Honda NSX

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Honda NSX
Honda NSX reg 1991 2977 cc.JPG
1991 Honda NSX
Manufacturer Honda (International)
Acura (United States)
Also called Acura NSX (America)
Production 1990–2005 (first generation)
2016–present (second generation)
Body and chassis
Class Sports car

The Honda NSX, marketed in North America as the Acura NSX, is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car manufactured by Honda/Acura.

The origins of the NSX trace back to 1984, with the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental)[1] concept, which was a mid-engined 3.0 L V6 engined rear wheel drive sports car. Honda committed to the project, with the intention of meeting or exceeding the performance of the then V8 engined Ferrari range, while offering reliability and a lower price point. The concept thus evolved and had its name changed to NS-X, which stood for "New", "Sportscar" "Unknown world" (the X was a reference to the mathematical symbol X, which stands for an unknown variable),[2] although the production model was launched as the NSX.

First generation (1990–2005)[edit]

Post-facelift NSX


The NSX was designed by a team led by Chief Designer, Masahito Nakano, and Executive Chief Engineer, Shigeru Uehara. It benefitted from advanced aerodynamics and styling inspired by a F-16 fighter jet cockpit[3] and input from the late Formula One World Champion, Ayrton Senna, during the final development stages.

This NSX became the world's first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminium body. It was powered by an all-aluminium 3.0 L V6 engine, which featured Honda's VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system developed in the 1980s, a 5-speed manual transmission or the SportShift 4-speed automatic transmission, which allows the option of conventional automatic shifting or manually shifting with a fingertip control shift lever on the steering column.[4]

It was presented at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show and was built in a purpose-made factory in Japan, for sale from 1990. It was originally available as a coupé and, from 1995, a targa top. It underwent a performance upgrade in 1997, which saw the arrival of a larger 3.2 L V6 engine,[5] and a facelift in 2002 before being discontinued in 2005. North American models were sold as the Acura NSX.

Sales figures in the U.S[edit]

Year Units sold
2005 207
2004 178
2003 221
2002 233
2001 182
2000 221
1999 238
1998 303
1997 415
1996 460
1995 884
1994 533
1993 652
1992 1,154
1991 1,940
1990 1,119

Second generation (2016–present)[edit]

Honda NSX
Detroit NAIAS 2015 2016 Acura NSX.JPG
2015 Acura NSX
Manufacturer Honda
Also called Acura NSX (in North America)
Production May 2016—present[6]
Assembly Performance Manufacturing Center,
Marysville, Ohio, United States
Designer Michelle Christensen
Toshinobu Minami (2012 Concept)[7]
Body and chassis
Class Sports car (S)
Body style 2-door coupe
Layout Longitudinal, Mid-engine, four-wheel drive / rear-wheel drive (NSX GT3)
Engine Longitudinally mounted 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6, dual front electric motors, rear electric motor
Transmission 9-speed dual clutch automated manual
Wheelbase 2,630 mm (104 in)
Length 4,470 mm (176 in)
Width 1,940 mm (76 in)
Height 1,215 mm (47.8 in)
Curb weight 1,725 kg (3,803 lb)
Predecessor Honda NSX (first generation)

In December 2007, Honda announced plans to launch a NSX successor by 2010, based on the styling of the front V10-engined Acura ASCC (Advanced Sports Car Concept).[8] Despite prototypes being tested for production, just a year later, Honda announced that plans had been cancelled due to poor economic conditions.[9] Instead, in March 2010, Honda unveiled the HSV-010 GT for participation in the Japanese SuperGT Championship. This car never reached production as a street-legal car.

Reports that Honda was again developing a successor to the NSX reemerged in April 2011.[10] By December 2011, Honda officially announced a second generation NSX concept, which was unveiled the following month at the 2012 North American International Auto Show as the Acura NSX Concept.

The production model was displayed three years later at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, for sale in 2016. Although the original name was retained, this time it was defined as "New Sports eXperience".[11] Unlike the first generation NSX which was manufactured in Japan, the new NSX was designed and engineered in Marysville, Ohio, at Honda's plant, by designer Michelle Christensen and chief engineer Ted Klaus.

The new NSX is a hybrid sports car powered by 3.5 L twin-turbo V6 engine and three electric motors, two of which form part of the "SH-AWD" all wheel drive drivetrain, altogether capable of close to 600 hp. The transmission is a 9-speed dual-clutch semi-automatic. Its body utilizes a space frame design, which is made from aluminum, ultra-high strength steel, and other rigid and lightweight materials, some of which are the world's first applications.

The first production vehicle with VIN #001 was auctioned off by Barrett Jackson on January 29, 2016.[12] NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick won the auction with a bid for US$1,200,000. The entire bid was donated to the charities Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.[13][14][15][16][17] The first NSX rolled off the line in Ohio on May 27, 2016. Hendrick was there to drive it off.[18][19][20][21][22] The first sales of the new NSX in the US were registered in June 2016.


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