Honda NSX

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Honda NSX

1991 -
2967 - 3179 cc
256 - 276 bhp
6 spd. man / F-matic auto
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4 star
Honda NSX
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 4


In 1991 Honda was to release undoubtedly their finest car, and a worthy flagship for the marque, the mighty NSX. Graced with sleek and purposeful styling, the NSX was embodied with a sublime rear-wheel drive chassis and a fantastic mid-mounted V6 engine - the only thing lacking was the cache of its European rivals.

At the time, Honda was heavily involved in F1 and this drove the inspiration for the car. Development of the car was aided by the input of the late, great Ayrton Senna, with the design being revised in 2002 and the current model NSX featuring both Coupe and NSX-T targa-topped models.

US press releases in 1991 gave an insight to the philosophy behind the building of such a car..."Our goal in building the Acura NSX is to produce a new-generation, limited-production, handcrafted, mid-engine exotic sports car. One that would create a new synthesis between the often contradictory targets of high performance and mechanical refinement."

"In short, a bona fide exotic, but one without the ergonomic and reliability penalties often associated with this type of car.

The NSX would have the performance potential of the heavyweight exotics that are generally equipped with V-8 or V-12 engines, and at the same time the quick response and agile handling of lightweight sports cars."

"It would also offer the comfort and interior amenities of mass-produced sports cars. But more important than this, the NSX would actually enlarge the performance envelope.

Through the use of new technologies, the handling and performance limits have expanded beyond the capabilities of conventional exotic sports cars."

The F-Matic automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifts was always an expensive option. There were two engine choices, the 3179cc V6, which develops 276bhp in the (six-speed) manual models and the 3.0 V6, producing 256bhp in the F-Matic versions.

Praised by motoring journalists, and perhaps the only true supercar to have originated from Japan, we only mark down the NSX for collectability as they are still being manufactured and suffer hideous depreciation in the first few years of their life.

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