Honda NSX is a sports car with an engine in the middle of the car and has been produced by Honda since 1990. In North American countries it was supplied under the Acura brand. In the design of the car was applied a large number of new solutions.
For example, it was the first vehicle to have an aluminium body and chassis, an absolute electric power steering and a gas pedal, a V-shaped engine with 8,000 rpm, connecting rods made of titanium and supplied with platinum spark plugs. The whole model range is Honda.
The NSX Honda was designed to compete with machines such as Porsche and Ferrari. Why was the engine mounted in the base in such vehicles? In order to spread out the weight in a more measured way, because then the car will be able to overcome corners more quickly – this is what the Japanese engineers have introduced. To create Honda, a new factory was built, to which the most professional employees of the company were invited. It took about 40 hours to produce a single NSX, and the engine was manufactured and assembled only manually.
Each motor was assembled by one person. The talented rider Ayrton Senna was also involved in setting up the chassis and spoke positively about it. He once said after the test: “When I pressed the brakes hard at 270km/h, the car stopped as if it had been dug in without the slightest skidding. Moreover, Honda NSX coupe took part in the shooting of the film “Fast-forward 4”, which was driven by Mia Torreto (Jordan Brewster).
The Japanese car was made in the body of a targ and a compartment. The targa was positioned as an NSX-T and was preferably calculated for the United States, so its suspensions were much softer. Moreover, the NSX-T weighs 45 kg more than its coupe brother, making it unsuitable for cornering at speeds. The company decided to flatten the bottom of the Honda coupe in order to increase the car’s downforce.
The seldom-formed, forward-slide-out cab body was designed on a rear-drive platform with a 2530 mm wheelbase. The size of the sports car was changed only once in its entire biography – in 1994, engineers were able to add 20 mm body length.
One of the specific features of the coupe’s appearance was a multi-layer body painting – a car cover with 23 different layers of paint, including a specialized aviation one, which could protect the parts made of aluminum from corrosion. The NSX cab posts were made as thinner as possible in order to increase the visibility of the vehicle.
There were large air intakes on the side of the body. A similar one found its place in the main bumper section at the front. After 2002, there was a small facelift, after which the rising headlights were replaced by standard headlamps with optics and xenon.
The restyling touched the hood style and the front bumper, where the trapezoidal air inlet in the main section was replaced by a circular air inlet. Very original design was given to the rear headlights – they were stretched over the entire rear part of the car, and the anti-wing, standing behind, was equipped with an auxiliary stop-light.
The sports coupe could provide only two seats, which means that the interior of the car was completely aimed at the driver and the passenger sitting next to him. The standard version of the NSX was equipped with long seats and pronounced support at the sides of the seat with integrated headrests.
The individual models were equipped with Recaro sports seats. The passenger and the car manager were separated by a central tunnel. Honda included a steering wheel with sports inlays, an automatic racing sensor panel and illumination in red to give the driver aggression.
Aluminum pedal pads gave the pedals energy, and the small gearshift handle, depending on the modification, with either leather or titanium finish, made it feel elegant.
The Honda NSX had a pair of 3.0 litre V6 gasoline engines with an output of 270 hp and came with a 5-speed ICPD or 4-speed automatic transmission. After 1997, there was a slightly more powerful unit with a volume of 3.2 liters, which developed 290 hp.
Synchronized with the updated 6-speed manual transmission or improved automatic transmission. Although this car did not come from turbochargers like Toyota and Nisan brands, but due to its considerable revolutions it could compete with the turbocharged Japanese.
The NSX Honda has created a really big competition for other powerful machines. The quality of the assembly, the ease of repair and the high availability of parts to date have been noted. Of course, this machine is not designed for a large family, but for one or two, it will be a great choice, because the quality of past machines is very much appreciated today. By the way, Acura NSX is also Honda.
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