The NSX is one of those in-the-know cars that are impossible to find used, and seem unlikely to ever be matched by a new car. It marked a high point for the Honda brand, and it redefined on-road performance in a manner that now seems remarkably ahead of its time. At a time when the horsepower wars were just beginning, the NSX went to battle with lightweight aluminum construction and a high-tech (yo) V6… and 20 years after it first debuted, it still stacks up nicely on paper compared to a $75k Lotus Evora. But the NSX’s heritage as a “working class hero” supercar (to borrow the words of Justin Berkowitz) took a hit when Honda decided to me-too the Lexus LF-A and create a front-engined V-10-powered “NSX” that was blasted as an anti-NSX and sent off to do racing duty when Honda hit the Carpocalypse. But apparently there’s a new New NSX in development…
When we asked our Best and Brightest how Honda could “have its cake and eat it too” on the “green sportscar” front, the very first answer from commenter windsworsd had the special sauce:
All he has to do is create a modern version of the NSX. That car was already green in my book if you compare it to other super cars. It did more with less but still had great performance. It doesn’t need special tecknology that will inflate the price just make a modern version of what you had.
Which is exactly what Honda appears to be doing. Rather than reaching for the stars, MT reports Honda is “flipping” its Accord platform to create a mid-engined SH-AWD replacement for the NSX, possibly with up to 400 horsepower from a V6. Which sounds a lot closer to what I would consider a “true” NSX. Is Honda on-track to reclaim some of that missing mojo?