1991 Acura NSX Long Term Road Test

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1991 Acura NSX: Neat Detail

December 21, 2011

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I drove our long-term 1991 Acura NSX for the first time this week. And like most others on staff, I'm still on Cloud 9. What amazing *manual* steering this car has... save for the low-speed effort, this is the kind of weighting and feel that automakers try to replicate today with hydraulic pumps and/or electric motors. (Obviously, most of today's cars aren't mid-engine, but still, you can tell that this is the ultimate standard, at least for Honda.)

But really, I was excited about the NSX before the key was even in the ignition. I opened the door to find this cool metal sill plate stamped with the last eight digits of the car's VIN and I knew it was going to be a good drive. Note the prominence of NSX and Honda Motor Company. No Acura branding here, because this is a world car from an earlier time -- more of a statement about Honda engineering than a phase in the luxury-division marketing plan.

Erin Riches, Senior Editor @ 49,786 miles

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