Honda NSX - The legendary supercar returns
The Honda NSX, the legendary supercar of the 1990s has returned and features the latest in hybrid technology, and new interior and exterior design elements. The new NSX is an exquisite piece of design and engineering, combining the raw power, performance and looks expected of a supercar, with the increased efficiency and economy required to live and grow in the 21st-century world.
The original Honda NSX, the poster boy of many a teenage fan, burst onto the scene in 1990 to compete and beat the likes of Ferrari through revolutionary technology and design while maintaining a relatively low price tag. The NSX was the first mass-produced car featuring an all-aluminium body making it lighter and therefore faster. Honda also brought in the late (and in many peoples eyes the greatest) F1 legend, Ayrton Senna to help with the development of the NSX.
The NSX ceased production in 2005 and was not seen again until 2016, with the introduction of the new 2nd generation version featuring the latest technologies. In 2019, Honda gave the NSX a mini-facelift to upgrade a few of its characteristics to help it compete with rivals such as the Audi R8, McLaren 570S and Porsche 911 Turbo S.
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Engines, Power and Performance
The Honda NSX is fitted with a petrol-hybrid engine system offering maximum power and performance across the complete rev range. It uses a mid-mounted 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine, which is linked to three electric motors. The electric motors have been strategically placed, one at the rear to assist with the drive to the rear wheels and the other two on the front axle each assisting one of the front wheels. This makes the NSX all-wheel-drive (AWD), therefore increases traction, which is especially useful to help get all the power and torque onto the road.
The petrol-hybrid system generates 581hp and 645Nm of torque which, thanks to the AWD system is capable of propelling the NSX from 0-62mph comfortably under 3secs and will keep going to a top speed of 191mph. The NSX also benefits from a superb nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) which works well when cruising but even better when you decide to stretch the NSX's legs.
The NSX uses regenerative braking and cruising to recharging its batteries, so there is no need to plug-in at home or when you're out and about to replenish. The hybrid system will allow for a small amount of all-electric driving only when the correct driving mode is selected.
The NSX has four driving modes which are accessed through, what Honda call, its Integrated Dynamics System. The four settings are Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track, each of which adjusts the driving experience of the NSX. In Quiet mode the NSX does as its says, it runs quietly using electric power only, ideal for when you're coming home late at night, so you don't wake the neighbours.
As you then move up the settings from Sport to Track, the onboard computers start to adjust just about all of the driving settings to accommodate your potential driving activities. These range from throttle response, stability control and transmission sharpness. The exhaust system also becomes louder and more impressive along with the sound of the turbocharges going into overdrive, a sound that a true petrolhead will love.
Interior Quality and Technology
The interior of the NSX is a bit of a mixed bag with plenty of soft-touch plastics and leather and aluminium trims pieces. However, it lacks that premium quality feel you get from an Audi R8, especially when it comes to the infotainment system and touchscreen. For a car, a supercar which cost upwards of £150K, I would have expected to see a better quality system in place as standard.
The seats and steering wheel all have a good amount of adjustment, and the pedals line up nicely as well to provide an excellent driving position for the majority of occupants. The seats are supportive and comfortable and offer more room than you would normally expect from a supercar of this ilk.
Every NSX comes with a 7-inch colour touchscreen supporting the infotainment system, but it is by no means class-leading. Some of the standard features include; sat-nav, smartphone mirroring with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto along with front and rear parking sensors.
The normal analogue dials behind the steering wheel have been replaced by a crisp, bright and colourful digital driver information display which changes colour depending on which driving mode you have selected.
There are various optional extras and packages available to personalise the NSX further such as a rearview camera, a variety of paint colours, a selection of leather and upholstery styles along with carbon-ceramic brakes and carbon fibre fitments for a variety of places around and on the NSX.
Space, Practicality and Safety
The Honda NSX is strictly a two-seater, there is no small bench in the back for luggage or small children as you find in the Porsche. As previously stated, the seats are comfortable and have a good range of adjustment to allow the majority of adults easy access. Unless you are overly tall, you should find plenty of legroom although headroom could be tight if you are easily over the 6ft mark.
There are limited storage compartments in the NSX with just a small glovebox, a small tray just about big enough to put your mobile phone or wallet and a couple of cup holders which needs to be clipped into place when you want to use them. The boot has been impacted in size by the new electric motors and batteries, so capacity is limited to just 110-litres. The main downside to the boot is that there is a bulge in the middle of it, where the exhaust pipes flow, making it more suited to a light holdall rather than a small suitcase.
The NSX has not been safety tested by the Euro NCAP team, and it is unlikely to, given the scale of car it is and also the limited number of production models planned. The NSX does have a good line up of safety features as standard including multiple airbags, traction control, cruise control, and Honda has also designed and integrated the hybrid components into the car to reduce the risk of danger to passengers if a crash was to occur.
The Honda NSX looks fantastic, drives exceptionally well and offers excellent fuel efficiency thanks to the mild-hybrid system with a claimed combined 28.2mpg. The big question is if you had £150K to spend on a two-seater supercar, would the NSX be your first choice? For me, my heart would say yes as I have always wanted an NSX since I was a boy, but my head would tell me to be sensible and opt for the Audi R8 Performance.
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