1991 Honda NSX
Acura (United States)
|Also called||Acura NSX (America)|
|Production||1990–2005 (first generation)
|Body and chassis|
The origins of the NSX trace back to 1984, with the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental) 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" "eXperimental", although the production model was launched as the 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 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 or 4-speed Sports Shift automatic transmissions.
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, and a facelift in 2002 before being discontinued in 2005. North American models were sold as the Acura NSX.
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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). Despite prototypes being tested for production, just a year later, Honda announced that plans had been cancelled due to poor economic conditions. 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. 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". 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. 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. The first NSX rolled off the line in Ohio on May 27, 2016. Hendrick was there to drive it off. The first sales of the new NSX in the US were registered in June 2016.
|This section is missing information about the sales of the first generation. (July 2017)|
|Subcompact||City / Jazz||City||Logo||Brio|
|Civic||Civic||Civic||Civic||Civic||Fit / Jazz||Fit / Jazz||Fit / Jazz|
|Ballade||Ballade||Concerto||Domani||Fit Aria / City||City||City / Grace|
|Ascot Innova||Integra SJ|
|Accord||Accord||Accord||Accord CB||Accord CD||Accord CF||Insight|
|Accord Inspire||Accord CB3/CC||Accord CG7/CH5||Crider|
|Mid-size||Vigor||Accord CG||Accord CL||Accord CU||Accord CR|
|Inspire||Inspire / Saber||Inspire / Saber||Inspire / Accord UC||FCX Clarity|
|Full-size||Inspire / Accord CP|
|Coupé||Ballade Sports CR-X||CR-X||Civic Coupe||Civic Coupe||Insight||CR-Z|
|Integra Coupe||Integra Coupe||Integra Coupe|
|Accord Coupe||Accord Coupe||Accord Coupe|
|Legend Coupe||Legend Coupe|
|Convertible||City Cabriolet||CR-X del Sol|
|Sport compact||Civic Type R||Civic Type R||Civic Type R||Civic Type R|
|Integra Type R||Integra Type R|
|Sports car||Accord Type R||Accord Euro-R|
|NSX Type R||NSX-R|
|HR-V||Vezel / HR-V|
|Station wagon||Civic Country||Civic Shuttle||Civic Shuttle||Orthia||Airwave||Fit Shuttle|
|Accord Wagon CB9||Accord Wagon CEI||Accord Wagon CF6||Accord Wagon CM||Accord Tourer CW|
|Mini MPV||Capa||Mobilio Spike||Freed Spike|
|S-MX||Edix / FR-V||Jade|
|Minivan||Shuttle||Odyssey RA6||Odyssey RB||Odyssey RB3||Odyssey RC|
|Odyssey||LaGreat/Odyssey RL||Odyssey RL3||Odyssey RL5|
|Civic Van||Civic Pro||Civic Pro||Partner Van||Partner|
|Entry-level luxury car||Coupé||Integra||Integra||Integra||RSX|
|Mid-size luxury car||Coupé||Legend||Legend||CL||CL|
|Full-size luxury car||Legend||Legend||RL||RL||RLX|
|Note||Vehicle sold only in Canada.|
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