The design of the current-generation NSX was previewed in a concept back in 2012 and, unlike many concepts, little changed in the four years between that first appearance and production. The NSX is every bit the modern take on a supercar, but with the odd hint back to its legendary predecessor. The low roofline mimics in some ways the roofline of the first-gen NSX and both share strong hips, but beyond that, this is every bit Honda in the 21st century. The stubby bonnet contains a pair of electric motors, kept cool by air fed in from the grille, while Audi R8-style blades hide the radiator and air intakes that lead to the mid-mounted V6 petrol motor.
The NSX looks sleek and low but at the same time angular and futuristic, its complex nose drawing reminiscence of the more extravagant Hot Wheels models. The wing mirrors sit on big stalks to allow vision behind those shapely hips, which wrap round into the more curvaceous rear – which includes the single, centre-mounted exhaust and large diffuser strafes. Sadly the interior does not quite carry off the exterior’s presence, presenting a pleasant place to be, but with nothing to really raise the stakes. If you took out the oddity of the square steering wheel it would feel more like a mid-range BMW than a £120,000 supercar.