Honda NSX – Anyone got a spare £140k?
Honda has finally released full details of the NSX which is due to hit the European market in autumn this year. Significantly, the price has been revealed: If you want an NSX you’ll have to shell out at least £137,950. Throw in a few options and you’re looking at well over £140k, putting the new-generation super car in the same bracket as the Porsche 911 Turbo S and McLaren 540. And that’s some serious competition.
So what does £137,950 buy you?
Well most importantly, you get a twin-blown 3.5-litre V6 that produces 500hp coupled to an electronic drive system that adds 73hp to the mix. It’s a complex system, but the petrol motor is enhanced with an electric motor within the drivetrain and one on each front wheel providing immediate power and filling in the (albeit small) gaps between the nine-speed box’s changes.
An aluminium spaceframe chassis is complemented by a carbon fibre passenger tub and composite and aluminium body panels to keep the kerb weight down to around 1,800kg. Similarly, all-aluminium suspension with double wishbones up front and a multi-link setup at the back (like the original NSX) keeps the mass in check.
Performance isn’t too shabby – and is certainly on par with its rivals, nailing the 0-60mph run in around 3 seconds and going on to a top speed of over 190mph. Keeping all that speed in check are some fairly substantial six-pot Brembo discs, though if you want carbon ceramics you’ll have to shell out £8,400 for the privilege.
We’ve been a bit lucky here at Banzai and will be on the official European launch this month. We’ll be delivering full driving impressions in an up-coming issue and maybe even a video or two in the meantime, so stay tuned!
If you fancy a bit of a throwback, check out our video review of the original NSX: