Acura NSX

Acura NSX was the company’s premier sports car for a time, and on par with vehicles like Ferrari as far as speed, handling and technology. In fact, even the body style of the first NSX produced was very similar to the Ferrari. It debuted in 1990 and featured rear-wheel drive and an aluminum V-6 engine along with a variable valve timing and a VTEC system.

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Acura NSX's Evolution

The idea of introducing a sports car of this caliber was conceived in 1984. Honda hired Pininfarina, an Italian car designer, to make the Honda HP-X. After the project was underway, Honda decided it wanted this car to compete with sports cars coming out of Germany and Italy. “The New Sports Car Experimental” prototype went into development, abbreviated as the NSX. Several changes were made with the new direction, including replacing the two liter V-6 with the much more powerful three liter VTEC V-6. Several of the technologies from Honda’s F1 motor sport program were incorporated and a number of names from the world of Formula One Racing were involved.

The NSX was the first to feature an all-aluminum monocoque body along with an aluminum alloy frame and suspension, making it incredibly light. This, coupled with the engine power, made it one of the most impressive sports cars available. It was first introduced to the public at the Chicago Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show in 1989. Two years later, it was on sale in Japan under the Honda name, then in North America under Honda’s luxury line, Acura.

Acura NSX Models

The NSX was always meant to be an exotic sports car; however, the first generation NSX-R made compromises in order to increase drivability and improve its appeal to the general public. It was soon found that fans of the vehicle were less interested in creature comforts than raw power, so Acura shifted its focus to create a more track-worthy version by decreasing weight, removing audio and air conditioning systems, replacing leather seats with carbon fiber, and more. The first generation NSX was the lightest and performs amazingly on tracks, though the ride was considered "rough." Driver-friendly and racing models were also available.

The popularity of the NSX continued and, in 1995, the NSX-T was introduced. This model included a number of changes, including an optional targa top roof and a softened suspension that made for smoother and more accurate handling. The improved suspension also decreased the common over-steering problem which plagued many similar engines. Power steering was available with the manual transmission, where before it was only available with the automatic.

The biggest jump in performance was in 1997. A 3.2 liter engine replaced the 3.0 liter engine while torque was increased from 210 lb/ft to 225 lb/ft. This year also offered a six-speed manual transmission. The NSX could now go from 0-to-60 in 4.5 seconds. Another improvement was the brake rotor size, which increased from 11.1 inches to 11.732 inches. This led to larger wheels and tires, but a new aluminum alloy decreased the weight even further.

In 1999, a special Alex Zanardi Edition was available, with improved racing performance and a signed plaque from the famed driver. The hard-top NSX model was discontinued in 2002, leaving only the NXS-T. Design improvements that year included new xenon headlights, revised suspension, and wider rear tires. It was also offered with a four-speed automatic transmission with manual shift feature.

The final upgrade came in 2004 with an in-trunk CD-changer and keyless entry. The car was discontinued after 2005.

While the NSX was a sports performance vehicle, it was considered an exotic car in line with higher-cost and better-known Ferrari. The early NSX models were considered some of the most reliable sports cars of this class on the road, enjoying a much longer life, often over 100,000 miles while enjoying few major engine problems over time.

Select an Acura NSX Year

2019 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

2018 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

2017 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

2005 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

First introduced back in 1990, the Acura NSX is a well-established member of the Acura family.

2004 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

2003 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

The two-seat 2003 Acura NSX sports coupe is a seven-year-old design that is due for an update.

2002 Acura NSX

Coupe, Sports

The 2003 Acura NSX sports coupe is a seven-year-old design that is due for an update.

2001 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2001 Acura NSX is a distant relative of the Honda Accord.

2000 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 2000 Acura NSX is a sports car manufactured by Honda and sold by the Acura brand of luxury automobiles.

1999 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 1999 Acura NSX is a sports car sold as the Honda NSX in Japan and other international markets.

1998 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 1998 Acura NSX classifies as a sports car manufactured by Japanese automaker Honda Motors.

1997 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 1997 Acura NSX is one of the highest performance vehicles available on the market.

1996 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The 1996 Acura NSX is a sports car that is also sold as the Honda NSX in the Japanese domestic market.

1995 Acura NSX

Convertible, Coupe, Sports

The pedigree of the Acura NSX can be traced to the year 1984, when Honda asked Italian custom-shop, Pininfarina, to collaborate on a design that could compete with sports cars from Germany and Italy.