The ultimate Honda?


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.

New Honda NSX.
New Honda NSX.

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.

Other data:

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.