1991 Acura NSX: Of Supercars and Tractors
June 30, 2012
Lamborghini made tractors. Porsche made tractors. Even Honda made them for awhile, and they're still in the business (although now of the self-propelled kind). Maybe some of that premium-supercar-power equipment connection found its way into the NSX's manual.
Monticello described the NSX's shifter as having bolt-action feel, and that's a pretty accurate description. I'd almost describe it as agricultural, but that's not entirely fair. The shifter isn't unrefined, never reduced to its most basic function. Then again, it isn't slick or greasy or any other kind of slippery adjective.
Instead, the gears are simply defined and deliberate. Check out how narrow the shift gate actually is -- probably not a bad thing with a six-cylinder that winds out to 8,000 rpm.
Dan Frio, Automotive Editor