2015 may mark the return of Acura’s NSX to supercar status (video)
Supercar: “A very expensive and fast sports car.” According to the English Oxford dictionary, the term Supercar was first coined in 1920 in reference to a Bentley Speed 6.
The Honda NSX, branded as an Acura in Hong Kong and the United States was introduced to the world in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show; and has enjoyed a cult status ever since. This author drove one in 92.’ Back in the day of the Ford GT, Lotus Elan and Mangusta, the NSX stood out as a rare bird in a cage a gilded excess.
The car was by import sports class standard was exceptional in its performance, understated style and trouble free reliability.
It’s not unusual to find a 90s NSX today with 200,000 trouble-free miles on the odometer.
The original (NS-X) was developed by Honda to take on the then formidable Ferrari 328. The F1 inspired 2712 lb aluminum bodied 3.0 liter VTEC V6, captured the imaginations of a burgeoning tech savvy society; ready to embrace a trouble free Japanese built street legal supercar.
Despite a relatively low horsepower and torque output, the aluminum bodied NSX recorded 0-60 mph times of 5.7 seconds, fast, even by today’s standards.