Exploded is how I would explain the way in which the Honda NSX bullied its way to the top of the automotive food chain when it was first introduced more than 20 years ago. Thanks to Honda’s F1 knowledge back then, which was instinctively applied into building this marvelous machine, it was capable of getting into the ring with the likes of Ferraris and other top end European marques and come out tops, leaving them bloody-nosed.
Well you’d at least expect some achievement of that stature from the car created by the team of engineers that powered the likes of Aryton Senna to multiple Formula One championships.
This was a car built on dreams and as for the development of it which incidentally involved the late F1 legend’s input, was to be nothing short of par excellence. Though the NSX carried with it a giant-slaying image, it was built to be driven hard but without so much of breaking a sweat; allowing average drivers to jump right in and optimize its potential with ease.
And fully optimized they did, with the power plant being either a 3-liter engine which produced 270 odd horsepower or a 3.2-liter variant which pumped out close to 300 horsepower, matched with either a 4-speed automatic or 5 or 6-speed manual transmissions. Not that I’ve thrashed a NSX around the B-roads but reading articles about it, you get the sense that it was meant for the average joes to lash out against a loud mouth with his fancy Italian show off.
Not only did the NSX beat its European counterparts, it did so with so much style and flair that it gained a cult status amongst followers of the motoring world till this very day.
Compared to so many of the newer Japanese powerhouses presently, the NSX may seem somewhat like the old dog but like every old dog, it still has a bit of fight in it with several twitches like the NSX featured here.
Over the years, the old V6 is probably gasping for air like an old timer would after climbing fleet of stairs so fittingly the K&N drop-in air filter along with the Downforce air intake scoop helps clear the nostrils a little while not only injecting a fresh new look to the NSX’s aging exterior but also allowing it to have that bullish authority amongst the newer cars of today.
Exhaust gases are emitted through the exquisite DC Sport stainless steel headers which exits via the GT ONE F1 Version 4 full titanium quad exhaust system which delivers a very raw but refine growl when the V6 is brought to life with much ease with simple bolt-ons like the Raizin Mega voltage stabiliser, performance cables and improved NGK Iridium IX plugs. Other maintenance parts are mostly supplied by Science of Speed. The one downside that this NSX is burdened with that many would agree is the 4-speed automatic transmission that saps up most of the power the engine can potentially deliver.
But this did not stop the owner from strengthening the braking system with high-end Grippen 4-pot big brake kit in the front which bites harder than a cheetah would in killing its prey while the rear NSX brakes remain as standard. These precious rotors and calipers are housed by the ultra-gorgeous 17” Advan RZ Gun Metal wheels in the front and an 18” pair at the rear. The NSX although built with precision handling in mind may have lost its mojo over the years but saw significant enforcements with the Umbrella variable ride air suspension alongside the Tein Flex system.
Both the interior and exterior of this NSX deserves commending as it made the car look as if it has aged backwards! Like the interior for example, looking at the pictures, one can hardly tell that it’s the interior of a close as it makes no difference 20 year old car. Among the contributing factors is the carbon fiber dash board that makes the interior of the latest of lightweight Ferraris look like a sham; the Momo Sport steering with NG-R V2 quick release alongside a Momo Sports gear knob, Science of Speed titanium anodized handles and Mugen pedals.
On the outside, the rejuvenated exterior owes its gratitude to several image altering parts such as the front and rear bumper and side skirts by Gruppe M, the NSX R carbon bonnet and spoiler which when all came together, topped off with a customised GT diffuser and the stick-out-like-a-sore-thumb-but-in-a-good-way POP! Design GT air scoop make the NSX look like a blast from its glorious past into a futuristic pod racer. Finished with the minor details such as the 2002 model rear lamps and carbon light covers, this NSX is well-prepped to wow passerby’s for generations to come.
You know what they say, the older you get, the more childish you tend to be and the other being the older you are, the wiser you get; seems like the NSX epitome of both sayings with its aging body looking so tight and sweet with today’s latest body kit offerings while still capable of proving its worth as one of the most revolutionary car ever made.
Car: Honda NSX
Engine: 2,977cc C30A V6
Engine Modifications: Downforce Air intake Scoop, K&N drop-in filter, DC Sport Stainless steel headers, Toda Timing belt, NGK Iridium IX, Raizin Mega Voltage Stabilzer, GT ONE F1 Ver 4 Quad Full Titanium exhaust system, Performance cables, Science of Speed maintenance parts
Transmission: 4-speed Automatic