New Honda NSX Should Have The McLaren 570S Licked – Only It Doesn’t

Honda did the right thing and revived the NSX in the form of a hybrid AWD mid-engined supercar with no less than three electric motors but is this enough to challenge established supercar players like McLaren?

On paper there’s no denying that the new Honda NSX has all it takes to impress, packing 573hp combined from all of its power sources, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic and real torque vectoring.

The McLaren 570S on the other hand has already proven that nothing on it feels ‘entry-level’, with the company showcasing their ability to engineer one more hugely exciting supercar, this time though for a price than can finally be described as sensible.

And don’t let McLaren’s description of the 570S as a sportscar fool you; this is a proper supercar, complete with a carbon tub and these gorgeous butterfly doors. Can the Honda NSX’s advanced powertrain tech give it the edge though? Autocar is comparing the two supercars in their latest video, linked below.


  • BqWsRe

    Amazing how they look the same.

  • Aquaflex

    I would go 570s or 570 GT over the NSX. It’s too bad the NSX is so heavy! Why Honda why? Just put in a twin turbo V8 and call it a day? It does not need to be a baby 918. Plus Honda screwed up on the interior…needs more carbon fiber bits and that infortainment system sucks ass…

  • Honda NSX-R

    I told you to lose weight, son. Listen to my advice for once goddamnit.

  • Craig

    I knew this wouldn’t work out. [As well as you might think it should] You can’t fly like a bird when you weigh like an elephant. The NSX has no real advantage over the GT-R. It doesn’t even get better fuel economy. I would love to see what an NSX without the electric motors would be like. The engine all by itself makes 500 hp. And it would probably weigh 800 lbs less.

  • Six Thousand Times

    We’ll have to agree to disagree about your first paragraph, Karkafiris. The extra weight, cost, and complexity of all of that electric power equipment just doesn’t appeal to me.

  • emjayay

    I guess it’s consistent with most of contemporary Japanese car styling, but the Honda is more fundamentally awful than the McClaren. But I’m not in the Saudi prince son of oil megamillionaire Saudi dad customer base, so it’s not like any of them have any reason to care about my opinion. Oh, and the current Corvette, while closer to me in customer base, is also awful and I would not remotely want to be seen owning any of them.

  • TheBelltower

    There is no one on planet earth that wants a NSX over a McLaren. I’m not saying the NSX sucks, it probably doesn’t. But Honda is charging serious money and it needs to deliver when pitted against cars in this league.

    • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

      It’s a glorified Japanese Corvette with a hint of an R8. No wonder they don’t sell well and when they do it’s a huge discount or lease.

  • Simon Quach

    I’ll take Honda’s reliability over McLaren anyday.

  • MP4-12C

    Ah, my two favourite sportcars on sale today.

  • Mind Synthetic

    still would take the honda, mclaren just too melting looking

  • fabri99

    570 any day, possibly GT.

  • smartacus

    why did they pit the NSX against the mighty 570S??

    • smartacus

      just do NSX vs GT350 or something.

      • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

        Or a Z06. This just doesn’t make sense. Comparing a Japanese corvette to a mighty car like McLaren or Ferrari.

  • eb110americana

    I’m not saying I disagree with their conclusion, but the Brits are painfully biased. They usually pick the European entry, but with a local English ride in the running, this wasn’t even a comparison, it was just a list of McLaren praise. I mean, no drag race because it’s wet out?! It’s England. It’s always raining. They knew the AWD NSX would smoke the RWD McLaren, no contest. And claiming the NSX is heavier because of electric motors? Come on guys, it’s the batteries. Yes, the motors add weight, but put one next to an engine with the same output, and that will put things in perspective. The McLaren also has a completely goofy infotainment system in the center stack that has been called “A glorified Android tablet” in other reviews–yet they rip on the NSX nav for not being refined as McLaren’s.

    I’d choose the McLaren because it is more pure and lighter. And even if it were slower around a track, McLarens are well known as engaging to drive. The electric torque vectoring SH-AWD NSX might be more of a superhero, but I want feel like the hero of my own story rather than the car. The NSX has got to feel technologically several notches beyond anything this side of a LaFerrari/918/P1/Regera. I am sure it has a thrill and novelty all its own that is not to be missed.

  • Juan

    1. Americans can’t build cars, period.
    2. Oh, this is a Honda, so it’s Japanese.
    3. NOPE. The new NSX is actually 100% American. See #1.

    • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

      What are you talking about they are building better cars now than the Japanese crap that’s breaking down all over on the daily.

  • Lawrence Fearon

    Their both pathetic. No track records for neither one. You expect me to pay all this dam money and get beat by a Corvette at my VIR track for half the money? Tighten up.

  • Dexterbarnes+MinoreeTee =GAYYY

    NSX= Glorified Japanese Corvette molded into an R8 imitating shell=😴😴😴

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