Next Nsx Spied!
Germany's famed Nrburgring attracts prototype sports cars like a barn attracts flies. The latest of those protos making the long lap of the big north circuit is this mule, hiding running gear from the next Acura NSX under cobbled bits of S2000 body panels. Even in early form, this V10-powered fiend promises to be the baddest-ass production vehicle ever to come out of Honda. Well, at least one that hasn't applied for an FAA flight certificate. There's a lot of obvious stretching and mangling going on with this car's body, indicating that it's significantly longer than either the S2000 or the beloved old NSX. The engine is located up front, though the long hood likely means that it's pushed far enough behind the front axle to effectively make it a mid-engine car. It's also expected that a six-speed, trigger-shifted transmission will be mounted between the rear wheels to ensure proper weight balance. Rumors are floating around that the car will also feature all-wheel drive. The V10 engine itself is said to displace 5.5 liters and feature every technology known to Honda, ranging from VTEC to ultra-lightweight reciprocating assemblies and a cylinder cut-off system maximizing fuel economy during cruising. Don't be surprised if this is the first production engine to feature an absolutely giddy 10,000rpm redline. Power? Oh yeah. Start at 550hp and speculate up from there. The prototype's half-assed exterior was, it's been said, necessitated by the fact that the car is currently undergoing a complete re-styling, since reaction to the first attempt was a collective yawn. Honda wants a dramatic visual impact as well as performance. If this new NSX (and the name may change-for no good reason) makes its way to production, according to our sources, it should be good for a sub-four-second zero-to-60mph time and a top speed somewhere north of 200mph. The price should start around $150,000 when it goes on sale in 2009.