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1999 Acura NSX Review
One of the best all-around exotics.
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The 1999 Acura NSX is a sports car sold as the Honda NSX in Japan and other international markets. The car was manufactured by Honda and sold under its North American luxury brand, Acura. Since its introduction in 1991, the NSX has been heralded as one of the best sports cars ever produced. Over eight years of production, it has created an image of a well-balanced, powerful, and perfectly poised car.
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Acura NSX, Acura NSX T
This year sees the introduction of the Alex Zanardi Edition of the Acura NSX. However, only 50 models of this limited edition will be made available for the North American market. This edition gets a fixed roof, lighter rear spoiler, and manual steering for reducing up to 150 pounds off its curb weight. The Alex Zanardi edition also gets BBS alloy wheels, softer red-stitched leather seats, and a titanium shifter. As a tribute to the CART champion, this edition also gets a lower height and stiffer suspension.
The exterior design of the NSX, which is based on an F-16 fighter jet, has remained unchanged since the sports car was first introduced. While the design may seem outdated to some people, it is still quite attractive and one of the plus points of the sports car. The 1999 Acura NSX has a length of 174.2 inches and a height of 46 inches. It uses an ultra-rigid and ultra-light all-aluminum monocoque chassis, along with forged control arms to connect with the forged alloy wheels. The low-slung 1999 Acura NSX is available to two body styles. One is a hardtop coupe, while the other is fitted with a 19-pound lightweight removable roof panel.
Even though the 1999 Acura NSX has a road-hugging exterior styling and a mid-engine layout, it has better entry and exit than most other sports cars, including the Chevrolet Corvette. It also has the best visibility among other exotic automobiles, despite the fact that its over-the-shoulder view is poor and the top part of the dashboard reflects onto the windshield.
Another problem inside the 1999 Acura NSX is that sunlight can make it impossible to see the electronic climate and audio controls properly. The interior of the NSX, which has been inspired by an F-16 cockpit, offers enough space for even six-foot occupants. The dashboard is also as user-friendly as that of the Acura Legend. The seating may be low-slung, but it is still quite comfortable. Expectedly, luggage space is minimal.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Acura NSX is available with a three-liter V-6 that delivers 252 horsepower and comes with a four-speed automatic transmission. The car is also available with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The 1999 Acura NSX is very refined and reliable, and modestly practical. It is a unique combination of performance, racecar engineering, and good looks. This sports coupe is undoubtedly fast, but it is also surprisingly smoother, more refined, and easier to drive than other high-performance cars. Even though the NSX uses relatively smaller engines, its acceleration rivals that of the Porsche 911 and V8 Corvette.
The 1999 Acura NSX goes from standstill to 60 mph in 5.8 second, and it offers a great fuel economy as well. This sports car steers well, although it tends to be a little too heavy for parking without power assist. Cornering is stable and flat, and noise levels from the engine, tires, and wind are acceptable. The 1999 Acura NSX seems like the perfect exotic; delivering everything that a true exotic would have and with none its inherent drawbacks. However, this sports car does have one serious drawback: its price.
There is no safety information available for the 1999 Acura NSX.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Amazing acceleration
- Good steering and handling
- Great looks
- High build quality
- Relatively spacious interior
You Won't Like
- High price tag
- Poor rear visibility
One of the best all-around exotics.
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