1991 Acura NSX: Hammer Down

1991 Acura NSX Long Term Road Test

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1991 Acura NSX: Hammer Down

November 30, 2011


Back to back mid-afternoon runs. This time in our NSX. I haven't gotten a lot of experience in this beauty, so this was my chance.

The first time I was handed the keys to our NSX was driving back from a photo location well after dark. The car was filled with photo gear and I was extra careful on my run down the mountain. This time I was able to get a clean run up the Pacific Coast Highway. I wanted to get a real feel for what this car is about and what it can do.

I wouldn't say the NSX is terribly fast, but it sure is sexy. Though a veteran of the sports car scene, it hasn't lost any of its appeal. It's exterior design is still fresh, has a great driving position, a well sorted suspension, and turns heads like it did back in '91. Yes it has a dumb power antennae, and some might also point to the pop up headlights as a relic, but I actually enjoy those quite a bit.

The real beauty of the NSX in my opinion is a red line that starts as 7,900 rpm. At first I found it disconcerting to hear the engine rev so high since I'm used to a red line at a much lower rpm. I felt I was punishing the car. I looked down at the instrument panel and saw it's ok, "You still have another 2k to go!" I told myself.

The symphony you get at those high rpms is amazing. It really opens up and the power surges on. The blurry trees make it evident that this thing really gets moving at those high rpms. Once you've got your ques readjusted, this savvy veteran is a pure joy.

Scott Jacobs, Sr. Mgr, Photography

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