Honda, you’ve got my attention. Honda Motor Company President Takanobu Ito told Auto News that Honda is working to a “spiritual successor” to Acura’s former flagship supercar. With a mid-mounted all-aluminum V6, double wishbone suspension, aluminum monocoque chassis, and a passenger compartment influenced by the F-16 jet fighter, the original NSX was a marvel of automotive engineering. Honda has been planning a successor for some time, and while the original design was to be feature a front-mounted V10 engine, times are a-changing. Even exotic car companies like Porsche and Ferrari are getting into the hybrid game, and while Honda’s Civic Hybrid posts some pretty impressive fuel economy numbers, the CR-Z hybrid isn’t the sports car many were hoping for.
The next NSX will probably be a gas-electric hybrid, with a focus on being as light as possible. It may even employ a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS to provide a brief burst of power. Know what would make it really, really cool though? An NSX NGV, or Natural Gas Vehicle. Honda is the only company selling natural gas car at this time, and a natural gas supercar would really send the message “We’re on board with this alternative fuel thing.” Or they could pull a Tesla and develop an all-electric supercar for the street and the track. Really the options are endless…it’d be a nice way to separate from the pack of performance hybrids that are on the horizon.
Source: Automotive News
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. You can read about his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout or follow his non-nonsensical ramblings on Twitter @harshcougar.