Internet media have claim that they have pictures of a supposedly Honda/Acura burly supercar under testing in Germany, on the famous Nürburgring race track. One of the media, the famous Edmunds.com even claim from a reliable source that the CEO himself has tasked Honda R&D to make this car a Nissan GT-R and Lexus LF-A killer. But is this an Acura or Honda? Let’s compare this car to the Acura Advanced Sport Sedan Concept. As usual, more pictures and witty comments after the click.
There’s no sure sign whether if this car is a Honda at all, but here are the pictures comparing the car in question with Acura Advanced Sport Car concept. Pictures are taken from Temple Of VTEC.net, as usual, for bigger better picture, you can visit the original thread here. For Acura ASCC pictures you can just Google it.
The air duct and front grille looks almost the same as the concept
The two stack exhaust is better on the spy picture, and you can see the aluminum suspension
The side profile is off by a lot, I photochopped what seems to be a side rear window
Now the most favorite part, witty comments from yours truly.
The car is definitely a front engine with rear wheel drive system. The front wheel arch distance to the front door indicates a sizeable engine room, and a longitudinal engine placement. But how do we know if this is even Honda at all? Well, take a good look at the shoddy side view mirror… It’s actually Honda Civic’s side view mirror.
Shoddy duct taped half assed Honda Civic side view mirror
So unless some automotive company playing the shmuck by using other automotive company parts, this is really Honda product undergoing testing. So, is this the materialization of Acura Advanced Sport Concept? From the outlook of the car, it is. The obvious physical FR setup, the somewhat similar head and back lighting shape, and the dead giveaway is the dual stack exhaust system.
Then, we have Edmunds.com editorial statement about the car. From its sources in Japan, Edmunds.com claim that the car tested packs a 5.5L V10 producing north of 550 Bhp and 420 lb-ft of torque. Putting those numbers to the ground is the responsibility of Honda very own Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), with the combination of an 8-speed automatic. *chuckles*… 8 speed, as in 8 gears? *chuckles*. Toyota does put its own 8-speed automatic transmission, but in a full size sedan, not in a super car. Even Formula 1 cars only have 7 speed, what are they going to do with the extra gear? The gear ratio of 6-speed is enough for any racing car, even the Enzo uses 6-speed semi automatic gears. Whoops… I forgot to mention that this car will feature cylinder deactivation technology… Well, probably the extra gear is for cruising purposes. We are talking about Honda here, the sensibility king (although somewhat eccentric and not neccessary at all).
The source from Edmunds.com also claims that Takeo Fukui (Honda CEO) tells the engineer at Honda to make this car bested Nissan GT-R and Lexus LF-A at the Nürburgring. A tall task indeed as both cars features the technological achievement of each respective company, Toyota and Nissan. However it needs to be done, and be done fast. Honda is beaten up like an old dog back home at Japan Grand Touring Championship /Super GT (Japanese premiere grand touring racing scene). Using an old NSX with a moronic 3.5L V6 while