• Jul 19, 2010
Honda/Acura NSX remembrance film – click above to watch the video

Up until the last few years, Honda was known for being one of the most engineering driven companies in the world. Soichiro Honda instilled a remarkable spirit of innovation in his staff, driving the company to spawn amazing ideas like the CVCC engines of the mid-1970s, the oval-piston NR750 race bike and the fuel cell powered FCX Clarity. As of late, though, the Japanese automaker has been looking a bit 'behind the curve' with models like the Insight, Accord Crosstour and CR-Z lacking the cleverness, spark, and class-leading competence that made past Honda models so iconic.

Thus, it might be a good time to take a look back at what made Honda so great. One of the all-time highlights of the company's road car portfolio remains the Honda/Acura NSX. Although both Nissan and Toyota toyed with the idea of building mid-engine exotics, only Honda actually put one into production. The influence of the NSX on its market segment extended far beyond its commercial success. The NSX was the first "exotic" to demonstrate that you could combine everyday driveability and reliability with supercar performance. Before the NSX, Ferraris, Lamborghinis and the like forced drivers to make all sorts of compromises in order to have their performance at one's disposal. It's fair to say that the supercars of today are far better all-around drivers today thanks to the lessons taught by the NSX. Unfortunately, Honda shelved plans for a successor model, so in many respects, one could argue that the spirit of the everyday supercar remains alive in the Audi R8.

Perhaps Honda's product planners and beancounters alike would do well to take a stroll down memory lane and revisit what once the company great. We can't think of a better way than to check out the dramatic video tribute to the NSX after the jump. Thanks to everyone for the tips.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      god i loved the NSX. i had copies of every car mag with that thing in it. i even kept the pull-out from autoweek, what an amazing vehicle for it's day, and from honda?? my mom was driving a prelude Si 4WS at the time and i tried to convince her to step up to an NSX when they came out. she bought a merc instead :(
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fantastic video! It's quite ironic that popped up when it did, as last night I was mulling over the cars that made Honda great. It's so sad to see what has become of Honda. Sure, its cars are still very reliable, but definitely don't stir the soul and are quite thirsty.

      My family has owned several Hondas over the past 25 years...1988 Accord, 1993 Accord, 1993 Civic, 1996 Accord, 2004 TSX, and 2009 TSX. Whenever I drive through town in my '09 TSX and see any of the aforementioned Hondas, my heart aches a bit. Not only did I learn to drive in the '04 TSX, it was the first car I owned. Trading it in is without a doubt one of the biggest mistakes I've ever made...boy I loved that thing!

      I really, really hope Honda can get back to its roots before it's too late. They've put the "beige car" drivers before their die-hard fan base, which is not only disheartening, but a direct insult. I'm sure Soichiro is spinning in his grave as we speak.
      • 4 Years Ago
      In 2002, I bought a 1995 NSX-T (black/black/5-speed). I purchased the NSX-R shocks/springs from the NSX specialist shop "Science of Speed", and the handling was outrageous. The brakes (Project Mu rotors/Hawk pads/SS lines/Motul 600) and the exhaust (Taitec GTLW) were the only other "upgrades". This car handled extremely well, better than anything I've ever driven (this includes several 911's, 'vettes, Vipers, a Ford GT and Ferrari 360). Before this my personal cars were a Z3 (2.5i, with handling upgrades) and a 1999 MX-5.

      I put 32,000 miles on an NSX and I can say for damn well sure that it was a wonderful car. My dislikes were the running costs (parts are extremely expensive, like a $1K starter motor), the interior was long in the tooth and the power wasn't great. However, the power was great enough to make my (more powerful on paper) 2004 Boxter S "Anniversary ed." seem slow. And, I could outrun an EVO VIII on the highway.

      I was, however, spoiled by power with the Vipers and 'vettes I grew up with, so I eventually bought a Z06 as the replacement for the NSX. (First an MB C55, then the Boxter S) The Z06 is outstanding, but I always miss the NSX as it was not just outstanding, but the more I think about it, the more I think it was magnificent.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this is what we say represents Honda, eh? Putting red badges, a Type-R wing, and aftermarket bodykit and wheels in place of all the stock parts. Fast and Furious ftw...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, it seems the crowd has spoken. Well I, for one, would have liked to see this video with a stock NSX, they way Honda actually created it. Save the plastic body kits for the boy racers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apparently AB forgot about the mid-engined Toyota MR2 when they claimed that only Honda had the guts to build a mid-engined car. Sure, it's in a completely different league, but Toyota at least came out with a mid-engine car that was reasonably priced.

      Still though, the NSX was an amazing car, but in some ways too many people remember the car with rose-colored glasses... I remember that the NSX got tons of flack for being under-powered. Sure, it was not really meant to be a drag-car and handling was much higher in it's priorities, but tons of people were disappointed that it "only" had a V6. Also in it's later years, it got quite pricey and Honda let it languish for way too long.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'd say NSX is miscategorized as an exotic or supercar in retrospect. That and much of it's reliability comes from utilizing a reworked FWD Legend V6 powertrain swung around behind the cabin - much the same way a Fiat X1/9 or Toyota MR2 came to be a mid-engine sports car. If a product from a segment lower can place quality improvement pressure on supercars above - sure - then the NSX had that effect on Italian supercar makers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      IMHO I dont think the NSX is a supercar at all.


      But its not the car that gets me... its the video.. its EPIC and emotional. I kind of feel bad for the NSX.. Honda let something speical die.. when it sittin park in the beginning in the darkness.. really made me sad. I dont think even if they built a new one it would have the same spirt and soul as the older models.. Not even close.


      I say make a video like this for the Toyota Supra.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the stock Alez Zanardi Nsx (aka type R in japan) run 12.7 quarer mile for a natural aspirade engine. Thats a 509hp Z06 or 485hp 911 turbo territory. Its a hard to find car but its worth the price. VTEC 4 life.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Being a Honda driver it is very disheartening to see where Honda has gone over the past several years. I thought for sure I could stick with H for awhile but now I just can't support them and that moron they stuck at the helm. I miss a Honda that was more willing to be exciting and unique. They had an energy about them that just isn't there anymore. The soul is gone. I really don't want to look other places but I know the decision must be made. Until we see a Honda return that had spirit, I can no longer endorse the brand beyond my 2006 Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If your company doesn't make at least 1 bona fide roadster or sports car, you are no longer a creator of cars you're a car manufacturer :(
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think crash ratings and emissions are what caught up to them. Most of their best cars are lightweight NAs, particularly four cylinders. Now it seems you can't make a car as light as they used to without it being really expensive through the use of aluminum or CF. And rev happy engines aren't as much fun when they are saddled with heavier cars. Plus because of so much good competition they can't afford to stick double wishbones under Cvics anymore. There's just less and less room for Honda to really shine and be Honda because the playing field has been leveled so much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not just about NSX the sports car. It's about Honda losing its character as a whole: engineering, ergonomics (buttons anyone?), design, balance in driving, balance in design/function (backseat of ZDX), price/value. Holy crap...I miss the old Honda.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stupidity is strong with this one.

      If you knew anything about the two companies besides what color your parent's-bought Lexus is...you'd know Honda was far more innovative over their lifespan.

      The cars were better too. Tough to defend now, but at least they aren't running away on the highway with people.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The candle that burns the brightest is the first to go out. Theres other companies stepping up to take Honda and Toyotas place.
        • 4 Years Ago
        But I don't want another company to take Honda's place...I am not giving up on Honda. There are swings to every company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What happened? Honda seems to have gotten a little off in the weeds with some of the cars their making. Not only that, but other companies are catching up on building sporty, reliable, affordable transportation - essentially out-Hondaing Honda.

      If you're going to abandon all pretense of sport in the pursuit of fuel economy then at least make your cars the most fuel efficient. Don't cancel good cars like the S2000 for the sake of utterly mediocre cars like the Insight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The S2000 is old like the VW New Beetle is old. In 2006 Mazda introduced a totally new Miata, Honda should have released a redesigned S2000 sometime afterwards if you want to talk about a 'reasonable product cycle'

        We're already talking about the 4th generation Miata. Honda never intended on replacing the S2000.
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