Wednesday, June 25, 2008

[Rumors] Speculative Rendering of Next Gen NSX

Auto Express put up some rendering of how the next generation NSX could look like.

Rumored specs-
Engine: 5.5 liter V10 (with cylinder deactivation technology)
Power: 550 hp
Torque: 420 lb-ft
Body: 2+2 ‘hybrid’ aluminum and steel body
8-speed auto with paddle shifters
Drivetrain: modified SH-AWD
Price: $150k+ (USD)
Date: 2010/2011

I got to say, that's a good looking car. I hope the production version looks very close to this. Acura has their hands full trying to become a Tier 1 brand, a good looking and performing supercar will only help.

Check out this link to see the prototype in action.

[Rumors] Video of the Next Gen Acura NSX


[Rumors] More 2009 TL Pictures

These first set of photos were taken by Josh Fried, a TOV reader, on a trip to Purdue University in Indianapolis.

The second set of photos came from, they were take in California's Mojave Desert.

From what I have seen so far, I think the current generation Acura TL looks better. These spy photos so far give the next generation TL a Nissan Maxima-ish look. I'm also worried about the "Dynamic Power Plenum" grill that is going to sit in front.

2008 (current) Acura TL

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Friday, June 20, 2008

Auto-Max Railcar Fleet

Honda has fully deployed its fleet of Auto-Max® railcars, achieving a significant reduction in the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions associated with its automobile distribution activities in the United States. The 400-car fleet of more space-efficient Auto-Max railcars is the only such automaker-operated fleet in use in the United States. Including the Auto-Max fleet shipments, American Honda currently transports about 82 percent of its Honda and Acura automobiles across the country by rail, achieving the highest rail-shipping rate of any automaker.

Each multi-level Auto-Max railcar holds up to 22 vehicles and can hold both trucks and cars to reduce unused space. The result is less fuel usage per vehicle shipped and no compromise to quality. An average bi-level railcar can transport only 10 trucks, generally of a single vehicle type.

Honda's Auto-Max railcars have a 50-year estimated lifespan versus standard railcars, which typically require a major overhaul after just 20 years of service. Honda participated with the Greenbrier Companies (NYSE:GBX) in designing Auto-Max, which is exclusively manufactured by Greenbrier.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

[Rumors] 2011 RL & NSX

Supposedly, this chopped up TSX test mule is for the 2011 Acura RL. Rumors floating around suggest that the next RL will have a front engine, rear wheel drive layout with a V8 engine under the hood.


The following pictures are rumored to be the next generation NSX, or a sub-NSX coupe priced in the $50-60k range. The pictures were snapped around the Nurburgring area in Germany. The next gen NSX is expected to have a new V10 engine with about 500hp and is front engined, with a modified version of SH-AWD that is rear-biased. This vehicle also looks like a 2+2 instead of the old style 2-seater.

According to, "Takeo Fukui, CEO of Honda, has tasked his R&D team with building an NSX that's faster around the Nürburgring than both the Nissan GT-R and the upcoming Lexus LF-A." Tetsuo Iwamura, American Honda President and CEO, confirmed the NSX will be launched in the U.S. in 2010. Honda will also be launching the Acura brand in Japan and Europe around the same time, but the automaker says it will launch the NSX in the U.S. market first.


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