The Supercar lifestyle, not all it’s cracked up to be
When you look back to the past there are always supercars that jump out at you. Usually noisy V12 Italian monsters that are fantastic to look at, but when you actually get the opportunity to drive them you wonder where the hell you went wrong in life. Countach, Testarossa, Vanquish, all had the look but you only ever drove them once, then stuck them in a garage with a specially branded car cover, to only turn a wheel once in a blue moon.
A new player enters the game – Honda NSX
When Honda got into the supercar game a lot of people laughed at them. But when they heard about a certain legendary racing driver by the name of Ayrton Senna getting involved, those laughs turned to confusion, and then once they drove it that confusion turned to smiles. A new supercar was born.
An old dog with no new tricks
But as the years rolled on and the nineties became the noughties, the Honda NSX never really rolled with the times. Yes it was updated, but only subtly. We got an NSX-R but by this point it had become rather forgettable, and in a world of 911s and Lamborghini Gallardos, the NSX had become that elderly uncle sat in the corner not doing much.
Back in the game
Next year we will see the long, long, long awaited new NSX, but nobody seems to be talking about it. When the concept was first revealed at the 2007 North American International Auto Show only two years after the original NSXs death, it was amazing.
Too little, too late
But now after many years of meetings and redesigns, the NSX will finally make production, three years too late. Even this brand new NSX is now old. When it was announced, it was up against the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, but not much else. Now there is competition from all sides, McLaren are back in the game, Porsche have got their act together, there’s a new R8, the new Ferrari 488, and then the Lamborghini Huracan. Honda have waited so long, we are in a new age for the supercar and now it seems they are leading a lamb to the slaughter, the new NSX will likely be forgotten just as the first was.