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Audi calls out the Acura NSX for borrowing styling cues

 Audi calls out the Acura NSX for borrowing styling cues
2013 Acura NSX concept

1, 2, 3, 4... let's have a Twitter war

Acura just unveiled an updated NSX concept at the North American International Auto Show and Audi doesn't appear to be pleased with the model's styling.

Twitter user @mattphenix posted a message saying "Is it rude to suggest that #Acura's undeniably lovely #NSX looks a lot like @Audi's 22-year-old Quattro Spyder?" Audi apparently agreed as they retweeted the message and started a war of words between fans of each respective brand.

As we reported yesterday, the NSX concept is a thinly veiled preview of the production model that will be launched by 2015. Besides featuring revised styling, the model was equipped with an interior that showcased "one potential direction" for the car's cabin.

So what do you think, is the NSX a little derivative or is Audi just worried about an R8 competitor?

Source: Twitter

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ChrisMWorkman
Long ago when I saw the first R8 which was named something else I can't recall, I remember thinking to myself ( wow it looks like Audi is gonna make a new NSX) .
May 15, 2013 3:46 am
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GTurbo
You really have to understand car design to an advanced level to even begin to answer this question. The front, rear and side profile of the New NSX are unlike any Audi design currently out there, including the 1991 Quattro Spyder Concept and R8! Maybe Audi isn't happy that Tony Stark managed to drive something hotter and different in Marvels Avengers Assemble rather than what he drove in Iron Man! Jealousy aplenty here, no doubt! Paranoia rather than genuine design plagiarism is the issue here. CASE CLOSED.
Jan 19, 2013 11:40 pm
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Thedamned
Audi has complained other companies copying their styling before. I remember this news from WCF :P http://www.worldcarfans.com/109081020975/audi-a8-prototype-mocks-mitsubishi-jet-fighter-front-grill/lowphotos#3
Jan 17, 2013 3:09 pm
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CoyRoy
REALLY?????? Is Audi serious? The only thing these cars have in common is the fact that they have 2 doors each. Audi should rather change their styling direction and stop worrying about others who have.
Jan 17, 2013 1:19 pm
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Dude von Dudenstein
1, 2, 3, 4, ... It looks nothing like Audi's concept car. What's Audi talking about? That's like saying an Aventador looks like an Huayra or something.
Jan 17, 2013 1:19 pm
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mroctober
I think a lot of 2-door sports coupes look that way at the time. Looking at the spyder conjures up shadows of 1990 Toyota MR2 and Lotus Esprite, but which one came first? I really don't see any styling resemblence with the new NSX here.
Jan 17, 2013 12:59 pm
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TomitaBogdan
the frontend of the audi concept resembles nissan 300zx nad ferrari 355, while the rear is toyota mr2 2nd gen...if you look at it overall, the 1991 audi concept is a 1989 toyota mr2 w20 ripoff, with audi badging...the 2013 nsx concept has nothing to do with that audi. one must have a really baf sight impairement to state such a thing. obviously, both concepts being sport cars, with aerodynamics in mind, might have some vaguely similar engineering solutions.
Jan 17, 2013 10:20 am
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liquid stereo
They borrowed the shape but the vehicle as a whole is entirely uninspiring. The sad thing is that this thing is about to be launched while the R8 is on its last legs. Silly Acura.
Jan 17, 2013 10:00 am
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SorryMyBadEnglish
That 1991 Audi Quattro Spyder looks still so fresh.
Jan 17, 2013 8:17 am
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alihijazi
whatever...
Jan 17, 2013 7:03 am
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ispano6
The new Acura NSX looks like an evolution of the original NSX plus all the following concepts that followed it. It has the proportions of the 2003 HSC and face/rear of the 2007 ASCC concepts. It has some of the rear treatment of the HSV-010GT. The R8 design was from 2007 and if anything looked like it copied the 1990 NSX where it took the NSX turn signals and made them into headlights.
Jan 17, 2013 6:54 am
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JohnnyTurk
I don't see any significant similarities for Audi, the front is pretty much Acura/Honda. Though, the rear truly resembles Aston Martin. If someone has right to say a few words, it is not Audi but Aston in my opinion.
Jan 17, 2013 6:05 am
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KheirFrancis
There are some similarities to the R8, no argument there, but from the pic above, it looks like aston martin, tommy kaira ZZ2, and a Lambo all wrapped in one. Acura could have been more creative with the design, honestly every manufacture steals some styling cues from each other all the time, so what's the point of this argument anyway.
Jan 17, 2013 5:28 am
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buruchaga
I've read comments and everyone refers to R8. The QUATTRO SPYDER was a concept car unveiled in 1991 and never saw itself on production. Here's the link http://www.netcarshow.com/audi/1991-quattro_spyder_concept/1024x768/wallpaper_01.htm The NSX loox way better than that car.
Jan 17, 2013 4:31 am
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peterjames7
The audi quattro spyder was its self a rip off of the ferrari f355 a lovely car..apart from the interior god awful
Jan 17, 2013 3:27 am
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AlexHohDesu
The Hyundai HCD-14 has Audi A7 side window profile and grill silhouette, the new Kia Forte K3 and Kia Cadenza has a hint off the rear tail lamp of the A6. The Kia K5 has a hint of Audi in its dashboard. There are countless Chinese car with Audi-ness in their design. But I guess because this is the Audi flagship "which will be phased out when the Acura flagship arrives" we are talking about, guess it will pissed those guys at Ingolstadt abit.
Jan 17, 2013 2:34 am
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schizo
The K7(Cadenza's domestic market version) came out before the current A6. People were actually saying back then the "new" A6's taillights look like the K7's.
Jan 23, 2013 2:14 am
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catchmyshadow
the fist thing i thought was: Acura R8, the R8 is not the worst car to take styling cues from tho
Jan 17, 2013 2:25 am
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schizo
Oh and like the Quattro Spider doesn't look like it was inspired by the Ferrari 348 (introduced in 1989.)
Jan 17, 2013 1:35 am
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ovyd
exactly ! I was just about to mention that...
Jan 18, 2013 9:47 pm
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AlikMalix
Look at my posts -- I've been saying this since the Iron Man NSX was first presented...!!! I've been flamed for that - now who's blind?
Jan 16, 2013 10:16 pm
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catchmyshadow
even more obvious since the R8 was the car that Stark drove before the Acura. :)
Jan 17, 2013 2:34 am
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SunnyY
I own an Audi and a Bimmer. The NSX concept does not look anything like old Audi. I think Audi is just jealous of the fine design. Hope they make this one.
Jan 16, 2013 9:58 pm
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