2010 Acura NSX Is Real After All

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Even though we thought the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept from the 2007 Detroit Auto Show was a bit of a stinker when it came to telegraphing the 2010 Acura NSX, it looks like the shape has finally evolved into the real deal. That's right, here is the first look we've gotten at the front-engined successor to the mid-engined supercar. Clad in heavy camo, the scion of the NSX is rumored to be sporting a V10 under that long bonnet, and we wouldn't be surprised to hear of some magical transmission trickery either. We also wouldn't be surprised if they pulled a fast one and released it as a 2009 model, considering how far along this one seems. But all of this has us a bit... confused.


The original NSX was considered the everyday supercar — something you could live with, service, and easily get parts for. Hell, half the engine was straight out of a Honda Accord. With a fancy new engine, and most likely all kinds of crazy tech gizmos, will the new NSX just be an also-ran in a wide field of $100k+ sporting coupes? Guess we'll find out. But we don't want to be Negative Nancys this early in the morning — so yay new NSX! Check out the stacked quad tailpipes, fancy aluminum suspension and shiny LED tail lamps. But let's see what the KGP spy shooters have to say about it:

It appears that Acura has finally settled on a direction for the next-

generation NSX, as evidenced by this prototype that has popped up on

the public roads surrounding the Nürburgring.

Rumors of design dissent have plagued the new NSX program since Acura's

Advanced Sports Car Concept debuted to a lukewarm reception at

Detroit's North American International Auto Show in January 2007. The

resulting uncertainty reportedly delayed the introduction of the

production NSX at last fall's Tokyo Motor Show, while Acura decided on

a true design direction for the supercar. Now that things have

apparently sorted themselves out, we can break down the design

decisions that Acura has made.

It appears that the general layout of Acura's Advanced Sports Car

Concept has survived, but changes have been made to increase the level

of aggresion for the NSX. The prototype's nose shows marked changes

over the concept, with two large, wide-set intakes flanking an even

larger central grille. The result is a less pretty, but more

aggressive face. The concept's straight slit-like headlights have

been ditched in favor of more expressive lights that have an angular,

notchy quality to their shape.

The general shape of the NSX's profile looks very similar to the

concept, although a taller, more production-feasible greenhouse

appears to be in play on the test vehicle. The side sculpting has

also been reworked with the prototype's convex rocker panels jutting

outward, instead of the concept's lower rockers, which tucked

gracefully under the car. Once again, the end result is a more

muscled look for the production model.

The production NSX retains the concept's dual stacked exhaust set-up,

but rest of the rear bumper is completely different, with reconfigured

air ducts now stretching all the way across the back. The aesthetic

result is a more squat, athletic stance for the production NSX. The

prototype's flowing, fastback rear deck also shows significant changes

over the concept's more svelte look. The rear hatch now kicks up

between the tail-lights, which gives the prototype a more broad-

shouldered look to match the likes of the Nissan GT-R. New tail-

lights complete the package, although it's hard to tell if they will

stretch all the way across the tail, or if they'll be confined to the

outer flanks.


Sir Lurkalot

@sladehayes: respectfully disagree. I have driven many hondas, including 90s accord (auto), integras (stick and auto), civics (stick and auto), 2000 something tsx (auto). The sticks were okay, a bit loose feeling. The autos were all quite terrible, and I owned an auto 96 integra which I loved, but the autobox was terrible. Even their new stick in the Si suffers from 3rd gear dropout.

@Turboner: yeah maybe so because the ones uptown do not know how to tuck.