The Original Honda NSX Is A Japanese Icon

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The history of the Honda NSX is full of Formula One technology. Find out how this Honda changed the world of supercars as we know it.

The Honda (Acura) NSX is the of the 90’s supercar that we all lusted over. The story you may not know is that before we fell in love with the NSX, Honda fell hard to create it. At the time, McLaren was using Honda engines in Formula One and winning everything. Simultaneously, Honda road cars had built a stellar reputation for reliability, but not necessarily matching performance.

However, the NSX would change that. Honda set out to build a car that would rival the performance of the contemporary Ferrari 328 while using a reliable V6 engine. Unlike the Ferrari, the design of the ergonomics of the cabin would focus on the driver’s comfort.

Honda NSX

When Honda designed the NSX, they kept the driver experience at the forefront of their design. The cockpit was inspired by the canopy of the F16 fighter jet. So, the visibility out of the NSX is incredible. This was really the first notion of giving the driver a cockpit with ergonomic setting of the seat, steering wheel and pedals. The view out of the front is equally amazing. The dashboard sits low and the two front fenders create little humps so the driver knows where the front wheels are, similar to a 911. The timeless design is still stunning on the road today and it maybe the prettiest Honda ever built.

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In this Petrolicious video Sean Lee from Purist explains how he is the caretaker of his cars and not a collector. It is his philosophy that we should ensure these driving experiences will be available for generations to come. The Honda NSX really engages the emotions of the driver and it isn’t just another supercar. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Patrick Stevenson is an Internet Brands' contributor to 6SpeedOnline, Honda-Tech, Corvette Forums,, and MBworld. He is also a host on The Motor Affair Podcast.

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