Honda's Secret SUV Project Needs To Happen

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Take this with a fine grain of salt.

This is definitely one of the more unusual rumors we've heard over the past few months. Assuming it's even true, it's up to Honda to make it a reality. According to Japanese language publication BestCarWeb.jp, Honda is considering taking up a recent industry trend of sporty SUVs, some of which have serious performance capabilities. At present, Honda is widely known for its ultra-reliable and family-friendly SUVs, such as the Honda CR-V and Pilot. They look good and all, but are definitely not sexy. This could soon change.

The report claims Honda is considering a new SUV with Acura NSX-inspired styling. No prototypes have been built as the project is still in its very early stages and, obviously, a projected launch date is unknown. However, the report does add the SUV could have an NSX-style powertrain setup with a gasoline engine up front connected to a rear electric motor.

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Just don't hold your breath for the NSX's 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and three electric motor combo producing a total of 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. As much as we'd like to see that engine plopped into a cool-looking SUV, we doubt it'll come to fruition for a number of reasons, mainly cost-related. Said SUV would likely have too high of a base price for a majority of buyers.

Still, the idea is very intriguing and Honda executives in Japan seem to agree. Let's say, for a moment, the production green light is given, what could we realistically expect? We wouldn't at all be surprised to see this SUV sold as an Acura in the US. That would make complete sense for a number of reasons.

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The NSX is sold as a Honda outside of North America, but by badging it as an Acura, at least in our neck of the woods, would help justify a higher sticker price. What about power? We'd love to see the new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with upwards of 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of twist, which will be standard in the 2021 Acura TLX Type S.

The addition of electric power should easily boost output to over 400 hp. For now though, it's all a rumor and some speculation on our part. Hopefully, we'll hear more about this in the coming months.

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Source Credits: BestCarWeb.jp

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