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2005-07-21 16:58

The Honda HSC concept car, basis for the NSX replacement

The V10 will be more powerful than any other engine Honda has built for its production vehicles.

The NSX successor will debut in "three to four years," says Takeo Fukui, Honda's president. The new sports car will be sold worldwide.

It isn't known if Honda plans to use the V10 in any other vehicles.

Although Honda is keeping mum about further details, Honda has said the HSC concept car first shown in 2003 will form the basis for the NSX replacement.

October's Tokyo Motor Show may feature the final production model, although Honda is not saying.

The HSC features a composite carbon-fibre body on an aluminium unit body frame with a four-wheel double wishbone suspension set-up.

Gear changing is via a unique dial shifter located on the centre console or an F1 style paddle system on the steering wheel.

Big brakes

There are six-piston caliper Brembo disc brakes on each wheel. Five-spoke forged aluminium alloy racing wheels are shod with 245/35ZR19 tires in front and 295/30ZR20 tyres in the rear.

There's a clear glass engine cover located behind the cockpit where it shows off the engine. There are air intakes on both sides, scissor-style doors and sharp styling.

The wedge-shaped front includes large, lower air ducts, and projector-style headlamps and.

At the rear there are high-illumination LEDs taillights, with a rearview camera next to the taillights which transmits the view behind the car to the driver via the navigation system tilt-up screen when the driver selects reverse.

Inside, the concept features a black nubuck leather trim and anodised aluminium accents on the door panels, centre console, steering wheel and instriument panel.

The current NSX of which more than 18 000 have been built, is still available by special order but will soon cease production "...due to the extensive retooling necessary to meet stringent 2006 emissions and equipment regulations for the US, Europe and Asia".

Unveiled at the Chicago motor show in February 1989 as the "New Sports car eXperimental" (hence the name NSX), the hand-built (at Tochigi in Japan) Ferrari rival revolutionised the supercar segment by being usable and comfortable as well as seriously fast and dynamic.

Final versions of the car have a 206 kW 3.2-litre V6 engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, or a four-speed auto 3-litre.

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