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The History of the Acura NSX

Published on August 29 2016

The history of the Acura NSX is rich, but as you can see, there have not been many versions.

Like many supercars, the Honda NSX, or Acura NSX as we know it here, was created in the mid-1980s in order to compete with the V8 engine-powered Ferraris of the time. Except that Honda's goal was to offer the same performance of the Italian supercars, but at a more affordable price and with a V6 engine.

The First Acura NSX in 1990

The Acura NSX was launched in 1990 but it was in 1984 that the concept that previewed the eventual NSX first was introduced. Called the HP-X, or Honda Pininfarina eXperimental, the concept was powered by a 2.0-liter V6 engine that sent power to the rear wheels. The model was subsequently renamed the NSX, or New, Sportscar, eXperimental.

The first production NSX designed by Masahito Nakano and with a cockpit inspired by an F-16 was introduced at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. It was powered by a 3.0-liter V6 engine developing 270 horsepower and 210 lb-ft of torque, but more impressively it was the first production car to feature an all-aluminum body. It was possible to opt for a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic.

In 1997, the Acura NSX received a slight design update and a new 3.2 liter V6 engine that delivers 290 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the five-speed manual gearbox gave way to a six-speed manual transmission.

Then in 2002, the NSX received the most significant aesthetic changes in its history when the pop-up headlights were replaced by visible xenon headlights. The Targa model was now the only one available in North America while the automatic four-speed transmission now had gearshift paddles.

The New 2017 Acura NSX

The history of the Acura NSX is rich, but as you can see, there have not been many versions. The first-generation Acura NSX was discontinued in 2005, and it took until 2012 at the Detroit Auto Show to see a concept release. Then in 2015, we were finally able to see the production version of the all-new 2017 Acura NSX.

The latter is a hybrid and is powered by a twin-turbo V6 3.5-liter engine coupled to three electric motors, two of which directly propel the wheels for a total power out of 573 hp. The new 2017 Acura NSX is an AWD vehicle with a dual-clutch 9-speed automatic transmission.

Discover the new 2017 NSX today at Camco Acura in Ottawa!

 

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