“Honda Motor Company” is a Japanese multinational company founded in 1959 and was well known as a pioneering car company. In the early 1960’s they were the first Japanese car company to enter and win Formula 1 and by the late 1980’s their engines dominated the circuit. This gave them good response in the international car industry and earned them the badge of being a reliable car brand. Honda always pushed their limits when it came to manufacturing cars and this became evident when they announced their first road going supercar, the first generation “Honda NSX” launched in 1991. But it all went spiraling downhill from there to the cars Honda is known for building today, practical family sedans and SUV’s with no character to them. Until Honda announced their return to the supercar industry by launching a concept of their brand new car with a familiar name.
This is the “2017 Honda NSX”, the first ever hybrid-supercar to come out of Japan. This car is a huge leap forward from its previous generation with functional aerodynamic vents, a sharper and much more modern design and most importantly a hybrid powertrain.
The 2017 NSX follows the standard 2-door coupe design as all other supercars but has an American vibe to it, because unlike the previous NSX, this one was designed and manufactured at Honda’s “Acura” factory in Maryland, Ohio hence the name “Acura NSX”. However the car is called the Acura NSX only in the United States, whereas it will be called the Honda NSX everywhere else. The interiors are however a mixture of the familiar Japanese technology with a little bit of German innovation. It has all kinds of buttons on the steering wheel and the gear changing buttons on the centre console, just like a German car and its infotainment screen is small but does everything the driver needs, just like a Japanese car.
Aerodynamically this car allows air to flow around it and manipulates it at the same time. Front vents allow air to flow directly to the brakes for cooling which are then directed around the rear wheel with the help of the side-skirts. Air which flows over the headlights are directed to the air ducts located on the rear fenders for cooling of the engine and then out the exhaust pipes.
The 2017 Honda NSX is the first supercar to feature a bespoke “Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System”, which in simple words means that the engine and electric motors don’t only provide acceleration and top speed but also help with the steering and braking of the car. Speaking of the engine, the NSX uses a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 which produces 573hp and also 3 electric motors 2 of which are mounted on the front axle and 1 on the rear axle which add 27hp bringing the total horsepower of this car to 600hp. Honda ditched the old 4-speed Sport Automatic transmission for the more modern 9-speed Dual-Clutch Semi-Automatic making shifts lighting fast both on the way up and the way down.
It’s worth mentioning that the late Formula One Champion “Ayrton Senna” had a huge involvement in the final stages of development of the 1st generation of the NSX which is probably why it appealed to almost every car enthusiast in the world. The “2017 Honda NSX” has some serious competition from the likes of the 2017 Audi R8, 2017 Porsche 911 and the 2017 BMW i8, all latest versions of some the most successful cars developed by their manufacturers. However while the others have had their fare share of re-vamps this is just the 2nd generation of the Honda NSX is its still standing strong against its competitors.
2017 Audi R8