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Unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon in Japan, Honda’s in-house Sports Modulo tuning division has just release a new selection of parts for the legendary Japanese exotic. They even went so far as to display them on a pre-2002 model with the old pop-up headlights (our fave).
The new items include a Modulo carbon fiber spoiler, Modulo shocks, springs and even control arms.
With Honda having taken a lot of flack recently for its product decisions, we welcome this small nod to enthusiasts. Now if only they’d deliver a successor to the NSX…
GALLERY: Sports Modulo NSX
Honda is currently working to bring to market a new sports car that will serve as a successor to the famed NSX. According to a new report Honda never gave up on its plans for an NSX, but rather put a hold on development during the economic downturn.
The next NSX won’t be at all related to past V10 concepts, nor will it have anything to do with the HSV-010 race car (above). Instead, Honda is planning a new hybrid sports car, based on a modified version of the Accord platform.
Sources inside Honda tell Motor Trend that the car will follow after the new CR-Z hybrid, but be a true sports car, rather than a “sports coupe,” hinting that the power output will be far more significant. Using either a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder or a version of the company’s 3.5-liter V6, the hybrid drivetrain will made over 400-hp and be offered with a true manual transmission.
Riding on the Accord platform, the car won’t be front-wheel drive, but rather AWD, and feature a mid-engine layout that will require significant changes to the structure. This will, however, help Honda bring to the car to market faster and cut R&D costs.
Not yet green-lighted for production, Honda could unveil the car as early as 2013.
[Source: Motor Trend]
Is an NSX successor really coming?
According to a new report by the reputable German outlet Autobild, Honda will resurrect the NSX after all. That’s right, the article suggests Honda will put its HSV-010 GT race car into production in 2011. The car’s track would be reduced some, with minimal changes to the bodywork and the absence of a GT-car wing. As for power, it will come from a 500-ish horsepower 5.0-liter V8 engine rather than the race car’s 3.4-liter racing unit.
Honda has promised the return of the NSX several times and repeatedly reneged on its word, so we’re not getting too excited. But if you want to get all hot and bothered about the possibility, we have two bits of info to help. First up, Honda most likely built the race car with the plan to bring it to production, testing it on the track first – which it has now done. Second, with that plan in place, it’s likely that one of the main contributing factors to Honda’s decision to cancel the road car was the economic downturn. And with the economy now starting to turn a corner, well, Honda is thinking there’s not only a market for the car, but that it now has the means to move forward with the project.
Honda hasn’t confirmed any of this yet (obviously), but we can dream. And an NSX replacement is just what we’ll be dreaming about tonight. Vroom vroom.
GALLERY: Honda HSV-010 GT
[Source: Autobild via Autoblog]
Honda Racing releases huge gallery of photos of HSV-010 GT race car
Honda Racing has officially announced the HSV-010 GT will join Japan’s Super GT racing series this year, releasing a huge selection of photos for those who just can’t get enough of the car. Based on the discontinued NSX replacement (yup, we’re still crying about it too), the HSV-010 is powered by a 3.4-liter V8 that makes 500-ish horsepower and 289 ft-lbs of torque. While the road car was expected to be powered by a V10 and get AWD, this race car is RWD and the V8 engine is thought to be a version of the V8 found in the Acura ARX ALMS cars.
Thanks to a stripped-down interior and bountiful use of carbon fiber, the HSV-010 weighs just 2,424 lbs.
The car will debut on May 20-21st during the season opener, with four cars expected to compete.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that a successful racing season might make Honda reconsider a road version of the car. Then again, the HSV-010 will be up against some very steep competition in the Super GT series, including several race-prepped Nissan GT-Rs.
GALLERY: Honda Racing HSV-010 GT
Official release after the jump:
Honda’s race-only replacement for the NSX has now been spied undergoing testing at Japan’s famous Suzuka track. Called the HSV-010 (HSV standing for Honda Sports Velocity), the car is powered by a 3.4-liter V8 engine that makes roughly 500-hp. The car will race in the GT500 class, where all cars are limited to around 500-hp.
We have to say, even in purpose-built race car style the HSV is still a looker and we really wish Honda had plans to bring this car to the streets. Still, the official word from Honda continues to be that this is race-only version. Pity…
Four teams are expected to run the new HSV models in the 2010 Super GT season, with the numbers 8, 18, 32 and 100, with the first race being at Suzuka on May 20-21.
GALLERY: HONDA HSV-010 RACE CAR
Be sure to check after the jump for several videos of the HSV-010 on the track and in the pits at Suzuka.
It’s here at last… sort of. Above is a lone photo of the replacement to the Honda/Acura NSX – at least in race car trim. Called the HSV-10 GT, or Velocity Sports Honda, this track only exotic is built to run in the GT500 class of Japan’s Super GT series. As cars in that class are limited to around 500-hp, we can safely assume the HSV-10 GT makes exactly that.
With a full carbon fiber body, what’s even more impressive is what’s under the hood – a 3.4-liter V8 engine that no doubt revvs to an impressively high (even for Honda) rpm range to get all 500 ponies. (Honda has yet to release official specs though.)
Underpinning this impressive creation is reported to be the very same chassis that Honda was working on for several years to replace the NSX but which has now been rumored canceled.
A light weight body and 500-hp 3.4L V8, only for the track? Please Honda, nobody likes a tease.
[Source: Le Blog Auto]