Honda NSX (New Gen) – Orange – (KSR18023P):
The first-generation Honda NSX was first launched in 1990 as the Acura NSX. Prior to this, the origins of the car date back to 1984, with the HP-X concept, standing for Honda Pininfarina eXperimental. This was a sports car powered by a mid-engine 3.0-litre V6 engine. Honda were committed to the project, with their primary objective being exceeding the performance of the V8 Ferrari’s at the time, whilst offering more accessibility via a lower price point, and more reliability. Evolving from there, the concept was renamed as the NSX, which stood for ‘New Sportscar eXperimental.’
Many years later in 2007, after the success of the first generation NSX, Acura announced they had plans to launch a successor by 2010. However, due to an unfortunate economic climate, the plans and prototypes were dropped.
That was until April 2011, when reports began to emerge surrounding Honda revisiting the NSX, and by December, they officially announced a second generation NSX concept. A working production model was finally unveiled in 2015, and it was available for sale in 2016. Whilst the original name was kept, its meaning was altered and instead became ‘New Sports eXperience.’
The new NSX was fitted with a very smart hybrid electric powertrain, alongside a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine and three electric motors. Two of these aided in the four-wheel-drive drivetrain, and everything combined allowed the car to produce 573 brake horsepower. It also features a nine-speed automatic gearbox that is primarily composed of aluminium to decrease weight drastically. It can reach 191 miles per hour, and 62 miles per hour in as little as 2.9 seconds. It’s therefore in the direct competitive realm of cars such as the Audi R8 and McLaren 570S. However, what it does better is distributes the power across the axles in a more efficient manner.
It’s extremely in more ways than one, the first of which being the way it divides opinions. Some think this is a brilliant new brand of supercar, others think it isn’t a supercar at all. What defines it best is probably the phrase; ‘an everyday supercar.’ You still get the badge and the hair-raising noise, but without the impracticality and extreme exclusivity. It’s fast yet efficient. It’s loud but not overbearing. It’s nimble but easy to control.
The model is coated in a bold orange sheen, really accenting the smaller details on the good-looking NSX, as well as its shape and structure.