History

Retracing the NSX’s Development Steps

It is not only the NSX’s hardware that is evolving: we are continually considering the relationship between driver and vehicle, and working to deliver greater driving pleasure through contributions to sports car and motor sports culture. Our aim is to help driver and machine to grow and develop together.

Hardware development

1990

Birth of the NSX Mid-weight, mid-ship, rear-wheel drive Forward canopy design All-aluminum body results in 200kg weight reduction vs. steel body V6 DOHC VTEC engine delivers linear acceleration All-aluminum 4-wheel double-wishbone suspension Dif’t. diameter front and rear tires TCS, 4ch ABS Electronic power steering Driver-side SRS airbag standard

1992

Birth of the NSX-R Further lightened by approx. 120kg Hard suspension tuning Custom Recaro full-bucket seats Custom Momo steering wheel Sculpted titanium shift knob Limited production to 1995

1993

Manual transmission car equipped with electronic power steering  Equipped with security system Equipped with passenger-side SRS airbag

1994

Optional 45/40 tires with custom 16/17 inch wheels developed   Stronger brake pads (GP pads) developed

1995

DBW electronic throttle developed   F-Matic manual-feel automatic transmission developed   Torque-reactive pre-loaded LSD developed   Twin-tread tires with superior anti-hydroplaning developed
Birth of the NSX-T High-rigidity open-top body   Roof design with a liberating feel   Inside-rear-canopy roof storage system

1997

3.2L engine for manual transmission version   6-speed manual transmission   Strengthened gaskets, crankshaft pins, piston pins for 3.2L engine   Stainless steel exhaust manifold (manual transmission version)   Dual-mass flywheel (manual transmission version)   Lighter, stronger aluminum body   Front/rear brake rotors increased to 16 inches   Stronger suspension (manual transmission version)   Front lower skirt employed for improved aerodynamics   Electronic power steering improved   F-Matic shift control improved   Heat blocking, UV cut glass employed   Equipped with HID headlights   Equipped with car navigation system   BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels (Custom Order Plan)
Birth of the NSX Type S Weight reduced by some 4G?5kg   Harder suspension settings   Custom designed Recaro full-bucket seats   Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel   BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels

1999

Equipped with LEV engine   Improved DBW electronic throttle   Double-cone synchronizers used in 5th and 6th gears of manual transmission   Improved automatic transmission shift management   Improved ABS system   Perforated leather used in interior; gather-less design   HID headlights standard equipment (except Type S Zero)

2000

Recognized by Japanese government as Excellent Low-Emissions Vehicle

2001

New aerodynamic styling   Increased tire and wheel sizes   Fixed headlights   Strengthened suspension (Type T)

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Driver-related and support activities

1990

Birth of the NSX Mid-weight, mid-ship, rear-wheel drive Forward canopy design All-aluminum body results in 200kg weight reduction vs. steel body V6 DOHC VTEC engine delivers linear acceleration All-aluminum 4-wheel double-wishbone suspension Dif’t. diameter front and rear tires TCS, 4ch ABS Electronic power steering Driver-side SRS airbag standard[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″]  

1991

Inauguration of owners’ meetings Lessons on basic sports driving skills held at Suzuka circuit; opportunity provided for owners to mix and converse with Honda staff[/ba-column]

1992

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] Birth of the NSX-R Further lightened by approx. 120kg Hard suspension tuning Custom Recaro full-bucket seats Custom Momo steering wheel Sculpted titanium shift knob Limited production to 1995[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] Custom Order Plan STEP 1 initiated Plan allowing owners to freely combine interior materials, exterior colors, etc. Annual owners’ festival held (NSX Fiesta)[/ba-column]

1993

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] Manual transmission car equipped with electronic power steering  Equipped with security system Equipped with passenger-side SRS airbag[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] NSX racing activities begin Participation in German touring car race (ADAC)  Driving academy established Refresh plan established: Maintenance plan for previously-raced NSX’s Custom Order Plan STEP 2: custom body color and ecsaine interior added[/ba-column]

1994

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] Optional 45/40 tires with custom 16/17 inch wheels developed   Stronger brake pads (GP pads) developed[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] First-time participation in and completion of Lemans 24-hour Grand Prix   Sports driving seminar: skills improvement on the circuit   Custom Order PlanG? STEP 3: GP brake pads, 16/17-inch wheels and 45/40 tires added[/ba-column]

1995

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] DBW electronic throttle developed   F-Matic manual-feel automatic transmission developed   Torque-reactive pre-loaded LSD developed   Twin-tread tires with superior anti-hydroplaning developed
Birth of the NSX-T High-rigidity open-top body   Roof design with a liberating feel   Inside-rear-canopy roof storage system[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] GP course driving school established   Custom Order Plan STEP 4: Twin-tread tires, body-color roof added   Victory in Lemans 24-hour Grand Prix GT2 Class   Class victories also in Tokatsu 24-hour race and Suzuka 1,000km race

1996

Custom Order Plan STEP 5: new colors added for interior/exterior and aluminum wheels   Placed 3rd in Lemans 24-hour Grand Prix GT2 Class   Participated in GT car competition[/ba-column]

1997

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] 3.2L engine for manual transmission version   6-speed manual transmission   Strengthened gaskets, crankshaft pins, piston pins for 3.2L engine   Stainless steel exhaust manifold (manual transmission version)   Dual-mass flywheel (manual transmission version)   Lighter, stronger aluminum body   Front/rear brake rotors increased to 16 inches   Stronger suspension (manual transmission version)   Front lower skirt employed for improved aerodynamics   Electronic power steering improved   F-Matic shift control improved   Heat blocking, UV cut glass employed   Equipped with HID headlights   Equipped with car navigation system   BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels (Custom Order Plan)
Birth of the NSX Type S Weight reduced by some 4G?5kg   Harder suspension settings   Custom designed Recaro full-bucket seats   Momo leather-wrapped steering wheel   BBS lightweight forged aluminum wheels[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] Participated in the Japan GT Championship
 
 
 
  

1998

First NSX Fiesta held at Twin Ring Motegi   First victory at the Japan GT Championship[/ba-column]

1999

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] Equipped with LEV engine   Improved DBW electronic throttle   Double-cone synchronizers used in 5th and 6th gears of manual transmission   Improved automatic transmission shift management   Improved ABS system   Perforated leather used in interior; gather-less design   HID headlights standard equipment (except Type S Zero)[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] [/ba-column]

2000

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] Recognized by Japanese government as Excellent Low-Emissions Vehicle[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] Driving festival held at Takasu proving grounds to celebrate the NSX’s tenth anniversary   Declared champion of the Japan GT Championship[/ba-column]

2001

[ba-column size=”one-half” last=”0″] New aerodynamic styling   Increased tire and wheel sizes   Fixed headlights   Strengthened suspension (Type T)[/ba-column] [ba-column size=”one-half” last=”1″] [/ba-column] s1_1

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