This is the story of the first-generation Honda NSX, known in America as the Acura NSX.
The all-aluminum NA1-chassis NSX was developed as Honda was on top of the world – it had just begun an incredible string of Formula 1 victories, its Accord was the best-selling car in America, and its new Acura luxury brand was a resounding success.
The NSX would be the company’s flagship, demonstrating that Honda could apply its F1 know-how to a Ferrari-challenging, mid-engined supercar. It was received with near unanimous praise from the automotive media, but ultimately the NSX struggled to find buyers for the majority of its 15-year production run.
In this episode of “Revelations,” Hagerty’s Jason Cammisa takes us through the history of the original NSX. He tells us why, in retrospect, it was actually a success despite being unable to live up to its sales expectations – and how it differs from the second-generation, Ohio-engineered and -built NC1 hybrid.