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Can The Acura NSX Hold Its Ground Against The CBR1000 RR? 9
Jan
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Drag-Racing, Film, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, motorcycles, video on 01 9th, 2018


Ever since it was introduced in Detroit nearly three years ago, the Honda/Acura NSX has impressed motoring enthusiasts in various tests, but how does it fare against a CBR1000 RR sports bike?

Without spoiling the following video, we’ll answer that question in a couple of words: quite well, but before seeing the result, let’s go through some of the numbers.

The Honda NSX uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that’s backed up by three electric motors – two at the front, and one at the rear, producing a combined 581 horsepower that’s transferred to the ground via a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Its challenger, the Honda CBR1000 RR, has a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder 16V DOHC engine that makes 190 horsepower, and has the weight advantage as well: 200kg (441lbs) compared to the NSX’s 1,780kg (3,924lbs).

Now, the as far the video goes, it actually shows two quarter-mile drag races, from a standing start, where the two vehicles came very close to each other, and a rolling race, from 80km/h (50mph), which had a clear winner.

Ladies and gentlemen, this would be a good time to place your bets.

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This Is What You Get When You Mix Sports Cars With Crossovers 24
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Alfa Romeo 4C, Aston Martin Vantage, BMW i8, Chevrolet Camaro, Ferrari 488, Ford Mustang, Honda / Acura NSX, McLaren 720S, Renderings on 12 24th, 2017


With automakers now busy producing more SUVs than ever before to satisfy increasing demand, we thought what a sports car-inspired crossover might look like.

Lamborghini has already done it, as the Urus isn’t just a large SUV with some Aventador-ish design elements, but rather something that genuinely looks like a supercar with higher ground clearance and four doors.

These renderings come courtesy of Jennings Motor Group and show us what some sports cars and supercars would look like if somebody suddenly decided to turn them into something more utilitarian.

2017 Ford Mustang

This one is actually not that far fetched. The proportions seem rather normal for a compact crossover, and since the Mustang’s front fascia isn’t too exotic, this design could actually work in the real world if the Blue Oval were to style the next Edge, for example, with a Mustang-inspired front end.

Alfa Romeo 4C

This design only works if you’re a fan of the Nissan Juke, as it’s almost as quirky as the latter. Of course, Alfa Romeo has already its first-ever SUV, the Stelvio, but if you’re going to build a smaller crossover, the 4C’s wacky front end could be a solution of sorts. But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a bit weird, isn’t it?

McLaren 720S

The day will probably come when every single exotic car manufacturer will have their own SUV. Lamborghini opened the floodgates, and Porsche’s already been there for years. If the trend persists, it’s only a matter of time before the likes of McLaren or Ferrari partake in this trend, though the British supercar maker insists that it won’t get involved in that segment. We just hope that when that day comes, they’ll come up with something a bit sleeker than this.

BMW i8

If BMW were to actually build an SUV under its “green” sub-brand, it probably wouldn’t come as that big of a surprise, since their i Program will undoubtedly grow to accommodate more and more body styles in the future. But would it work if it was designed to look like the i8? Probably not, although the front end doesn’t look that bad and, compared to other renderings, it looks more cohesive.

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Here’s another automaker that is preparing to enter the SUV segment in the near future, with the production version of the DBX concept. We already know they’re not afraid to experiment, hence the Rapide, and they’ve already shown us multiple off-road concepts, but this one, inspired by the V12 Vantage, just doesn’t work as it looks like a big-mouthed Vantage.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Unlike the Mustang, the Camaro ZL1 is perhaps too aggressive to turn into a crossover but, surprisingly, this rendering, where you’ve got the front fascia of the ZL1 connected to the body of an SUV, looks quite interesting and sporty.

Ferrari 488

Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne already confirmed that an SUV is probably happening, and while purists might yell “heresy”, we’re really looking forward to seeing what their idea of a utility vehicle is. We obviously hope it looks nothing like this 488-turned-Juke-rival, which really is an insult to the Prancing Horse.

Honda NSX

Honda and sister company Acura actually make plenty of crossovers, so they probably doesn’t need another one. Moreover, the styling of the NSX doesn’t really seem to work on anything other than a sleek supercar, but is this rendering that much weirder to look at than, say, the Toyota C-HR?

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CR-V Custom Concept Leads Honda’s Lineup For The 2018 Tokyo Salon 24
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Acura NSX, featured, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Civic, Honda Civic Type-R, Honda Concepts, Honda CR-V, Honda Jade, Honda N-One, Honda Step WGN, Tokyo Auto Salon on 12 24th, 2017


In just a couple of weeks the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon will open its doors, and Honda has just revealed the vehicles that it will bring on the event.

Perhaps the most important of them will be the CR-V Custom Concept pictured above. Though Honda has only released the name and a sole image, our best guess is that we could be looking at a sportier version of the company’s compact crossover.

The CR-V won’t be the only concept on display, though – not by a long shot. It’ll be joined by the RS Custom Concept of the Jade minivan, while the Modulo X line will also be well represented by concept versions of the STEP WGN and S660 kei cars, and the Mugen division will show the Civic Type R-based RC 20 GT.

The new Jade RS production model will be showcased as well, alongside a Mugen-tuned Civic hatchback. Also on display will be the new NSX, Civic Type R, N-One RS, and Freed Modulo X, together with an array of racing models like the Dallara DW12 IndyCar, NSX GT3, Civic TCR, Super Formula single-seater, and Super GT-spec NSX GT – plus, of course, a number of Honda’s racing motorcycles.

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Honda NSX And S2000 Spoon Racers Will Make You The Coolest Kid On The Block 23
Dec
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in auction, Galleries, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda S2000, japan, racing, tuning on 12 23rd, 2017


For many (if not all) automotive enthusiasts the first-gen NSX and the S2000 have a lot of appeal, thus we reckon these two are not going to have trouble finding new homes.

Both this 2007 NSX-R GT as well as the 2013 S2000 ST-4 were modified by renowned Honda tuner Spoon, sharing dual-tone yellow and light blue liveries and plenty of performance mods between them.

The NSX is estimated to fetch anywhere between 13,500,000 and 18,500,000 Yen ($119,205 – $163,355), while the S2000 could go in the 5,800,000 to 9,000,000 Yen ($51,214 – $79,470) range.

According to Bhauction, this NSX-R GT took part in the Macau Road Sports Challenge, boasting a tuned C32B naturally aspirated engine, which was later replaced with a modified C30A using an after-market turbocharger, resulting in 550 PS. The ad also states that all the mechanical components have been maintained in race-ready condition.

As for the 2013 S2000 ST-4, Spoon built it for the ST-4 Super Endurance Race Class, where it actually raced for three years until 2016. While its engine is mostly standard to comply with JAF N1 regulations, a careful calibration of components led to it being more responsive than stock units. Other mods include the custom bumpers and of course the massive GT wing.

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Learning Teen Driver Takes A Shot At A Manual Acura NSX 21
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura NSX, Acura Videos, Film, Honda / Acura NSX, video on 12 21st, 2017


If you were like us, you probably learned to drive stick shift in a car that your parents/relative/friend didn’t care about getting ruined.

The following 15-year-old, however, had the chance to experience a manual gearbox behind the wheel of an Acura NSX – no thanks to YouTube views.

The NSX in question is a first-generation model and unquestionably one of the most iconic performance cars to ever leave Japan. Have to say, if we were fortunate enough to own an NSX, we certainly wouldn’t be lending it out to any teenagers, views be damned!

With that being said, it’s worth noting that the NSX, like many other performance-focused Hondas, has a very slick manual gearbox with a positive feel, perhaps making it the perfect choice to learn the basics.

Power for the first-generation NSX was initially provided by a C30A V6 engine delivering 270 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Later iterations had a slightly more potent C32B V6 with 290 hp and 224 lb-ft.

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Watch Richard Hammond Smoke Aventador And NSX With The Rimac 11
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Drag-Racing, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Lamborghini Videos, Rimac, Rimac Videos, The Grand Tour, video on 12 11th, 2017


If you haven’t had a chance to watch the first episode of The Grand Tour’s second season, stop what you’re doing and check it out immediately.

If you have seen it, the video below showcases one of the most memorable segments from the trio’s Swiss road trip in the Rimac Concept_One, Lamborghini Aventador S, and Honda NSX, showing just how quick the Croatian electric hypercar is.

Filmed before Richard Hammond’s unfortunate crash onboard the Rimac, the drag race took place at an airfield in Switzerland and marks a return to form for the three ex-Top Gear hosts.

To be fair to the Aventador and NSX, the Rimac is in a totally-different performance class, so it’s no surprise that it wiped the floor with the two supercars. In fact, the Concept_One used in the film delivers 1,224 hp thanks to four electric motors and a 90 kWh battery pack. This allows it to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 220 mph (354 km/h).

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We’re In Love With This Tastefully Modified 1991 Acura NSX 10
Dec
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Acura, Acura Videos, Classics, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, tuning, video on 12 10th, 2017


There’s just something about the original NSX you can’t resist; it’s not because it was an original concept, nor because it was the fastest of the breed.

This is Sean Lee’s 1991 Acura NSX. The car isn’t factory-standard, but the modifications were selected with respect on the car’s true character as Sean wanted to have an NSX, only better.

Among the things he installed were a KW adjustable coilover suspension, a sportier exhaust and a set of super sticky Nitto tires mounted on Advan wheels to make his JDM sports car a more thrilling device on his favorite canyon roads.

Power remains at stock levels, meaning a 3.0-liter V6 with around 270hp that’s paired to a five-speed manual transmission. By today’s standards, the horsepower doesn’t sound so impressive, but back then the NSX had all the punch it needed to show exotics how it’s done.

You can check out the beautifully moded NSX in the Petrolicious video that follows after the break.

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The Grand Tour’s Opening Episode To Feature Hammond’s Rimac Crash 7
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Honda / Acura NSX, Lamborghini, Lamborghini Aventador, Rimac, The Grand Tour on 12 7th, 2017


Details of the first episode of The Grand Tour’s second season have been announced and it’s the one we’ve all been waiting to see.

Dubbed Past, Present or Future, the episode will see Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May driving the Lamborghini Aventador S, Rimac Concept_One, and Lamborghini Aventador S through the stunning roads of Switzerland.

As we all know, Richard Hammond was badly injured during the filming of this episode after crashing the Concept_One at a hillclimb event. The episode will include footage of the incident but it could be limited as the onboard cameras were destroyed in the crash and ensuing fire.

The episode will also debut the new Celebrity Face Off segment. It will see former The Voice UK judge Ricky Wilson going up against David Hasselhoff.

The episode will drop on November 8 on Amazon Prime.

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Liberty Walk Acura NSX Is A Hit With Pedestrians In Las Vegas 6
Dec
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura, Acura NSX, Acura Videos, Honda / Acura NSX, Liberty Walk, tuning, video on 12 6th, 2017


There may be a greater range of supercars on the market than ever before, but that doesn’t mean the allure of exotics has faded in recent times. In fact, the complete opposite is true.

As supercar owners continually try to out-do one another, the world of aftermarket tuning has exploded, particularly for vehicles that cost as much as a house. Of all the tuners, few are better known for wild creations than Liberty Walk.

Eager to see how the public reacts to an Acura NSX outfitted with a Liberty Walk widebody kit and towering rear wing, the Japanese tuner took to the streets of Las Vegas to capture the expressions of locals and visitors in the party city.

In standard guise, the new NSX is quite a head-turner. However, this Liberty Walk example takes things to entirely new extremes.

Sadly, it seems evident that driveability has been sacrificed in favor of aesthetics.

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Car Design Student Thinks Tesla Copied Acura’s NSX, What Do You Say? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura NSX, Honda / Acura NSX, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Visual Comparison on 11 23rd, 2017


Now more than ever, it seems as though car enthusiasts are continually claiming the designs of new vehicles copy the styling of existing vehicles.

For example, many online have indicated that the front of the new Aston Martin Vantage looks just like a slightly more aggressive Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Unquestionably the most head-turning new car released in the past week is the Tesla Roadster and it too has failed to escape comparisons with other cars. More specifically, a car design student named Eriquin G. emailed us asserting that the design of the Roadster closely mimics that of the Honda NSX.

The designer points out a number of similarities between the duo. For starters, both the Roadster show car and the NSX utilize similar wheels, although the Tesla does have a few more spokes. Elsewhere, we can see a similar body line just after the front wheel arch, reaching back along the doors. The rear side windows of the duo also bear some resemblance to each other.

Looking from above, the curiosities continue. Both the Roadster and NSX feature hoods with tapered lines stretching down towards the front bumper. The shape of the rear quarter panels is also quite similar, although the Tesla is slightly more curvaceous and uses fewer straight lines than the NSX.

In this writer’s opinion, the two do look quite similar but not to a worrying extent and certainly nowhere near the blatant rip-offs that have emerged from China in recent years.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think Tesla copied the NSX, another production car or is it an original design that looks like no other on the road?

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Car Design Student Thinks Tesla Copied Acura’s NSX, What Do You Say? 23
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura NSX, Honda / Acura NSX, Tesla, Tesla Roadster, Visual Comparison on 11 23rd, 2017


Now more than ever, it seems as though car enthusiasts are continually claiming the designs of new vehicles copy the styling of existing vehicles.

For example, many online have indicated that the front of the new Aston Martin Vantage looks just like a slightly more aggressive Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Unquestionably the most head-turning new car released in the past week is the Tesla Roadster and it too has failed to escape comparisons with other cars. More specifically, a car design student named Eriquin G. emailed us asserting that the design of the Roadster closely mimics that of the Honda NSX.

The designer points out a number of similarities between the duo. For starters, both the Roadster show car and the NSX utilize similar wheels, although the Tesla does have a few more spokes. Elsewhere, we can see a similar body line just after the front wheel arch, reaching back along the doors. The rear side windows of the duo also bear some resemblance to each other.

Looking from above, the curiosities continue. Both the Roadster and NSX feature hoods with tapered lines stretching down towards the front bumper. The shape of the rear quarter panels is also quite similar, although the Tesla is slightly more curvaceous and uses fewer straight lines than the NSX.

In this writer’s opinion, the two do look quite similar but not to a worrying extent and certainly nowhere near the blatant rip-offs that have emerged from China in recent years.

Let us know what you think in the comments below. Do you think Tesla copied the NSX, another production car or is it an original design that looks like no other on the road?

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Driving The Honda NSX, Toyota Supra And Mazda RX-7 Back-To-Back 11
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Honda Videos, japan, Mazda, Mazda RX-7, Mazda Videos, TOYOTA, Toyota Supra, Toyota Videos, video on 11 11th, 2017


Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, many of Japan’s leading automakers built world-beating sports cars that were exceptionally fast, bewilderingly agile and in many ways, ahead of their European and American rivals.

Of all the iconic Japanese sports cars of the time, the first-generation Honda NSX, FD Mazda RX-7 and A80 Toyota Supra are among the most beloved. One fortunate YouTuber had the chance to jump behind the wheel of all three.

Despite all coming from Japan at roughly the same time, the Supra, NSX and RX-7 are all quite different from each other. Whereas the Supra is a straight-line warrior, the RX-7 is a more nimble and agile sports car powered by a high-revving rotary engine. By comparison, the NSX is the most exotic of the three, the only one that’s naturally-aspirated and the only one with its engine mounted behind passenger compartment.

If money wasn’t an issue and you could only buy one of the three, which would you choose?

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Don’t Be Fooled By Low Sales, The 2018 Acura NSX Is A Masterpiece 10
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in Acura, Acura NSX, Acura Videos, Honda / Acura NSX, reviews, video on 11 10th, 2017


Although the Acura NSX is a technological marvel and essentially a mini-Porsche 918 Spyder, sales of the Japanese supercar haven’t been as strong as the brand would have hoped.

The car’s $156,600 starting price is certainly a key contributor to the meager sales, though one shouldn’t be fooled into thinking the NSX isn’t anything but remarkable, despite being far less common than rivals like the McLaren 570S and Porsche 911 Turbo.

In a bid to show that the NSX is much more than its sales figures may suggest, Redline Reviews jumped behind the wheel of a stunning blue example to explore every tiny detail of the car in a comprehensive 32-minute review.

The key factor distinguishing the NSX from all of its rivals is its powertrain. It is the only car in its segment with a hybrid powertrain, consisting of a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors. It also features a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.

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A Honda NSX Was Left For Dead In A Russian Forest! 3
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Acura, Barn Finds, honda, Honda / Acura NSX, Offbeat News, Russia, used cars on 11 3rd, 2017


Of all the cars you could find abandoned in a forest, an original NSX isn’t going to be one of them unless you happen to live near St. Petersburg, Russia.

The car was apparently left for many years in this forest as it was found covered with moss and mold. Why would someone ditch a rare sportscar like this remains a mystery but the good news is that the poor NSX has already been bought from its previous owner and extracted to a safer environment. It has no engine according to Xander1 who shared the story on Russian Drive2.

The specific NSX was offered for sale about seven or eight years ago for less than a million rubles (about $17k) but that’s where the story ends as there’s no information to what happened to it later.

NSXs were never a common sight, especially in Russia where it’s believed that there are less than twenty examples in the specific region.

The new owner gave the 1992 NSX a good wash to remove all the nasty forest-related stuff and then parked it in a garage in St. Petersburg. Whether he’ll restore it back to its former glory or sell it to someone who will, it remains to be seen but we sincerely hope to see it proudly moving under its own power and staying away from forests.

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Have Yourself A Barely Used Formula Red 1993 Acura NSX 2
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Acura, Acura NSX, auction, Classics, Galleries, Honda / Acura NSX, used cars on 11 2nd, 2017


This low-mileage black on red 1993 Acura NSX has been driven just 6,037 miles (9,715 km) and could be all yours if you can come up with the winning bid.

With seven days left to bid on Bring A Trailer, the highest anybody has gone is $35,0000, which goes to show how valuable this car still is, especially one that appears to be in extremely good condition.

Powered comes from a 3.0-liter VTEC V6 engine, which works in collaboration with a 5-speed manual transmission, something driving enthusiasts can’t get enough of.

Standard features include 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes, torque control differential, ABS, automatic climate control, cruise control, variable intermittent wipers, courtesy lights, a BOSE 4-speaker audio system, leather-trimmed seats/door panels/steering wheel, 4-way power seats, side window defoggers and quite a few more.

As for mods, there’s the tinted windows, Zanardi floor mats, carbon fiber interior trim and that’s pretty much it. The car is otherwise stock.

Fair warning, the leather inside does have some wear on it, but overall, the cabin seems very clean and well-maintained. Somebody’s definitely going to enjoy owning this car, especially the driving part.

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