1991 Acura NSX: As Good As You'd Imagine
January 30, 2012
There's an expression that goes something like "It's not always good to meet your heroes", the gist of it being that they may not live up to your lofty expectations. That you may be somewhat disappointed. Not so with the NSX...
Back in 1997, after much anticipation, I'd finally driven an NSX. That was the year Acura gave the manual-tranny version another gear (six cogs versus five) along with a larger, more powerful V6 -- 3.2-liter/290 hp versus 3.0 liter/270 hp. I remember that car feeling very light on its feet in terms of its eager acceleration, sharp steering and willingness to change direction. And yet perfectly tractable in traffic, fairly compliant over crappy roads and not the slightest bit darty while cruising at, umm, relaxed speeds on an open freeway.
That was the only time I'd driven Honda's Ferrari fighter. Until this past weekend...
I'm happy to report that its seems Acura got it right right off the bat -- our first-year NSX struck me the exact same way as it brought back those fond memories. This is my type of sports car -- light, elemental, finely balanced and devoid of gimmickry. An awesome engine note and sleek, sexy styling don't hurt either.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor