The last thing you expect to get from a cutting-edge hybrid super-sports car is an abiding sense of familiarity.

And yet, where a less carefully considered car maker might have used the NSX’s pioneering powertrain to create tricks and gimmicks in the driving experience and force it onto the fringes of its class, Honda has managed to deploy world-first powertrain technology with a superb lightness of touch.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Road test editor
Honda returns to the supercar fold as if it had never been away

It has used unconventional means to perfect, rather than reinvent, the conventional junior supercar.

And it has produced a very rare breed of mid-engined exotic as a result: one that doesn’t shout about its potential or impose itself on your senses but is instead a very mature and complete driver’s car that simply says: “I’ve got the bases covered. Go on, enjoy yourself.”

Which, albeit via different routes, is exactly what the last NSX did.

It could be better equipped, nicer to travel in and a touch more luridly exciting at times, but for its fusion of remarkable pace, innovative technology, dynamic sophistication and natural, tactile driver appeal, the NSX gets our nod over every rival but one – and that is the formidable McLaren 570S.

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