The origin of pure spots made in Japan

⊕ It made me dream, fluttering indeed.
⊖ Nothing special, it's not a practical car, but where did Honda go?

⊕ 夢を見させてくれた、たしかにひらひら舞う
⊖ 特になし、実用車じゃないし、だけどホンダはどこに行った?

General Comment

In the 2020s, I finally got to drive it, and it was a fluttering, light car. I guess it's hard to judge it fairly unless you drive it a few times and get used to it, as the feelings and assumptions you have before you drive it are bigger than the feelings and assumptions you have.

As expected, I felt the age of the car in various places, it is also true that I felt it was not a current car, and if I were to pay tens of millions of dollars for it, I would probably get a Type R.





I drove it in Hakone, Japan, in a rented car, only for 3-4 hours, so this is not a full review, just an experience. It was a manual 5-speed, it was a rental car and I was scared to drive it because it would be a waste if I broke it.




  • The size of the car is not felt once you start driving. As mentioned above, the car is light. The front end is particularly light, probably due to the drive train. However, straight line stability is not as bad as in the MR-s I drove once upon a time. At very high speeds it is hard to tell. Driving information is plentiful, as described in the FTO section. For sports car enthusiasts, this is probably a must.

  • What bothered me was that the manual shift knob stroke was a little long and somewhat redundant, it could be tighter. Later models may have improved on this. However, I heard that the NA1 was more like a grunt than a pure sports car, so maybe that's the reason.

  • I don't know about the engine, as it was someone else's car and I didn't rev it. It ran smoothly at low revs, not the kind with lots of torque, and it still felt like it had a lot more to offer, but it was a bit gentle even when put into the VTEC range. I used to ride a Honda Baiku CB400, so it's not as explosive as that feeling.(It's not enough to just explode.)


  • 車体の大きさは走り出すと感じない、前述のように軽やかである。特に駆動方式からかフロントは軽い。しかしむかし乗ったMR-sほど直進安定性が悪いというまでではない。超高速域になるとわからない。ドライビングインフォメーションはFTOの項で書いたように、豊富である。スポーツカー好きの皆さんは、これは必須の条件なのでしょう。

  • 気になったのはマニュアルのシフトノブのストロークが少し長くて、やや冗長、もっとタイトでいいかも。後期は改善されたかもしれない。もっとも、NA1の時はピュアスポーツっというよりもグランツっっぽかったそうだから、まあそういう理由かもしれない。

  • エンジンは、人の車なんで、ぶん回してないからよくわかんないな。低い回転でスムースに走った、もりもりトルクがあるというタイプではない、まだまだ上がある感じはしたがVTEC領域に入れてもやや穏やかだった。以前ホンダのばいくCB400に乗っていたので、あの感じほど爆発的ではない。(爆発すればいいというものでもない)


The NSX has shown me many dreams, Uehara-san, Gan-san, Karasawa-san... the anecdotes are endless. On TV, in games, in reality, but they are other people's dreams.

In my case, it is more about whether the car matches the image I have of it and whether I can enjoy the story. It is a realistic existence that I have to worry about, buy, and tailor to my liking as much as possible, which may mean that it is a metaphysical existence.

At present, time is still too short to distinguish between one's own dreams and those of others.





A letter to the Honda of the future

 I want you to cherish the products of the past, but polish them for the future. From my point of view, which I have no responsibility for, I think other manufacturers could do the same if it was about making the company bigger or feeding their employees. The impatience often seen in other manufacturers and Honda's sincere attitude towards technology may not seem to be visible, but it is, so I want them to go ahead without worrying. The Honda I admire has a clear product concept and is the very image of an Uncle Honda who never stops challenging himself.