Many car people knew that Acura was planning on resurrecting the NSX for 2011. That was the plan until the drop in both the economy and the auto industry. The car was well into development with what seemed to be a production ready (almost) body and interior. Spy shots showed a front engine long hood short deck stance. Rumors were a revised version of SH-AWD was going to send the power to all four wheels. We also heard that the vehicle would be powered by a 5.5 liter V10 putting out 500-550 hp while using iVTEC. Reliable sources said an aggressive cylinder deactivation mode would help obtain decent fuel economy. This was supposed to be a super car to put a halo around Acura. Similar in concept to the recently debuted Lexus LFA. In fact, the new NSX would have been competition for the LFA. No pricing was ever announced or leaked but I would assume the price tag would have been under that of the LFA’s $375,000 price.
I for one always like both the first and second generation NSX’s. It brought something new to the table. Showing super car manufactures and buyers, that you can have a high performance car that is still reliable. This was somewhat of a revolutionary concept. The mid-mount V6 was also unique. This was not the fastest car. Nor was it the most expensive car. It was a unique car from a company that was out to prove themselves.
As I mentioned earlier the NSX replacement was in the final stages of preparation for an unveiling. Sources say the dream is dead and the NSX replacement will not be coming. While I completely believe this I wish it were not true. Competition in the marketplace is a good thing. While I have a feeling the 2011 NSX would be vastly different (front engine and all wheel drive vs mid-engine and rear wheel drive), the reliability attribute would still probably be there.
Below is a video recorded of the 2011 NSX prototype in in final testing stages driving around the Nurburgring.