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Honda’s Mini NSX


A little while ago, we talked about Honda putting in patents for a newly designed dashboard which carried very future forward design elements. The dash was also designed to go into a smaller vehicle which begged the question, what car are the folks at Honda or Acura designing? With the NSX in full production, this leaves the design team with some time on their hands for a new project.

We were thinking it might be the new S2000, or maybe it’s the rumored mini-NSX. The idea of a mini-NSX would also mean that the future car will use a mid-engine platform. And if this were true, the new model may be dubbed the ZSX, which was also recently trademarked by Honda. Further rumblings are saying that the ZSX will be powered by a small displacement turbo engine, likely a 2.0L four cylinder. But more than likely, it will adapt the NSX’s electric technology in conjunction to the gas power plant to deliver some impressive performance.

At this point, nothing has been confirmed. All of this is just rumors. But based on what the folks at Honda recently put out with the NSX, it isn’t surprising that consumers are waiting anxiously to see what they come up with next.

Porsche Having Some Fun with Honda


It is not uncommon that automakers bench-test their competition’s vehicles during the design phase of their own cars. What better way to see what works and how to one up the competition then by seeing what makes others successful. What is a bit more atypical is being caught testing out the other’s cars. Usually automakers are quite discrete and go through major lengths to not let the other side know you’re snooping around.

So with Porsche figuring out that one of the buyers of their 911 GT3 was the Honda team, they decided to have a little fun. The vehicle that Honda purchased was done so undercover. It looked like they got away with things, that is until the GT3 was scheduled into the dealership for a recall which involved an issue with the car’s connecting rods. It was at that time that while the car was in Porsche’s shop, they discovered some interesting data when they scanned the car’s black box. That’s when Porsche kindly left a small note attached to the engine bay and returned it to the “customer” to discover. The little note simply said “Good luck Honda from Porsche. See you on the other side.”

Acura NSX GT3 Technology Shared with Production Car


The all new 2017 Acura NSX is a superbly capable vehicle with loads of technology packed into it. The beauty of the hybrid powerplant for the NSX is not only that it produces 570hp from combining a V6 twin turbo motor paired with electric motors, it’s the fact the powertrain of the NSX is deigned to be modular. Recently at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb we saw the full electric version of the NSX compete, and now the release of the GT3 NSX shows us that a fully gas powered car sending power to the rear wheels is also possible.

As Acura continues to think of new iterations of the NSX for public consumption, managing this powertrain equation is critical. As an example, word has spread about Acura possibly producing a light weight Type R version of the NSX which has traditionally been a stripped down street legal track car. With the current NSX’s curb weight tipping in close to 4,000 pounds, light weight is far from reality. However, as the modular powertrain comes into play, stripping out all the electronic gismos in favor of a simple gas motor and rear drive certainly moves the needle towards the lightweight side.

With a drop in overall power by ditching the electric motors, Acura will have to come up with a plan to up the power ante of the gas motor. Maybe we’ll see a highly tuned version of the current gas motor. Only time will tell, but we know that the development team at Acura is highly capable at churning out a beast of a car.

More Acura NSX Models to Come


Following in traditional Acura form, the release of a supercar is only the beginning of the story. Recall when the original Acura NSX came out, it took the world by storm. Then a few years later, those luck owners in Japan got a light weight track tuned version of the NSX in their Type R. A stripped down, light weight, stiffened and race tuned version of the stock NSX. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that Acura is likely going to go down that same road with the all new NSX.

Over it’s lifetime, we should see a number of variants of the NSX come out based on the standard car. This would include difference powertrain options, and ultimately a lightweight track tuned version. In standard trim, the NSX gets a 570 hp engine package that includes a 3.5L twin turbo V6 and three electric motors. There will likely come an all electric version in the future, and also a fully non-electric version which would fall in line with the traditional Type R ethos.

No word yet as to when the next variants of the NSX will be coming, but rest assured that it’s only a matter of time.

Upcharging on the New NSX


The all new NSX is now in full production mode and delivery has already began to take place with lucky new owners. The car starts at $157,000 and can typically be optioned up to tip the scale close to $200,000. With the increasing demand for the new NSX, prices are starting to soar and those who are looking to capitalize on the demand has marked them up.

Most recently, a dealership out of LA has set the price tag at $250,000 which is $50,000 over the initially fully loaded price. There really isn’t anything wrong or new with markups. Especially when you see the ridiculous markups seen from the Italian automaker’s supercars.

Acura NSX Wins Pikes Peak Division 2


Acura brought out three NSXs to this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb and they all did a great job securing some podium spots. The three cars competed in different categories. First up was the TA2 which was a standard affair NSX with some race preparation which happened to take first place.

Acura also brought out an EV concept NSX which competed in the all Electric Class and brought home a second place finish which also place the car in third place overall. The third car, the TA1 NSX, was a race prepped vehicle based on the standard NSX but with a dramatic weight savings. The car made its runs, but didn’t make a podium finish. This was first time the all new NSX has gone to Pikes Peak and overall it faired very well against the competition.

Hennessey to Tune an NSX


The Hennessey name is more commonly associated with big American muscle cars such as legendary names like Mustang, Camaro and Charger. But the company has also dabbled in tuning some Japanese cars, and none more legendary than Acura’s NSX. Hennessey himself started his company some 25 years ago and one of the first cars he got his hands on before really making a name in the American car scene was the NSX.

With the base platform of the all new NSX being quite a potent package of turbos, gasoline and electric engines, Hennessey will aim to bump power levels of the V6 engine by 100 hp from its factory 500hp and 406lb/ft of torque. The jump in power should also bring its quarter mile time down by a solid half a second.

John Hennessey says “I’m sure it’s going to be very competitive with the Ferrari 488 or the McLaren 570 and 650. We’re not looking to reinvent the wheel, just make it roll a little smoother.”

Acura’s First New NSX


We saw it first in a Super Bowl commercial, then came the battle of who would own the first one off the production line. Well, after much waiting, officially the first NSX rolls off the assembly line and into the hands of the first lucky owner.

The first 2017 Acura NSX went to Rick Hendricks. Hendricks paid a hefty $1.2 million to have these bragging rights thanks to an auction that he won through Barrett-Jackson. Hendricks got to order his NSX exactly as he wanted; in Valencia Red Pearl with exclusive interwoven wheels, carbon ceramic brake rotors, leather and Alcantara interior trim and carbon fiber upgrades including the engine cover, roof and rear decklid spoiler.

Acura MDX Gets Rejuvinated


Acura took to the stage at the 2016 New York Auto Show to debut their refreshed MDX to the public. Not much information was available prior to the release and many speculated it would just be a visual update, but Acura surprised all with a nice technology bump as well.

First up, the exterior of the MDX has been given a nice refresh bring in all of Acura’s latest design elements. The front grille has been redesigned and now utilizes Acura’s new diamond pentagon grille which was first seen on their Precision Concept vehicle which debuted in Detroit earlier this year. Acura has been using more angular lines in their body profile in their latest generation lineup. This design element finds its way onto the MDX as well by way of wider headlights and bumper vents which all lends to a sportier and more defined looks.

New for the MDX in 2017 is hybrid power which is shared technology with the flagship all new NSX. The gas engine is a 3.0L V6 mated to a seven speed transmission which sends power to all four wheels. The MDX now uses an electric motor on the front axle and two electric motors on the rear axle to aid in performance. Speaking of performance, the MDX now has a combined gas and electric power output of 325hp which is a health bump from the previous generation.

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First Look At The Acura NSX GT3 Race Car


Take a standard Acura NSX and replace as many aluminum parts as you can with light-weight carbon fiber, increase engine cooling with an enlarged hood vent, slap on some sticky Pirelli race rubber along with more downforce up front (carbon fiber canards and front splitter) and out back (big carbon fiber wing and underbody diffuser) and what you’ll get is pictured above, the Acura NSX GT3 race car. Acura says the NSX will undergo homologation this fall as an FIA GT3 class race car.

While the engine remains unchanged with the 3.5L twin-turbo V6, it will be paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels.

“The NSX was designed as a pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance, and we’re looking forward to proving out its ultimate performance capabilities in GT3 racing,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development. “We’ll be working with the NSX engineering teams in Ohio and Japan to bring our dream of a truly world-class new Acura NSX racecar to fruition.”

You may not be able to get your hands on one of these GT3 variants, but the production version of the NSX is just starting up now as orders began last month. If you want to see more pictures of the NSX GT3, check out our gallery.

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