A new Honda NSX
is a strong sign that Honda wants to recapture the magic of its golden
period in the 1990s when it was one of the world's most admired car
companies.

At the time Honda was building exciting new road
cars, expanding with new factories around the world and winning grand
prix with engines supplied to McLaren.

The
ambitious brief to engineers for the New Sportscar Experimental was to
beat the best of Europe's supercars, then the Ferrari 348.

The
result was instant. After making a huge splash at launch, the
alloy-bodied, high-revving NSX went on to beat the Ferrari 348 in
Autocar's group test, and most other comparison tests too, to become the
benchmark supercar.

In fact Europe's supercar makers felt the same force of change as its luxury car-makers did when Lexus unleashed the LS400.
Despite, or maybe because of this, Honda is trying to distance its new sportscar from the heritage of the NSX.