Future Cars

2009 Acura NSX

The long-overdue next NSX is not yet a done deal, as Honda struggles to define what kind of car it should be and how it should look. The mid-engine Honda HSC concept (above) from the 2003 Tokyo show no longer points the way toward the next NSX, which will be front-engine, not mid-engine, mainly for packaging: American Honda insists that it be able to carry two sets of golf clubs. Honda Motor CEO Takeo Fukui has decreed a ten-cylinder engine, frustrating employees from Japan to California to Ohio, who would like to develop a V-8 that could be used across a wider product range, such as a proper flagship sedan for Acura. Honda insiders also hint of continued design hiccups. We’ll see it in 2008, if we’re lucky.

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