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 Date: February 21, 2007 21:32
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: WindingRoad.com
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There's been a discussion going on all day about this in our forums, but we figured we should probably pop this out to the front page of the Rumors and News section because it's yet another twist on the next-gen NSX saga. You may recall that Honda introduced the sexy HSC Concept at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show (coincidentally featured in today's Bonus Wallpaper), promising that it provided a really good look at the next generation NSX. We loved everything about it but we were a little concerned that Honda's key bragging point for the HSC was a "300+hp" V6 powerplant. We knew that wouldn't fly.

Trailing the HSC's subsequent appearance at the '04 North American International Auto Show was an uncomfortably long period of silence, and before the year was even out came the sad word that the HSC project was scrapped. Honda tried to smooth things over by promising a V10 powerplant for the next-generation supercar, and certainly that was something exciting to ponder, but as Acura began setting the stage for its innovative SH-AWD system, we became increasingly concerned that the NSX's spirit and purity would be compromised by the additional mass of an AWD system. Then scandalous nonsensical rumors began to surface hinting that the next "supercar" would be more of a GT, with an FR layout. Our sense of denial went into hyperdrive. Then, last month in Detroit, we were introduced to the Advanced Sports Car Concept. The moment was bittersweet, because as much as we craved any morsel of information we could get regarding the followup to the legendary NSX, we couldn't wrap our minds around the fact that Acura was telling us that the next NSX really was going to be front-engined AND AWD.

Well, somehow the guys at windingroad.com caught wind that the ASCC design is going to be scrapped, and have even suggested that whatever will be shown in Tokyo this Fall won't be representative of what should be hitting the road in (hopefully) 2009.

Here's our take on it. The lukewarm response to the ASCC had very little to do with the design itself. Face the facts - there's only so much you can do with a big-motored FR sports car. Odds are really good that it's going to look thick. The problem is that most Honda fans want to see the NSX's strong heritage honored with a proper followup. That means that the next NSX should be mid-engined, rear wheel drive, as light as possible, and it should offer a world class power to weight ratio. Furthermore, the NSX (and S2000) should be treated by Honda as their sportscar franchises, with regular evolutionary updates to keep them competitive. If Acura wants to offer several versions of the NSX, with one packing all the SH-AWD goodness, then we're okay with that as long as there's a model that stays true to the original NSX formula.

Japan Report: Acura’s NSX Seen Headed Back To The Drawing Board?


Last edited by RyanDL on February 22, 2007 09:07

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  bye-bye ASCC
nsxspn 0
  Audi R8
I Bin Therbefor 0
  NSX target = F430
CivicB18 26
  Honda yesterday and today
Nino 25
  FR platform is Acura's future
canuck-in-NY 3
  the hall world SAYs
saudi @honda.fan 0
  Note to Honda
KhmerNsx 16
  Original NSX designers?
CivicB18 11
  Two Birds with One Stone.
KhmerNsx 2
  COMPTECH is closing it's doors!!
ACURAte 3
  Want more info on the GT style "NSX"
BigDoggie 2
  Honda has lost its way
TC1 9
  My 2 Cents
WCA19 0
  donkeys and carrots...
jero 7
  TARGET: Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911
aznstuart 0
  The HSC was HIDEOUS!!!
ACURAte 0
  TWO HEADED MONSTER
Acuradrian 11
  The Better be giving us both then
sajicd 0
  IT CAN STAY TRUE TO IT'S ROOTS
HONDA AFVM 2
  Just put in a big Wing
TonyEX 0
  Thank God !
Pauly1 0
  A techy GT is right for Acura, an NSX is right for Honda
csempere109 4
  waiting to out do the new skyline?
Civic_Si 4
  my thoughts
siegen 0
  Perhaps it was the Survey
papapoly 3
  I'm not surprised
Moisted2 0
  Cheapen the ASC please.
Powered by Honda 2
  Sorry but this is too funny...
big blue 0
  This is Great
xkaurix 5
  Good.
S600=Dream 4
  HSC please
watermelonman 0
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