Honda has updated the NSX to remind you it's still awesome
Its been a couple of years since the new NSX burst on to the scene, so Honda has given it a little update to remind you that yes, the world's most forgotten and under-rated supercar is still in production.
Honda’s engineers have been prescribing the hybrid supercar blue pills as it’s now much stiffer than before – 26 per cent at the front and 19 per cent at the rear, to be precise. This means it should be even more agile for those who enjoy terrorising rural communities every weekend.
However, B-road fun aside, other changes are designed to make the car with a boot the size of a shoe that leaves anything you put in there smelling faintly of petrol “even more pleasurable to live with day-to-day”.
The clever magnetorheological dampers – which use magnetic fields and/or witchcraft to make the car more comfortable for cruising across pothole-riddled town centres or stiffer when attacking a track – have been tweaked so their softest setting is now even softer.
The NSX’s USP is its hybrid drive system, which boasts a twin-turbocharged 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine and two electric motors to provide whiplash-inducing acceleration – 573bhp and instant electric acceleration is an intoxicating combination.
However, those hoping for even more performance will be disappointed, as upgraded injectors, improved heat management of the turbos and a new particulate filter are purely there for emissions reasons. Though take our word for it – power figures might look on the low side compared with rivals from Ferrari and McLaren, but if there’s one thing the NSX isn’t lacking, it’s brutish performance.
It’s not all nerdy tech updates, though. There’s also a pretty new colour in the form of the subtle Thermal Orange Pearlescent paint job you see in the photos here. You can also specify orange brake callipers to really commit to that fly under the radar look.
You’ll be lucky to see one, though, because these things are rare. Honda says it has a “limited allocation” coming to the UK in 2019, continuing its process of drip-feeding the supercar to buyers to keep its exclusivity.
Speaking on the DriveTribe podcast recently, Simon Branney, PR communications manager for Honda Cars UK, said: “We’ve probably sold, in the past two years, about 150 in the UK.
“That’s actually on par with the previous generation. So in the first year we sold 100, then it went down to about 50 in the second year. We expect it will carry on on those numbers.”