Is the New Acura NSX Worthy of Its Nameplate?

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The new Acura NSX doesn’t offer the same analog experience as the original. And that’s perfectly OK.

For most, building an incredibly successful and popular car might seem like a good thing. With no perceivable downside. But there is one glaring issue when you create an amazing sports car that enthusiasts worship like some sort of demigod. Because when you inevitably have to redesign or reintroduce it, it has to at least live up to the original. And that’s been a huge problem for the new Acura NSX.

The original NSX is one of the most beloved sports cars of all time. Because, well, it was freaking awesome. Enthusiasts have clamored for Honda to build a new one ever since it left this world. But as the old saying goes, be careful what you wish for. Nobody’s denying that the new Acura NSX is, on its own accord, an awesome car. But it isn’t the same simple, analog experience the original blessed us with.

Acura NSX

But is that really such a bad thing? After all, cars have changed a lot since the original NSX graced this earth. It’s a fair and obvious question that YouTuber ThatDudeinBlue chose to tackle on his recent test drive. Or, more appropriately, is it a proper supercar? Well, the answer to that is yes, anyway. Obviously, this is a fast car. Even though the interface is a tad confusing.

Our host points out that comparing new and old is kind of silly, too. “This is just a completely different car. I don’t mean that in a bad way. It just does not feel like that soulful, stick shift car. This is a tool. It’s a weapon. That’s what it feels like.”

We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves. But at the same time, maybe Honda should have given it a different nameplate to avoid any controversy?

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Brett Foote has been covering the auto industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ popular Auto Group websites, including Corvette Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among others.

Foote has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles and every other type of automobile, Foote had spent several years running parts for local dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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