Well, maybe the AREN'T getting closer after all…
Globe & Mail Drive article
It seems that, when you have a 4 year wait between announcement of the production model and its promised delivery date, the rest of the industry moves on.
What was originally planned as having the Ferrari F-458 in its sights, now has to deal with the Speciale and the new F-488. Significantly higher output, as Ferrari (and Porsche, among others) have decided that forced induction is the way to go.
So, Honda appears to have had to revise the entire power plant from a transversely mounted, naturally aspirated 60 degree V6, to a twin turbo 75 degree V6 mounted longitudinally. That, along with the transmission and the rest of the hybrid drive system, must have taken a massive engineering effort. And time. What was supposed to arrive this fall as a 2016, appears to be delayed to a 2017 model year car making its appearance in spring or summer of next year.
The good new is, the prize is 500HP and the reviews are still amazing.
2017 Acura NSX First Drive Review
Now, didn't Honda have a CEO who fell on his sword about a year ago for failing to meet production deadlines? Now this, with their halo car. What's that you say: "clean up on aisle 6"???