Acura NSX

The Acura NSX was marketed in North America and is also known as the Honda NSX that was produced in 1990. It is a two-seat mid-engine sports car that was manufactured by Honda and was designed by a team led by Chief Designer Masahito Nakano and Executive Chief Engineer Shigeru Uehara. The NSX origin started in 1984 with Honda’s HP-X (Honda Pininfarina Experimental) concept which was a rear-wheel-drive 3.0L V6 mid-engine sports car that aims to surpass the performance of the Ferraris and Porches while offering great reliability, drivability, and comfort at a much less expensive price.


 

Exterior and Interior

 

First Generation

The first generation of Acura NSX was produced from 1990 to 2005 and the first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminum semi-monocoque body. The aluminum is also extensively used in the engine, chassis, frame, and suspension components.

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The NSX was an outstanding car with its great exterior and harmoniously flowing lines as well as the hidden pop-up headlight that makes it cooler and appealing to the eye. It also features some safety equipment including an airbag system, anti-lock braking system, and trunk control. In 1992, the limited edition NSX-R was made for those who want a racing car experience but at the cost of comfort. It is a version of NSX that was developed for more superior track performance and racing capabilities thus, a weight reduction program was done. Some items were removed including the audio system, air conditioning system, spare tire, traction control, and electrical equipment to achieve the final weight of 1,230 kg (2,712 lb).

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The production of NSX-R was discontinued in September 1995. In 1995, the NSX-T with a removable Targa top was released. This removable roof added an appeal to the car but decreased the rigidity of the chassis. To compensate they include thicker frame rocker panels, roof pillars, and the addition of new front/rear bulkhead and floorplan crossmembers.

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The interior also features special seats made by Recaro, chrome and silver plated radio and cd panels, chrome shift knob along with power windows and leather dash. In 1997, massive upgrades worldwide were given to the NSX, and some changes including a keyless entry system, vehicle immobilizer system, a car navigation system, HID headlights, and inclusion of electric power steering on the hardtop coupe trims were added.

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Second Generation

Almost a decade after the last model was produced, the second generation of the Acura NSX which is a 2-seats, all-wheel drive, mid-engine hybrid electric sports car was released in May 2016.

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The new NSX offers a striking feature with its sharp angles at both ends and perfectly combined to the smooth surface up to the cockpit. This gives the car a dynamic look and a high level of superiority and performance as well as visual discipline and restraint which gives an aura of power. The use of aluminum and carbon fiber is added to the exterior panel. The front hood is sporting two large vents right above the wheel arches and the massive blades separating the main grille from the sides have been revised.

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The door sill is more conventional and the windshield is thinner and stronger while the rear haunches and spreads giving it a solid and settled look. It also features a navigation system, audio system, Bluetooth pairing, USB, and AUX inputs. When it comes to safety, the NSX includes an anti-lock braking system with electronic brake distribution, brake assist, tire pressure monitoring system with location and pressure indicators, vehicle stability assist with traction control, driver and passenger multiple-threshold airbags, and three points belts with automatic tensioning system and a reminder to the front seats.

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Also fitted with cruise control, high beam headlamps,19/20-inch alloy wheels, power-folding side mirrors, LED taillights, and corner and backup sensors.

 

Engine

 

First Generation

The Acura NSX first generation was equipped with a 3.0L V6 with Honda’s VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) and a 5-speed manual transmission.

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. It has a 270 hp (201 kW; 274 PS) 210 lb-ft (285 Nm) with a top speed of 163 mph. In 1997, the 3.2L was offered to produce 290 hp (216 kW; 294 PS) and torque of 305 Nm (225 lb-ft) with a 6-speed manual transmission. To handle the increased torque and power, a dual-mass low-inertia single disc clutch system was equipped to replace the diameter twin-disc clutch system. The 3.0L was retained with its 4-speed automatic producing 252 hp power output.

 

Second Generation

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The Acura NSX second-generation differs from its previous model for it featured a hybrid electric powertrain, with its 3.5L V6 twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC 4 valves per cylinder producing a power output of 500 hp (507 PS; 373 kW) at 6,500–7,500 rpm and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft) of torque at 2,000–6,000 rpm combined to a three electric motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT), and a 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery generating a combined maximum output of 573 hp (581 PS; 427 kW) and 476 lb-ft (645 Nm) of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of over 307 km/h (191 mph).

 

Conclusion

Honda is one of the leading automakers in the world and already gained a lot of reputation in the market when building a car. The Acura NSX is one of them, it offers a new level of prestige, drivability, superiority and reliability with its high performance and comfort that is lacking in other sports cars. It has a speed that can satisfy the racing enthusiast whether it’s on the road or the track. The advanced innovative technology used can even rival the known sports and it also has the highest per-liter output than any naturally aspired V6 car in the world.

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