Autocar have had a chance to review the new Honda NSX. This is a long awaited car. The most exciting thing about it has been oddly overlooked.
That’s the suspension. Yes, the engine arrangement is novel enough for a supercar. It has a 3.5 litre engine and three supplementary electric motors and this yields a less than stellar 17-20 MPG, very nearly down to Jensen levels of dipsomania. Autocar quickly mentions that the suspension is magnetorheological. Apparently this is not worth dwelling on although the suspension is a key element of the car’s character. I agree the system (dampers) has been deployed on a rake of GM cars (Buick Lucerne, lots of Cadillacs) the Audi TT and Acura. I would have thought Autocar might have addressed the handling character derived from this a little more.
I am surprised that magnetorheological dampers are that widely used. If GM can manage it, then why not Citroen? Don’t answer that. It’s a rhetorical question.
Autocar provided these details:
Location California, US; On sale Spring 2016; Price £120,000 (est); Engine V6, 3493cc, twin-turbo, petrol, plus 3 electric motors; Power 500bhp at 7500rpm (petrol); Torque 406lb ft at 2000rpm (petrol); Combined system output 573bhp; 0-60mph 2.9sec; Top speed191mph; Kerb weight 1725kg; Gearbox 9-spd dual-clutch automatic; Economy 17-20mpg (est); CO2/tax band na