One of Honda’s most exciting models to hit the American market was the performance NSX, which debuted in 1991 as Acura in North America. The first generation NSX was developed with the help of racing legends like Ayrton Senna and went on sale in 2005. The original NSX had a 270 horsepower 3.0 liter VTEC V6 that revved to 8,000 RPM.
The second generation NSX was produced from 2017 to 2022, with a 3.5 liter twin-turbo V6 combined with three electric motors, in addition to producing 573 horsepower. The S model added carbon fiber trim to reduce weight, along with high-speed fuel injection and larger batteries to increase the engine’s 600 horsepower.
Almost two decades before Honda moved to a hybrid drivetrain for the second-generation NSX, European markets got the NSX Type R, a runaway model that was produced from 2002 to 2005. The stereo, air conditioning, and steering wheel were missing. from the dual-layer rearview mirror. The top of the targa was also changed to a fixed roof, and the hood and rear spoiler were changed to carbon fiber to save extra weight. The power leather seats were also replaced with carbon-fiber Recaro models, and all of these changes cut nearly 200 pounds from the Type R’s weight.
The suspension and brakes were also upgraded, and the Type R was half a second quicker from 0-60 than the standard issue NSX, reaching that mark in five seconds.
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