Long before it was ever introduced, the NSX was stirring the interest and passion of knowledgeable car enthusiasts all over the world. The word was out. Honda was building a mid-engined exotic sports car. And knowing the thoroughness of Honda's engineering, and the resident passion for high performance within the walls of the Research and Development center at Tochigi, the car world knew that something to be reckoned was in the making.
And when it made its first appearance in 1991, the accolades poured in. Everyone's highest hopes had been fulfilled. The NSX was a milestone exotic that was destined to achieve a niche all its own.
The NSX was discontinued in November 2005, but was later revived in 2016.
The NSX was designed to give Honda/Acura a technology and image leader. It featured a very advanced, mid-mounted 270-hp VTEC dohc V6. Other high-tech buzzwords included ABS, traction control, and aluminum chassis, body and suspension. The original idea was to provide Ferrari-like performance at Porsche prices. Its main competitors were the Porsche 911, Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1 and (on price, but not performance) the Mercedes-Benz SL320 convertible.
Over the years of its production, the only major changes have been price (up), color (more), the wheel/tire package (larger, lower profile), and the addition of an automatic transmission. By 1994, about 5000 have been sold. However, it was clear from news stories about angry NSX owners, complaining that the very high-performance tires wear out too quickly, that many buyers were unclear about the strengths and weaknesses of ultra-exotic sports cars. Those buyers would probably have been happier with more luxury and less temperament.
A total of 1,119 units of the 1991 NSX were sold in 1990.
The 1994 NSX was introduced in January 1994 with no changes. It sold through December 1994.
Acura declined to offer any official description, but "new technology" was promised along with "two variations." An open-roof NSX, called the NSX-T, was assumed for the first time, along with more displacement to increase torque, and a fashionable 6-speed transaxle.
No one has ever offered a Formula One race car-style semi-automatic transmission, adaptive (not active) suspension, carbon fiber or other advanced composites in a genuine production car, all of which were other possibilities for the 1995 model year.
The NSX-T was unveiled in January 1995, and it went on sale in March 1995.
The hardtop NSX returned in 1996. It first went on sale in October 1995.
For 1997, the NSX flied the flag of performance. It was known as the best sports car ever built, winning countless accolades in the enthusiast press. From its all aluminum monocoque body to the 290-horsepower VTEC engine, with titanium connecting rods, the NSX was an engineering tour de force.
Unlike any other Acura vehicle, the NSX was completely designed, engineered and built by Acura's Research and Development group in Tochigi. The engineers who designed and developed it and the assembly technicians that were responsible for assembling it had all been hand-picked for their skill and dedication. Like the finest European exotics, each engine was completely assembled by a skilled technician. And each car was tested at maximum speed at Tochigi's high-banked oval track before being released for delivery.
The NSX remained unchanged for 1998, when the car was released for sale on November 10, 1997.
The 1999 NSX went on sale in December 1998, and was replaced by the 2000 models as of September 29, 1999, with prices still unchanged.
|Model year(s)||List price||Effective date|
|February 10, 1991|
|February 9, 1992|
|1994||$73,300||October 1, 1993|
||March 7, 1995|
||October 6, 1995|
- $600 (1991-1992)
- $700 (1993-1994)
- $725 (1995-1998)
- $745 (1999-2000)