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Friday, October 7, 2011

The return of the Honda NSX!

Well, folks! Honda has finally made a comeback to the super sports car arena! The NSX of yesterday is gone and a brand new futuristic - so much that it looks alien – super sports car has risen to the throne.

To give a brief history of the Honda NSX or Acura NSX, the vehicle was produced between 1990 and 2005, and was equipped with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, powered by an all-aluminum V6 gasoline engine featuring Honda's Variable Valve Timing  and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system. In 1984, Honda commissioned the Italian car designer, Pininfarina, to design the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina Xperimental), which had a mid-mounted C20A 2.0 L V6 configuration. After Honda decided to pursue the project, its management informed its engineers that the new car would have to be as good as anything coming from Italy and Germany - a noble goal indeed!

The new Honda NSX is exhilarating and breath-taking in its design. Looking at the front of the vehicle, it appears to have no headlamps, which in corporation with its astonishing front-end design, gives it a stealthy and deathly-looking countenance! The rear of the NSX is another beauty all in itself. It's design is exceedingly stunning and exciting, and over here, it also almost seems to resemble a Lamborghini in its aesthetic. What I love most about this part of the car is the row of LED lights that sweeps outward from the top of the trunk and closes in inwardly at the rear lights. Moving further down, the striking design innovations creased into the metal around the exhaust pipes, and  the rear air dam, finishes of the powerful look of the Honda/Acura NSX. This is one hell of a gorgeous supercar! And it does seem that the designers have fulfilled the original goal of the NSX, which was to be as good as anything that coming from Italy or Germany.

For the propulsion system for the NSX, Honda is working on a VTEC V6 engine of between 3.5 to 3.7 litres, in addition to a twin electric motor set-up which will be powered by lithium-ion batteries and employ a plug-in recharge system for a small electric-only range. The result, they say, will be huge amounts of torque, but also the high-revving character Hondas are famous for. The NSX will also be built of a weight-saving aluminum body. This supercar is set to go on sale by 2014.

- Gebre Mesquitta

1 comment:

  1. WOW!!! All I can say is that this design is stunning!!! I am a fan of Acura's new design language and the "power plenum" grille. No matter what critics say Acura truly ddefines their essence with one word "ADVANCE".

    -Jamal McClean