1991 Acura NSX: Fisker Encounter
March 26, 2012
I was driving home from work on the 405 South in our long-term NSX last week, and I spotted a Fisker Karma up ahead, one lane over. I've actually seen several of these things lately, but it's a striking car no matter how many times you've seen one.
Just as I was getting close to the Fisker, traffic in my lane started slowing, so I dropped a crisp downshift from third to second gear, replete with gorgeous throttle blip to smooth the clutch take-up.
And right then I realized....
Those are some sensations that the guy in the flashy Fisker doesn't have access to with his range-extended plug-in hybrid. Sensations like beautiful engine revs, shifting, clutching, heel-and-toeing. I love the driver involvement and the mechanical-ness of the NSX. And I don't ever want to give that up.
And then the hypocrite that I am, I proceeded to meet some friends for electric karting at K1 Irvine. Don't get me wrong, it's still fun. But man, I miss the gas karts and constant sliding that Dromo One was all about.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 52,980 miles.