Looking at the Honda and Acura lineups, there isn’t much that appeals from an enthusiasts perspective. Years ago the company had cars like the Honda S2000, Acura Integra/RSX, and at the most extreme level, the NSX. It’s a similar situation over at rival Toyota, who has largely abandoned fun-to-drive vehicles.
The Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ as they are known here in the United States have gotten a lot of coverage because they (hopefully, anyway) represent a change in attitude from their manufacturers. This change has come after President and Chief Executive Officer Akio Toyoda set Toyota on a mission to reach out to enthusiasts once again. Honda hasn’t had a similar determined effort from the top, but it is looking to to reenter the performance arena with a new Acura NSX.
The NSX went out of production in 2005, after a 15 year run. Since then we’ve heard a lot about a potential replacement, which Honda confirmed is coming. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Yoshikazu Kigoshi, general manager for Honda research and design, confirmed that a NSX successor is coming to the North American International Auto Show. It will be dubbed the Super Sports Concept, and according to Kigoshi, it will have a similar front-end design to the EV-STER Concept that launched in Tokyo.
Autocaris shedding some light on the next-generation car, saying that the new car will be powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 giving power to the front wheels. The V-6 will be mated to a hybrid drivetrain that has an electric motor sending power to the rear wheels. Honda will use the hybrid system with side-to-side torque-vectoring technology, giving the car its “Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive” moniker.
The gearbox will be a seven-speed dual-clutch unit. Once again, here in the U.S the car will be sold under the Acura brand. Acura is primarily North American in nature, so the NSX will be marketed as a Honda in other parts of the world, just like last time. It’s about time we hear something concrete about the next-gen NSX. We hope Honda brings back the S2000 too. What other performance cars would you like to see make a return at Honda?