Way back when Acura was still developing the NSX, they purchased two Ferrari 458 coupes to use as their competition benchmark. One of them was taken apart
so Acura could examine the manufactured vehicle in detail, the other one was saved for performance testing
against the NSX.
Well it turns out, Ferrari's 458 wasn't exactly made to last.
Acura spokesperson told Automobile Magazine
that the performance testing car "broke left and right throughout testing”.
Admittedly, we don't know what the Ferrari 458 was put through during the testing phase but if it was anything similar to the NSX prototype's tests (running laps around Germany's Nürburgring) then logically, Ferrari's supercar should be able to handle whatever Acura threw at it fairly well without breaking down.
Luckily for you future NSX owners, Acura learned from this. “As you might imagine, the NSX will hold up much better, in typical Honda fashion.”
While exotic supercars have come a long way from when the NSX was first introduced in 1990, they're still a temperamental bunch but if the new NSX can live up to it's predecessor's reputation for reliability then we could see Acura repeat it's historical success with the new model.
A tall order to fill because according to Autos.com
, used Acura NSXs exceeding 100,000 miles are still running without serious reliability issues.