Honda NSX - today's tempter

By: Unique Cars magazine

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Honda's first-generation NSX was both brave and controversial when launched, simply for the sheer audacity of taking on the world of supercars.

However if any Japanese maker had the history to back up such a move, it was that founded by Soichiro Honda.

Though criticised for having 'just' a V6 powerplant, it nevertheless won a few plaudits, including a coveted Car of the Year award from sister mag Wheels in 1991. 

In a 2012 'future classics' feature on the car, we noted: "Construction was a pioneering aluminium monocoque clad in a range of materials in a special Honda facility that delivered finish and build integrity that the Italians could only dream of. Like the Jaguar XJ220, the V6 powerhouse didn't have the on-paper credibility of a V12, V8 or flat-six even if what it achieved was outstanding. From its 2977cc, it delivered 188kW and its atmo delivery was impressive.

"Quad cams, titanium conrods and a rigid aluminium block allowed an 8000rpm redline. Honda's VTEC system was the clincher as it generated a change of character beyond 5000rpm that finally challenged the NSX's grip and handling."

See the feature here. Also see our 30-year feature on the model, from 2019.

This 1991 example is an auto claiming 120,000km on the odo and is with the Healey Factory in Melbourne. It's priced at $125,000

 

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