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NSX
97nsx
Acura
Acura logo
38,000 CR
Model year: 1997
Performance Index: B 471
Drive Type: RWD
Engine Placement: Mid
Basic Performance
SPEED
6.6
HANDLING
5.2
ACCELERATION
7.0
LAUNCH
7.2
BRAKING
5.1
Advanced Performance
Power: 276 HP (205 kW)
Torque: 224 lb ft (303 N·m)
Weight: 2998 lbs (1359 Kg)
Front: 42%
Displ: 3.2 L
Power/weight: 202 HP per ton

151 kW per ton


When the NSX was being developed in 1984 for the future Acura brand, the hottest coupe in Honda’s arsenal was the tepid second-generation Prelude. When the NSX debuted in 1990 as the flagship of the relatively new Acura brand, it was a revelation. Nothing like it had ever been seen from a Japanese automaker: it was constructed primarily of lightweight aluminum, with a fighter-jet inspired greenhouse and an exotic DOHC V6 residing in the middle of the chassis. It also marked the first use of VTEC variable-valve timing in a road car. For 1997, Honda bored out the engine to 3.2-liters for increased horsepower and a flatter torque curve, and mated a six-speed transmission. The NSX’s real charms aren’t the raw power numbers, but that its light weight and highly developed chassis (tuned with input from famous racers of the era) make it one of the most nimble sportscars of all time. With Honda reliability infusing every inch of the hand-assembled NSX, it is also a supercar you can live with. But why just live with it when you can open it up on Honda’s own Suzuka Circuit?

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