In 1991 when the Acura NSX was created the main intention was to produce a hand-built, exotic, mid-engine sports car that would establish entirely new levels of prestige, performance, refinement, drivability and reliability.
In 1995 the car had new features: a removable roof panel, an optional Formula One-inspired Sequential SportShift' automatic transmission with a unique steering column-mounted electronic shifter; a drive-by-wire throttle system and standard variable, electric power-assisted steering (EPS), a compact and efficient system pioneered in the first-year NSX equipped with automatic transmission.
In 1997 with several major enhancements NSX took a giant step forward in performance-- most notably a larger, more powerful 3.2-liter, 290 hp, V-6 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission, larger brakes and an improved Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), refinement to the electric power steering system, application of new aluminum alloys for lighter-weight, high-rigidity body panels, adoption of special heat-reflecting window glass and an anti-theft vehicle immobilizer feature.
In 2002 the NSX received a variety of styling enhancements to modernize the car's looks and refinements to the chassis to ensure its competitiveness as a world class sports car. The most important features are: a removable aluminum roof panel which can be easily stowed under the rear glass hatch, the front fascia of the NSX was updated with a higher hood, and a redesigned front bumper and spoiler, the front headlights changed from pop-up halogen units to fixed position Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamps, new mesh side air intakes, a trunk lip spoiler, more aggressive exhaust tips and a redesigned taillight configuration, a larger diameter rear stabilizer bar, firmer front springs and bigger wheels and tires to enhance the car's dynamic handling characteristics.All these enhancements are combined to reduce the car's coefficient of drag from 0.32 to 0.30 and raise the top speed from 168 to 175 mph.
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