1991 Acura NSX: Machine Head
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1991 Acura NSX: Machine Head

January 20, 2012

acura_nsx_r34_street.JPG Honda made much hay of the NSX's technological innovations when the car was introduced, and even the owner's manual includes some quiet boasting. But what stands out for me is how delightfully mechanical the NSX is.

Beyond its great gearchange and manual steering you've read so much about, the NSX's V6 thrums busily at idle, its air conditioning compressor audibly chuffs on and off, there's a real key that you (gasp!) insert into a (gasp!) lock cylinder, the throttle linkage is honest and unspoiled by electronic intervention or interpretation, real buttons and switches adorn the cockpit.

Like our longterm Porsche 911 and Miata, the NSX is unabashedly a machine. You pilot it, and it doesn't second-guess you. That's refreshing. 

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor @ 51,010 miles.


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