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Acura Confirms Sports Car Development Under Way, NSX Successor Unlikely

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Acura may have officially begun its quest back to relevance. Then again, maybe not. According to a recent report out of Japan, Honda CEO Takashi Ito made known to reporters that the automaker is once-again revisiting plans to build a sports car.

Reconfirming that news, Car & Driver is now reporting a a similar story from an American Acura executive.

NSX fans shouldn’t get their hopes up, however, as the unnamed exec shied away from comments about a true halo performance model, instead referring to the car as a, “sports model,” that will, “meet the needs of the current times and customers.” (Hopefully better than the ZDX does). The car will also have a strong focus on safety and the environment.

While a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive exotic is unlikely, there’s still hope this car will be exciting. Honda has yet to announce plans to re-start its V8 program so in the mean time we’re left to conclude that this new model will be a front-drive grand-tourer with some sort of hybrid V6 powertrain. While no GT-R or LFA, if done rightly, Honda/Acura still may be able to pull this one off successfully.

[Source: Car & Driver]