Honda is one of the oldest names in the Japanese Automating Industry. It has put out legendary cars (Integra Type R, S2000, Civic Type R) and created legendary spinoffs (Acura, Honda Racing Corporation) . It also created VTEC, which is like… super cool. But today we aren’t going to focus on Honda as a whole, but rather its luxury brand, Acura. Today, Acura could be seen as a brand of its own, as it competes directly with large automakers like BMW and Lexus. But, today isn’t even about the remarkable accomplishments of Acura, but the beginning of Acura. But rather the beginning of a new sports car era. The beginning of Japanese Sports Car Dominance. The beginning of American fascination with JDM vehicles. This is the Acura NSX.
The story of the Acura NSX doesn’t even start with Acura, but rather its parent company Honda. In 1984 Honda was testing out some new car concepts when they came across one that particularly inspired them. The Honda engineers took a Honda City and cut it in half, and shoved an engine behind the driver sending power to the rear wheels. Honda had just created a Mid-Engine, Rear Wheel Drive test mule. Although this idea didn’t ever reach development, it served as a large inspiration for the NSX. Later in 1984, Honda and Pininfarina created the HP-X concept. The HP-X featured a 2.0 Liter mid engine layout, and looked pretty insane. This HP-X spiraled into a project called “NSX”, and rumors began to spread of something important happening at Honda. The NSX made its historic debut at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, where everyone immediately fell in love with Honda’s latest creation. The First Generation NSX featured a 3.0 Liter naturally aspirated V6 with VTEC, Honda’s technological infant. It was certainly a success in the auto industry as it was faster, cheaper, and more reliably that its Ferrari counter part.
The NA2 Version of the NSX debuted in 1997 which altered the car slightly. A larger 3.2 Liter V6 replaced the old 3.0 Liter which raised its horsepower figures from 270 to 290 respectively. It increased torque figures from 210 LB/FT to 225 LB/FT respectively. The NA2 model also got to see a new facelift and an optional Targa Top.
The Honda NSX was discontinued in 2005, and to be honest nobody is truly sure why. Maybe its time as number 1 was up, and maybe the market was looking for something different. But nevertheless, this wouldn’t be the end of the NSX…
But a quick discussion. I though this was the Acura NSX. Why are we calling it the Honda NSX? Simple, because of America. Anywhere the NSX was sold in North America, Honda had it referred to as the Acura NSX, in an attempt to kick start their new luxury brand. Anywhere outside of North America, it kept its Honda emblem.
As we all know, the NSX would return to make one heck of a rebound. In 2007, rumors started emerging that Honda was going to try to revive the legendary NSX name. in 2012, the all new Acura NSX was born and showed off at the North American Auto Show. This time, things were different. The new NSX would be a hybrid. It would feature all wheel drive, a twin-turbocharged 3.5 Liter V6, three electric motors, and a 9-Speed automatic transmission. It would likely be easier to list the things that aren’t in this car. All this combined allows the Acura NSX to put out 573 horsepower and 476 LB-FT of torque and reach a top speed of 191 miles per hour. To put it lightly, the folks at Honda went over-the-top for this car. The new NSX is featured in Honda’s various racing departments, and doesn’t have any plans for any modifications or discontinuation.