The new Honda NSX: the future starts here
The launch of the original NSX in 1990 could be described as a scramble. Feedback from then-F1-world-champ Ayrton Senna called for a late tune-up before it was transformed into the legend we know today.
For the sequel, Honda was in no such rush – the old NSX ended production in 2005 and it’s taken until now to deliver a successor.
But, as I discovered on Portugal’s Estoril circuit, the new NSX is far from late to the game…
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In fact it’s a thing of the future. A hybrid supercar, its 3.5-litre, twin-turbo V6 combines with three electric motors to produce 573hp channelling 646Nm of torque, but the technology controlling all that – the direct unit boosting the petrol motor from the rear, or the twin front motors serving up instant torque to compensate for turbocharger lag – is more akin to a hypercar.
Alongside noisier Sport, Sport-Plus and Track modes, a Quiet mode relies on electric power and keeps the revs low. This pleasant driving experience and the comfy cabin suggest Honda sees the NSX as a grand tourer, yet with the batteries and motors there’s only room in the boot for two carry-on suitcases.
Maybe nobody needs luggage in the future, because that’s what this car is showing us.
It brings hypercar technology to the supercar bracket, and that will trickle down to everyday driving. I’m interested in where the NSX is taking us.
More info: honda.com