The Illustrious History of the Acura NSX

November 11th, 2016 by

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The original Acura NSX was launched more than 25 years ago, and it began a journey that captivated auto enthusiasts from the very beginning. The Acura NSX history includes lofty successes and some challenges, too.

Key Milestones

  • Concept – In 1989, the NSX was introduced in sketches and as a concept car at the Chicago Auto Show. It was groundbreaking. Supercars then were either true performance cars or cars that had compromised power and performance for comfort. The risky proposition was that this car could do both.
  • Launch – The 1991 NSX was launched in 1990 with a 270 hp VTEC 3.0L V6 engine and five-speed manual transmission. It was met with serious critical acclaim. The press loved that it was built not by robots, but with precision, much of it by hand. Motor Trend called it “the best sports car the world has ever produced. Any time. Any place. Any price.”
  • Advancements – Design and engineering changes came along over the next several years. The 1995 NSX-T included a targa-type roof panel that could be removed, as well as a four-speed automatic transmission option. Engineering advances in 1997 included a stronger 290 hp engine and standard six-speed manual transmission.
  • Special Edition – In 1998, 49 special-edition models honoring racecar driver Alex Zanardi were produced. They were super-lightweight, with fixed roofs, upgraded suspensions, and distinctive styling.
  • Refresh – Production hummed along, and in 2002, the NSX had a major refresh of its styling, headlamps, and front and rear valance pieces. The suspension was also upgraded. Five special models, the JDM NSX-R GTs, were sold in 2005 for half a million dollars each, and then production stopped.
  • New Concept – A stunning Acura Advanced Sports Car Concept was shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2007, riveting the industry. Future plans included all-wheel-drive and a front-mounted V10 engine. Rumors that a modified S2000 was the prototype for the next-generation model were everywhere. The buzz was back.
  • Quiet Period – Another new prototype was spotted in 2008, and then a new NSX concept car was shown at the Detroit Auto Show in 2012. Then… nothing.
  • Complete Redesign – Finally, the world was set to get what it had been waiting for with the debut of the newly redesigned 2016 Acura NSX. This new model was brilliantly engineered, beautifully aerodynamic, and soared with power.

2017 Acura NSX

The latest chapter in Acura NSX history is here. The 2017 NSX is now available, and we would love to educate you on this amazing performance supercar. Contact us today for more information or to learn more about the history of the brand and its logo.

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