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Acura Reveals 2017 NSX Specs

Hybrid supercar expected to hit 60 in under three seconds.

by on Oct.27, 2015

The new Acura NSX is expected to come in at around $150,000 when it reaches showrooms.

A quarter century after the original Japanese supercar burst onto the scene – and nearly four years after Acura announced plans to bring it back to market – we’re finally getting a look at the tech specs for the 2017 NSX.

Powered by an unusual, three-motor hybrid drivetrain and using exotic materials like carbon fiber to minimize its weight, the all-new Acura NSX will match the performance of some of the world’s fastest, street-legal cars, launching from 0 to 60 in less than three seconds, according to initial reports.

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“The overarching concept for the design and development of this next-generation NSX was the idea of a ‘human-centered supercar,’ one that places the driver at the center of its mission in each and every element of its design and dynamic performance,” Acura explains in a presentation on the new two-seater.

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Return of the Tomahawk?

Sports car set for videogame debut, but is production possible?

by on May.29, 2015

All in the game? SRT is set to jump into Gran Turismo 6 with its SRT Tomahawk sports car.

Fiat Chrysler is offering up another, more detailed tease of its SRT Tomahawk Vision Grand Turismo, with plans to fully unveil the radical sports car next week.

For now, at least, the maker is stressing that the single-seat hybrid will “be released exclusively in Gran Turismo,” the wildly popular Playstation race program that has drawn a variety of other makers, including General Motors, BMW, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz, to come up with their own wild rides.

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For those with long memories, the Chrysler side of the trans-Atlantic automaker used the Tomahawk name once before. Around the turn of the millennium, the company introduced an oversized motorcycle powered by a Viper V-10 engine. Chrysler discussed a limited production run but the program was eventually scrapped.

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Toyota Reportedly Planning Radical, 3-Seat Sports Car

Concept said to be on tap for Tokyo Motor Show.

by on May.27, 2015

Toyota has been studying a number of extreme options, including the i-Road commuter car.

Ever since he came onboard as the top executive at a company long known for its sturdy and reliable – but plain vanilla – products, Akio Toyoda has been pressing his team to pump some “passion” into its line-up.

Toyota has offered some hints of what’s in store with concepts like the exotic FT-1, as well as more stylish production models such as the Lexus RC coupe. But now, it seems, the Japanese giant is ready to take things to the next level.

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A variety of sources have indicated that Toyota will roll out a new sports car concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next October. But this isn’t just a new version of the Lexus RC – or even a production version of the FT-1. The open-wheeler apparently will have room for three and use a high-performance hybrid drivetrain.

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Honda Offers First Look at Next-Gen NSX Drivetrain

Pricing to nudge high end of Porsche 911 range.

by on Nov.19, 2013

An Acura NSX prototype -- shown here in testing at Mid-Ohio Raceway earlier this year.

With development rapidly moving forward on the development of the eagerly awaited Acura NSX, Honda offered a handful of journalists a first look at the supercar’s complex, hybrid powertrain during a visit to its Tochigi R&D center.

After years of debating whether to adopt a traditional, more European approach to powering the next-generation sports car, such as going for a big V-10, the automaker ultimately decided to go with a more futuristic performance hybrid approach, it announced when showing off the first, early prototype of the Acura NSX nearly two years ago. But until now, it has revealed little else.

With functioning prototypes now running around test tracks in both Japan and the U.S.,

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TheDetroitBureau.com was able to get significantly more details about the new powertrain – notably including the fact that the Acura NSX will be the only vehicle using Honda’s new three-motor hybrid technology that also will make use of a conventional turbocharger to further boost performance.

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