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Honda NSX review

The NSX feels futuristic, is great fun and savagely rapid, but it’s no more efficient than a non-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
Car typeFuel economyCO2 emissions0-62mph
Hybrid26mpg242g/km3.3s

The Honda NSX is a direct rival to the plug-in hybrid BMW i8 Coupe 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 3.3-second 0-62mph time and rather punchy £148,000 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 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 on 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 character to suit the occasion, from whisper-quiet commuter to face-bending supercar thriller.

That said, the NSX is a heavy car by the standards of its peers, and that shows with handling that's invigorating, but 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.

For a more detailed look at the Honda NSX, read on for the rest of our in-depth review.

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