Acura NSX is one of the few Japanese sports cars that had been around in the 1990s and that had managed to hold its own against the SUV dominance in car manufacturing whilst similar contenders were left by the wayside. Today, one in three cars sold is an SUV and yet the Acura not only survived but is a sports car success story. The two-seater rear wheel drive has established itself along with the greats of Ferrari, Dodge Viper and Porsche but without the hefty price tag.
It is the first Japanese sports car worthy of such recognition. The Acura is certainly fast and nippy and moderately lightweight. All the power comes from the rear wheels and it makes no apologies for being expensive, flashy and not practical for the school run. This is a sports car that knows it’s a sports car and doesn’t pretend to be anything else. If you want to make an entrance cruise along in the Acura, you will most certainly be turning heads. It’s a car that knows how to impress, no words are necessary as the vehicle speaks for itself and everyone is listening.
Honda has not messed around much with the Acura. Apart from revamping the exterior, the car remains virtually untouched. Why mess with perfection? But now we must turn to the Honda HSC which stands for Honda Sports Concept. When it debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, it caused a bit of a stir. Just as we were getting our heads around the exciting DualNote (DNX) design, the Japanese automaker has ‘hit back of the net’ with the HSC. A thing of beauty, it manages to make the exceptionally designed Nissan 350Z appear old school!
This is most certainly not the case but this only emphasises the curb appeal of the HSC. Heavily influenced by the DNX and with a hint of the Japanese Garaiya kit car, the HSC exudes sex appeal; which is a turn up for Honda which tends to rely on its image of engine power and durability. Following the HSX, the front of the vehicle is wedge shaped with smooth lines and a very aesthetic look.
The HID Xenon headlights look like futuristic ‘Knight Rider’ lights and show that when it comes to expenses, Honda is not prepared to cut corners. The HSC’s profile takes Honda into a league never seen before. You are forgiven for staring! Huge five spoke wheels are cocooned by curved fenders and only stopped by the braking power of Brembo. A functional yet impressive air duct ensures a constant flow of air to the mid mounted engine.
Getting into the vehicle is just as exciting as the vehicle’s looks, with scissor style doors you cannot help but compare to iconic Lamborghinis. The rear is adorned with dramatic LED taillights in a similar vein as the Corvette so the HSC offers a nice view even when it’s leaving you! If the concept makes it to production, it is highly likely that the exterior will be redesigned together with the interior as both may be too modern for current 2007 drivers.
However, the HSC has captured our hearts and we would leave the car entirely as it is. The F1 style wheel mounted steering is just the racing car’s ‘icing on the cake’. You cannot help but be carried away with the excitement this car gives you.