2017 Honda NSX first drive: An icon reborn

The original Honda NSX is one of few cars that has the mutual respect of all car enthusiasts, regardless of which four-wheeled tribe they belong to. Why? Because it was the car that proved that you didn’t need a prancing horse on the bonnet to have a thoroughbred supercar. Today the NSX has been reincarnated as a hybrid supercar. It’s full of tech, but can it still prove to be the people’s champion?

2017 Honda NSX Nouvelle Blue
2017 Honda NSX Nouvelle Blue
2017 Honda NSX Nouvelle Blue

First impressions

Sitting like freshly folded origami on the tarmac, the new NSX's design is nowhere near as reserved as its predecessor. Clean creases etch a raked shape that immediately gets heads turning. It’s low, wide and could easily pass as a Transformer. If its aim is to steal attention away from the more quietly styled McLaren 570S, it has succeeded.

Inside things are a bit more conventional with a clear digital instrument cluster and a pair of highly supportive sports seats. For a supercar the cockpit feels spacious with plenty of glass keeping any sense of claustrophobia at bay. Our test car featured a carbon pack that detailed the steering wheel and instrument binnacle with the lightweight material. However, there are a few disappointingly average plastics on clear display as well — not what you expect on such a costly car. The centre console houses a touchscreen infotainment system that is responsive, but if we’re honest, a bit of a faff to use. Something else that’s sub-par is the low resolution rear reversing camera.

2017 Honda NSX Nouvelle Blue

Boot space is 125-litres, or about enough f...