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2000 Acura NSX Review
A statement of style and overspending.
Reviewed by Automotive on
The 2000 Acura NSX is a sports car manufactured by Honda and sold by the Acura brand of luxury automobiles. The car sells as the Honda NSX worldwide, except for in North America and Hong Kong.
The design of the Acura, which marks one of its best aspects, comes from renowned Italian designer Pininfarina.
Engines: 3.2-liter V-6, 3.0-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed manual, four-speed automatic with auto-manual
Models: Acura NSX, Acura NSX T
The six-speed manual gearbox in the 2000 Acura NSX has undergone some revisions to improve performance. The car also has an upgraded, perforated leather interior. The engines get revised as well in order to meet low-emission standards.
The 2000 Acura NSX stands 46 inches tall and has an overall length of 174.2 inches, making it a little over five inches taller than the Ford GT40. The car uses an ultra-light and ultra-rigid all aluminum chassis, forged control arms connected to forged alloy wheels, and a front and rear double wishbone suspension.
The low-slung appearance of the NSX, along with the Pininfarina design, gives it an aura similar to a Ferrari. The base model comes as a hardtop coupe, while the NSX T gets fitted with a 19-pound removable roof panel.
The rear of the car comes with an integrated spoiler that also includes the brake light mounted on its center.
Even though the 2000 Acura NSX looks small and low-slung, it remains incredibly easy to get in and out of compared to similarly shaped sport coupes. The seats offer lots of legroom, although headroom seems a bit inadequate for tall occupants to sit comfortably.
The dashboard and control panel show thoughtful design that makes it easy for the controls to be accessed and operated. The engine sits in the rear behind the seats, so the five cubic feet of cargo space in the front are modest enough for a sports car.
The 2000 Acura NSX feels as comfortable inside as a Honda Accord, which is amazing considering that most sport coupes sacrifice comfort for performance. The seat positions seem ideal, and the targa top for the NSX T easily removes and stores in a matter of minutes.
Rear visibility causes a common problem with a majority of sport coupes, but the NSX does away with this to an extent. While rear visibility for the 2000 Acura NSX does not compare to that of conventional cars, it outdoes most of its rivals.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Acura NSX comes with two engines, with each engine mated to a fixed transmission. The 3.2-liter V-6 engine delivers 290 horsepower and mates to a six-speed manual, while the three-liter V-6 engine delivers 242 horsepower and pairs with a four-speed automatic transmission.
The automatic transmission comes from Formula One racing and features the Acura SportShift, which allows drivers to shift gears manually through a lever on the steering wheel.
The 2000 Acura NSX is a decade old, but it still looks contemporary and offers admirable performance on the road. Acceleration feels smooth, and the engines prove quite lively with the manual transmission. The car still delivers impressive power with the automatic transmission despite the smaller engine.
The coupe offers a firm but comfortable ride, although things get bumpy on rough roads. Road grip is excellent, and body lean remains negligible even on sharp turns. However, the tail does wander off when taking fast and tight turns.
Government crash tests results remain unavailable for the 2000 Acura NSX.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Amazingly refined performance
- Good build quality
- Attractive exterior design
- Very stable handling
You Won't Like
- Outdated design
- Lacks horsepower
- Poor resale value
A statement of style and overspending.
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