1991 Acura NSX: Simply Awesome
December 01, 2011
My first time taking our "new" NSX long-termer home last night, and I gotta say I flat-out love it. It's a fantastic driving machine. Sure, it doesn't have the modern conveniences we take for granted these days, like Bluetooth, an iPod hookup, a nav system or even an in-dash CD player. Who cares?
Not that you would really compare them, but the NSX is night and day when viewed against our other two "old" long-termers, the Porsche 911 and supercharged Project Miata. While I enjoy both of those cars, neither one is a very easy-to-deal-with daily driver. The NSX is. Heck, I'd drive it every day (except when I need to stuff a bike into a car. I'm sure I could do it in the NSX, but it seems sacrilegious) if it wasn't "recommended" around here that we not hog cars.
Although we have found a few niggling issues with the NSX, none of them affect the actual driving of the car. This NSX is tight, solid and works just as it's supposed to. It has possibly the most perfect driving position ever. The bolt-action shifter has zero play. The non-assist steering, like the 911, telegraphs every road detail to your hands. The seats are comfortable yet laterally supportive.
And with the NSX, you're driving automotive history. This was a time when Honda/Acura built exciting, superbly-engineered cars. It takes you back, without constantly reminding you it's an older car.
But the best part about the NSX is the sound of that V6 snarling behind your head. From 5,000-8,000 rpm, it's truly intoxicating, yet not the least bit obnoxious.
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 48,716 miles.