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2017 Honda NSX Review Suggests It's Layered but Not That Exciting

The brand-new NSX has finally arrived as a Honda for the European customers to enjoy. This is the continent that gave us the Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren, to name but a few of the trusted brands in the supercar business. So, can Honda keep up?
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The NSX has been a long time in the making. Most people who don't know much about the project would believe it was simply delayed, but I've seen GIFs revealing the progression of the concepts and let me tell you things have been shuffled around.

Honda went from a horizontally arranged V10 engine to a hybrid V6 with torque vectoring. After a while, they decided to add twin turbocharging to give the NSX enough power to compete with the Ferrari 458. But that only put them further behind schedule because the air intakes had to be made twice as large, messing with the flow of current over the vehicle.

This next video is from Evo and was shot by their editor on track in Spain. The driving impressions aren't all that spectacular, as there is none of that sideways action we take for granted thanks to Ferrari. So based purely on first impressions, the NSX isn't worth the wait. Thankfully, the hybrid supercar is much better as a daily driver, which is an unusual thing to say.

Unlike the BMW i8, the NSX gets most of its power from the twin-turbo V6 at the back. The electric motor glued between it and the transmission fills the power gaps off boost, giving it a sort of supercharged feel.

We think Honda made the NSX in the States for the kind of rich people who live in California or Florida. They want a more rounded everyday car, not a track toy. However, even considering that, we think they've missed a few things. For starters, it doesn't sound like a car that you've just spent $200,000 on. It also doesn't have the insane launch control functions that you even see on a $50,000 GLA 45 AMG.

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About the author: Mihnea Radu
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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