The 1996 Acura NSX is a sports car that is also sold as the Honda NSX in the Japanese domestic market.
Production of the NSX began in 1991. The car has won many accolades over the years, and it has set new standards in sports car production as well. The design of the NSX also includes some of Honda’s automotive technology, derived from its F1 motorsports program.
Body Styles: two-door coupe
Engines: 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Acura NSX, Acura NSX-T
The hardtop version of the NSX was reintroduced after a short hiatus in the 1996 Acura NSX lineup. The targa-top version, called the NSX-T, was also released. However, there are no significant changes in the exterior or interior of the coupe.
The 1996 Acura NSX continues with the same F-16 fighter jet-inspired exterior design. It gives the coupe a bold but elegant and sleek look that can give competitors a run for their money.
The length of the NSX is around 174.2 inches and the height is around 46 inches. The sports car has a wheelbase of around 99.5 inches, and it is fitted with a light but rigid all-aluminum monocoque chassis. The 1996 Acura NSX is also fitted with forged alloy wheels that are connected to the body with forged control arms.
The hardtop version of the 1996 Acura NSX has a fixed aluminum roof top, while the targa-top version features a 19-pound, lightweight, removable roof panel. Both versions are low-slung, with a smooth and aerodynamic exterior design.
As mentioned previously, the 1996 Acura NSX is designed with a low-slung exterior look for better aerodynamics, but this does not negatively affect the interior cabin at all. Despite the low placement and mid-engine layout of the car, it offers significantly better entry and exit than most sports cars.
The 1996 Acura NSX also offers better visibility than most other exotic cars, despite its poor rearview and the fact that the top-half of the dashboard tends to cause a reflection on the windshield.
On the downside, the audio controls and electronic climate controls are difficult to see and operate because of the sun’s glare through the windshield. The luggage space is also minimal, but this is expected from a two-seat sport coupe.
Inspired by the F-16 cockpit, the interior design of the 1996 Acura NSX is quite attractive. The cabin itself is spacious enough to accommodate six-footers as well. Although a little low-slung, the seats are comfortable and supportive.
Performance & Handling
The 1996 Acura NSX is fitted with a 3.0-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 252 horsepower (hp) with the automatic transmission, and 270 hp with the five-speed manual gearbox. There are no other engine options available.
The V-6 engine under the hood of the 1996 Acura NSX feels reliable and refined. Surprisingly, it also feels and delivers practical performance figures. The car’s unique, F1-inspired exterior and powerful engine combine to deliver great performance and a thrilling ride. Overall, the NSX drives fast, but it also feels smoother, more refined, and more practical than most other performance-enhanced coupes.
Despite the relatively small engine, the NSX accelerates at a rate comparable to other noteworthy sport coupes. The car touches the 60 mph mark from a standstill in around 5.8 seconds, and it surprisingly features decent fuel economy.
In terms of steering, the 1996 Acura NSX tends to feel a little unresponsive, especially while driving slowly and without the Power Assist feature. The coupe corners steadily and keeps itself firmly on the ground. Noise from the tires, wind, and engine are within acceptable limits.
The NHTSA has not conducted safety crash tests on the 1996 Acura NSX yet.
EPA Fuel Economy
Acura NSX, 3.0-liter V-6, automatic transmission: 18/24 mpg city/highway
- Great acceleration
- Practical performance
- Decent fuel economy
- Stable steering and handling
- Relatively spacious cabin
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