An Acura NSX Type R in Tokyo in October?

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1991 Honda NSX-R | Photo: Honda

A new Acura NSX Type R to be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show next October according to rumours.

Since its return on the scene, the Acura NSX (Honda NSX elsewhere in the world) has not broken a sales record. We can even say that the Japanese exotic is shunned by the public, facing the German, British and Italian powerhouses.

Yet the presence of an excellent twin-turbo 3.5-litre V6 engine combined with three electric motors makes the supercar a tempting proposition, especially in this era where electrified vehicles are gaining in popularity. No matter how successful this is, Forbes magazine may have just lit a sliver of hope … for purists at least!

Indeed, the publication claims that Honda (the NSX will continue to wear the Acura badge at home) will finally unveil a Type R variant of the NSX, a livery that will obviously be more extreme than the “base model”.

Forbes claims a power of 650 horses (a significant gain compared to 573 hp of the current model). Given the reputation of the badge, one can also expect a bodywork remodeled in aerodynamic appendages, an improved braking system and even a stiffer suspension for the days spent burning rubber at the track.

The publication also raises the question about the architecture of this future NSX Type R. Will it keep its four-wheel drive or will it be simplified by abandoning this solution to the benefit of only two driving wheels? The question is worth asking and if this rumour is true, we should know the answer to the Tokyo Motor Show next October, the Japanese exhibition that seems the perfect place to unveil such a war machine.

Honda NSX Type R 1st Generation | Photo: Honda

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