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1991 Acura NSX: Thankful for the Trunk

July 13, 2012

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Remember our nifty father-son NSX photoshoot from a while back? In this day of cars getting bigger and bigger, it was interesting to see that our long-term Mark I NSX was actually longer than the forthcoming Mark II. Like Jennifer Lopez, it was all in the caboose, too. Just look at the rear overhang here, and compare it to the lack thereof here.

The reason is that Honda decided in the late '80s that having a trunk was important, and I agree. It may seem silly at first read, but I wouldn't buy an Audi R8 because it has a barely useable trunk. I'd actually like to drive my supercar some sort of distance, and that usually requires bringing along some stuff -- or rather, the wife's stuff. I'm guessing the new NSX will be similar to the R8, for after all, just look at the thing.

I bring this up because last night I used the NSX's trunk for my baseball bag. A simple task, but one the R8 would struggle to accomplish given its reasonably deep but narrow frunk. I suppose the bag could fit across the top, but I'd have to put something bulkier beneath to prop it up. Unlike the NSX, I also wouldn't be able to lean against the back bumper when putting on my shoes.

So score one for the old NSX and its designers who chose to give it some junk in the trunk. Or at least carry some.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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1991 Acura NSX: Almost an Everyday Supercar

April 17, 2012

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"Hey, will this thing hold a normal, non-carry-on piece of luggage?" I ask Takahashi as I'm leaving the office. "Yep."

Okay! I had an airport run and thought it would be fun to do in the NSX as opposed to something normal, new and convenient. (Plus, it was for the GF's sister who doesn't like fast driving and I figured I could have some fun with her.)

It didn't work out that way.

Her bag was a normal size for a checked-bag, but the NSX's trunk didn't close over it. Well, it could close, but I could see the trunk lid bending as I tried to close it. I lack a lot of mechanical sympathy sometimes, but I'm not going to crease a trunklid with a piece of luggage.

Luckily, Riswick lives two blocks from me and had a sub-$20,000 hatchback I could borrow because my 90's supercar wasn't up to the task.

But you don't take people to the airport every day. That's a special circumstance. Unfortunately, the NSX doesn't work for my every day needs either.

As you can probably tell, I am not a light packer. Not when I travel, not when I go to work. What you see in the photo above is the stuff I bring to work. 1-25" gym bag (w/headgar attached), 1-insulated lunch bag, 1-computer bag. It barely fits and what does fit back there gets nice and warm. (Take that, frozen lunch!) To make matters worse, the GF and I carpool so her computer bag/briefcase thing gets to live on the floor in the front. But at least with her present I don't have to worry about the NSX's lack of cupholders.

Perhaps not a fair comparison, but our old C5 Z06 was much better at my life...and it was way faster.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor Inside Line @ 54,731 miles

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1991 Acura NSX: Will The Bike Fit?

January 25, 2012

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Y'all are going to love this. I promise.

Here's the deal: Mike (yes, Will The Bike Fit? Mike) and I go way back with the bike riding. And about 10 years ago we rode with a guy who fancied himself a real car guy. And he was. Loved to drive fast (whether or not he had any business doing so is another matter). And he rode bikes. A lot.

All too often his car world and his bike world would collide. Because he's awesome, this usually happened in the passenger seat of his NSX. Results after the jump.

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1991 Acura NSX: Did The Presents Fit?

December 26, 2011

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Yep, sure did.

Which means:
a) The NSX's trunk is decent-sized for a mid-engine sports car.
b) The Wife and I didn't bring enough presents to her parent's house on Christmas day.
c) A combination of the above.

d) Who cares? We're driving an NSX, and that's all that matters.

Regardless, we've certainly been enjoying our time in this high-class Acura. Love winding it out near the upper reaches of the tach.

Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 49,931 miles.

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1991 Acura NSX: Don't Ask

November 22, 2011

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Don't ask me why I loaded a stroller in the NSX's trunk and two child seats in its cabin.

Maybe I didn't realize I was driving a washed-up supercar with no cargo space. Maybe I was irrational about carrying a kid in this thing. Or maybe...

...I simply forgot to unload this stuff from the Volvo and it all ended up at work.

Whatever the case...everything fit:

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1991 Acura NSX: The Vegas Road Trip

October 18, 2011

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Our jokey pre-trip post on Friday was entitled "Fear, Loathing and Racing in Las Vegas," but sadly we got more fear than racing. The above photo was taken at the beginning of our day at Vegas Speedway, and our Straightline post this morning should describe the rest of our experience.

But this blog is about the NSX. Exotic sports cars, especially older ones, are not renowned for their road tripping ability. They are traditionally uncomfortable, have no trunk, get poor gas mileage, make a ton of noise, have a rough ride, have confusing controls and things often don't work. The Acura NSX was created to counter all that, but does it still fulfill that promise 20 years later?

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