Friday, November 4, 2016

Forza Horizon 3: Assignment NSX

The Alpinestars Car Pack for Forza Horizon 3 gave us one of the most sensational cars of 2016 and by no means one of the most hotly anticipated comebacks in the history of automotive industry. Ladies and gents, say hello to the brand new NSX from Acura. Precision Crafted Performance.

Before getting too excited about taking behind the wheel of the brand new NSX, let's take a quick briefing about what's it all about this reborn sportscar that risen from the ashes of its decade-long absence. It was the year 2012 when Honda/Acura announced that they will revive the NSX sportscar since its 2005 discontinuation and with their concept version first shown at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, anticipation is sensing towards the rebirth of the NSX, which occurred about three years later at the same venue.

Now as a hybrid sportscar, the new NSX is powered by an all-new 3.5L V6 Turbo engine coupled with three electric motors and a Li-ion battery, generating an overall power output of 581PS and mated to a 9-speed DCT built exclusively for the NSX. Performance aside, the new NSX  features Sport Hybrid SH-AWD drivetrain with instant acceleration and direct yaw control as well as multi-material body construction to make it more lighter and more rigid unlike any other. Aerodynamics aside, the new NSX's total airflow management allows this car to be more stable at high speeds and it has the lowest center of gravity.

Made in the Performance Manufacturing Center from Ohio, the NSX is priced at $156,000. In Japan, where it was sold as the Honda NSX, it was priced at 23,700,000 Yen, making it the most expensive Japanese car ever sold in Japan.

Although being wary at first at the moment I became part of the NSX experience in Forza Horizon 3, I am very more than happy to get my first dibs on the American-made, Japanese-engineered, hybrid sportscar that serves as the new gold standard in performance while trying to pick a fight against the Nissan GT-R. For a hybrid car of that caliber, with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD locked and loaded for action, the new NSX feels so rewarding at so many levels and the more you're driving this car, the more you'll starting to realize that this could be your favorite car in FH3 by a long mile. Trust me, you can get really hooked to this sportscar by the moment you set foot on this one.

Now that the all-new NSX has arrived on Australian roads for us to see how it works, work time has begun for me as the filming for this car has commenced in a metropolitan area they called Surfers Paradise, but first, it's off to the make-up room it goes for the new NSX.

Didn't see that thing coming, did you? I've been planing for this moment to come as I came up with a special NSX featuring the same color theme as Dia Kurosawa, a character who appears at the Love Live! Sunshine!! TV series. Dia's a student body president of the Uranohoshi Girls High and a very strict girl me look back at the dossier... Aha! There it is. She's prideful and perfectionistic in her ways and she can't abide it when things are done wrong. She has a little sister named Ruby.

Anyway, let's move on to my new work of art because this specially prepped NSX which is now themed after Dia is what you can call it the "five-letter-curse-word-that-starts-with-b in the red dress." Sorry, can't do expletive dialogue in her but you get the idea because (sigh) women. The trouble with women.

With everything set, I'm getting my clapper ready and my butt's on the director's chair as to witness this red rogue in action. However, since this is Dia I'm talking about, I gave a very special privilege for her. NOTE: I used a temporary perk that allows my car to start in 1st place for four races. So, with a special privilege set, the stage is set and the spotlight is on her. Lights, motor, action!

So, the new NSX, what can I say? Well, even though this is a hybrid supercar which is nowhere near as powerful as the P1 and the LaFerrari, its performance and dynamics are top-notch and I believe this is starting to behave like a Nissan GT-R in so many levels, although both may result in a possible dead heat in a cold light of day as the opportunity rises. With Europe's finest sportscars got into its crosshairs, the new NSX is a definite threat to the opposition and for speedo boys everywhere, this calls for a celebration that we can have our dibs on the rebirth of the iconic legend that was made two and a half decades in the making.

It truly is an ORIGINAL that MUST BE DONE. Now, if you excuse me, I need to take a break after all the fun I had in the new NSX.

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