• Jul 12, 2005

The NSX has received more critical acclaim than any other Acura since its debut in 1991, although it's only managed to achieve total cumulative global sales of 18,000 unites in 15 years. Regardless, the NSX was a point of pride for Acura having received accolades such as " the best sports car ever built" from Motor Trend. All good things must come to an end, and the NSX will meet its maker at the end of the year due to extensive retooling that would have been necessary to meet strict 2006 emissions and equipment regulations from around the world. While Acura chose not to release any specifics about the car's replacement, John Mendel, senior vice president of automobile operations stated the all-new model would be just as groundbreaking as the 1991 NSX.
Check out this link for a cool NSX chronology. It goes a long way in detailing how truly groundbreaking the NSX has been throughout its run.








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      • 9 Years Ago
      By the way Autoblog, you're not doing any favors for your credibility by quoting MOTOR TREND.
      • 9 Years Ago
      When the NSX was first introduced, it was met with skepticism and branded a Ferrari clone. I've always loved the super clean lines of the car, both inside and out and dreamed of owning one. It's sad to see it officially be discontinued but maybe, just maybe, my search for a "classic car" is over if I can find a well-cared-for used model.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Damn, people are so testy. Poe, at least I had all the letters in it instead of adding an extra "A" in "RESEARCH" (since we are majoring in english). You missed the "N" in "since" too professor. Not trying to be a Paul, but everytime I read a review, handling isn't its' strong point. It doesn't really matter anyway, I wouldn't waste my time or money on a slow sports....I mean exotic (LOL) car. I have better things to spend my money on. No, Quills, I never heard of Ayrton Senna, enlighten me.
      • 9 Years Ago
      $80K sticker? Try $89,765. I've never heard of handling problems aside from the usual mid-engine twitchiness, but what's up with the slow-ass steering? 18.6 to 1??? http://www.acura.com/models/nsx_specs_results.asp
      • 9 Years Ago
      No, Quills, I am not kidding, I didn't even know he was Brazilian. If I was in to McLaren cars, maybe I would have known. The information is apprieciated though, thanks. I do know John Force though, Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., the list goes on. I agree with CrunchyCookie in responding to #27. Anyone care to spell check?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Obviously, the NSX isn't trying to appeal to the "Viper" crowd. If you're looking for something with obscenely high horsepower and a big V-whatever, it seems pretty clear to me that the NSX is not even trying to cater to you. NSX is it's own unique kind of experiance, one that is not based around 0-60... As if 4.5 seconds is something to scoff at to begin with.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Wow, talk about an overpriced car! Great handling does not justify an 80k sticker. At that price, you're paying for exclusivity and that's about it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      eric, I doubt there will be a RSX replacement in Acura. The new Civic SI will probably fill the slot of the RSX Type S in Honda's US lineup. As much as I like the RSX, I don't think it fits too well with Acura's lineup at the moment and their attempt to move upmarket. I've never been able to decide if I like the looks of the NSX. I generally like it's appearance from any direction except the rear. It just always seemed too wide to me. I agree, it's prime has well passed, but I assume Acura kept it around just as a halo car. Interested to see what's cooking for the replacement.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like the RSX too. Perhaps they should make it more like a GTI in design and function. The new VW GTI is almost on the same level as the A3, actually they are the same car. The Civi Si is a slot below the Accord. As far as the NSX, Japan really needs a mean machine against the M6 and 911.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Great, their finally bringing out a replacement for the 15 year old NSX. It's a great car, but at 80k it's a little overpriced compared to a Vette. The new one will probably cost around the same amount or more if it has hybrid technology. My question is where the hell is the Prelude or RSX replacement? Honda/Acura needs a performance sports coupe to slot in between the S2000 roadster and the near 100k supercar(NSX). The TSX is not a sports car eventhough it has one of the best manual trannies on the market.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Power means nothing; power-to-weight means a lot, and if you didn't know, the Elise weighs about 1,950 pounds -- roughly 1,200 less than the NSX. Hence why it can make the sprint in 4.7 seconds and hence why it will take those corners at least as well. Same deal with the Porsche Boxster S, also sitting around $50K. Maybe the twice-the-price Ferrari wasn't the fairest comparison, but as you can see, you can get 99% of the mid-engined bang for half the buck these days. I don't see why a replacement's even necessary. The S2000 can break 5 seconds, has a near-perfect weight distribution (and only has 2,800 pounds to distribute), and the highest redline of any piston production engine in the world. At $33,000, if they'd just branded it the Acura SSX as planned, that would've nailed it. The world is awash with supercars anyway; building a 500 HP monster in 2008 would be seen as merely keeping up with the Joneses.
      • 9 Years Ago
      WillDaThrill: I don't need to do any reasearch on the NSX. I've been reading about it since it's inception and I already know for a fact that it doesn't NEED any "taming" in the curves. It's a superbly handling car - one of the best! The fact that it's a 15-yr-old design doesn't change that fact. In fact I can't think of ANY true mid-engined cars that require any "taming" in the curves. It's BECAUSE they're mid-engined that they handle so well, not in spite of it!!! Sounds like you need to do a little research yourself (you can start by learning how to spell "Porsche"). I do, however, agree that there are better cars out there for the same or less money than a new NSX. I wouldn't spend $90k on a new one, but if I found a nice used one for a reasonable price, it would be very hard to resist. They're great cars.
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