Honda NSX review

The NSX feels as futuristic as it looks, and is great fun, savagely rapid and usable every day. It’s no more efficient than non-hybrids, though

£149,950
Hybrid

Pros

  • Looks spectacular
  • Hi-tech throughout
  • Unintimidating yet stupidly fast

Cons

  • Doesn’t sound fantastic
  • Non-hybrids are as efficient
  • Not as practical as some rivals

The Honda NSX is a direct rival to the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 and other less eco-conscious sports cars like the Audi R8, McLaren 570S and Porsche 911 Turbo. There’s no mistaking it for anything other than a top-end sports car, or some might even say a supercar given the 2.9-second 0-62mph time and rather punchy £150,000 price tag. 

The low roof, precise creases, aggressive stance and gaping air intakes all declare the NSX’s performance very clearly, and make it look appealingly futuristic, too. The interior styling flair also doesn’t disappoint.

Power is in very plentiful supply, with 573bhp streaming from a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine (which accounts for 500bhp on its own) and three electric motors – one at each front wheel and one on the rear axle – to provide four-wheel drive. Of course, there are a number of driving modes that can alter the car’s demeanour to suit the occasion, from whisper-quiet commuter to face-bending supercar thriller.

However, the NSX is a heavy car by the standards of its peers, and that shows in handling that's appropriately invigorating and yet still not quite as playful and adjustable as that of a McLaren. Still, it’s up there with the Porsche 911 and Audi R8 for fun and handling character, which is no small compliment.

We’d like the NSX to make a bit more noise about that savage performance, as it doesn’t have quite the rebellious, howling soundtrack that you expect of a car that so clearly puts fun first on the agenda.