Presented at Detroit in 2007, the new supercar was badged as an Acura – Honda’s stateside equivalent of Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti premium divisions. It will fill a slot vacated by the NSX when it was discontinued in 2005 after a 15-year production run.
The chassis, engine and transmission remain open to conjecture, with most observers anticipating a high-revving V10 with around 450bhp powering a possibly rear-wheel drive version of Honda’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) drive-train. Given the front-mounted engine a rear-mounted paddle-shift gearbox of some sort would be likely to balance out the weight distribution.
Honda is committed to an extensive hybrid programme and who’s to say the firm’s Integrated Motor Assist system couldn’t be applied to further boost performance at a later date. But for now it seems that it can match the sub 7 and a half min Nordschleife pace of its GT-R and LF-A rivals.