Car and Driver sits down the the Large Project Leader for the upcoming new Acura NSX, Ted Klaus. They talk about how an American engineer came to be a project lead as well as some of the heritage of the old NSX. The interview really puts me at ease because it seems like Klaus really gets what made the original NSX such a classic driver’s car. Even though many things will be changing in terms of vehicle architecture (the new NSX is a hybrid with three electric motors) and technology, they are making a very real effort to make sure the new car has the same soul as the original. They’re even going as far as to interview owners of the old NSX to see what it is they think is special about their cars. It also makes me really happy to know that a lot of the high-end performance cars currently in development are embracing hybrid technology both for performance and the perception that green technology is the latest and greatest for the industry.
I was pretty surprised to see the title of this comparison pop up on the Motor Trend YouTube channel. I consider the Acura NSX and the Lexus LFA to be the only 2 supercars to come out of Japan due to their unique and exotic construction methods. Johnny Lieberman thinks there are four. I’m assuming the other two are the Toyota Supra and the Nissan GT-R’s. I think the Supra and GT-R toe, but don’t cross, the line between well executed performance cars and true supercars. What do YOU think? Join the discussion over on our Facebook Page. Either way, Lieberman does a good job breaking down why each car is significant to their time periods, how they drive and why you should like them based on his supercar philosophy. Very fascinating comparison.
Edmund’s Inside Line got a chance to play around with the NSX roadster concept that Tony Stark drives around in the upcoming Avengers movie. Turns out it was built on the chassis of a ’91 NSX. The body panels will fall off if the car goes over 10 mph. The interior is totally stock down to the tape deck. Despite of how cheesy this movie car is, the new NSX should be pretty awesome.