Could the Acura NSX GT3 Appear in Gran Turismo Sport?

Gran Turismo Sport 15 December 5, 2016 by
The Acura NSX GT3 will compete in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge in 2017
The Acura NSX GT3 will compete in both the WeatherTech SCC and PWC in 2017. Image courtesy of Acura.

The 2016 PlayStation Experience held this past weekend brought us the new GT Sport 4K trailer, which confirmed a handful of new models in Polyphony’s racer. One of these was the road-going Honda NSX, the sleek successor to the legendary NSX of the 90’s. Though no racing model was spotted in the trailer, the latest find hints that one could just appear in GT Sport.

Instagram users Lanilanitorres and Otakusquadpodcast shared photos of the various cars Polyphony Digital brought to Anaheim. The first photo below focuses on the new Acura NSX GT3. It shares the same twin-turbo 3.5L V6 engine as the road-going model, though it’s shorn of the three electric motors.

The GT3 machine also finds three less cogs in its gearbox, with the expected 6-speed sequential transmission taking up shifting duties. Naturally, the car features a full complement of extended aerodynamic parts, all made to meet GT3 regulations. Considering GT Sport‘s current Gr.3 has no representative under the Honda/Acura banner, it’s likely the NSX GT3 could play this role.

The NSX GT3 as spotted at the 2016 PlayStation Experience. Image posted by Lanilanitorres on Instagram.

The second photo captures a total of three car exhibits, one of which is particularly interesting to GT Vision project supporters: the laser-powered Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision GT. For the first time since its official debut people attending the conference this year were able to take a closer look at the car. Another familiar vehicle lying nearby was the Mercedes-AMG GT3, which featured heavily in the latest game trailer. Riley Motorsports’ #33 entry for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will fly the Silver Arrow flag in 2017, driven by both Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen.

Three performance cars. Image posted by Otakusquadpodcast on Instagram.

Is the NSX GT3 a sign of things to come by Polyphony? With no firm release date for Gran Turismo Sport, it certainly seems like there’s time for a surprise or two before gamers have the game in their hands.

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