Chris Harris Sees Honda NSX As A “Cut-Price Porsche 918”

Honda’s halo car (or Acura’s, if you live in the U.S.) is an impressive machine that in theory should blow the shocks off many drivers looking for their next supercar.

The Top Gear presenter reviewed the hybrid Honda NSX supercar in the last season of the BBC show, delivering his verdict on one of the hottest entries in the segment.

The Honda NSX made a long-awaited return but instead of honoring the simple brilliance of its predecessor, it went for a balls-out exhibition of cutting edge powertrain technology, met only in the high-end hypercars, like the Porsche 918 Spyder.

And how could it be otherwise, as the company opted for a hybrid powertrain that employs a twin-turbo V6 paired to no less than three electric motors, a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and real torque vectoring.

The end result is 573hp and a 191mph top speed which clearly puts the new NSX into the supercar realm for good, but are all of its complex ingredients mixed together well enough to impress Chris Harris? See for yourself in the video linked below.

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  • Six_Tymes

    such an awesome video, and funny too. thanks Chris!

  • pcurve

    This car looks better the more you look at it, opposite of the Ford GT

    • Six Thousand Times

      Even though it hardly looks new, I like its appearance.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Good to see someone appreciating my fat son.

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Don’t worry, sir. He’ll lose some pounds soon…

  • AstonMartin

    I value Chris as both an amazing driver and critical automotive journalist, however he is among the first I’ve heard at his level to give the NSX a good review. I feel McLaren and Audi offer superior cars at relatively similar price points. I grew up loving the original Acura NSX and hopes were high for this release however it’s underwhelmed in key areas and over priced. The 570S is my go to at this level

  • Six Thousand Times

    He’s not wrong – as far as that analogy takes him. The problem is that the original NSX was a bargain compared to the Ferrari 348 and the Porsche 911 (964.) So, you had to be rich but not unseemly rich to buy one. Now, the NSX is expensive (if a bargain compared to million-dollar hypercars) and on a par with 911s and Audi R8s and the like and doesn’t outshine them. I’m going to once again advocate for a version that does without the electric power and the AWD. With all of that cost, weight, and complexity shorn from the car, maybe the NSX would be the giant killer the original was.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Why are showing us this now? Honest question.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    And while I am starting to get fond memories of the NSX concept again, it still doesn’t take away from the fact that it should be…Better. No, I’m not going to start that “It isn’t affordable, It isn’t RWD” bullcrap, because this is a different beast. So continuing on, my main gripe. It suffers from an advanced form of Ford GT disorder. Because 1- The V6 doesn’t make enough power. Comparing it with the similarly sized VR38, the deficit is 65-100 HP. And that leads to the second issue- the electric motors don’t pull their weight. All they add is 73 HP. So continuing my on paper comparison with gojira, the electric motors don’t really do much. The GTR is still faster (tenths do matter people). And it doesn’t really have an edge fuel economy either, so it really is dead weight. Heck, everything from the 570 to the R8 can beat it! So instead of being a technology meant to blow everyone out of the water, ends up coming off as a sad gimmick. And this is the sad thing. The first generation did more with less. The second generation has more. but does less. So I could care less about the price, but I can’t help but wonder what could have been.

    TL;DR: It doesn’t go far enough in completing the poor man’s 918 narrative, leaving me(at least) wanting more parts to the story.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yeah but the original didn’t make the most power, either. Plenty of cars were tenths faster. It’s forte was a supercar for every day. It was lighter than its contemporaries and while it didn’t dominate any single aspect of performance, it was THE all-rounder.

      This new one? You’re on the right track about the electric motors not pulling their weight but the issue is philosophy. Is ‘hybrid’ tech really that special? Sure, a lot of cars are reliable and practical enough to drive everyday so that couldn’t be the new NSX’s only trick You’re right again about doing less with more. And costing more. A 500hp NSX that weighed about 1350 kilos and costs around a hundred and 25 grand (euros, dollars, pounds, whatever) might really make you wonder if you really needed that 488.

      • Tumbi Mtika

        Exactly.

    • Bananarama

      Every thread there’s someone complaining about electric motors, being “under powered” and slow. The raw power output of the electric motors is not purely for acceleration (which by the way the NSX excels at just as good as the rest of the super car pack, .1 seconds slower to 60 than a GTR, quicker off the line because of the AWD and electric torque). The real benefit of the electric motors is for handling. The torque vectoring and AWD system in the NSX is where it’s alike to the 918, not the “hybrid adding more power bla bla.”

      There have been countless reviews explaining why this tech is not a gimmick. It’s foreign to the traditional NA or turbo only gas engined super cars, but makes a large difference in the way the car handles and grips.

      The original NSX was special for its time because of how it innovated. Simply putting a big engine in a light car is not special today. The 570 and R8 are those cars and have the pedigree to back them up. Honda needed to follow the original sentiment and what they’ve produced stands out because of it.

      This generation has more and does more. Not sure how you could come to the opposite conclusion beyond nostalgia.

  • Kagan

    can not judge before seeing it many many times in real life but based on pictures side and back is ok but front a bit to bla.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    This car is too heavy, too slow, and too generic. The original NSX was great because it was cheaper than the competition. But a less expensive Porsche and Nissan will beat it.

    • TechLegend

      The original NSX was not really fast and uncompetitive in the speed compartment the older it got. At least this NSX is quick and somewhat competitive (911 turbo and R8 V10 Plus destroy it in straight line acceleration).

    • TechLegend

      But yeah… if they went the 911r route with the NSX-r… whoa that would be incredible. Acura has a way of disappointing lately though…

  • nellydesign

    And yet for all that expensive tech, it’s only a second faster around VIR than a Mustang GT350R.

  • Rv

    what can I say? I own one and Chris Harris is right. The car is spectacular. Photos and write ups do no justice for this amazing car. One can only get in one and see for yourself. Ignore the haters

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