The History And Evolution of The Acura NSX

Acura NSX

The Acura NSX, which also known as Honda NSX, is a two-seater sports car with a mid-engine manufactured by The Korean giant automobile firm Honda. It is not a new car in the market since its history dates back nearly 28 years. Initially, Honda wanted to build the HP-X model in 1984 with a 2L mid-engined V6 rear-wheel drive to rival The Ferrari V8 engine. Even then, their desire to offer it at a lower price point and greater reliability saw the project evolve into the production of NSX experimental sports car. The project which was pioneered by Engineer Shigeru Uehara and Chief designer Masahito Nakano and adopted technologies from other aerodynamic models including the F-16 cockpit.

NSX Production

First production- Mass production

When rolled out; it became The first mass-produced model with a full aluminum body kit. It was powered by a 3.0 L V6 engine with a 4-speed sport shift automatic transmission or a 5-speed manual. The first car was rolled out in 1989 and underwent a performance enhancement in 1997 which included refitting it with a 3.2 L V6 engine.

Second production-Enhancement and Upgrades

That was followed by a second upgrade that mostly included a facelift in 2002 before production was discontinued in – sixteen years after its initial rollout – 2005. While it went by the name Honda NSX, it was specifically branded Acura NSX in The North American market segment.

1997 Acura NSX

Why It Was Taken Out Of Production

There are several reasons as to why Honda discontinued the Acura NSX. First, the engine had not undergone a regular update to the point where it could pass stringent emission control standards. Secondly, Honda wasn’t selling enough of them to make the venture profitable and sustainable. Since the car was hand built it couldn’t enjoy the economies of scale that most large production brands enjoy. This kept the price high, way above what it could have been, for a similar mass produced model.

Third, there was the sense of dissatisfaction among potential consumers that the car lacked the horsepower that should have made it a supercar in line with its brand. Even then, there are some NSX models out there cranking both superchargers & turbochargers, and winning races against fellow turbochargers. Lastly, they stopped production since the price range was similar to those models with more superior qualities and specs than The NSX. For $90,000 at the then market rates, you could get fancier and more prestigious models like The V8-engine Ferrari.

The second generation


In 2007 Honda announced that they were reviving the NSX model by 2010, taking after the Acura ASCC model. Unfortunately, the global economic downturn of 2008 dampened the prospects of an immediate comeback. The project was moved forward and in 2013 Honda announced that they had set aside a$70 million budget to refit their logistics center into an Acura NSX manufacturing facility. The Ohio production plant had about 100 workers at the beginning of output in 2013. By the end of production in 2005 Honda had sold about 18,000 Acura NSX cars over the 15 years before sales tanked. The new NSX has a 3.7 L V6 engine and three electric motors with a combined 480 horsepower and an all-wheel drive system.


On May 24th Honda rolled out the first Acura NSX from their Ohio manufacturing plant. The model which had earlier been displayed at the American International Auto Show, was a huge hit with Auto dealers and NASCAR racing team owner Rick Hendrick who purchasing the first second generation NSX for $1.2 million. The new model has a 3.5 L V6 engine, two of which constitute part of the all-wheel drive train also known as the SH-AWD.

The first car was bought at auction  and he proceeds were later given out as donations to The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as well as Camp Southern Ground. The enthusiasm that has met mean it will stay viable for the foreseeable future. This new NSX is keeping up with the original cutting edge designs the first generation Acura NSX had. Key among them are the ultra-high-strength steel, aluminum fittings and a varied range of sturdy, lightweight features that are the world’s first application.

So far orders for NSX stretch as far back as February when the company announced the rolling out of the model. Its future viability depends on its ability to compete with the other models in its category. On top of the pile in the competition is the Porsche 911, McLaren 570s and 570TG, Mercedes AM GT/GTS, AUDI R8, Nissan GT-R, Jaguar F-Type R and Aston Martin Vantage.

Acura NSX is ranked fifth in that segment behind Audi R8 and just above Nissan GT-R.

Acura NSX


  • Chassis: It has an aluminum frame reinforced with a carbon fiber as well as a steel roll cage that is approved by The Japanese Automobile Federation.
  • Engine: It has a custom-designed V6 engine which relies on a water-coolant. It is a 3.5 L 4-valve per cylinder engine.
  • Speed: The car has a steady maximum speed of 191 mph (307 km/h) which is well absorbed by its lean body.
  • Fuel: The Acura NSX uses The unleaded 100 RON gasoline.
  • Lubrication: Its lubrication is The Mobil 1, Model, BP, and Elf.
  • The Fuel delivery: It has a Fuel injection system.
  • The wheelbase: Its wheelbase is about 2,530 mm.

Changes & Adjustments

The Acura NSX was meant to compete with the Ferrari 328, but that was later revised to the Ferrari 348 towards the end of the production phase. Because of that, the 2L V6 engine of the Honda model HP-X was ruled out in favor of the more powerful and efficient 3.0 L VTEC V6 engine. The F-16 model in which the cockpit is in front of the powerplant was the motivation for the ‘cab forward’ design in the car.

Costs and Visuals

The car costs an average of $156, 940. Meanwhile, the price tags in that segment range from $85k-$191k. Its wheelbase is 103.5-inch, which is just a 3.9-inch stretch from the original 2005 NSX, while overall length grows by approximately 1.8 inches only. The new Acura NSX is known to accelerate from 0-60 mph in about 2.7 seconds and 0-100 in about 6.4 seconds. The bottom line is that the new Acura NSX has had significant improvements which will have car enthusiasts reeling with joy as they cruise through roads.

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