Produced from 1990 to 2005 by Honda, a Japanese automaker, the used Acura NSX flairs a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout and an all-aluminum V6 engine. A 1991 Acura NSX Base model started out at $60,000, with an available automatic transmission and power steering package for $4,000. Today, the Acura NSX price can range from $27,000 for a 1991 model to $51,000 for a 2005.
Fact 1: There were only six colors specified for the Acura NSX: Formula Red, Berlina Black, Kaiser Silver Metallic, Grand Prix White, Spa Yellow Pearl and Monte Carlo Blue Pearl.
Fact 2: There were two different types of material used in the NSX: leather and vinyl. The tops of the seat cushions, seat bolsters, seat backrest, front side of the headrest, door panel inserts, shifter knob and steering wheel were covered with leather. In vinyl, were the back of the seat backrest, sides of the seating cushion, inner side of the lower seat bolster, parking brake lever, shift boot, glovebox door, knee bolsters and dash. The leather in the NSX has a urethane coating over the dye. When sold in Japan, the manufacturers had to take the “leather smell” out of the cars. Also, when importing the vehicles into the United States, they had to replace the smell. While in production with the concept car, they attempted to create the dash covered in leather, but the leather shrunk and the stitching pulled apart. Therefore, the dash is made of vinyl, but with real stitching. Also, in Japan, they could get the stitching on the dash in red.
Fact 3: Today the NSX is still considered one of the most reliable exotic cars manufactured. Many used Acura NSXs exceed 100,000 miles without serious notable reliability issues or having suffered manufacturer recalls.
Fact 4: One of the first Acura NSX reviews shows the lightweight NSX producing a best 0 to 60 mile per hour (mph) time of 5.03 seconds and running a quarter mile at 13.47 seconds. Also, in comparing the NSX and Ferrari 348 side-by-side, a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.2 seconds was recorded for the 1991 NSX.
Fact 5: In 1992, Honda created the NSX-R specifically for on-track performance. It was designed with a no-compromise concept, unlike the NSX.
Fact 6: Honda created the NSX-T in 1995 with a targa top roof in Japan as a special order option. In North America, the NSX-T replaced the standard coupe as the only trim level available.
Fact 7: The Alex Zanardi Edition NSX came about in 1999 to honor Zanardi’s CART Champ Car championship wins for Honda and Acura, in both 1997 and 1998. There were only 51 of these built. The Zanardi Number 0 was a press car that appeared in auto shows. Zanardi Number 1 belongs to Zanardi himself and was never given a North American VIN. Zanardi Numbers 2 through 50 were sold to the public.
At the 2009 Tokyo Auto Salon, Honda unveiled their Honda NSX Magen RR concept, giving hope to a new breed of NSX variations in the future. It’s possible the Acura NSX may not be gone after all.