That would've been awesome! Your writing is great you should consider some journalism in a car publication.Originally Posted by MvMMany times I have wondered what the NSX would be like if Honda had followed up on its own initiative to build a high-end sports car.
Maybe it would have been something like this....
Today Honda has unveiled its latest incarnation of the famous NSX. Again, we are not talking about a completely new model but then again, most of the NSX aficionados did not really want one. In the 13 years of its existence, the NSX has gained a highly loyal list of followers which has grown year by year. Although probably never a money-making model, the NSX sales-figures have remained the same for the last six year or so. Its reliability and its second to none built quality have made even the early models highly searched after. The NSX obviously has earned its place as one of the most highly regarded super cars out there.
For this year, the NSX has a larger engine with a displacement of 3.5 liters. Honda told us this is the largest engine it will be able to put in the NSX and anyone looking in the engine-bay can readily testify to that. Although the engine-block is slightly larger, the total engine weight is about the same, an very important aspect for retaining that ideal mid-engine car balance the NSX has always been famous for.
Engine output has increased to 380HP. Over all, the NSX has become a little wider, with larger headlights and wider body panels. Wheel-size is the same at 17” but tire-size has gone up to 235/35 front and 275/35 in the rear. Brakes are now 13” all around with bigger yet lighter calipers for a better pedal feel. The interior has remained more or less the same but there are some subtle differences. One can now choose between the original color or a two-tone brushed aluminum look around the console. Also, the built-in LCD-screen is a now a simple to use touch-screen, making the navigation system much easier to use. Other things like the odometer are now electronic instead of mechanical and the color-scheme of the needles has changed. Also, the leather of the seats is now perforated and one can now choose between the standard seats or two different option of race-oriented seats. Other changes include a lighter and more compact air conditioning system, better alarm-system, a keyless entry system and parking-sensors in the rear bumper.
Put together, the performance of the new NSX is, as usually, one of the best. We easily managed a 0–60 time of 4.5 seconds and a quarter-mile of 12.6. The level of grip is simply tremendous and even with the higher output the car follows the driver’s instruction to the letter. The Modena 360 we drove in comparison might sound just as glorious as the new NSX, but it certainly was not any faster. And, as always, the balance of the NSX, even after 13 years, still proves the validity of the original design.
In recent years, we have seen a number of cars which put of more than 400 HP. Some of these cars have better acceleration numbers than the Acura NSX. But when it comes to the total package, the new NSX proves that mere numbers don’t always tell the whole story.
Simply put, the NSX is a good example of automotive synergy. Always more that the sum of its parts.