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Forgotten Studies: Honda HSC

The HSC has been seen by many as a potential successor to Honda's iconic Ayrton Senna certified supercar, the NSX. Unfortunately, we had to wait until 2016 before the second generation of the legendary mid-engine sports car came onto the market. For Honda, the ultra-slim, super-sleek and now practically forgotten study was never more than what it was - a study.

That had to be the NSX successor
The concept car presented at the Tokyo Motor Show 2003 was quite appealing. 14 years ago, the first generation of NSX was still very much in people's minds. So for good reason it was assumed that the HSC would give a pretty good taste of the successor to the NSX. Until about 2006, the trade press expected that the HSC (Honda Sports Concept) could develop into something ready for series production, but Honda knew better from the start.

Lightweight construction and cool technology
In terms of design and construction, the Honda HSC was a technological breakthrough. Quite a few recognized him as a shot of Ferrari Enzo. From today's perspective, we would rather say: its rear looks like a mix of 1970s Italo athletes and a lot of Corvette. Its LED taillights had a flashy 3D pattern and instead of conventional exterior mirrors there were cameras. The sleek, sinewy body was largely made of carbon and stretched around an aluminum frame. There was a double wishbone suspension, Brembo brakes and, for the conditions at the time, almost monumental wheels (19 inch front, 20 inch rear). In the middle of the HSC was a free-sucking 3.5-liter V6 with more than 300 hp, which released its sweet sounds into the environment through two wedge-shaped tailpipes.

Even today very quickly
The situation with regard to the transmission was less puristic. Because where enthusiasts expected a manual transmission, they found a six-speed automatic with steering wheel paddles, which Honda certified "seamless gear changes". With a sprint time of 0-60 mph (0-97 km / h) in 4.7 seconds and a top speed The HSC was a veritable beast at speeds of 300 km / h and would still be very fast even by today's standards.

Successor not until 2016
Four years after the presentation of the HSC, Honda followed up with the Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept (which you can also see in our gallery). In 2012, the Acura NSX Concept was finally shown at the Detroit Auto Show, which finally became the long-awaited successor to the legendary first Honda NSX in 2016. The current model still relies on a mid-engine, but otherwise goes its own way. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 in the rear is supported by a total of three electric motors. The car, which costs at least 180,000 euros, has torque vectoring all-wheel drive and a system output of 581 hp.

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