BRZ – Going, Going, Almost Gone

April 19th, 2012 by Karen Joy Provo

Subaru’s all new BRZ sports car is selling out fast. The first shipment of the much anticipated BRZ two door coupe which is due to arrive here in December is rapidly being snapped up by buyers.

Before going public, Subaru of New Zealand offered these cars to Subaru customers via the internet. Subaru customers had the chance to secure one of the 12 cars prior to public release. Wallis Dumper, Managing Director of Subaru of New Zealand said “The response took us by surprise as 8 units were snapped up within 6 hours”

Those outside Subaru’s customer base will have to move quickly to secure the final 4.

To secure a BRZ customers simply visit www.brz.co.nz where they can choose their colour and personalised euro plate preference, and pay a $1200 deposit to secure one of the twelve units due in December.

The final price has not been established between Subaru of New Zealand and Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) the maker of Subaru vehicles, but Subaru of New Zealand has indicated that it would be below $60,000.

The first twelve BRZ’s also come with a bonus three year service plan, personalised Euro style number plate and an exclusive track day experience.

Features include 17 inch alloy wheels, limited slip differential, dusk sensing Xenon headlights, an engine immobilizer, ventilated disc brakes on all wheels, Vehicle Dynamics Control, cruise control and dual zone climate air conditioning.

The front midships mounted Boxer engine develops 147 kWs and the car has been a sellout success in Japan. International motoring magazines have described the BRZ as the best Japanese sports car since the NSX.

Further shipments of the BRZ will be available in 2013.

Honda busy developing next-generation NSX?

September 14th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The original Honda NSX was a fan favourite and it was a dark day for many in 2005 when Honda announced that the sports car would be discontinued. But now, six years later, those same fans have a glimmer of hope that one day soon this nameplate will rise up from the dead.

The NSX saviour comes in the form of new Honda president Takanobu Ito who is busy attempting to revive some of Honda’s performance image. And if his recent comments prove true the automaker will get a new flagship sports car.

Ito knows the NSX well from earlier in his career when he helped develop its aluminum body. He claims that the next Honda sports car won’t try to achieve Ferrari levels of grunt, but instead aim for an excellent power-to-weight ratio and high efficiency.

The original Honda NSX, sold from 1990 to 2005, weighed around 1350kg and produced 216kW – a power-to-weight ratio that still holds up well today. The NSX mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout also made it an enjoyable steer and gave it supercar-caliber dynamics combined with unrivaled reliability. Continue reading “Honda busy developing next-generation NSX?” »

Honda restarts next-gen NSX development

April 26th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Good news for fans of Honda’s long-dead NSX supercar with fresh reports that the model line is on the way back from oblivion.

At the recent Shanghai Auto Show the Japanese automaker revealed plans for the development of a new hardcore sports car that will become spiritual successor to the iconic NSX.

Honda Motor Company president, Takanobu Ito brought the big news and said the new car won’t feature the stonking V10 engine that had been planned for the next NSX, as the company scrapped this project back in 2008. But Ito did promise that the future NSX would be “exhilarating to drive and also environmentally friendly”. With those words in mind,  it’s likely the car will use an electric motor to boost power for a conventional gasoline engine, much like the CR-Z sport hybrid. But unlike the limp CR-Z, the NSX successor will be positioned as a full-blood high-performance hybrid vehicle.

The initial plans for an NSX successor were cancelled by former Honda president Takeo Fukui, who told fans it was a cost-saving measure. Before the project was shelved the new car was expected to have a front-mounted V10 engine pumping out at least 500 ponies. It was this drivetrain, in concept form, that was later used by the Honda HSV-010 GT racecar. Continue reading “Honda restarts next-gen NSX development” »

Honda restarts development of new NSX supercar

February 7th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Heads up Honda fans, it appears that the once iconic NSX has been lifted from the grave and is now a candidate for production.

Is it for real this time? Well, no one really knows at this stage but Honda president Takashi Ito has come forward and announced that he’s going to begin development on the supercar.

Those are big words especially considering how unceremoniously the next NSX was dropped by Honda when the global economy dumped its oil back in 2008. At that time, the project was called the HSV-010 (pictured), and Honda got as far as prototype vehicles which it went on to race in the Japanese Super GT series.

Since then, the supercar segment has seen a invasion of new machines. Mercedes-Benz is back in the fray with its SLS AMG, Lexus is playing hardball with the high-tech LFA and established models like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 and Nissan GT-R are firmly holding a share of the market.

I think the entire performance car world would like to see Honda roll out a new NSX but the Japanese carmaker has been struggling these last couple of years. So it’s a bad idea to hold your breath while waiting. Continue reading “Honda restarts development of new NSX supercar” »

Dramatic video showing the devlopment of the Honda NSX

July 24th, 2010 by Darren Cottingham

Dramatic video showing the devlopment of the Honda NSX

Honda ‘Impossible Dream’ ad

December 18th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

Shot in New Zealand

Mugen NSX RR at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2009

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

The Mugen NSX RR at the Tokyo Auto Salon 2009

Acura (Honda) NSX ad

December 17th, 2009 by Darren Cottingham

American ad for the NSX, generation 2

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