I have owned 3 first gen NSX, still have an NSX race car today. I have been active in the NSX community since 2003 when I bought my first one. I am still make lots of parts for the Gen 1 car, mostly track focused suspension, motor and interior parts. I wanted to hate the new NSX for all the reason many point out, too heavy, too complex, electric blah, not the first car...who wants it, etc.
I had a chance to track one last fall on Thunderhill, everything changed. The car is brilliant in every way, drives 'smaller' than it is, super easy to drive at 80% and feels so crisp. The weight is not an issue and the electrics are seamless, controls are well placed and easy to use. i am not a huge fan or modern electronic dashes, but this is no worse than any new car I have driven. All this on a car that is very easy to drive on the streets, quiet and filled with every creature comfort one can ask to in a Grand Touring machine.
I think folks miss the point, the new NSX is budget Porsche 918, not an overpriced (fill in the brand). The front torque vectoring is nothing short of amazing, the electric motor filling in for turbo lag is fabulous, the motor pulls well and sounds good. All this being said, is there a market for a $200K 'supercar'? In a world of superlatives where everything needs to be the most of what ever, is there room for a very well design and executed car, manufactured in the United States that is much more than the sum of the numbers? I think the market is saying NO. Acura is committed to the car as a marketing machine, they are putting $ into the GT effort with 2 teams racing these in national series, they won their class in a stock car(only changed tires, caged it) at SCCA national in 2018 as well as Pikes Peak hill climb. The new NSX is all about showing Honda's commitment to Acura as a performance brand.
Only time will tell if the new car can stand the test of time like the original...which was also panned at points during its 14 year production run.
2006 Elise with BOE 400 supercharger and some aero mods, CRF floating oversized rotors, MCS single adjust coil overs, CRF exhaust, CRF sway bar w/adjustable link, mono-ball pivots, machined steer arms, baffled oil pan, CRF titanium toe link brace, hardened motor mounts, Ethos wheels w/Yoko slicks