ohio factory. It will slot between the NSX and the turbocharged S660 mini-roadster that is already on sale in Japan. The S660 will likely spawn a more powerful S1000 for European markets (but that's another story). Unlike the NSX which wears the Acura badge, the new sportscar will wear a Honda badge.

Honda's new sportscar will likely receive a mid-mounted 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder VTEC engine from the Civic Type R. That engine will get played with a bit bringing the power from 306 bhp to about 330 bhp. Three electric motors will be used to supplement that power too. Two front axle mounted motors will drive the front wheels through a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. So, after all that total power should stand somewhere around 400 bhp.

The new sportscar will ride on an a bespoke aluminium space frame wrapped in aluminium with carbon fibre reinforced plastic body panels that should keep the weight below 1,400 kg.

Don't expect this new Honda sportscar until 2018 though. It's target price is 60,000.
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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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