IT’S a hybrid folks – but not as we know it. If you want your next hybrid car to be small and practical, look away now.
For the Honda NSX is neither of these things – indeed it’s one of the widest cars on the road – but it is the kind of beautiful car you will look at twice, unwilling to believe it’s part electric, dazzled by its looks and awed by its performance. For you and me that means a top speed of 191mph and a 0-62mph sprint of sub three seconds.
The secret here is the Twin Motor Unit, one of three electric motors under the skin of this remarkable car. This adds superpower to the already magical 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine giving you that extra immediate electric thrust whenever you want it.
I drove this car in appalling weather conditions and while many supercars are a bit afraid to dip their toes in the water, this beauty just zipped along wet roads and made short work of hairy hairpins, but of course, and here’s the other thing about the NSX, it is four-wheel drive.
The leather seats are deep and comfortable while the cabin inside is austere and elegant with few buttons to take away from the simple pleasure of just driving the car.
My version was fitted with a carbon fibre interior sport package (£2300) which added carbon fibre to the dash, the steering wheel and the instrument binnacle as well as offering aluminium sports pedals and a footrest.
The NSX, like many other supercars, is low slung, wide and elegant with only two seats. No room for luggage.@magsbarry
And here is something I don’t think I have ever mentioned before in a review. A professional driver once told me car makers spend millions on finding the most comfortable position for our thumbs on the steering wheel – Honda has cracked it with the NSX. I actually noticed it, it was so comfortable.
The electric power in this car also means you can drive it in ‘silent’ mode – not for very long – but it is ideal for anyone wanting to make a quick but quiet getaway in the dark before powering off. Indeed you can just imagine this car prowling the nighttime cityscape.
The NSX, like many other supercars, is low slung, wide and elegant with only two seats. No room for luggage.
Its marvellously smooth lines sweep back to strong muscly haunches that you catch every so often in your mirror and smile.
My version in Nouvelle Blue had the carbon fibre exterior pack (£7100) onboard echoing the interior package. This added a carbon fibre front spoiler, rear diffuser and side sills and a dark chrome exhaust finisher.
And for all that it’s a long wide car, the NSX doesn’t feel like that when you drive it, which to me is always the mark of an excellent car.
The Honda NSX is not the first car that springs to mind when you think hybrid but it is cars like this that give us all hope, that one day when we have made the leap from the internal combustion engine there will still be room for something as breathtaking as this.
Car reviewed: Honda NSX Engine 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 mated to three electric motors Power 581PS Top speed 191 mph 0-62mph Sub three seconds Average mpg 28.2 CO2 emissions 228g/km Price £180,250 (with options)
Maggie Barry is an Award winning journalist, she regularly travels in Europe and beyond to test drive cars. A former lecturer in journalism and motoring editor of Media Scotland she has written for and contributed to the Daily Record and Sunday Mail among others. She is on the panel judging the Scottish Car of the Year and Women’s World Car of the Year. She lives near Glasgow with her husband and several cars.
” Drive | Quotes “
“Need I remind you, 007, that you have a licence to kill, not to break the traffic laws.” Quote from GoldenEye (1995)Tweet
In a blow to Welsh automotive manufacturing which promised up to 500 jobs it said today, “INEOS Automotive can confirm that it is reviewing its manufacturing strategy for the new Grenadier in light of the COVID-19 pandemic – This has led to some delays in our development plans, but has also presented some new opportunities…
The British-designed, Austrian-engineered and German-powered heavy duty 4×4 will go into production in Wales at the end of 2021 as part of a £600 Million investment directed by one of the richest men in Britain, Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The British-designed, Austrian-engineered and German-powered heavy duty 4×4 will go into production in Wales at the end…
Okay, so let’s get this clear: this particular Volvo is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle – that’s PHEV for short. Yep, a catchy acronym, I know. If you’re still clueless, it means the car runs on electricity and petrol power. So, in theory, you could get more than 100mpg out of this compact SUV -…
The Kia Sportage has recently undergone a mid-life refresh and with alterations to the Sportage line-up for the 2021 model year, it seems the perfect time to take an in-depth look at the multi-award-winning SUV. On test is the Sportage 1.6l T-GDI GT-Line S model, the top model in the celebrated Sportage range and one…
ŠKODA | 125 Years2020 marks the 125th birthday for ŠKODA, it’s 115 years since the company launched their first car. Several of the brand’s historically significant models are also celebrating jubilees in 2020. April 2nd 2020 marks 125 years of the world-famous Škoda brand; Having come from humble beginnings as a bicycle manufacturer by the…
Built from 1903, Vauxhall’s first year of car production, and known as the ‘Light Car’, the model featured a slow-revving, single-cylinder engine producing just five horsepower. Perhaps showing Vauxhall’s roots as a producer of marine engines, the Light Car was steered by a tiller, with its speed regulated by a brass hand-wheel next to the…