Has there ever been another car so inseparably entwined with one name than the NSX and Aryton Senna? McLaren F1 and Gordon Murray? Maybe. Model T and Henry Ford? Interesting point. Mr Bean and the Mini? Stop it. Remarkably, though, Senna’s input to the NSX only really came at the eleventh hour, after the production car had already been twirled at the ’89 Chicago motor show, but his tweaks to the ride and handling (he requested for the suspension to be 50 per cent stiffer among other things) were sufficient to sprinkle Honda’s all-aluminium bodied, mid-engined supercar with magic dust that’s yet to wash off.
Honda is famous for taking its time about things, especially fast things, so some 38 years after it was first revealed, Honda has built a predecessor deemed worthy to bear the NSX name. Not that it hadn’t been busy in the meantime. It first teased us with an NSX replacement back in 2003 – two years before the MkI NSX ceased production. Called the HSC, it simply repeated the NSX’s naturally aspirated V6, mid-engined formula, albeit with more power and clothed in an edgier, brushed aluminium suit.
Images: Alex Tapley
This feature was originally published in issue 293 of Top Gear magazine