1991 Acura NSX: I Love This Car
November 18, 2011
I haven't exactly been a purveyor of our classic long-termers over the years. I don't fit in the Porsche, I'm just not a Corvette guy and I regretfully never even drove the Ferrari because at the time I was afraid the brakes would fail or something and I'd die looking like someone trying to be Tom Selleck.
Anywho, consider me an enthusiastic purveyor of the NSX. I just love this car. Perhaps the difference is I thought the NSX was cool when it was new, and thus feel the same sort of romance for it that Mark feels for the 911. But really, it's just a helluva lot of fun. Just driving along Olympic Boulevard the past three days from the auto show downtown to my home 5 miles away (no traffic) has been a blast.
The engine is incredible. It boasts a very un-Honda bark and of course revs sweetly, but without the sort of overly anxious zingy nature you get from Honda's high-revving fours. Throttle tip-in is just perfect, and when so many new cars are adopting these fuel-saving, old-lady-preferred lazy throttle calibrations (cough, BMW, cough, VW), I'm realizing how much throttle reaction plays in making a car feel "just right." Then there's the five-speed manual. Yes, the clutch take-up is high, but I've never had a problem with it. The gearbox itself has that snick-snick Honda action, but with a more rewarding, higher effort weighting than the stick-through-hot-butter Honda boxes of today. The shifter itself is perfectly placed.
Throw in the fact that I not only fit in the NSX, but actually find an ideal driving position and it all adds up to a car I'd be happy to drive every day. Yep, even in crap LA traffic. Perhaps that's why I love it so much. If you can have fun even when commuting, you've got a winner.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor