Japanese automotive Web site Best Car is truly a driver of the rumor mill when it comes to future sheetmetal that may or may not be produced by the Japanese automakers.
In the site’s crosshairs today: The Acura NSX.
The claims: That there will be a Type R version, and a spider convertible.
The rumored Type R will make around 641 horsepower from upgrades to the twin-turbo V6 and use a lot of carbon fiber to shave off some weight. The report doesn’t mention a hybrid system, like what the current car has, but it’s a good bet the car continues to use that technology.
On the other hand, removing the electric motors that are part of the hybrid system would reduce weight.
That horsepower jump is about 70 from the current car. Torque may increase, but how much is unclear. Any increase will likely be smaller than the horsepower jump.
Other possible changes that would apply to an NSX Type R would include aerodynamic, brake, and chassis upgrades.
If the report is true, the Acura NSX Type R would debut in October 2021. A spider version could follow in December of that year, and what type of removable top it would use remains to be seen. A targa top could be likely.
As is usually the case with these kinds of reports, it’s all rumor at this point, so heaping helpings of salt may be in order. Still, a Type R NSX would likely be even more of a screamer than the current car, and a spider would be right at home on South Beach.