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Honda NSX (1990 - 2005)

Last updated 9 May 2013

 
5
Amazing on-rails handling, so easy to drive your granny could go shopping in it, a thoroughbred supercar
Not exactly a looker
Updated 1 July 2005
Honda announced the death of the NSX

With sales drying up, Honda took the decison to stop the NSX without a replacement in sight. Although the company had been investigating a 'new' NSX since the turn of the century, no production models...

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Introduction

The Honda NSX changed the way the world viewed the Japanese motor industry. Alongside the Mazda MX-5 and Lexus LS400, it proved that there were no longer any more areas of the market that the Japanese couldn't attack. the NSX was something rather special, though - a fully-fledged mid-engined junior supercar; a Ferrari 348 rival.

And when the NSX was launched in 1990 it left the competition behind, in terms of reliability and practicality. The chassis was perfected at Suzuka, with late-development input from F1 World Champion Ayrton Senna. Senna convinced Honda to stiffen the NSX even more and totally change the rear suspension geometry to give the NSX uncompromising traction. Even if that would subsequently be proven to be at the cost of tyre wear.

Honda wanted the NSX to be perfect and over its 15-year lifespan it was under constant development. And although it was brilliant, the NSX was slightly too flawed to achieve that perfect ten...

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