Rumor: Honda making changes to NSX successor, adding hybrid system

Acura NSX Prototype

Before the end of last year, it was reported that Honda killed the much-anticipated successor to the Acura / Honda NSX – apparently those reports were interpreted the wrong way. According to 7Tune, the NSX project is moving ahead with some changes on the drawing board.

Sources say that the program has been steadily progressing since the NSX prototype’s appearance at the Nurburgring last year. However, the project has now changed over to become what Honda calls the “Super Hybrid Sports.” Honda is working on a more environmentally-friendly approach to the NSX in a direct answer to Toyota’s FT-HS hybrid sports car (which is not confirmed for production – so we’re a bit confused here).

Instead of being powered by a 600-hp 5.5L V10, the NSX successor will now carry the “valveless throttle” 3.5L V6 mated to a hybrid system. That will allow the car to produce a total of 450-hp for some dynamic performance. Extra weight will be added to the car due to the “SH-AWD system, which will be bolted to an aluminum platform and feature a rear transaxle just like the R35 Nissan GT-R.”

The previously scheduled 2010 debut has been pushed back. No confirmation on when the NSX successor will debut.

We’re going to have to file this under rumors for now

2010 Acura NSX Prototype at Nurburgring :

– By: Omar Rana

Source: 7Tune