The Acura NSX was the first production car to feature aluminum construction for its body structure, body panels, suspension and engine. His engine was the first to incorporate variable valve timing and variable intake manifold volume. It was the first Japanese sports car sold in the United States to actually go head to head with the best in the world. And there was a brand of automobiles, at that time, had been in existence for only five years ago.
The original Acura NSX went on sale as a 1991 model and continued without interruption until the 2005 model year. Product highlights include midmounted V6 engine, aluminum body construction, solid build quality and crisp handling.
For its debut, the Acura NSX featured a 3.0-liter V6 engine. The engine was equipped with VTEC and a variable intake manifold volume to increase power and maneuverability. Titanium connecting rods allows high redline. Developing the 270 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft of torque, engine sends its power to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. Acura also made the 4-speed automatic available, but with the reduced output V6.
Acura aluminum used to build much of the car to keep the curb weight to a minimum. The race car like design double wishbone suspension is used at each corner. Highlights of the standard equipment includes anti-lock brakes, the automatic climate control and the leather upholstery. In 1995, a targa roof model was made available.
Two years later, the Acura NSX finally received his first and only powertrain upgrade. The manual -equipped 1997 models included a new six-speed transmission and a larger 3.2-liter engine that produces 290 horsepower. Those with automatic keeps the previous 3.0-liter V6. The limited edition production Alex Zanardi was available for 1999, available only as a hardtop coupe, which had special wheels and a stiffer suspension tuned.