It just upsets me to no end that each and every journalist is coming to the conclusion that the "NSX is AWFUL because I didn't have a heart attack behind the wheel or it didn't snap oversteer me into a tree..."
I'm sitting here scratching my head going when did that become our metric for how good a car is or not?
Completely agree. The biggest complaint is that the state-of-the-art technology has created an almost too precise, too controlled, too predictable car that lacks a certain thrill factor. I can see how, on a track, the reduced ability to overcome the technology and break loose might diminish the NSX for some. That said, on the street, I perceive the technology and resulting precision/control an unmitigated positive attribute. Most of the reviewers are frequent track drivers who seek a particular type of feel for optimal track driving – they like go-karts that they can push, slide, and drift around turns – they enjoy losing traction in order to push the limits of the car. I will not track the NSX, nor push the limits of the car’s handling on surface streets. I have no desire to drift, slide or otherwise explore the limits of traction. Moreover, I have no problem accepting the “assistance” of an advanced handling system that both improves handling (at my driving ability) and prevents loss of control. Many people have similar complaints about the GT-R . . . . “it drives itself” . . . . “its too easy to drive fast.” Personally, I love that about the GT-R . . . I love that the GT-R is easy to drive fast. Easy is just fine with me. I am looking for a daily driver with exceptional performance. I don’t need to work the car during my daily driving. It sounds like the new NSX will also be easy to drive fast as a daily driver. IMHO, that is a positive attribute. Lastly, most of the reviewers noted considerably more “feel” and less “numbness” in track mode (I don’t understand why these same reviewers spent so much energy criticizing the steering feel during other modes when the Track mode provided far greater feel).
Superfluous has my sentiments down. I don't want to feel unsafe, especially not when I'm taking a joy ride on curvy roads near cliffs and if I wanted danger I would ride a motorcycle. Most owners won't take it onto the track anyways.
The guy in the video makes the consistent brake pedal sound like a bad thing...
It needs to perform well on the track, but you are right in saying that it isn't actually built for the track. Acura knows that this vehicle will mostly be driven on normal roads and highways, so it built the car to cater to those needs.
If Honda's already coming out with a Civic Type R, why would they come out with another one for NSX?
It's two completely different segments, one is based on a mainstream compact that as a Type R model... won't go past the $45k mark. Then you have the NSX Type R, based on the $150k NSX as we know it, possibly coming close to $200k once fully decked out in Type R goodies.
See it as the performance arm of Honda. BMW has M, Mercedes has AMG, Honda/Acura have Type R.