Sources have confirmed that Honda’s plans to launch a detuned production version of the V8-powered HSV-010 race car have been postponed but are certainly not dead.
Last February, CEO Takanobu Ito stunned the media and enthusiasts alike when he announced plans to build a road-going variant of the NSX successor project, which was abandoned years ago.
It turns out that the next NSX, which will be powered by a V-8 that delivers more than 400hp, is part of Honda’s plan to release up to three sports cars within a span of a few years.
But when Japan experienced an earthquake that devastated the auto industry, many believed that this plan will be shelved. Reports have come out in the past weeks that Honda is developing a high performance coupe that features a 3.5 liter V-6 plug-in hybrid.
This was one of the concepts that Ito had talked about. Another model that’s expected to be accomplished in the near term is the revived Acura RSX, which has been displayed in an artist's representation.
Sources said that the next-gen RSX will receive a version of the recently-launched ninth-generation Civic Si that is powered by a 201 hp, i-VTEC 2.4 liter gas engine with a 6-speed manual and helical LSD.
The new RSX has been fitted with specially tuned sports suspension and it will also feature an interior that gets its inspiration from the current Civic Type R. Its exterior will take on a sharp, wedge shape.