Honda's development team is aiming for Ferrari performance at Porsche prices, but NSX's final power figures 'won't grab headlines'
29 October 2013

One of the hardest challenges facing the Honda NSX development team is communicating the car’s capabilities, says development chief Ted Klaus.

“The NSX has never been about a set of figures on a piece of paper,” he said. “As with the original, the eventual power figure won’t grab headlines, for instance, but the qualities that you can’t write down, such as driver involvement and pleasure, are the ones that will matter.

"As engineers, we like numbers, but I’m acutely aware that if we build this car against a set of criteria that has been written down, we will lose our sense of focus.”

The Nissan GT-R, Porsche 911, Audi R8, Ferrari 458 and McLaren 12C are among the competitors being used as benchmarks by Klaus. “We’re looking for the excitement of the 458 at the price of the 911, and we think the hybrid technology can help us achieve that,” he said.

The car will be launched in 2015.

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29 October 2013

nevermind the excitment, what about the styling...its terrible. such an unco-ordinated mishmash. much like the current uk civic, the front / sides / back could all belong to different cars. please honda, hire some talented designers and let them develop a design language for you.

29 October 2013

it's going to have the usual cheap plasticky interior the Japanese seem to so like.

29 October 2013

I think they have tried too hard to give it an aggressive nose and have ended up making it just look a bit silly.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

29 October 2013

The air intake behind the door looks like the result of a forklift bashing into it.
Really, it's just like a random slash. I often moan at Porsche for being far to conservative with the 911 styling, but looking at this you can see their point.
I would much rather see a boring evolution of the late 80's NSX than this garish nightmare. It does look like a photofit of four different cars. With looks like this maybe it should be on Crimewatch in fact.

29 October 2013

In my opinion the rear-quarters look good. the rest less so. The design is simply too fussy/busy for my tastes, with all those slits, vents and creases. The grey colour does it no favours either, red would have been a better choice I feel.

29 October 2013

Although it's striking by normal standards, for a supercar I feel totally underwhelmed by the styling. Like Audi has done with the R8, Honda has felt the need to try and tie the new NSX's styling with its mainstream models, the result being something that looks rather generic and almost bland (for a supercar) and it doesn't even come close to a 458, Gallardo or even a MP4 (which is saying something), although the R8 is more successful than this new NSX as it has a hint of pizzazz in some areas.

The original NSX looked stunning because it was designed in isolation as a supercar, not just another model in Honda's line up.

29 October 2013

THE original NSX was THE benchmark, McLaren F1 chief designer Gordon Murray stated “The moment I drove the NSX, all the benchmark cars—Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini—I had been using as references in the development of my car vanished from my mind. Of course the car we would create, the McLaren F1, needed to be faster than the NSX, but the NSX’s ride quality and handling would become our new design target.”

30 October 2013

The styling has been largely well received, despite these latest picky posts - remember this is designed in N America for Americans, so it's going to be fairly conservative, which explains the rather sedanesque rear end, but most people agree it looks smart, not too shouty.

The issue is that it won't go on sale for two years yet, probably longer in Europe (if at all - they can't even sell 3 basic models in this region, let alone more premium saloons & hybrids, so a 911-priced supercar isn't going to get the brand investment it needs to sell to more than the handful of long-time NSX aficionados) by which time the styling zeitgeist will have moved on.

It will be a terrific driving and ownership proposition, though, so the styling argument is of negligible importance: it's all a matter of taste.

13 December 2013
I agree the original NSX looks great... designed by Pininfarina. I bet you any money they wouldn't talk about the cars design in cliched invectives about happiness or presenting a strong face... which funnily enough is how Honda designers talk about their designs on youtube. These videos make me cringe... only because thats how I used to talk in 1st year at design school when I didnt have a clue. There are designers like Chris Bangle who produce challenging designs that have a coherent concept. Hondas apart from one offs like the original NSX don't. This wasnt so bad when they just copied others and didnt want to offend but now they are trying to be interesting. They are designed by men going... um wouldnt this be cool... yeah what about a bit of this... oh maybe a bit of that. Cheeseburger, crispy duck and sushi on the same plate. Suit trousers, denim jacket and crocs, with a bow tie. A slash here, a straight line there, a bulbous thing here... and something square there. Gross. And pointless.

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