TOKYO -- Honda Motor Co. has long maintained that it wouldn't develop a V-8 production engine.
But it now says it will develop a V-10.
Honda will install the powerful engine in a successor of the current NSX sports car, which is powered by a V-6. Production of the current NSX will stop at the end of this year.
The V-10 will be more powerful than any other engine Honda has built for its production vehicles.
The NSX successor will debut in "three to four years," says Takeo Fukui, Honda's president. He would not elaborate the plan. The new sports car will be sold worldwide.
It isn't known if Honda plans to use the V-10 in any other vehicles."What we're aiming at next is not a V-8 but a V-10," says Motoatsu Shiraishi, president of Honda R&D Co., Honda's engineering arm. "We've got to be the top of a top (group) in producing engines."
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