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    JAPONESE ATTACK!!!!!

    "NSX Must be Faster Around the Nurburgring Than the GT-R"

    http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/News/articleId=127306#4

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    Cool! The first NSX was one of the best handling cars of it's day. Although at 6-4, I know I won't be able to fit in one.

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    Very good for the performance car market.
    I say the more competition the better.

    8 speed gearbox.

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    NSX at the ring

    Video + sound

    http://vimeo.com/1203603

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    front engine!?

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    ^^^ Front engined cars are easier for novices to drive and still have some inherit advantages if the suspension is set-up correctly.

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    bazza said:
    front engine!?



    The NSX here in the US mkt failed miserably from 1989 until 2007 in sales as a " poor man's Ferrari " in it's prior history as a mid engine car. They pretty much had to sell them on subsidized leases forever with terrible residual values as a result . The market for mid engined exotics is fickle and status driven, where " bang for the back " has never held sway . Market in new sales of mid -engine exotics is a closed club ,really.

    For Honda, I understand their desire to compete -if they resurrect the NSX nameplate -in the front engined GT-R, Z06-ZR1 type market this time around where there is a always lot of sales interest generating internet bench racing " buzz" and where buyers are open to trying something different .

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    The NSX suffered in sales because it was ANEMIC on power and had little to no marketing for a relatively new brand. Remember "Acura" as a brand was only in the states about 4 years(!) before they brought in the NSX.

    Who's going to pay $90K for a "poor man's Ferrari" when a the 300ZTT and SupraTT could be had for 10's of thousands less. The Porsche C2 could keep up. Or for $50K less, a Corvette would take it to task.

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    Heist said:
    The NSX suffered in sales because it was ANEMIC on power and had little to no marketing for a relatively new brand. Remember "Acura" as a brand was only in the states about 4 years(!) before they brought in the NSX.

    Who's going to pay $90K for a "poor man's Ferrari" when a the 300ZTT and SupraTT could be had for 10's of thousands less. The Porsche C2 could keep up. Or for $50K less, a Corvette would take it to task.



    You make my point , though, as the $80-100 price point for front engined cars is /will become very crowded with a bunch of " bang for the buck " sports cars that offer "bench racing "numbers that rival $400K cars .

    I've driven a few NSXs and I will say that , though marginally underpowered , they were very nimble with a compliant ride and nice throttle response at higher RPM , light on their feet and felt great on our Northern California winding roads . I hope the next gen NSX retains that " feel" .But this recent infatuation with 'Ring lap times ( and the Honda CEO's PR dept generated mandate to top the GT-R ring time ) don't result in a bunch of future cars that continue to further take the human element out of it , as we all agree that ,yes , letting computers govern engine and traction at every split second gives better track times but could lead to a generation of vehicles with increasingly numb driving experiences on your favorite back road.

     
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