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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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2016 Acura NSX: What We Know And What to Expect
Jan 30, 2015 - 4:18 PM - by Administrator


Hear It From Acura

Following it's world debut, a Press Release outlining key information on the NSX production model made its way online, along with a document solely on remarks from Acura Officials who were speaking at the event. While information is currently limited, reading through these documents you'll get interesting tidbits of information. Find them linked below, along with just some of what you'll find in those documents:

Rebirth of an Icon: Next Generation Acura NSX Unveiled
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"Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSXa supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. "The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate."
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"The NSX reflects Acura's American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,"
North American International Auto Show Remarks

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Supercar performance, delivered in a unique and challenging way, powered by new technologies, and utilizing new materials, that is the heritage of NSX.
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Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to that heritage, a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver.
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The combination of a twin-turbocharged engine with these three electric motors, delivers instantaneous yet, broad torque, with total system horsepower north of 550, and our unique combination of the V6 Engine working together with the three electric motors, the NSX launches with "zero delay acceleration", a G feeling unlike anything you've ever experienced, unless you've spent time in an F1 car.
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This summer, customers will be able to go online and build
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