Fifth Place: 2009 Acura NSX

December 29, 2006
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Acura's Advanced Sports Car Concept bears all the necessary design elements of a proper sports car: sharp, aggressive edges, a low and wide silhouette, a slightly phallic side profile, and of course, a rear window that stands somewhere between hardly usable and nonexistent. As a whole, the ASCC looks clean and modern but also recalls some late '80s sports cars, specifically the Mark III Toyota Supra. The slim headlights and full-width taillight are meant to mimic those of the iconic Acura NSX. Inside, an all-black cockpit does the same.
Underneath the sleek sheetmetal lives a front-mounted V-10 that will surely upset NSX lovers who brag of that car's mid-engine layout. A new version of Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) will favor the rear wheels to keep enthusiasts happy, but the front wheels go into action when the first inevitable four-wheel power slide happens. The ASCC rides on a 108.8-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 181.5 inches, and was designed by Acura's L.A.-based American design team. We must say, they've done a much better job here than with the sedan concept shown at the 2006 Los Angeles show. No word on when Acura's next sports car will go into production, but it won't been soon enough.

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