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1991 Acura NSX: Never has a V6 Sounded So Sweet

October 12, 2011


There are many great aspects of our "new" NSX. The appearance of the engine is not one of them.

Can't blame Honda really. There's barely enough room to squeeze a V6 in there let alone dress up what's visible. I think the engineers may have attempted to make up for its lack of visual appeal by making it sound better than any other V6 I've ever heard.

It's not the typical raspy exotic sound either. Think more like silky, precise and a bit high pitched. With the engine sitting so close to the back of your head, you hear a mix of mechanical sounds from the engine along with the tone of the exhaust. And it is shockingly good.

And don't worry, we'll get a video up for demonstration purposes shortly. I tried a simple recording but it just didn't do it justice. This engine deserves a real microphone. Stay tuned.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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