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Old 12-11-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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ACURA Avenger







please tweak it, refine it, polish it, and put it on sale.

Target Weight: 1200kg to 1300kg (2650lbs to 2866 lbs) depending on the "Type" variation.
Example in the article: Ferrari F430 is 1460kg (3219lb)


Concept Considered:
HSC with a improved and enlarged C32B Block; a 3.6 liter V6 which produced between 350 to 400PS depend on the tuning of the engine: Final phase of the HSC accomplished 0-60 in 4 seconds and ¼ mile in 12 seconds, which slot the car into 360 Modena and Porsche Turbo Cabrio territory. It was also the cheapest route Honda could have taken because little re-tooling is required. HSC chassis was a heavily modified NSX Chassis. Mr. Uehera would have been happy with the performance result of the HSC - if it was going to be built two years ago, but it was a good thing that they didn't, because the result would have ended like the original NSX, which will not fare well with the current competitors, and a V6 will not be welcome by the “press.” The introduction of the F430 proved his point. “The boss scrapped the HSC because he wanted more! Because it wasn't “stunning enough. The Original NSX was intended to compete with Porsche 911, Ferrari 328/348. However, after 15 years, 911 have surpassed the NSX in many areas, and Ferrari F430 is truly ahead of the NSX in almost every way; therefore, it's time to reset the standard.”

Target Power from two Prototype Engines:
Small V10: “Around” 3.5L over 400PS approaching 10,000RPM. This engine was considered during the first phase of development, but not a desired size, and could pose major reliability issues. However, if the target weight is not met, a reconsideration of reviving this size is a possibility, if additional power can be obtain without sacrificing reliability.
Large V10: “Around” 5.0L Approaching 500PS, this is a more likely choice - Requested by the current CEO.
Honda will have it as the “lightest” in its class with best power to weight ratio - As before.

Issues faced: It is rather easy to squeeze over 100hp/liter plus on 4 or 6 cylinder Engines; however, it is rather difficult to accomplish the same task on a large displacement, let's say, a 5 Liter engine. The problem is, a traditional V10 have series of vibration problems; therefore, to solve those problems and achieve “over” 100hp/liter (at the same time) will be a major challenge (That is why Ferrari stick with V8 and V12, and Gallardo's V10 will probably not last more than 60k miles without any major overhaul, and same can be said about BMW's M5/6's V10). "There were V10 prototypes built during the early 90's, when Honda was offered a deal to supply their detune but enlarged F1 Engine for the McLaren F1 road car project; however, the idea was deleted by the bearcats within the company, because they didn't understand the magnitude of that project. They were pushing to end the F1 Engine Program and to cut ties with McLaren International; therefore, the idea to supply Engine to McLaren never solidified. Imagine if the McLaren F1 had a Honda Engine...."

N/A Porsche 911 is no longer a targeted competitor, because the auto press has always prejudiced the V6 in the NSX, but somehow never bash 911's flat 6! F430 and Gallardo will be the main target, and perhaps those higher models such as Porsche GT and McLaren MB SLR Vision, because if you think about it, the performance between the F430 and SLR Vision is not too far apart, other than the top speed. “In order to compete with these cars, the HP rating will have to be over 500, and we have enough times to work out the bugs on the V10.” By the time the Neo NSX is ready for production, 500ps will be common between most of the manufactures.

Aerodynamically, the car needs to be able to sustain 200 miles per hour. Toyota is working on a 200mph car; therefore… The design of an ideal aerodynamic shape will take great amount of time; plenty of testing is required in order to meet that speed with great stability and safety. The approach of obtaining that speed will be genuine.

Uehera jokingly mentioned, “If the next generation NSX should last another 15 years production cycle. The car has to be a technological wonder; however, still allows major upgrades in order to compete with the future replacement of F430 and Gallardo.”

During the design process of the original NSX, exotics such as 328/348 and 911 all had “3 liter class” engines, because it was the standard in an Exotic (small block with high PS rating); however, the approach has changed through time. The only way to get more PS is to build bigger engines. Ferrari for example, redesigned the entire chassis on the 308/328 replacements to allowed bigger engines to be fitted. From 348 and on, the reversal of trunk and radiator location was the evident of this new approach. This method also shifted the weight distribution more to the rear. Unfortunately, the NSX was originally designed to meet the “3 liter class as well as the gentleman's rule of 280ps for the domestic market; also under the consideration was the domestic market taxation on engine size greater than 3.0 liter, which was much higher; those rules set gave the design team the base blueprint for the NA1 NSX.” It was a conservative move but left no room for expansion. However, the original package was ideal in a sense of performance during that time period, and the method of Carbon Reinforced Metal liner allowed us to temporary step up in the HP game. We had to hear complaints from JDM customers because the American model got 10 more PS on paper. “We all know Skyline GTR and NSX-R had more - way more, but we can't disclose it! There is only so much we can do to a production 3.2-liter engine. However, after the release of the new Honda Legend (aka Acura RL) - We broke the gentleman's rule, and the NSX will be our next offender.”

Again jokingly, “Ferrari lured most of our F1 Engineers to design engines for their F1 and road cars - After our (Honda) withdraw from F1 in 1992. Mr. Gato (Head of Honda V10 and V12 F1 Engine Program between 1988 to 1992) used to often called me from the Ferrari factory (where he was working) and telling me they really should slap a big H on the Ferrari's Engine Block and Ferrari F1 cars were powered by Honda.”

Since a “Large” V10 is the desired power plant, in order to offset the weight of the engine, construction Materials such as Aluminum and CF is a must - If the desire target weight is going to be met; the use of titanium is under consideration. It will help to meet the promised word of “break through.” However, the cost of manufacturing of titanium will be a major issue, because it is extremely difficult to work with. Even though the cost is not quite an issue, we will make a logical decision. “Same thing happen when we wanted an all aluminum chassis, and the cost of the manufacturing was enormous, but we did it anyway. We are considering how to implement titanium parts other than just the connecting rod.”

As for the SH-AWD, it is under consideration, but most likely be scrap due to the weight gain, and Mr. Uehera favors MR platform only - But may offer SH-AWD as an option if the market desires it.

Honda would like to win the F1 title before the premier of the new NSX, that is why the target release date is set “3 to 4” years from now. By then, Honda will have enough information on how to deal with the next generation of Italian Exotics. Last word from Uehera “When the CEO jokingly mentioned the V10 NSX will be faster than the new V8 F1 cars, he probably wasn't far off!).

As for the cost for the car - Honda will strategically place the car in the proper tier, just like the original NSX, little higher than standard 911, but lower than a Ferrari. Here is my interpretation from reading the article, a Ferrari F430 and Gallardo beater at Porsche Turbo price. After all, Honda does hope to sell more “New” NSX than the out going model - at a shorter time frame. However, they cannot predict the future, so we'll have to wait and see if the world economy can support this car, or any other car in this price tier…. The original approach of 25 cars a day and 6000 per year will not be part of the plan, because the goal wasn't realistic. After all, the purpose for the existence of NSX is not to make money, but to showcase what Honda can do. NSX is matter of company Pride - R&D cost will eventually filter down to other production cars.

Hint: The original contracts were signed with numerous parts suppliers to built 4 years worth of NSX @ 6000 cars per year, which was probably the reason why it took them 15 years to use up those contracted parts; after all, the fixed cost was paid before the car started production. The Honda NSX was way ahead of its time, that is why it is still a world class car, after 15 years of production.


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Old 12-11-2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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The minor leaks that have developed since the dealers meeting in Vegas to unveil the new halo car report that the Avengers NSX is the exact model that will be for sale in 2013, not an all together bad thing, because that hints towards a MR drivetrain.

The extremely unfortunate news is however, it will have a $144,000 list price and 450awhp. If those numbers are correct, at $40k above the GT-R, it will fail miserably.
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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$144k...it better come with the stark license plate
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:19 PM   #5
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:25 PM   #6
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How much does the R8 weight?

It starts at $134,000....not that far off from this Avenger
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:29 PM   #7
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I dont think it will do to well. Its sad but people dont look at Acura the same way as Lexus/BMW/MERC/AUDI....no one will spend 144000 on a rebadged honda except for maybe japanese car enthusiasts and rich honger kids.
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I dont think it will do to well. Its sad but people dont look at Acura the same way as Lexus/BMW/MERC/AUDI....no one will spend 144000 on a rebadged honda except for maybe japanese car enthusiasts and rich honger kids.
There's a big market for that here in Lower Mainland already
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Old 12-11-2011, 08:48 PM   #9
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I get the impression that this article was written 1 or 2 years ago, in how its referring to the F430 replacement, the F430 and the Gallardo...
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Edit: this article was from 2005

http://nsxprime.com/forum/showthread.php?t=59527

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Are you guys kidding me? These are the exact things people were saying years ago when the NSX came out..no one would shell out that much for a Honda. And guess what? They did. NSXs have held onto a good amount of their original value in comparison to other cars from its time, showing that its still in demand and valued by enthusiasts.

If people will shell out well over 400k for a Lexus, they'll shell out 140k for an NSX successor. I think it will sell just fine, there's no indication otherwise.
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^ even though this one costs 40-50 grand more than what the NSX cost back in 05
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By 05, the NSX was a 15 year old car. The price gap isn't that big. In 1990, it cost 60 grand US. That's about 99k US today.

There's seems to always be plenty of demand for Japanese sports cars...there's just not much of them anymore. GT-R has obviously been very successful, and even the astronomically price LF-A sold out. At the 150k price point, you can get a R8, ZR-1, 911, or top-of-the-line GT-R. I don't see how 150k for an NSX successor is so outrageous.
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Are you guys kidding me? These are the exact things people were saying years ago when the NSX came out..no one would shell out that much for a Honda. And guess what? They did. NSXs have held onto a good amount of their original value in comparison to other cars from its time, showing that its still in demand and valued by enthusiasts.

If people will shell out well over 400k for a Lexus, they'll shell out 140k for an NSX successor. I think it will sell just fine, there's no indication otherwise.
acura sold like 15 NSX's in canada between 2000 and 2005

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Can't wait for it to hit the showrooms. Better hype it up better before it comes out too LOL the giant silver shield has to be edited somehow.
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acura sold like 15 NSX's in canada between 2000 and 2005

ya, strong sales.
The NSX was never meant to last fifteen years, but Honda ordered or signed contracts for all the parts ever put into them before production began expecting them to be used up within a four year production run, it just ended up taking till 2005 to use up all the parts..

They should have brought back the s2000 instead, if they couldn't build a truly competitive NSX.
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By 05, the NSX was a 15 year old car. The price gap isn't that big. In 1990, it cost 60 grand US. That's about 99k US today.

There's seems to always be plenty of demand for Japanese sports cars...there's just not much of them anymore. GT-R has obviously been very successful, and even the astronomically price LF-A sold out. At the 150k price point, you can get a R8, ZR-1, 911, or top-of-the-line GT-R. I don't see how 150k for an NSX successor is so outrageous.
but this new NSX won't be MR..unless that's changed.
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The NSX was never meant to last fifteen years, but Honda ordered or signed contracts for all the parts ever put into them before production began expecting them to be used up within a four year production run, it just ended up taking till 2005 to use up all the parts..

They should have brought back the s2000 instead, if they couldn't build a truly competitive NSX.
^true, Honda did the best it could to not spend a lot of money and still keep it relevant in the world of sports car (NSX-R) and not shame its own nameplate. The NSX in 1990-1992 was in high demand and often dealers didn't have enough supply for people who wanted one.
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