Honda NSX NA1 1991
When Honda released the NSX NA1 in 1990 at the peak of its near total domination of the Formula One circuit, it stunned the world and stole the hearts of millions. The NSX NA1 was as gorgeous and responsive as any Italian supercar, but was much lower priced and incomparably more reliable. As the world’s first aluminum-bodied production sports car, it was super lightweight. It also showcased a host of highly sophisticated Formula One bred technologies. For many car enthusiasts, it represented sports car perfection.
The extremely sporty design was co-conceived by Pininfarina and inspired by the cockpits of F-16 fighter jets. From aggressively forward-positioned cockpit to notably low height and extended tail, the classic looks have never gone out of style. These design attributes also contribute to a fantastic driving experience. The forward cockpit enhances all-around visibility, while the long tail improves high-speed stability and the low 46-inch height makes spirited driving especially exhilarating.
The handling of the NSX is nothing short of extraordinary. Almost anyone can drive it without losing control. Its midship configuration delivers exceptional balance via ideal weight distribution, and race-bred double wishbones maintain nearly unvarying wheel alignment. The suspension was finely tuned through exhaustive testing on race tracks with guidance from Formula One legend Ayrton Senna, who also convinced Honda to stiffen the chassis. Yet the ride is smooth and comfortable.
The all-aluminum naturally aspirated 3.0L V6 engine with VTEC variable valve timing may not compete with today’s fastest supercars in flat out speed — it manages 0-60 in a respectable 4.7 seconds. But the high-rev performance with impressive 8,000 rpm redline supported by titanium connecting rods is truly addictive. And Honda wizardry delivers amazing fuel efficiency even when traveling at high speeds.
To top it off, overall craftsmanship is simply unparalleled. Honda’s usual meticulous precision was taken to extremes by a hand-picked team of talented specialists who largely handbuilt every car. Even the finish received the undivided attention of this cream of the crop crew that employed a 23-step process to achieve a flawless mirror-like surface. Talk about going the extra mile!
We highly recommend test driving the NSX NA1. Its remarkable handling ease, intoxicating engine scream, and supercar styling are enough to make even seasoned drivers fall head over heels in love. Once you purchase this dream car with its low maintenance and high reliability, you may never consider the competition again.
The stunning NSX NA1 with formula red finish in the accompanying photo was recently purchased from a used car auction in Japan at a very reasonable price. Wherever you live, in the East, West or Down Under, there is simply no better way to get your hands on true value than by importing used cars from Japan.
At Japan Car Direct, our dedicated team can keep you informed of suitable vehicles on auction each week in Japan, arrange for professional third-party inspections, ensure all of your questions are answered, place bids on your behalf, inform you of every detail after successful bids, arrange for the vehicle’s transportation to your nearest port, etc. We are here for you every step of the way, and aim to make the entire process easy and enjoyable.