So what’s it like on wintery UK roads?
Better than it is abroad. Normally we find that cars fail to translate when they come to the UK, suspension upset by the pounding meted out by lumpen British tarmac. The NSX, which was so composed and capable on the Continent, felt remote and plain on the smooth Grossglockner, now finally feels like it has to do some work. It comes across as less aloof, more interesting and entertaining because you’re now aware of what it’s doing, how hard it’s having to work.
Sport+ is the mode you need it in, firming up the suspension, improving throttle response and noise, just making the car more tense and alert.
The suspension is unflappable, so you feel secure, even on these tyres at this time of year. The sense of connection through the super-stiff chassis (not the steering, note) is good, too, the ideal mounting point for that supple suspension. You turn-in and although the rack has a similarly sharp ratio to a Ferrari, it’s less nervous and snatchy just off-centre. Positive, grippy, but not aggressive. I wish you got a better sense of the forces building up through the wheel, but that’s an increasingly rare commodity these days.
It’s neutral through corners, favouring neither oversteer nor understeer, the weight is carried low down, and the system makes good decisions about how and where to apportion the power when you get back on the throttle.