The original NSX set a spectacularly high standard in this department, being to this day one of the most absorbing and perfectly judged fast road cars you’re ever likely to drive.
The new version is 400kg heavier. It needs much stouter suspension settings, wider tyres, more power steering assistance and a host of other things just to level with its current crop of rivals on handling response, lateral grip and body control.
The chances of achieving all that, and matching the car’s legendary predecessor on fluency and tactile feel – even accounting for the low centre of gravity conferred by the new NSX’s low-set electric motors and the engine’s dry sump – were always vanishingly small.
And so, sure enough, the new NSX isn’t quite as fluent-riding, tender-handling or easy to place as the old one was.
It’s much more directionally responsive than its forebear, being flatter handling, quicker steering, better balanced and more adhesive through any corner – enough in every case to feel every bit as agile, poised and hunkered down as an Audi R8 or a Mercedes-AMG GT, despite that near 1.8-tonne kerb weight.