1991 Acura NSX: Yes, Please
November 21, 2011
Man, the driving position in our longterm 1991 Acura NSX is just spot on, for a number of reasons.
Its seats are terrific. With adjustments only for reach and rake and modest bolsters, they somehow manage to be comfortable and still offer great lateral support.
And that super low cowl, well, you simply can't achieve that in a front-engined car. Its slender A-pillars probably wouldn't have a hope of meeting modern side-impact and rollover standards, but the panoramic outward view they help provide is so refreshing.
The NSX's cabin feels spacious and breezy. It's an impression that's aided by the dash and center stack controls which are set far forward. Funny, you feel like you have a commanding view of the road yet you actually sit quite low in this car. And I mean low. Getting in or out isn't the most graceful event you've seen. Though an Elise is clumsier in this regard.
Also, I was wrong about the clutch. It's fine. It just engages high. I've been told this is a common characteristic among NSXs.
Do like. Very much. The unassisted, unfiltered steering, the intake note that puts every other V6 to shame, its light and mechanical gearchange... I'm a fan. Unlike Riswick, I was neutral towards the NSX back when they were new. Driving this car now, I can see what all the fuss was about.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some 8000-rpm shifts to rip off.
--Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor