Monday 22nd July 2019,

Acura (Honda) NSX 1990 – 2005

Andrew Church Tang 25. September 2014 Acura, Asia, By country of origin, By type, Cars, Coupe/Convertible, Honda, Japan, NSX No Comments
In the 1980′s Honda observed Ferrari’s ‘Berlinetta’ styled sports cars and thought they would have a crack at their own. In 1984, Honda asked Pininfarina to style the Honda HP-X or Honda Pininfarina eXperimental. Taking design cues from the wedge shaped HP-X, Honda decided to develop and release the first Honda NSX in 1990 (The NSX was released under the Acura badge in America.)

When the NSX first came out, it was launched into the market competing with supercar royalty. Its main competitors included the Ferrari 348, the Chevrolet Corvette, and the Porsche 964 series. With its reasonable price range, excellent performance, and growing fan base, it was no wonder that the NSX became popular very quickly. The first NSX included an all-aluminum body and suspension powered by a 270 horsepower 3.0 Liter V6. The NSX would also feature Honda’s signature Variable Valve Timing, Lift Electronic Control system, or more commonly known as VTEC. The NSX was also one of the first Honda models to receive a ‘Type-R’ badge, which was Honda’s way of reworking their current models with a bigger emphasis on racing.

This perky Japanese Ferrari fighter also maintained a status of being a ‘practical supercar.’ Features included anti-lock brakes, traction control, leather seating, air conditioning, climate control, and power windows. The NSX also featured one of the first times that Acura worked with Bose to ensure that the acoustics in the interior were at top spec. The luggage capacity is “enough to accommodate two golf bags” as listed on Acura’s website, which isn’t very good in typical standards, yet respectable considering the NSX’s capabilities.

The NSX’s design wasn’t largely revamped in its 15 years of production. The biggest redesign of the NSX occurred in 2002, when the pop-up headlights were replaced by High-intensity Discharge headlights, which not only refreshed the front, but also improved aerodynamic capabilities. Although the NSX may be 20+ years old today, its wedge shape remains fresh and simple. The NSX is still quite the handsome brute, even by today’s standards. Some design cues such as the full cover tail lights in the rear, can be seen on new cars like the current generation Dodge Challenger or Charger.

Over the years, many famous personalities have owned NSX’s. Names such as Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, Bill Gates, Michael Jordan, Chuck Yeager, and Robert Redford have all contributed as NSX owners, some celebrities such as Tracy Morrow (Ice-T), have even attended NSX sponsored events. Some of the more significant names in NSX ownership include Gordon Murray (Designer and Technical Director of McLaren) and Ayrton Senna. Gordon Murray once drove the NSX in its prototype stages while looking for benchmarks for designing his own supercar, which would eventually become the coveted McLaren F1. While driving the NSX, Murray was so impressed with the NSX’s ride and handling that he held the NSX as his “new design target.” Murray even confesses that he copied the NSX’s ‘Drive by Wire’ technique while developing the McLaren F1. While Murray’s words have certainly put the NSX in high regard, nobody’s name is arguably tied closer to the NSX than Ayrton Senna. Senna was a three time world champion, Formula one racing driver who started driving for McLaren-Honda in 1988. During the early 90’s, Senna was one of Honda’s chief test drivers when testing the NSX. Honda received his direct input in designing the NSX, which eventually led to a stiffer suspension while testing the car at the world famous Suzuka circuit in Japan.


The Acura NSX was a very good automotive marvel released by Honda. Its unmistakable great track performance meeting everyday versatility led to one of the world’s greatest pragmatic supercars. Its key innovations such as one of the world’s first examples of tiptronic transmission on a street car also contributed to its notorious ingenuity.  Although it is a true one-of-a-kind automobile, it wasn’t as well received in America as it could have been, since reluctant Americans didn’t want to shell out such a high amount for a Japanese car.

In 2012, Acura has revealed that the NSX is coming back. The new redesign boasts sharper curves, and redeveloped styling which look arguably similar to the Audi R8. The new NSX is suggested to keep the two-door, mid-engine NSX formula with some new additions such as a hybrid system, dual clutch transmission, and Acura’s SH-AWD platform.  Whatever it may be, we’ll have to wait until 2015, when the new NSX is scheduled to be produced.

Acura Honda NSX 1990-2005
Body Type2 seater sports coupe/targa
Engine PlacementMid
Drive TypeRear wheel drive
FrontVentilated Discs
RearVentilated Discs
Cargo Volume142 L5 cu. Ft.
Engine3.0i V-TEC DOHC (1990-1997)
Displacement2977 cc181.7 cui
Power201 Kw270 bhp7200 RPM
Torque285 Nm210 ft. lb6500 RPM
Power/weight198 bhp/t
Top Speed270 km/h168 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph5.9 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Gearbox5 speed manual
Weight1365 kg3009 lb
Engine3.0i V-TEC DOHC (1990 engine/auto)
Displacement2977 cc181.7 cui
Power191 Kw256 bhp7200 RPM
Torque285 Nm210 ft. lb6500 RPM
Power/weight188 bhp/t
Top Speed251 km/h156 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph6.8 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Gearbox4 seep automatic
Weight1405 kg3097 lb
Engine3.2i V-TEC DOHC (1997-2002)
Displacement3179 cc194 cui
Power206 Kw276 bhp7200 RPM
Torque304 Nm224 ft. lb6500 RPM
Power/weight192 bhp/t
Top Speed274 km/h170 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph5.8 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Gearbox6 speed manual
Weight1435 kg3164 lb
Engine3.2i V-TEC DOHC (2002-2005)
Displacement3179 cc194 cui
Power216 Kw290 bhp7200 RPM
Torque304 Nm224 ft. lb6500 RPM
Power/weight203 bhp/t
Top Speed274 km/h170 mph
Acceleration0-100 km/h - 0-60 mph5.7 s
Fuel consumptionl/100 kmImperial mpg
Gearbox6 speed manual
Weight1430 kg3153 lb
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