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Carbon Fiber Acura NSX GT3


Acura’s all new NSX has made a huge splash in the automotive world. The new car was long awaited by enthusiasts and the industry as a whole because when word broke that a concept NSX was in development the world stood still to see how Acura could top their legendary original NSX. The new car is better in every way than the old car, but one things remain the same, the passion, the elegance, and the ethos behind the original NSX still remains.

With production in full swing, Acura now takes things to another level by revealing their all new FIA GT3 spec race NSX. As if the wide bodywork and complete custom aero wasn’t enough to make your heart skip a beat. All of the body work has been made out of carbon fiber and it is shown in all it’s wonderful glory. Although counter to the technology put into the new NSX, the GT3 was stripped of it’s electronic running gear and power comes way of the 3.5L twin turbo V6 only.

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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It’s Finally Here! Meet The 2016 Acura NSX


After first showing a concept three years ago here at the same Detroit Auto Show, known as the North American International Auto Show, Acura has finally lifted the veil off the production version of the 2016 Acura NSX. The new hybrid powered supercar is the new halo car for the brand, and while production numbers will be limited, the hope is that every one will want one.

First things first, as you can see from the pictures it actually doesn’t look too far off from the last NSX concept that Acura showed off. The front lower fascia is pretty bang on, but is now shown off in a beautiful two toned finish. The low profile grille looks to be unchanged as well from the concept and the headlights have been given the trademark jewel eye Acura look. The large airvents atop the hood are much larger and were necessitated by the amount of heat put out by the twin turbos.

Down the side the vent behind the door has actually been flared out a bit more and extended slightly lower. Usually going from a concept to production, design elements like these are toned down a bit, not the other way around but it is a welcome change and gives the NSX a much more appealing look from the side. Out back, the rear end styling however has been toned down ever so slightly with the side exhausts replaced with a center mounted quad pipe setup. In it’s place are a set of LED rear foglights. The taillights look completely identical to the concept version, with a cleaner looking reverse light insert.

“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”

Under the hood, my guess of just over 550 horsepower seems bang on. The twin turbo V6 along with its three motor electrical power unit will be mated to a 9-speed DCT transmission. Compared to the concept version, the production NSX was lengthened by about 3 inches and widened by about 1 inch to accommodate the longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6. Although to be honest, I wouldn’t have noticed without being told.

Continue Reading: Lots of Pictures of the new Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX Set To Arrive Next Week


You’ll be given a pass if you’ve been suffering from Acura NSX news fatigue. It seems that Acura has been talking about the return of this thing for as long as the original version lasted. That may be an exagerration, but it all started with an interesting concept vehicle in the Avengers movie that looked much like the prototype drawings released by Acura at the time of the upcoming NSX. We saw an official NSX Concept vehicle at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and an updated version a year later at the same show.

It went quiet for a bit as Acura mentioned the NSX at the unveilings of what seemed like every new model, including the new MDX. Acura had shared their vision of a hybrid powertrain several years back but it wasn’t until late 2013 when we learned it would be powered by a twin turbo V6 with a rumored 550 horsepower under the hood.

So, 2015 is here and the 2015 NAIAS is just around the corner. What are we expecting to see from Acura? With all the hype they certainly have their work cut out for them as the masses will be expecting a glitzy unveiling of the 2016 Acura NSX. Are we going to see a 550 horsepower AWD hybrid beast from Acura? How many “jewels” will be featured on the headlights? Will it even look like the concept? We have staff on site that will be capturing it from every angle to answer those questions so check back next week for more NSX news!

Toyo and Nitto Booth Tour – SEMA 2014


These guys won my pick for best cars of the show, hands down, no question. NSX, 458 Spyder, MP4-12C, GT3, GTR. Throw in a random Lambo and you’ve got a teenager’s dream garage. Or mine.

There’s not much to say here, this booth was all about the visual stimulus, so browse the gallery and make plans to attend SEMA 2015.

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2015 Acura NSX To Get Twin-Turbo V6 Engine, 550 HP

We’ve been presented with a couple versions of the concept Acura NSX but as we inch closer to the 2015 reveal of the next-generation NSX, more details continue to come out. After unveiling three new turbo VTEC engines earlier today, we are learning that there is at least one more turbo VTEC engine to join the line-up. A twin-turbo V6 engine is currently being developed by Honda that will, in conjunction with the previously announced hybrid powerplant, power the next gen NSX.

What we know is that the new twin-turbo V6 motor will be unique to the NSX but will likely be based off of the 3.5L V6 found in the RLX. If Honda increases that to 3.7 or 3.8L and straps on a pair of turbos, the final output could be well north of 550 horsepower. It has also been revealed just prior to the Tokyo Motor Show that Honda showed select media the revised engine layout of the NSX with the engine mounted longitudinally. Testing has shown the new configuration has resulted in a car that has improved dynamically. No word yet on whether or not it will use the 7-speed dual clutch transmission from the RLX hybrid or if the NSX will get a unique transmission as well.

While it seems like Honda has been talking about the next-generation NSX forever, the 2015 date has remained pretty static. In fact, the NSX has been available for pre-order in the UK since April. It has also been nearly a year since the latest concept was unveiled so perhaps we will see a third iteration before the final production model is unveiled.

Next-Gen Honda / Acura NSX Available For Pre-Order

The last update we saw of the Acura NSX was in Detroit where we were shown the latest sheet metal changes to the NSX. We dubbed it the Acura NSX Concept II as it had some subtle but welcome changes compared to the model shown the previous year. In New York, during the Acura press conferences where the NSX usually gets at least a mention (as part of Acura’s long term plans), there wasn’t even a murmur of the NSX.

Today, just on the heels of the Shanghai Auto Show (Auto China), Honda UK announced that they will begin taking orders for the NSX. For a deposit of £5,000 (just under $8000 Canadian) potential owners can be among the first in the UK to get behind the wheel of the brand new NSX when it hits showrooms in 2015.

Phil Crossman, Managing Director, Honda (UK), commented; “We are really pleased with the interest we’ve already seen for the new NSX. We are still two years away from the launch of the car and yet we’ve received over 20 deposits and that’s before we’ve even announced prices or seen the final production car. With this process in place we are confident demand will remain strong and early hand raisers can now visit any Honda dealership in the UK and place a deposit.”

While it may seem a bit crazy for some that there are people willing to pre-order a vehicle that still hasn’t been released in final production form, remember that this is the NSX. A vehicle that is still sought after years after production ended. During the launch of the original NSX, Honda UK also opened up the pre-orders. 25 people put down deposits ahead of the launch in 1990. Not sure how many deposits Honda will accept, but there are already 20 people in line with deposits placed before this announcement was even made!

Source: Honda UK

NSX Aquaplanes Off California Road

So is this NSX driver lucky or skilled? After losing control and veering off the Cabrillo freeway the driver narrowly misses a San Diego freeway concrete bridge support pillar. They always teach you to look where you want to go, but good job bro! daaaammmn son.

So just an aside here, does everyone in California drive on bald tires? While covering the LA Auto Show I was watching the local news when the weather report warned that roads would be wet the following morning and to expect huge delays in the morning commute. I later learned there were dozens of accidents on the freeways. What gives? Does everyone forget how to drive when it rains?

Watch video of NSX crash after the jump

Honda and Acura Booth Tour – SEMA 2012

The Honda booth featured a couple of Accords built by Bisimoto Engineering (Coupe) and DSO Eyewear/MAD Industries (Sedan). The Bisimoto Accord is putting putting out over 400hp with the help of a Nitrous Express (NX) wet shot chemical supercharger system. The Sedan was all show and no go rocking the factory 185hp motor.

See the rest of the Honda/Acura Booth at SEMA 2012

Automotive Superbowl Commercials 2012

If you missed any of this year’s Superbowl commercials, we’ve compiled a list of them here. These include the ones that aired prior to the game, as well as the major spots that aired during the game. Enjoy!

A whole bunch more after the jump…

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