Acura NSX was the creation of one of the largest Japanese automobile manufacturing company Honda, and it was under production for about 15 years starting from the year 1990. It was known as Acura NSX only in Hong Kong and North America, whereas it was famous under the label of Honda NSX worldwide.
The V6 gasoline engine was the heart of the car and it was also facilitated with rear-wheel drive layout. This car was specially designed to compete with Ferrari, which was offering the same facilities as Honda along with a low price. For this reason, the 2.0 L V6 engine was replaced by 3.0 L VTEC V6 engine. The body of the car was specially designed by two of the researchers namely Uehara and Okuyuma who researched over the F-16 fighter jet plane. NSX model was the first car of its type whose suspension, body, chassis and most of the parts were made up of pure aluminum. Only the amount of aluminum used in its body had a weight over 200 kgs.
In 1992, Honda decided to create a new much advanced sports car that can stand in best on road performance and thus the brand new NSX-R was created. The looks of this car was race oriented. The second generation of this car was designed and manufactured in Japan in the year 2002. In this model, the new 3.2L DOHC V6 engine was used that attracted the customers world wide. The revised engine produced a power up to 320 bhp.
By that time about 20 kg weight was reduced because of the aluminum made suspension. Paying attention to the many special facilities that are badly required in any sports-car such as the Electric Power Steering System, use of titanium rods in engine, Electronic Throttle Control and anti-lock brake system, a huge amount of money and time was spent by Honda in manufacturing this car. The resulting widespread publicity of the Acura NSX, made the company’s efforts well worth.
In 2005, another car model named NSX-R GT was produced. Once, Gordon Murray, the designer of MC Laren F1 committed that the technology used in NSX helped a lot to design McLaren. NSX was used as a safety car in two of the circuits – the Twin Ring Motegi and Suzuk.
At present, the NSX model has been changed a lot to be used in the Super GT. These changes include the engine and chassis by Mugen and Dome respectively. The super GT/GT500 model of NSX was launched at the beginning of 2003 that could produce a power transmission up to 500 bhp.
Some of the exciting features of the Acura NSX that has made it stand out to this day include;
1. Elegant Shape
If you haven’t seen the car, imagine how you see futuristic cars. Smooth, elegant and flowing. A simple shape yet very intricate in details, that’s the new NSX. The shape of it will make you think it’s already fast. It’s a head turner wherever you go.
2. Stylish Interior
Whenever the NSX shows up, all we see is the exterior, but last year, the NSX’s interior had its debut to the public eye. When comfort meets the future. Suede top, carbon fiber trims and red leather bottom half. It may sound odd to you but this interior is done beautifully with no extensiveness of color and function. It’s simply very stylish.
3. Hybrid: Speed and Efficiency
3 electric motors a twin turbo V-6 engine and 0-60mph in 3.0 seconds……you just guessed it. It is super fast. Since it’s still in it’s developmental stages, we still have no solid number as to how fast it can exactly go, but having electric motors to boost the two turbo engine, it is deemed to go fast as a mid engine vehicle. And with the electric motor, less fuel consumption so we can all enjoy a fast and longer drive.
With two electric motors attached on the front wheels, it’ll help it in turning and braking. And with the electric motor involved, it will help push the car rather than just the engine doing all the work. It’s like having coffee, with an extra shot of espresso.
4. The Drive
The folks developing the NSX has promised that instead of how the driver is overwhelmed by the car, the NSX will be about both the car and the driver. It does not mean that us, the driver, will be doing all the work. We drive and the NSX complies. This is brilliant especially with how super cars are now, we are overwhelmed with how it performs and even if we are the ones driving, the car takes over the drive.
5. It’s an Acura
The greatest edge the NSX has is that it’s an Acura: Superior handling, efficient driving. Nothing is wasted and everything is provided, this has been what the Acura is all about. So we can be sure that the NSX will hug corners, deliver sufficient speeds, be comfortable, drive longer and look amazing. A luxury brand that never boasts of anything ridiculous but gives you everything you need in a car. That’s why this Acura NSX is sure to deliver.
Now, the revived 2016- 2017 Acura NSX is rumored to be rolled out next market, but there’s no official confirmation from Honda/Acura yet.
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