At this point the only real competition of the New NSX is herself. A lot of us here have basically said “Fuck you!” to the thing, all clamoring for Hellcats and Corvettes and most probably the New Ford GT (oy, that GT you’re drooling on is as good as sold out!), that I’m hurting for the car.

I’m not hurt for the marque from which the car comes from, this much I want to make clear. Acura and Honda are the ones who did this. They were the ones who weren’t sure, who weren’t ready, who can’t take the plunge despite having, on paper and in vision, the ideal environmentally-sane neo-classic supercar: beast torque, AWD, top tech, but still lithe and nimble, giving calculated thrills while reminding you of what the older car stands for in your mind. They’re in the dark, as if they forgot the recipe for one sports car, even if the end result is certainly making the rounds. The result is a car that knows it can take on the world, but is nervous.

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Maybe I have too much torque. Maybe I’m too sure-footed.

Maybe I can’t do it, after all.

And the parent marque seems unable to even reassure the poor thing, much less bolster her confidence.

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This is the tragedy of the New NSX. Five years ago, the tier would have been taken aback by a car that’s got electric motors giving it gobs of power and efficiency, and an AWD system that can edge the R35. Today, competition became fierce enough that supercars deliver even more things to the table and do it presentably. The variety is killer, too. Track aces, low-priced beasts, pugilistic gymnasts. Each car in the tier has raised the bar so high that these days, even a car that gives 75% capability for 50% the price is considered a miracle. And you know what? The New NSX would have—or should have—raised that bar to 2015’s level five years ago. And now it can’t, and now it’s being lampooned, now it’s being balked at, now it’s being forgotten. All because Honda can’t seem to stomach it.

I guess that, instead of touting the New NSX as the future, Honda must refine the car so it becomes the summary of how far the supercar has come. It doesn’t need to tell the story of the 23rd century, it should simply chronicle the journey of the modern super-sports tier. It’s in the exterior, already. To quote one commenter on the C&D article:

From the front and sides looks inspired by the Audi R8 and from rear, Aston Martin. Contemporary without being generic or plagiarist- harkening just enough back to the original NSX. Unlike the i8, it doesn’t look like a spaceship....a car that was supposed to be “ sold out “ yet my local dealer has three available for immediate sale.

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Wasn’t the Old NSX the same? Taking the best silhouettes from the most lusted-over exotics of its time, joined together in a sleek, if muted, package that’s both exotic and vanilla. Same with the new one. Combining the best bits of exterior design in a sleek, if muted, look.

C&D is right about its assessment of the New NSX, and falls right in my perception of the car as a Padawan. The car itself has proven that it’s worthy, but there’s still room to be greater. The Force is strong, but needs something else to truly become a revelation. And no, it’s not software.

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To me, it needn’t emulate the old one for now, or out of the gate. That’s too much to ask and in the end you’ll pan it anyway (oh, yes, you would, don’t lie to me). It will come on its own, naturally. The New NSX will most likely fall in to place the longer one drives it day by day.

Also, it damn needs a different badge. It can’t be called an Acura. I refuse to. Look at the tags.