Honda NSX Prototype

Honda NSX Prototype Review: “A pleasantness of a GT sports car that can be felt through its sound” by Yoichi Moroboshi

I was able to test drive the all-new NSX at the Honda Meeting that Honda conducted for the press.

The test driving session was held at the highspeed circular course of Honda’s test course in Tochigi. Because of that, we were not able to conduct an evaluation for its handling and other aspects. However, I was able to test its power unit and riding comfort that was brought about by its engine and motor.

Its 3.5L V6 engine was mated to a two front motor, and its power unit system outputs 573hp/646Nm. It is also mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission. When I stepped on the accelerator, its limiter accelerated to 188km/h in a flash. That kind of acceleration defines a sports car.

Its engine at the back of the cockpit that cuts a pleasant rhythm and its melody felt great. Even though the Tesla has more of a tremendous acceleration, as expected, you wouldn’t experience pleasantness that you can feel by sound in a car that doesn’t have full engine. Further, the rhythm and melody from the NSX is extremely excellent.

The connection of the transmission was extremely smooth and it almost did not have gear shift shocks, so it provided a splendidly consistent output. When I drove it in manual mode, I was also surprised by its fast shifting speed. It’s not much to say that I was able to change the gears up and down at the same time.

But I was so surprised about its riding comfort above anything else. Its suspension works so well that it doesn’t make you think that it’s a sports car with a low height, and it is full of riding comfort. The NSX certainly has many characteristics of a sports car, but it’s also full of the characteristics of a GT car. It’s certainly the NSX.

Moreover, I only test drove the NSX on a straight course so I was not able to do a 5-star rating for its footwork. I recommend it despite its 18 million price. Even though the NSX is a product of a Japanese brand, it was produced at Honda’s American subsidiary so it needs to be imported in Japan.

â–  5 Star Rating
Packaging: ★★★★★
Interior / Comfort: ★★★★
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ?
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Yoichi Moroboshi | Automotive Journalist
He became a freelance journalist at 23 years old after working as an editor for an automotive magazine. He competed in races like the Fuji Freshman series in his late 20s for seven years. He does motorsports photography and works as a photojournalist. His hobby is cooking.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)