1991 Acura NSX: Thankful for the Trunk
July 13, 2012
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