08-16-2005, 02:00 AM
Well, I started wondering the same thing as you... then I came across a thread covering the same topic on another car forum...
Yep. Well it isn't. Heres why...
-If it was, then don't you think some authority regulating pricing would investigate Honda for overcharging?
-The Evo and STi here in the UK is the same cost as a 330 BMW. Skyline? Same power, same cost of LS430 here. But it is not a con because it has better technology (engine, chassis) and interior. But if you think the NSX is, then you can say the Skyline is. But it isn't. NSX is also a good tech car.
-Low units raise costs because of diseconomies of scale.
-Aluminium body. F1 technology. This costs a lot of money in itself. Sometimes moreso then the actual worth incorporated into the car. Honda were the first to have F1 tech in their car, at 1990, so you can't say it would be available cheaply. This was a risk, and Honda need to spend money on contingency plans. Cost in itself.
-A company has to make profit on their vehicles, even if the cost is too high for customers. If you want something, you've got to pay for it.
-The NSX-R does the 1/4 mile in 10.8 secs - same power, 'nuff said. Now imagine if it had twins.
-So many costs are incorporated into a very low production exotic. Moreso then just component costs. Markup, admin costs, costs for transportation, SVA costs, tax, dealer markup, other markups.
-At least this car is reliable. A Ferrari isn't. Its proven in tests, when not even treated to its realistic limits.
-An NSX is well built, bettter than its competitors. You pay for this, and reliability.
-This is not a ricer's dream car. Customers come from a background of not having the mentality that "Yes I am a ricer, and my dream car would be this".
-The NSX was not designed to be tuned because it is fast enough, yet it is tunable. NSX-R doesn't need much tuning - look above.
-Want to blame someone for the 290hp? Blame emmissions and the Gentlemens agreement in Japan (that law is stupid - it effects sales, the Jap economy; which is bad enough as it is; and the competitive nature of the car).
But I can guarantee (sp?) you on one thing. That is that if Porsche and Ferrari had the same external constraints as Honda, then you wouldn't see a better car, regardless of Porsche's or Ferrari's resources - whether better or not.
-If you don't like the car because of any reason (price or not - probably price for you people), then don't buy it.
-Don't question people who buy it. It is their decision, and they may be looking for something other than just straight performance, and the NSX may deliver on that.
-There is more to a car then just HP. Handling, weight - they all matter.