1991 Acura NSX: Daily Driver
September 5, 2012
You know the NSX is easy to live with. About the only things that constantly remind you that our longterm 1991 Acura NSX is indeed an "impractical" sports car are its low, low seating position and the front airdam that scrapes on everything. To be fair, the NSX' chin is less insult-prone than that sultan of scrape, our old 2002 Corvette Z06. That thing could scrape its nose at every speed bump, dip, driveway... probably even while sitting motionless.
Anyway, as the NSX was originally introduced a bit before my time, I'd always wondered whether it actually lived up to its billing as a daily-driveable exotic. My conclusion is, yes, sort of. Daily driveable, absolutely, no question about it. I see what the fuss was about.
Exotic? Depends on how you define exotic. It's imported and somewhat rare (in comparison to ordinary cars), and it has the right midengine street cred. It's lightyears more exotic than a Corvette. But the NSX has always lacked any kind of pulse-quickening styling, and there's a sense of familiarity about it that erodes the "exotic" aura. That, and the fact that Honda let it rot on the vine with only mild updates over its 15-year life meant it wasn't given a chance to continually edge the bar upwards after setting it in 1991. Honda allowed the NSX aura to dim to the point of "just put it out of its misery, fer cryin' out loud" by the time 2005 rolled around.
Based on the experiences you've read here and elsewhere, what's your take on the NSX -- does it turn your crank, make you stay up late cruising ebay and autotrader? Or an interesting but ultimately unfulfilling experiment? Share your thoughts.
Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor