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  • Launched in 2019
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Honda’s daily, enviro mental supercar

Best bits

  • A new kind of supercar, that’s refreshingly different from its rivals and fast and able
  • Silent pull away mode under electric only power will please neighbours
  • If you like technology there’s tons to geek out with the NSX 

Not so great

  • The interior is more Civic than supercar, which at £150,000 isn’t good enough
  • It weighs a lot, and feels heavy on the road 
  • We can’t help thinking the twin turbo 3.5-litre V6 without all of the hybrid tech would be more fun

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Overall verdict

"With Honda’s second NSX it’s moved the supercar genre in an entirely new direction – at least in the price point it finds itself competing in. Technologically it’s a marvel, though there are some weighty trade-offs, not least that bulk and lack of brand image and interior."

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If you can live with these, it’s an incredible machine. A new kind of supercar, for a new age, the NSX is ahead of the curve, but it’s a tough car to recommend against conventional competition.


The Honda NSX was always a considered sports or supercar choice against the established norm in the marketplace, Honda creating its first New Sports eXperience model in 1990, it surviving through to 2005.


That original NSX revolutionised the sports car marketplace, and with it having some input from F1 driver, Ayrton Senna, the NSX has long been a cult car among enthusiastic drivers, it genuinely standing up for comparison alongside its contemporary Ferrari, Porsche and many other exotics alternatives.


Its eventual replacement arrived in 2016, Honda once again carving its own path in the supercar market. That new experience for the next generation means the NSX now comes with hybrid drive, it adding three electric motors to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine. Unconventional, and arguably the future, but well in advance of any rivals adopting a similar drivetrain strategy, outside occasional, limited run hypercars like the McLaren P1, LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder. 


Honda’s NSX isn’t priced up in the lofty £1m arena such machines operate in, but the near £150,000 it costs is quite a tricky number to swallow, as for all Honda’s well-known engineering prowess, it’s a brand more associated with pensioners driving Jazz hatchbacks than a genuine Ferrari alternative.


The performance is right up there though, Honda not actually quoting a 0-62mph, just saying that it’s ‘less than three seconds’. To match that, then, you’ll need something like a 911 Turbo, McLaren 720S or Ferrari 488 GTB. Exalted company indeed. 


That twin turbocharged V6, in combination with the three electric motors of the hybrid system, produce a combined output of 581PS and 646Nm of torque. 


Two individual electric motors drive the front wheels, the third electric motor effectively providing a torque filling effect to the 3.5-litre V6 twin turbo petrol engine. What that allows Honda to do is juggle the power around, even though the electric motors are comparatively small in their output, creating a torque vectoring effect, giving the NSX remarkable agility. 


That agility is despite the NSX’s ample bulk, three motors and the battery pack that’s required to power them, and all the associated control electronics meaning the NSX tips the scales at over 1,800kg, that about 150kg more than something like an Audi R8, and 300kg more than a Ferrari 488 GTB. 


There’s only so much that the clever technology can mask. Likewise, the NSX’s interior just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny alongside its more exotic rivals, Honda’s mainstream manufacturing status very evident inside. That’s a price some will be willing to pay, not least because the NSX is so different, not just in its technical specification, but overall, it’s very deliberately not a Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini or suchlike, and that’s got its own draw to some buyers in this marketplace. 


They’re rare cars as a result, though should you see one you’ll not be left guessing to its status, its wedge shape, defined by the wind tunnel, and mid-engined (at least the combustion one, that is) layout being genuinely exotic, even if the badge attached to it isn’t.  


Is the Honda NSX right for you?

Only you’ll know that, but if you’re reading this you’re at least interested in it. It’s might be a hybrid, but its electrical power isn’t really about environmental performance, and instead delivering greater performance, and agility. The likelihood is you’ll have lusted after the original, or, indeed, have been an owner, and enjoy the eccentricities and engineering behind Japanese cars. 


There’s a good chance you’ll have considered a Nissan GT-R at some point, too, or own one, though, likewise you might well be a serial super and sports car owner and want something a little bit different. 


The NSX is certainly that, and will mark you out as daring and not slavish to the sports and supercar norm. Either that, or you’ve gone into the one of the only two UK Honda dealers set up to sell NSXs (both in London) looking to buy a Jazz and decided that, hell, life’s too short, cashed in a chunk of your pension and ordered one. 


What’s the best Honda NSX model/engine to choose?

One choice of NSX, from those two UK dealers, though if you’ve a holiday home, or work in Europe there are NSX dealers in Frankfurt, Leipzig, Dusseldorf, Padua, Zurich, Paris and Monaco – of course. That single specification means you’re pretty much left with choices like what colour, and which, of the limited, options you’ll want over the standard equipment. 


Those options include things like carbon fibre trim inside and out, the combined cost of both being around £10,000, while you’ll want a rear parking camera. Garmin nav is standard, but we’d use our phone (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay being supported) for navigation, as the standard system is pretty poor. Just don’t order it painted red, otherwise you’ll get tired of being asked all the time what kind of Ferrari it is.  


What other cars are similar to the Honda NSX?

In relation to drivetrain, with the exception of a those all sold £1m+ hypercars, no other manufacturer offers a hybrid supercar presently. BMW i8’s is more of a sports car in comparison, lower powered and far more economically focussed than the NSX. 


That means the NSX is stacked up against conventional super and sports cars, while it’s difficult to ignore the, much cheaper, Nissan GT-R here, too, as it’s another Japanese performance car icon. Of the conventional competition cars like the Audi R8 and Porsche 911 Turbo S are the most obvious rivals, as they’re both four-wheel drive and available for around the same price point as the NSX.   


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Ask the heycar experts: common questions

Is the Honda NSX a supercar?

It is. And anyone who disagrees hasn't felt the brutal thump of power as it gets to 62mph in under three seconds.

Andy Brady

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Is the NSX a Honda or Acura?

Some people think that an Acura is the same as a Honda. And they're right. Acura is owned by Honda and its models are generally a bit more poshed up.

Dan Powell

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How fast is a Honda NSX?

The Honda NSX has a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6. It's good for 573PS and will get you to 62mph from standstill in 2.9 seconds.

David Ross

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What does Honda NSX stand for?

The letters NSX stand for New Car eXperimental and date back to the 1989 show car.

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