Acura NSX

23 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Acura NSX
Acura NSX

The Original Everyday Supercar, the Acura NSX

Believe it or not, it#8217;s been 10 years since Acura introduced this all-aluminum bodied sports car. Back then it received well-deserved accolades for its futuristic construction and true sporting design. It still gets our kudos for being well-balanced, highly poised, easy to drive and graceful, even though you can get more horsepower and a relatively similar ride for half the price from other sports cars.

Back in the 1990s, Honda was at the top of their game and also an active participant in F1 racing. The results was a halo supercar that was made of space age materials (at the time), a incredible flexible V-6 engine and performance of modern supercars but wrapped in the reliability of an#8230;well an Honda.

Does the Acura NSX was born and entered the automotive conscious.

Acura NSX transmission

You can get the NSX with a 5-speed manual or 4-speed Formula One-type automatic transmission. My testosterone-poisoned psyche yearned for a manual transmission, but rationally I knew that all race cars these days have #8220;semi-automatic#8221; transmissions.

The console-mounted shifter in my automatic NSX had four settings: 4, 3/M, 2, 1. In #8220;4#8243;, the car behaves like any other with an automatic transmission: it chooses the best gear from 1 through 4. Shifting into 3/M from a stop, the car starts in first gear. You can accelerate until just before redline and the transmission will not shift. All control has moved into a little stalk by your right index finger. Tip it up and the car will instantly shift into second gear.

Another tip up and you#8217;re in third gear. Tip it down and the car will shift back to second, assuming that won#8217;t result in over-revving the engine.

Acura NSX Performance

While other car companies whined that the new California emissions standards were impossible, Honda figured out how to meet them with minor valve timing and induction system tweaks. The same kind of engineering brilliance was applied to the NSX#8217;s all-aluminum 3.0-liter V-6. It produces 270 hp and 210 lbs-ft of torque, which is ample considering that the car only weighs 3100 lbs.

The mid-engine design provides excellent weight distribution, keeping the wheels securely planted around turns. Braking is confident and secure with only 122 feet required to get from 60 to zero.

Acura NSX looks

Acura NSX

The radical exterior (yes, after a decade it#8217;s still exotic) of the NSX belies its logical and comfy interior. It#8217;s really as comfortable and easy to drive as its distant relative, the Honda Accord. All controls are logically placed, the seating position is ideal and the targa top is easily stored. While never a strong point of mid-engined exotic sports cars, rear visibility is better than you might expect. The shift action of the six-speed transmission (revised last year) thrills us.

The clutch and brake pedals are well placed and provide excellent feedback, as does the razor-sharp steering. On a test track it makes us feel like Schumacher.

Having the Acura NSX today

Since its 1991 introduction, other sports cars, such as the Dodge Viper and Chevrolet Corvette, have caught up to the radical NSX, and the #8216;Vette offers more horsepower at half the price. Even the Porsche 911 is a viable alternative.It seems that Acura may have seen the future once again with the regard to the NSX. The Japanese-based automaker is reportedly developing a more powerful and less expensive version for release soon.

Don#8217;t write off the original model, though. It still has plenty to offer. Drivers looking for a supercar that likes being driven at the top end of its tachometer while keeping a leech-like grip on the blacktop couldn#8217;t ask for more.

And don#8217;t forget that the NSX is part of the Acura (Honda) family, which means it won#8217;t spend most of its time on a hoist with a man making $90/hour whanging away underneath it, like other exotics. Combine that with its livable interior and excellent ergonomics and you#8217;ve got a keeper that could be used for daily commutes or joyful driving. Just bring your wallet.

Verdict: The Acura NSX is now a classic

Acura NSX
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