2016 Acura NSX image
The Acura NSX is one of the most eagerly anticipated supercars of the last few years. It features a hybrid electric twin-turbo V6 engine, powering all four wheels, and sports a body that is absolutely stunning. However, the development of the NSX has been marred with issue after issue. Some would describe it as development hell.
Prototypes have been burnt to a crisp while testing at the Nurburgring, and it’s been over five years since the NSX concept debuted. However, it’s been almost a decade since Acura’s parent company Honda reported that it was developing a successor to the original car. And over the course of that decade, the engine, layout, and just about everything else have been changed, or rearranged. But finally, Acura stated that the new NSX would begin production later this year. Except, now it won’t.
Acura NSX Fire
According to Acura, speaking with Automobile, the NSX has once again been delayed. The delay comes as the company just announced new trim levels and colors at last weekend’s Monterey Speed Week. The issue for the car’s latest delay is said to be due to the bespoke engine. After changing the layout of the engine bay for what seemed like a thousandth time, Acura has to now hand-build each of the engines, which thereby pushes the production date back till sometime next year.
With this latest production delay, we thought it would be interesting to see what supercars were announced, debuted, and hit production in the same time it’s taken Acura to bring the new NSX to production. With that, prepare to feel sorry for Acura and its engineering team.
Ferrari 458 and 488
The Ferrari 458 debuted in 2009, has since had multiple variants, and has already been discontinued for the new 488 GTB. Compared to Honda, Ferrari is a miniscule producer and it’s a wonder how this small, Italian manufacturer could compete with the likes of Honda. Yet somehow, they’ve beaten them at every turn.
The Huracan is Lamborghini’s newest bull. It features a 610-horsepower V10 engine that sounds absolutely triumphant, and is hugely quick. The car was developed after the company ended production of the Gallardo and was debuted to the public in 2014. In the year it has been around, the Huracan has become one of the best selling cars in Lamborghinis’s history. In that same period, Lamborghini has also developed the Veneno, the Egoista, the Sesto Elemento, and the entire Aventador lineup.
Using the same architecture as the Lamborghini Huracan, the Audi R8 will be the high-tech suit compared to the Lamborghini Huracan’s more dramatic lines. Developed alongside the Huracan, the new R8 is set to become one of the world’s best supercars, and one that has the ability to be daily driven. Its power, beauty, and grace makes it one of the upcoming NSX’s biggest rivals.
McLaren 570S Coupe MSO
In the span of time that it has taken Acura to develop the NSX, McLaren has literally become a company and released every single car in its lineup. Seriously, McLaren came back from the dead while we wait for the NSX. In that time, the company has built; the MP4-12C, 650S, 675LT, P1, 570S, and every single variant the company could. This Includes both spider, and racing versions as well. All in the same time it has taken Acura to build one car.
Maybe Acura isn’t really going to build the NSX, and this is actually just a massive social experiment to see how long a company can string along both customers and enthusiasts? Let’s hope not, and that this is the last delay we see with the NSX. But really, what do you believe?