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The 2017 Acura NSX reality check

While many stories with headlines like this become click bait to fool a reader, we take a look at some of the realities of designing a vehicle as a technology showcase and why it fails.

Brief History:

Honda has been adjusting the design of the new NSX for so long it's hard to remember when it all started. Needless to say it has been over hauled multiple times including the HSV-010 GT which was the follow up to the NSX GT. The project manager of chassis design on the first generation NSX, Keinosuke Taki, also worked on the HSV. Along with endless rumors this appeared to be the most promising direction. But in 2008 Honda pulled out of F1 and most plans for the NSX seemed dead, until 2012.

In all of the interviews and stories with the Acura team most everything is always about attention to detail and the geek factor of the engineering. However, the most avoided topic is driver connection with the car. At the end of the day they are designing a high performance car for drivers, not an autonomous platform. Getting out of the NSX feels much like a full scale simulator. It's fast, responsive but like many modern cars the rider feels almost no emotion or drama. It's drive by wire, shift by wire, brake by wire with more ECUs than ever before. This vehicle is a consumer electronics showcase, not a drivers car. This maybe the future, but we sure hope not.