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Acura NSX Tribute Video Is Pure Car Porn

Posted in Acura, Classic, Collector Cars, Corner Carvers, Favorite Cars, General, Honda, Used Cars by Kurt Ernst | July 21st, 2010 | 2 Responses |

If ever there was a sports car that died before its time, it was the Acura NSX. A mid-engine, rear drive coupe built by Honda from 1990 until 2005, the NSX was perhaps the perfect balance of power and handling. Abandoning the conventional “no replacement for displacement” line of though, Honda opted to use a normally aspirated V6 in the NSX, and the motor never made more than 290 horsepower in stock form. Thanks to an aluminum monocoque and suspension it was a relatively light car, weighing in at less than 3000 pounds for most of its production run. Despite it’s modest power, the NSX was still capable of zero to sixty times in the sub five second range, and a 2003 NSX-R lapped the Nürburgring in 7:56, on par with a Ferrari F360 Challenge Stradale.

Honda capitalized on their racing experience throughout the NSX’s development and lifespan. The suspension was developed with input from Formula One driver Satoru Nakajima and further refined by Ayrton Senna, then the star driver behind Honda’s F1 efforts. American driver Bobby Rahal was also involved in the early development of the NSX, and Acura released a limited edition version in the US to commemorate Alex Zanardi’s back-to-back CART Championships in 1997 and 1998.

Unmolested examples are getting hard to find, and the price of admission for a high mileage NSX starts at around $25,000 these days. If you want a low mileage example, prepare to double or triple that amount of money, depending upon the seller’s sanity and the real condition of the car. As with any exotic car, you really want to see a detailed ownership history and service record before you put down your cash, and I’d steer clear of any NSX that had significant crash damage. Aluminum, unlike steel, doesn’t take well to being bent back into shape. Also, be sure to check with your insurance company before you start your search; many will rate the NSX as a high risk vehicle, so be sure you can afford to own it after you buy it.

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  1. stacy says:

    nsx.. slick , fast and sexy!