2002 Info (more of it)

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same info as what bestcar and a host of others have said about the 02 revisions, however, the drawing pictured shows slightly different styling, more sharper lines, who knows, but we'll find out by October.
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again similiar 02 info, but mentioned that planning for the next generation is still up in the air with a front engined V8 car? Also the V8 may still make it into the current generation.

One thing is for sure, if Honda has any sense in them they have to go with at least a V8, 350hp i-vtec V6 won't cut it, not in my books anyway. With V8 911's, 400 hp V8 M3's (to be called M4), and 450hp Z06's around the corner Honda better not get caught with their pants down.
 
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Did they really say F1 inspired paddle shifters?? or were they just talking about the triptronic stuff..

I want *real* F1 paddles.. please, please
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Did they really say F1 inspired paddle shifters?? or were they just talking about the triptronic stuff..

They said it, but from the context, it was clear that they were talking about the SportShift that's been offered since '95, nothing new.

Tiptronic is only on Porsches.
 

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At the risk of stating the obvious, either the big things such as engine choice and layout are already decided, or the next generation won't be out as early as the AutoWeek article suggests is possible.
 
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I don't understand all of the conjecture based on V8s when the president of Honda has stated clearly that he does not believe the company needs to produce a V8.

On the bright side, perhaps they plan to showcase their design expertise with a V10 or V12 of moderate displacement. Wouldn't that make for a nice MDX?


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Originally posted by David:
I don't understand all of the conjecture based on V8s when the president of Honda has stated clearly that he does not believe the company needs to produce a V8.

Then he should step down as President!
 

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Originally posted by David:
I don't understand all of the conjecture based on V8s when the president of Honda has stated clearly that he does not believe the company needs to produce a V8.

I think it is a combination of 1) Most people think it makes sense and 2) This report from CNN in June '99:

"The next generation NSX and Legend models from Honda will share a brand-new 4.0 litre V8 based on the technology used in the new S2000 sports car. The NSX replacement will be a 380kW (509 HP) all-alloy mid-engined design, while the Legend will use the same engine in detuned form mounted up front but driving the rear wheels.

Honda is in no hurry to build the new NSX as its specialist Tochigi factory is already running at full capacity, coping with demand for the S2000, which is running at several times the initial predictions for the car."
 

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Originally posted by jon69:
www.autoweek.com
same info as what bestcar and a host of others have said about the 02 revisions, however, the drawing pictured shows slightly different styling, more sharper lines, who knows, but we'll find out by October.


I think this concept sketch actually looks pretty good, if a bit over-the-top (as concept sketches usually do):

20010828-autoweekrumor.jpg
 
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well I know it's a I heard from somebody who knows somebody story, but a fellow NSX that I know well has a friend in Japan that works for Honda product development.

2002 NSX -
Basically all the magazines are correct, fixed headlights, new rear end treatment and some other cosmetic mods, slight increase in hp if any. Considering the car is a month or two from introduction the press probably know everything officially but are contracted not to show "official info" until a preset date. Marketing strategy I guess, causes anticipation.

2004 -
400hp V8 mid-ship mounted, aluminum for sure, maybe with some carbon fibre, and more expensive than the current car as carbon fibre would suggest. Either this guy is tight lipped or that is all he knows.

No flames please I know it's just words but I thought I'd relay the info I was told to you other NSX fans
 
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I think the paddle shifters the mags are talking about have something to do with SMG technology. SMG has been used on Ferraris. BMW M3 has SMG II options starting late this year. Some info at www.bmw.com click on M section or Technology section and you should see a link to SMG II somewhere on the page. It shifts the clutch faster than us "mere mortals" =). It's estimated to shave 0.1-0.2 sec off acceleration. On the M3 the shift paddles are located on the steering column plus they have the traditional stick but not in the classic H pattern. I think it's just something you move up and down. I personally don't like it because it sounds like a fancy and sporty way of saying the car is automatic...I mean, no 3rd pedal!?!
 

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Those new Best Car computer models (almost everything on that site is from Best Car, and everything in Best Car is a computer generated image) are the same ones recently published in Road & Track, just with different colors, wheels and added driving lights.
 
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