10 things we learned about the Honda NSX
25 November 2016
Author: Alisdair Suttie
|Key rival:|| McLaren 570S|
|Model tested:|| NSX|
|Price as tested:|| £166,150|
The original was developed by Ayrton Senna, so does the new hybrid NSX offer the same magic asks Al Suttie?
1 - Reinterpreting a legend is never easy, which is why it's taken Honda 27 years to launch the second generation model.
2 - Worth the wait? Hell, yes. This is a car that cracks 0-62mph in a claimed sub-3 second time and hits 191mph thanks to its 3.5 V6 engine and 581hp.
3 - Not the fastest outright by current supercar standards, but the way the NSX accelerates sets it apart.
4 - Hybrid power means an electric motor fills in the gaps between its nine-ratio gearbox's changes, so forward momentum is relentless.
5 - It makes overtaking as quick as you can think about it, and it's safe thanks to front wheel electric motors to give all-wheel drive.
6 - There's also fly-by-wire throttle, steering and brakes, yet the Honda manages to feel very direct.
7 - All of this technology also means you get a car capable of 28.2mpg and 228g/km. Compare that to most rivals and the Honda wins.
8 - Like its illustrious predecessor, the NSX is also easy to use in everyday driving as it's not too wide or blinkered from the driver's seat.
9 - The cabin isn't as immediately special as some supercars', but its simplicity works into your affections the more time you spend in here.
10 - The only pity is Honda reckons most NSXs will be owned by collectors. This is car that deserves a three-year, 60,000-mile deal.