The Honda NSX has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo petrol engine plus three electric motors (one at the back, one powering each front wheel) making a total of 573 horsepower. It has four-wheel drive and a 9-speed double clutch, paddle shift gearbox.
This car costs £1,38,000 Around the same as the Porsche 911 Turbo S. And it has the futuristic lines you would except a rare-breed Honda. Power comes from a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6. Backed by a squadron of electric motors. Together, they give the NSX 573 horsepower.
Honda took 10 long years to devolop the Honda NSX
So you would assume the performance is something to shout about
This Honda car has done 0-60 in 3.2 seconds which means it isn’t quite as fast as McLaren 570S or Porsche 911 Turbo S or a Ferrari 488 GTB. That’s why they’re not mentioning it. Honda is Happy to quote the top speed.which is 191mph but that too is slower than its rivals from Ferrari, Porsche, and McLaren.
So has the new Honda NSX got anything in the performance department that makes it rise above its supercar peers?
well, yes, firstly there are the breaks, which are fly-by-wire. There is no physical connection to the pedal. That’s because they have to harvest energy to recharge the battery system. it’s a much clever version of that you get on the Porsche 918, a car that costs five times as much. Then there’s the hybrid system. it uses not one electric motor, as you might except but three. And the way the Honda uses them is well good.
Although the Honda uses full brake-by-wire, the law demands that it can be defaulted to using a conventional hydraulic backup system if the electronics go wrong. which they probably won’t, because it’s Honda.
One at the back is the wingman for the petrol engine, filling the power gaps when the turbos lag. This gives the NSX ballistic pick-up at any speed. But it’s the two at the front that is the real party-piece because they drive a wheel independently of each other which this car has a sort of space-age four-wheel drive. And that means extraordinary things will happen when you drive it into a corner.
When you are driving this car in corner computers will measure your speed, G-force, steering input and so forth. They are adding power to the wheel or taking away from the wheel as it’s needed. Then you get perfectly flat, perfectly controlled corners.
The aerodynamics in this car are so clever they can cool all the motors while providing vasts amount of grip-enhancing downforce to the front and rear wheels. And it does all this without anything as old-fashioned as huge wings and spoilers.