By on December 17, 2014


Acura is apparently serious about the next NSX making its debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Stop us if you’ve heard this one before.

A series of teaser shots of their latest supercar have been released, and Acura appears to be upholding their longstanding tradition of making their “concepts” fairly faithful to the production model. On the other hand, any cues that pay homage to the design of the original car seem to be absent.

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31 Comments on “Acura: Next NSX Debuting At Detroit – We Promise...”

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    What are they going to do when Ford rolls out the GT and no one cares about the NSX because they’ve been teasing it for a decade?

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    I hope this doesn’t end up like Duke Nukem Forever.

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    Cool. Acura definitely needs some life in it’s lineup.

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    It appears to have the Acura beak.

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    S2k Chris

    Maybe this will be so awesome that it causes a mass sell-off of the original model, and I can add a clean red/tan NSX-T 3.2 6MT to park next to my S2000, for like $15k. Maybe. Please God.

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    This thing is a boat. No continuity at all. No thanks

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    John R

    Here’s hoping for 918-lite.

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    Rear 3/4 view (third picture above) reminds me of the current Mazda 6.

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    I like that they painted it a color. That’s pretty bold by Acura standards these days. The problem with the eternal lead time is that whatever performance benchmarks they used when setting product goals are now two product cycles behind Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche. The original NSX was exactly as fast as it had to be when it showed up. Then it practically remained the same for a decade as the competitive set upped their power outputs by around 30%. The first NSX’s redeeming quality was its driving purity, but nobody even remembers what that means and the new one seems likely to join the self-shifting, nanny-braking, stability-induced, torque-managed fleet of boring produced by everyone else in the over-$50K ‘performance’ market.

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      S2k Chris

      “The original NSX was exactly as fast as it had to be when it showed up. Then it practically remained the same for a decade as the competitive set upped their power outputs by around 30%.”

      This is my favorite myth about the NSX. I think the standard bearer for “premium sports car” is the 911, and if you match up the NSX versus the 911, they’re spot on. In 1991, the 911 had 247 hp, and the NSX had 270, for a 23hp advantage to the NSX. In 1995, the 911 went to 270, so they were equal. In 1996, the 911 went to 282 for a 12hp advantage that lasted until 1997, when the NSX went to 290, giving it an 8hp advantage for 2 years, when in 1999 the 911 went to 296, a 6hp advantage. It wasn’t until 2002, 11 years after the
      NSX debuted, that the 911 had meaningfully more power than the NSX, at 320hp versus 290. They were basically even up until then.

      But no one ever says the 911 was underpowered or didn’t keep up with competition. Odd, no?

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        Production of export market NSXs ended in November of 2005. 320 hp is 30% more than 247 hp. The NSX gained 7% over the same time. Base Corvette power went from 250 hp to 350 hp during NSX production with more available in the C5 Z06 for a lower price. Ferrari went from the lamentable 348 to the 400 hp NSX clone called the 360 Modena.

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        “But no one ever says the 911 was underpowered or didn’t keep up with competition. Odd, no?”

        911’s get a pass on lots of things other cars don’t, starting with using a rear-engined flat-6 platform.

        Anyone else uses a platform so intrinsically crippled out-of-the-gate like that gets laughed off the stage. With Porsche, its a ‘timeless classic.’

        Cars like this are not rational purchases; they are industrial fashion predicated on looks and labels much as power – the 911 proves that good as anything.

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        People also forget that the original NSX was greenlit in 1984, showed as a prototype in 1987, and went on sale in 1990. The only discernable difference between the 87 concept and the 90 production model was 20hp and 3″ in length (to accommodate the new DOHC VTEC engine).

        The new car just _feels_ older, because it’s been in the public eye for longer. That doesn’t mean Honda has forgotten how to build a world-beating vehicle. (Though other recent vehicles may…)

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    like when Lucy promises to hold the football for Charlie Brown

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    The original NSX really felt like a Japanese exotic. I have a feeling this one is going to feel more like a Japanese Plymouth Prowler (in terms of perception, not performance).

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    So far it looks like a cross between a Camaro and a Mitsubishi Eclipse, with a Saturn roof and windshield.

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    Looks great, let’s hope it sets a new Nurburgring record. ;)

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    A shame Ayrton Senna isn’t here to sort out the handling.

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    The NSX promises ferrari level performance for R8 money. The problem with that proposition this time around is the BMW i8 which appear to offer comparable or better technology for around the same price. Hard to see the new NSX having anywhere near the same impact as the original.

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