A super car


THE Honda NSX is a show­stop­per which­ever way you look at it.

I was lucky enough to drive the orig­i­nal NSX back in 1990 and was de­lighted to be able to sam­ple one of the early cars again be­fore get­ting be­hind the wheel of the new one.

It was a real thrill to feel just how good the first NSX was and why it was billed as the world’s first su­per­car suit­able for ev­ery­day use.

Back in the 90s the NSX cost around £70,000 and col­lec­tors are now pay­ing that kind of money for good ex­am­ples. A cou­ple of years ago you could have bought a good one for about £18,000 – a nice in­vest­ment.

The lat­est model costs from £149,950 and its fab­u­lous looks set the tone for the in­cred­i­ble driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Pow­ered by a rel­a­tively small 3.5-litre V6 en­gine, boosted by a pair of tur­bocharg­ers and no fewer than three elec­tric mo­tors, the NSX develops a crack­ing 574bhp.

The re­sult is that 60mph comes up in just over three sec­onds.

Press the but­ton to start things mov­ing and you can sur­prise your ad­mir­ing au­di­ence by mov­ing off silently un­der elec­tric-only power.

It is quite a strange ex­pe­ri­ence but press the loud pedal and the car re­acts in­stantly as it sprints through its nine gears at a truly star­tling pace.

Vis­i­bil­ity is good for a su­per­car and just as well as the coun­try­side flashes by at an alarm­ing pace.

A pure two-seater, the cabin is fairly roomy, al­though high sills mean there is no el­e­gant way to make an exit.

The four driv­ing modes are quiet, sport, sport+ and track. For the start­ing price the equip­ment list is sub­stan­tial and in­cludes cli­mate con­trol, heated leather seats, sports ex­haust, and a free three-year ser­vice plan.

The op­tions can add many thou­sands to the price. My car had spe­cial paint at £4,800 and a £7,100 car­bon-fi­bre ex­te­rior pack­age.

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