That’s what Becky finds out in this episode of Future Classics, talking through the car’s conceptualisation both as a spiritual successor to the S800 and as an answer to demands in the early 2000s for a visceral yet affordable sportscar. We also hear about how it was a tricky little thing from new, getting more drivable and exploitable with updates as it aged.
It’s still a car that demands to be driven hard, with as many revs as your reactions with the excellent transmission can permit. You need to have good footwork and know the throw of the ‘box well. In short, it’s one of the most interactive and rewarding sportscars of any era, but it’s a modern Honda. So it’s relatively refined and extremely reliable. A safe bet.