Talk about knowing your competition.
Whenever an automotive manufacturer embarks on a new project, it is only natural that they would take a long, hard look at what the competition is producing. Well, Acura took this to the extreme during the development of the new NSX. According to Autocar, Acura purchased a Ferrari 458 during the development of the supercar for the eventual purpose of cutting it apart and analyzing the aluminum construction that was hidden underneath the skin. Reportedly, the remnants of that car remain in bins somewhere in Honda's R&D facility.
As was reported earlier this year by Automobile, Acura/Honda also did some more traditional benchmarking of the NSX against the 458. And according to an Acura spokesperson, the 458 "broke left and right" when put through the rigorous testing regime set forth by the NSX engineers. We know that the race version of the NSX looks absolutely stunning in bare carbon and that it costs an absolute ton of money in Australia. Now, it would appear as though it will be as reliable as any other run-of-the-mill Honda, at least according to Acura's own spokesperson. It will, at the very least, be more reliable and sturdier than Ferrari's best.