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Acura NSX

Price $92,243

Acura NSX


Engine type: DOHC VTEC 24 valves V-6
Displacement: 3.2L (3197cc)
Power: 290 bhp
Torque: 224 lb.-ft.
Redline: 8000rpm
Transmission: 6 speed manual

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 0-60: 4.8sec
 0-100: 11.5sec
 0-150: 28.7sec
 1/4 mile: 13.3sec
 Top Speed: 175 mph

   The NSX is one of the most technologically advanced exotic cars around, with its lightweight aluminium unit body, forged aluminium suspension pieces worthy of display at the Guggenheim and that glorious all-aluminium 3.2 liter 4-cam V-6 that whispers at cruise, yet barks a Formula 1-evocative reveille when its drive-by-wire throttle butterfly snaps full open. Now, imagine a handling computer that translates every input into a smooth outcome.  That's the NSX. The steering bends calmly into each turn. Cornering lines seem set in stone, requiring little or no correction. The cockpit is similarly sophisticated. The seats are a must like for everyone. All in all, the NSX remains a paragon of automotive virtue, offering a subtle blend of exotic performance and everyday reliability, a rarity among mid-engined alloy bodied supercars. But at $92,243 -up $4198 from last year's model- it has become awfully expensive. So much so that if you're planning to add one to your letter to Saint Nick, be sure to use the very best stationery.

UPDATES: A lighter version with handling enhancements named after CART driver Alex Zanardi is said to be the fastest NSX ever built. It contains a number of modifications and other stuff. Only 50 of them will be built.

UPDATES: The NSX gets a facelift for 2002 as a 2003 model, the pop-up headlights are gone replaced by fixed and more aggresive looking ones. The rear tires are now 255/40ZR-17, instead of the 245/40ZR-17, and the front wheels are 17 inchers instead of 16. Overall the new NSX looks good and reatains that amazing 3.2L engine with 290 bhp. Also, the body has been tweaked to have a lower coefficient of drag, from 0.32 to 0.30, which rises top speed to 175 mph, but acceleration has been affected by the increased weight, since now all NSXs are Targa tops. Although it is still behind the competition, but for 2005 a V-8 NSX is said to come out from Japan. Let's wait and see.