Honda NSX Cars

Honda NSX Cars: Innovative, Aerodynamic, and Sporty

The Honda NSX has two separate generations: The first, produced from 1990 to 2005, and the second, which was launched in 2015. As you would expect, the look, feel, and specifications on the two generations are pretty different, yet united in their desire to combine chassis and aerodynamics innovation with a high-powered engine for a top-end driving experience. Used Honda NSX cars are available for sale from eBay.

What inspired the design of the original NSX?

The NSX was designed to compete, on performance and price, with the high-end models produced by German and Italian carmakers. The design of the car was partially based on the F-16 fighter jet. This is most notable in the cab being located quite far towards the front of the car for visibility, and in the long tail, designed to improve stability at high speeds. Formula One drivers Ayrton Senna and Satoru Nakajima tested and helped improve the car’s performance. The NSX’s use of aluminium also reduces its weight by over 200 kilogrammes compared to steel. Most available used NSX cars will be of this generation.

The first-generation NSX specifications and their evolution

The NSX was available as a 2-door coupe, and, from 1995, as a 2-door with a removable targa top known as the NSX-T. Here are the first generation’s specs, and their evolution over time:

  • Original (1990-1997): 3.0-litre V6 producing up to 250 bhp.
  • NSX-R (1992): This is a racing version of the original, with improvements including an increased drive ratio for improved acceleration, and a 120-kilogramme weight decrease.
  • 1997 Upgrade (1997-2005): 3.2-litre V6 producing up to 290 bhp for the manual Honda NSX, with the automatic transmission retaining the 3.0-litre engine.
  • 2002 facelift (2002-2005): The primary improvements were to the aerodynamics, resulting in lower drag, 0 to 125 mph time being cut by 0.2 seconds, and a new top speed of 282 km/h. The NSX-R was also updated.
The second generation

The remodelled NSX was first produced in 2015. It remains a coupe with a mid-engine. One of the notable differences is that it is an all-wheel drive. The car is the first hybrid Honda NSX, and it utilises the electric engines to send negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering, to improve handling.

How does it perform?

This version is only available as an automatic Honda NSX. It has a 3.5-litre V6 petrol engine producing up to 500 bhp, with a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system (using 3 electric motors). The petrol and electric engines combine to produce up to 573 bhp. The NSX takes 2.9 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km/h and can reach speeds of 307 km/h. Check listings carefully to ensure that your preferred model has the optional extras you require. See the manufacturer's site for full details of specifications.