Clarion Builds’ Supercharged Acura NSX Joins the Fray!
Clarion Stereo has had something of a history in building “project” cars. Their current ride is a 1991 Acura NSX sporting 210,000 miles, which has been restored and improved with the end result being the ultimate street-use sportscar. The restoration has been comprehensive, but here are some highlights. A late-model 3.2 engine swap (said engine is topped with a CT-Engineering supercharger), complete with late-model 6-speed manual transmission; replacement fenders which are subtlety flared to fit the wide Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires and Volk ZE40 wheels. Naturally, it houses the finest components from the Clarion stereo catalog. This setup is touted as making 380 horsepower, weighing about 3200 pounds and being a perfectly comfortable daily, all packaged in a beautiful Blu Caleum metallic finish.
In comes Matt Farah, who, for his /TUNED segment on the /DRIVE channel, has started a tuner car shoot out. Every car in the comparison is wildly different, in terms of platform, price and intent, which makes for some good variety. The premise is that Farah will rank the cars based on their road and track performances, lap times, style (the subjective wildcard) and “value” relative to the least expensive car in the shoot out. So, how does the Clarion Builds’ NSX stack up against the likes of the Maximum Motorsports Ford Mustang; HPA Motorsports Volkswagen R32; HG Motorsports Nissan GT-R R35, and a BBI Autosport Porsche Turbo? There’s only one way to find out.