In the early 90’s Honda revealed its NSX, a mid-engine sports car which sported an aluminium chassis and was yours for around $A160,000. Expensive, but not off the planet.
In 2017, Honda is bringing the name back again, in a bid to rival Porsche, Audi and Ferrari. This iteration of the NSX is AWD and is a hybrid and has “supercar” looks.
Weighing in at 1800 kg it is on the heavy side and the weight distribution is not well balanced at 42:58 front to rear. However, Honda obviously expects the AWD feature will be enough, and overseas reports would appear to bear that out.
Double wishbone front suspension and a multi-link rear – both fashioned largely from aluminium – support the 1800 kg and carbon ceramic brakes are employed for retardation.
No price listed for Thailand at this time, but $A is $420,000, so expect a price tag in the 20’s in Thailand.
Engine: 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol, electric motors
Power: 426 kW at 7500 rpm
Torque: 646 Nm at 1500 rpm
Transmission: 9-speed dual-clutch automatic, AWD
Fuel consumption: 10.0 L/100 km
All reports indicate it is a true performance car; however, when you raise the garage roller door in the morning and the sun glints on the H, your next door neighbor is not going to say, “Wow, you’ve got a Honda!” And the front of the NSX with a distinctly Japanese grin does nothing to help it in the marketplace. In the history of Honda, I predict that the new NSX will be regarded as an oddity.