The Acura NSX, also known as the Honda NSX in some markets, is a high-performance sports car manufactured by Acura, Honda’s luxury division. It was first introduced in 1990 and quickly gained recognition as a groundbreaking and iconic sports car. The NSX has gone through various generations, each embodying Honda’s commitment to innovation and performance.
Acura NSX Brief Overview
The first-generation Acura NSX was produced from 1990 to 2005. It was designed to be a high-performance sports car with exceptional driving dynamics and a focus on everyday usability. The NSX’s innovative features included an aluminum body and chassis, advanced aerodynamics, and a mid-engine layout for optimal weight distribution. It was powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine, initially producing around 270 horsepower, but later versions saw power output increases through engine upgrades. After a hiatus in production, Acura introduced the second-generation NSX in 2016. This new NSX represents a significant leap in technology and performance. It features a hybrid powertrain, combining a twin-turbocharged V6 engine with three electric motors. The mid-mounted V6 engine produces over 500 horsepower, while the electric motors provide instantaneous torque and contribute to the NSX’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system for exceptional traction and handling. The Acura NSX is a limited-production vehicle that showcases Honda’s engineering prowess and dedication to creating an exceptional sports car. Both generations of the NSX have been produced in relatively low numbers, making it a rare and sought-after model among automotive enthusiasts.
The Acura NSX is one of our favorite historical cars and is one of the reason this writer is even into cars. The long awaited return of the NSX is finally here and in 2016 we started to see sales of the all new NSX in North American sports car markets. The NSX was always going to be a niche car and it is unclear whether it is meeting Acura’s sales goals with hundreds of units being sold.