Car Spotlight: 1997 Acura NSX

As I mentioned yesterday, Cars and Coffee brings out special cars. Every time.


This month, we had the pleasure to see this Acura NSX. Developed by Honda, with input from the late Ayerton Senna. Honda commissioned the famous Italian design house Pininfarina to design the first concepts, known as the HP-X. This had a mid-mounted C20A 2.0L V6 engine.


Eventually, the production version was ready. Honda named it the NSX, which, like the BRAT from yesterday, is an acronym. It stands for "New Sportscar eXperimental." Early versions (1990 - 1996) had the Honda C30A V6, making 270hp and 210 ft-lbs of torque.

Starting in 1997, up to 2004, when Honda discontinued the first generation NSX, Honda changed over to the C32B V6, making 290hp and 224 ft-lb of torque. All of this was paired up to either a 5 or 6 speed automatic, or a 6-speed manual transmission.


The rear trunk, behind the engine is as you'd expect it to be in a normal Honda, and is useful for things! But, up front, in the Frunk, it's a different can see all of the exposed ABS pump, the master cylinders, battery, HVAC system and the cooling system...and the ground under it...not someplace you want to store things that you don't want in the elements.

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