A Careful Analysis of Honda NSX

MULTIMEDIA SYSTEM

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No Honda has a particularly fine infotainment system, so we suppose it’s a bit much to expect one of the manufacturer’s low-volume models to get a bespoke set-up. As a result, then, the NSX struggles to impress. It has DAB but involves you in ensembles and takes so long to update its station lists that it might as well not bother.

The navigation system, meanwhile, looks to come from Garmin, only the interface is far less easy to use than it would be if you bought a £70 stand-alone system and stuck it to the window. And the big dial beneath the display isn’t the controller for any of it; rather, it’s for adjusting the drive modes. The infotainment is controlled by a touchscreen of irritating complexity.

INTERIOR

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In a class where the McLaren 570S is our five-star car, it’s almost a novelty to experience a conventionally hinged door like the NSX’s.

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Conventional doors are opened by unconventional – and very plastic – door handles. Push them near the front and they swing open at the rear.

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Door pulls and handles are things you touch a lot, but in here they don’t have great tactile quality. THey’re plastic, and, in the door handle’s case, a little wobbly

There’s a low roofline, so you have to swing yourself down quite a long way, and once ensconced, you’re aware that the cabin you’re sitting in doesn’t come from a European manufacturer. It feels part-American, part-Japanese in here, which is unsurprising but not necessarily the most reassuring feeling you’ll have at nigh on £150,000. There are shiny black plastics and shiny silver plastics, both attempting to feel of a higher quality and a different material to the ones they actually are but without ever quite pulling it off.

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Non-structural carbonfibre roof panel is standard rather than part of the extended carbon fibre Exterior Sport pack. It reduces weight and helps to lower the centre of gravity

Still, most of our testers found the seats comfortable, which, given that the primary market is the US, again should be no great shocker. A BMW i8’s seats are narrower and flatter, a McLaren’s chairs altogether more sporty. The NSX’s cabin, then, is a reasonable enough place in which to spend serious amounts of time. The seat adjusts well enough and, although the steering wheel would benefit from being both rounder and able to be pulled closer to the driver, it’s simple enough to find a good driving position.

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Despite having no gear selector and a high centre console, storage space is at a premium. The cubbies are small and the doors have no storage pockets

The main instruments and dials are clear. Swap between the various drive modes and the instrument cluster reacts accordingly, too, but you’ll always have a rev counter front and centre, with a digital speedo alongside. As a place to do business, then, the essentials are right. It’s just some of the immediate surroundings that could be improved.

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