In What Magazines Does The NSX Appear?
Auto and Design
"Auto and Design" is a very stylish periodical printed in English and Italian (simultaneously).
July 2001 - Porsche 911 Carrera vs. Acura NSX comparison
|April 28, 1997||Review of the NSX Type S-Zero|
|August 28, 1997||A short update on the 97. The headline says, "DON'T CHANGE" followed by "At twice the price of a Corvette, Acura NSX owners must feel one-up on their friends who have mere Vettes. The NSX-T's sweet 3.2-liter mid-mounted V6 pulls from 2000 to 8000 rpm; sixth gear (in the unfortunately notchy box) is not merely an overdrive. Cornering balance is superb. And the styling holds up, after seven years.|
|October 20, 1997||Short article on what they call the "Comptech NSX" that reads as follows: "The balance and precision of the stock NSX make it easy to forgive that car's 'mere' 290 stock horsepower. Well, now you can stop being so darned forgiving. Comptech USA of El Dorado Hills, Calif., the same guys who won the IMSA Camel Lights title from 1991 to '93, offers a $9,800 bolt-on supercharger kit that gives you 415 hp across a very wide band. Add Comptech's monster brake package and suspension tuning and you have your very own Camel Lights car. Sponsorship not included."|
|June 8, 1998||"A DRIVER'S CAR - Some say the Acura NSX is showing its age, but it's still among the top high-powered sports cars. It sounds great when you rev it up to its 8000-rpm redline. For alternating between stop-and-go traffic and twisting country lanes, only the new Porsche 996 rivals the NSX for flexibility and ease of use."|
|September 28, 1998||"Acura's NSX may be the perfect road car." So states the beginning of the photo caption in an article in the new AutoWeek. Okay, so the article doesn't even mention the NSX, because it's about the Starcraft Chevy conversion van. But the photos show the van along with a Kaiser Silver NSX and a Boxster. [KS]|
|February 3, 2000|| From an article about the new Mustang Cobra R: "The merry band of engineers and marketers at Special Vehicle Engineering/SpecialVehichle Team-- at least one of whom drives to the office in (gasp) an Acura
NSX-- are in a novel position for car guys at a major domestic automaker. They get to play with fast cars and actually produce a batch for sale to the
general public." (p16) [CMA]
[AWL - 2000/3/3] He lives up here in SE Michigan. Silver/Black NSX.
|May, 2001||Page 13: "Take a drive in Acura's NSX, and you'll never believe the car turned 10 late last year. Okay, so maybe those antique flip-up headlamps - no HIDs there - instrument panel and switchgear, like little crow's feet, give away its age. But its engine, with 91hp per liter specific output from a normally aspirated mill, its perfect ergonomics behind the wheel and its dead-nuts-on steering and handling are halmarks of a car ahead of its time. Then and now. Few cars inspire as much driving joy, even if that joy only comes from being seen behind the wheel of a none-too-often-glimpsed exotic. Some accuse NSX, like many Japanese techno-marvels, of lacking a soul. If precision driving, valve lifters screaming away behind the ears, is a soulless endeavor, we'll gladly be damned."|
|November 26, 2001||"Honda says the NSX-R it showed in Tokyo is just a prototype, due in part to extensive use of carbon fiber on the hood, air outlets, engine cover and rear spoiler. But many of the subtle styling changes in this prototype will make it to the next-generation NSX that arrives on our shores next year. Again, Honda calls the NSX-R a prototype, but can you say 'supercar'? Super indeed."|
|May 2001||Article about Mike Escanlar's GruppeM supercharged NSX|
Best Motoring is a Japanese car magazine that does a lot of "sports car shootouts" where they run different cars against each other under various conditions. They also produce a monthly video.
|Another shootout including the NSX.|
|Another shootout including the NSX.|
|Another shootout including the NSX.|
|Another shootout including the NSX.|
|August 2001||NSX road test in the Personal Business section of Bloomberg Markets financial magazine|
168 MPH top speed (drag limited)
|February 1998||Article on the Ferrari 355, Corvette, Viper, NSX in Monte Carlo Blue. Has a few great pics, and a great article.|
|January 1998||"911 v NSX v Skyline" - The author, one Roger Bell, offers some backhanded praise and is quite critical of certain aspects of the NSX, particularly what he feels are its dated looks, which appears to be why he rates the NSX third.|
|December 1997||1997 Handling Comparison|
|August 1997||"More power, more thrills But the NSX colour chart is as restricted as ever"|
|December 1996||Tested "20 of the best handling cars in the world" and the NSX was ranked 4th overall|
Top Speed: 163 MPH top speed (drag limited). They also indicated the following speeds in each gear at 1,000 rpm (except 5, as noted) on 245/40-17 Potenza RE010 tires; 24.717 nominal diameter, i.e. 0.4% *smaller* than the R&T test), they got:
1: 5.8 mph/1000 rpm
2: 10.3/1000 rpm
3: 14.4 mph/1000 rpm
4: 18.2 mph/1000 rpm
5: 23 mph/1000 rpm
|Car||0-60||1/4 mile||C&D issue|
|Acura NSX-T||4.8||13.4||July '97|
|Corvette (C5)||5.4||13.6||May '98|
|Ferrari 355||4.5||13.0||July '95|
|Lamborghini Diablo||4.5||13.4||Sep '94|
|Porsche 911||5.3||13.5||May '98|
|Toyota Supra TT||5.0||13.6||Aug '97|
|Acura NSX - Reigning King of the Hill|
|0-150-0 Comparison Test|
|Road Test - Acura NSX Zanardi Edition - Lighter, Louder and harder riding, this special-edition NSX gets back to its roots|
|July 2002||On page 51, in an article about prototype and concept Corvettes: "GM Design had done the XP-882 in fiberglass, then a redesign in steel, but supplier Reynolds Aluminum, always trying to land the big contract, offered to do an identical reskin in aluminum to prove its feasibility. GM handed over a spare chassis, and and outside vendor did the reskin. The styling of the 'Reynolds Corvette' delivered a fresh take on the '68 Corvette tunnel-back ("sugar scoop") roof and a more contemporary look overall. The weight was way down, but Reynolds' alchemists couldn't devise a way to build an aluminum body as inexpensively as a fiberglass one. So fiberglass continued to be the norm. Decades later, Honda's Acura division would go the all-aluminum route with its NSX sports car."|
|August 2002||Page 65, in an article about the Saleen S7: "Designed by Phil Frank, the S7's bodywork has the profile of a Porsche GT1, the face of a Saleen Mustang turned werewolf under a full moon, and a rear end looking like an Acura NSX on steroids."|
|September 2002||"Supercar Challenge" - Comptech's supercharged NSX placed 12th in this event, which heavily favored ultra-high-HP tuner cars|
|The December issue of Car Audio has a long article about Bill Montgomery's stereo system in his NSX.|
|Article about the development of the NSX styling|
|Article on a Comptech supercharged NSX. Quarter mile in 12.3 seconds at 134 mph. Cost: $140k. Yellow '95 NSX-T with body kit, all Comptech mods.|
|Yellow NSX-T on the cover|
(1998) - Edmunds Magazine's pick for the ultimate sports car over $50,000 is the '98 NSX.
[KS] They also named the NSX one of their top five picks for a road trip, saying,
"Whoever coined the phrase: "Getting there is half the fun" must have been
driving an NSX. It may be a bit on the small side compared to our other picks, but it's so
sporty and fast, you'll reach your destination in half the time. And, with the car's
comfortable interior, excellent ergonomics and 24-valve V6 engine, the NSX is
practical enough to live with on a day-to-day basis. Grab a pair of dark shades and some
good CDs, and you'll have more fun than you can imagine."
|July 2002||Review of the 2002 NSX-R|
|Evo magazine reviews the 2002 NSX|
|[KS] Evo is the name of a new British automotive magazine (subtitled "the Thrill of Driving"). The premiere issue is November 1998. This first issue contains a buying guide for used NSX's. It's really very, very good, discussing the car and its capabilities, specs, pricing (new and used), evolution over the years, what to check out on a car, how the various systems hold up, opinions, rates for parts, service, and insurance - just about everything you would want to know. Some of it (such as prices and rates) is specific to the UK market, but most of it is highly usable. I bought my copy at Barnes & Noble so it shouldn't be too hard to find. There's a silver 3200GT Maserati on the cover.|
May 2000, page 94, The Style Guy section, it reads:
Question: I'm thinking about buying an expensive watch, but I'm confused over the quartz-vs.-automatic issue. Good manufacturers such as Cartier make both. Why is automatic more expensive and considered better?
Answer: Everyone tells me that quartz keeps better time, even a Swatch that costs well under a C-note. Self-winding watches are more complicated mechanically. That's why they cost more. Why are they considered better or, perhaps, more chic? Why is a tow truck-prone Jaguar XKE hipper than an Acura NSX, which performs circles around it? Aura. But aside from complexity and retro fashion, self-winders are preferred by a surprising number of people because they think wearing a quartz watch isn't healthy. Are they nuts? Maybe. But, you know how people feel about crystal power. I have both kinds, so I'm hedging my bets on the quartz/crystal issue, as I am with my policy of not intentionally eating anything that comes out of a microwave oven...The Style Guy at GQ magazine ([email protected])
(Vol. 32) - This is a Japanese magazine that covers a particular model in depth in each issue. Volume 32 is about the NSX. It includes information about the car and extensive information about modifications available in Japan. Lots of pictures.
|October 2001||Writeup on R.J. de Vera's modified NSX|
|February 2001||First look at Adam Saruwatari's NSX Pro Drag Car|
(Aug '98) - [TB] '91 NSX owned by a gentleman named Bill Montgomery. There are some good pics of the interior for the sound system he has put in, and a shot of the trunk area for the amp. Some of the mods:
-A chip exhaust system by Karkar Exhaust Systems of Cleveland , Ohio
-16" and 17" package Azev rim wheels
-Falken tires (are these any good)
-Extensive chrome plating throughout
-Street Wire 150 amp alternator
-Street Wire Competition 70 gellcell battery
September 2002 - The September, 2002 edition of Men's Journal named the NSX one of the 25 greatest cars ever.
|Oct/Nov 2000||Write-up on Danny Fairchild's custom mobile theater system in his '94 NSX.|
|May 2002||NSX vs. Porsche 911 comparison. In the end the author, a Porsche fan, likes the 911 better but praises the NSX despite it's $250,000 price tag in Australia.|
|August 1996||Comparison between the NSX-T and Porsche 911 Targa|
According to Motor Trend, the Acura NSX 5 speed manual 0-60 MPH time is 5.3 seconds. The targa was a couple of tenths slower. They listed the NSX 4 speed automatic 0-60 MPH at 5.8 seconds. 172.3 top speed (drag limited).
[DH] Page 22 of Motor Trend: Some quotes: "Acura's New V-12 Supercar"- "Just as there are predictions of a wholehearted F1 return, so there is a confirmation from within the company that work has begun on an Acura NSX successor." - "It could be brought to market within two years and would serve as Honda's first blockbuster image car of the new millenium." - "..wheelbase is expected to be fractionally longer because the current 3.2 Liter V-6 is being replaced by a new V-12 engine that will displace 5.5 to 6.0 liters. The engine will reportedly be derived from a mating of two of the existing 3.0 liter V-6s and should produce well over 400 horsepower in street trim. This added motivation will allow the NSX to compare favorably with other turn-of-the-century 12-cylinder flagship supercars from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and VW, which has also become deadly serious about glamorizing its image" - There is an artist rendition. Looks like the a muscular NSX, with Vector rear wheel vents, and short front hood that looks like Ferrari 456 GT hood with clear headlight covers. I like the look of the existing NSX better....."
Comparison test, including a yellow NSX-T at Las Vegas
speedway. Braking, 60-0, ft 111 - Stock 92
|Dec 1990||"Fast Five" - Comparison of between the NSX, Dodge Stealth R/T Turbo, Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4, Nissan 300ZX Turbo, Toyota MR2 Turbo.|
|Sept 1989||Report on the first testing of the NSX prototype by the press..|
Had to do a double take when I picked up my mail today. I see this magazine with an NSX taking up 3/4 of the cover and thought that it was some new NSX club magazine format or something. Turned out to be the NMA magazine (national motorists association www.motorists.com) and one of the chapter reps had rented an NSX on a vacation. No NSX content in the mag, just an explanation of the cover pic.
|Jan 1995||The NSX is named their 1994 Performance Car Of The Year|
(Jan 1991) - The NSX was named as Playboy's first annual Car of the Year, in an article entitled "Call of the Open Road", by Ken Gross. There's a two-page centerfold photo of a beautiful silver NSX (no bra!). Try contacting the publisher: Playboy, 680 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60611, 312-751-8000. You may also be able to get more info from their web site at www.playboy.com.
|"Acceleration Nation" - Quarter mile shootout between a variety of vehicles. Unfortunately they used a heavier NSX-T instead of the lighter/faster coupe. The results: #13 Ford SVT Lightning - #12 Jaguar XJR - #11 Ford Mustang Cobra - #10 Mitsubishi 3000GT - #9 Chevrolet Camaro SS - #8 Mercedes-Benz E55 - #7 Porsche Carrera - #6 Acura NSX - #5 Firebird Formula - #4 Ferrari F355 - #3 Chevrolet Corvette - #2 Lotus Esprit - #1 Dodge Viper.|
|Tested at 168 MPH top speed (drag limited). When R&T road tested the '91 for the first time (225/50-16 A-022 tires; 24.858 nominal dia.), they listed 2680 rpm in 5th at 60 mph. They also indicated the following speeds in each gear at 8,000 RPM (except 5, as noted) and 1,000 RPM: 1: 45 ( 5.625 MPH/1000 RPM), 2: 80 (10 MPH/1000 RPM), 3: 112 (14 MPH/1000 RPM), 4: 142 ( 17.75 MPH/1000 RPM), 5: 168 @ 7510 RPM [drag limited] ( 22.37 MPH/1000 RPM)|
|"Used Car Classic: 1991 - 1999 Acura NSX. Fast, frugal, fun - and remarkably reliable". A great article on the excellent value provided by used NSXs. Includes commentary from Mark Basch, one of the best NSX mechanics in the world as well as a handy "used NSX buyers checklist." Oh yeah, it also mentions NSX Prime as "an excellent website devoted to NSX aficionados," so you know they did their homework!|
|Honda S2000 vs. NSX comparison article|
|This issue includes a long-term ownership survey for NSXs.|
First Quarter 2000
|Sports & GT Cars Special Issue. "Acura NSX-T: Deja Vu All Over Again" covers the 2000 NSX along with many other sports and GT cars. Mentions NSX Prime as "a must-see site for any aficionado" at the end of the article!|
|"The Best Handling Cars In America" - Five cars (NSX Zanardi, Corvette , Viper GTS-R, F355 Spider, Esprit V8 and 911 Carrera 4). The rating is done by Mario Andretti at the Buttonwillow course.|
|Article on the yellow supercharged Comptech NSX|
| "Best all around sportscar" 0-60 MPH test times are as follows: NSX = 4.9,
Corvette = 5.2, New 996/911 = 5.0
|Test drive of prototype at Laguna Seca|
|September 1989||Article on NSX prototype|
(Dec '93) - Comparison between an NSX against a CBR900RR at Willow Springs.
| December 1998
- January 1999
Cover story on yellow NSX coupe titled "NSX-CELLENT"
"There isn't a sports car in the universe that can match the NSX for ethereal scintillation at full cry."
|April 1995||"NSX-T - Acura's Open Secret"|
|December 1990||Review of the production NSX|
|August 1990||Review of a late prototype NSX|
|January 2003||Sport Compact Car magazine has a feature article on the Dome/Mugen NSX that campaigns in the JGTC series|
|May 2001||NSX Prime Message Forums regular David Bernert from Texas entered his car in the Sport Compact Car magazine "2001 Ultimate Street Car Challenge." Click here for more pictures and details on David's 500+ HP turbo NSX|
Honda's latest special edition Acura NSX Type SZero made its debut recently in Japan with scores of automotive journalists salivating for a test drive in this stripped-down version of Honda's flagship line. Luckily, we grabbed a front position in the long queue to conduct an abreviated driving impression.
The new 3.2 liter six-speed scorcher outperforms last year's Type-R and rockets to a top speed of 171 mph. The Type Honda NSX Type SZero also recently clocked 4.466 secs for the 0-100 kph run at the 4-kilometer JARI test course at Yatabe, Ibaraki, snared 13.020 secs for 0-400m and blew away the Type-R by 1.5 secs with a lap time of 2.32.54 minutes at Hondas Suzuka F-1 circuit. Faster than Nissan's twin turbo Skyline GT-R, Honda's king of the hill challenges the skill of the most experienced driver. And although the Type Honda NSX Type SZero lacks a TCS thats standard on other NSX models, an abreviated road test revealed excellent road stick and exceptional handling characteristics on dry pavement. This handling diminished somewhat under wet conditions, especially through sharp curves, mandating strict attention to the wheel with a prudent eye on the speedometer."
|October 2002||Super Street article on Adam Saruwatari's drag racing NSX. Includes a fair amount of technical information about the car setup and the challenges he faced in building it.|
|July 1998||Page 110 has a good article about Peter Cunningham and the Comptech / Realtime NSX.|
[KP] I had to take a quick business trip to Italy and England this week and at Heathrow this morning I picked up the October 1997 "Top Gear" magazine. In it (p70-80) they compared the lap times of several cars frequently discussed here on the Nordschleife (Northern Loop). Following are the cars and their best lap times.
F355 GTS 8m 31.42 380HP/268 lb-ft
NSX (6-speed) Coupe 8m 33.80 276HP/224 lb-ft
M3 EVO 8m 36.42 321HP/258 lb-ft
Nissan GTR V-Spec 8m 37.10 350HP/307 lb-ft
Corvette Coupe (auto) 8m 44.83 339HP/356 lb-ft
911 Carrera S 8m 46.27 285HP/251 lb-ft
The test was sparked from a quote in Nissan's UK Sales Brochure for the GTR, "This Nissan Skyline GT-R is the only production car in the world to have lapped Germany's Nurburgring circuit in under 8 minutes."
Note that Tope Gear solicited two professional drivers to test the cars above and each car's best times are shown. This, like all tests, are very driver-dependent. Someone who's not familiar with a particular car, just isn't going to be as fast in it. As an example, the other driver of the NSX recorded a time of 8m 57.13... but this included a full 360 degree spin where the driver was quoted as saying he never had to take it out of second gear!
Some quoteable quotes from the text:
"It's not so good when you go really fast. It's powerful but it changes directions in the bump stops, it's a bit disconcerting."
"..steering feels vague, like maybe the rack is loose which makes the steering feel poor."
"...if Whizzo can't prevent an NSX from spinning, then who could?"
Anyway, if you want to read the whole article, the larger newsstands should have a copy.
|April 1999||Article about Pat King's twin turbo car entitled "Stealth NSX"|
|September 5, 2003||Urban Racer article and interview with Adam Saruwatari about his new drag racing NSX and future plans.|