Changes by Year
What Changes Took Place For Each Model Year?
Changes for 1991
- First model year for the car
- Engine model number is C30A
Changes for 1992
- New Color: Grand Prix White
Changes for 1993
- Added cup holder to center console; console cover got two separate openings.
- Added Passenger Side Air Bag
- Changed Rear Alignment to 2mm less toe-in to improve tire wear
- As a result of passenger air bag, drastically reduced size of glove box.
- Reconfigured center console (gives you the illusion you have more space but not really).
- Improved warranty coverage from three years or 36,000 miles to four years or 45,000 miles
- Switched A/C system from CFC-based R12 to ozone-friendly R134A
Changes for 1994
- New Color: Brooklands Green Pearl
- Keyed roof color to body color in late-year green cars (first 9 greens were with black roof). The last green with a black roof is 0031. 0032 (and all others) has a green roof.
- Dropped Color: Sebring Silver
- New Interior Color: Tan
- Dropped Interior Color: Ivory
- Removed "DOHC VTEC badge" on center console cover
- Changed wheel design from 5-spoke to 7-spoke
- New wheel color: Solaris Silver, paint code NH-536M (a gunmetal gray color)
- Increased Tire and Wheel Sizes to 215ZR45/16 on 16 x 7" Front and 245ZR40/17 on 17 x 8.5" Rear
- Gear cut method changed to reduce gear noise
- Color-keyed the rear wall of the interior tan for tan interior cars (previously black on ivory interiors).
Changes for 1995
- Added targa top version: the NSX-T
- Only -Ts were avilable in 1995 in the US; coupes were unavailable.
- Roofs now all body colored
- New color: Midnight Pearl
- Not Available in '95: Grand Prix White
- Black interior changed from interior code E to code J. It's a little lighter.. a dark charcoal color.
- Different Exhaust Tips
- Sportshift "Tiptronic-style" shifting for Automatics
- Power Steering becomes standard for Manuals as well as Automatics
- Changed gearing of 2nd gear in Manual Transmission
- Modified airflow to brakes to improve cooling
- Traction Control Light no longer shines green when activated, still shines yellow when inactive
- Limited Slip Differential Changes on manual transmission cars. Went from Torque Control Ddifferential to a Torque Reactive Differential - when combined with Throttle-By-Wire, increases speeds out of a corner by 10%. Automatic cars keep old differential.
- Bumper reinforcements were changed to extruded aluminum instead of the stamped steel
- Approx. 100 lbs heaver than 1991/1992 models due to reinforcements for targa top, including: The base of the B pillar where it joins the rocker panel, larger rear bulkhead crossbar, thicker trunk leading edge panel, a redesigned and thicker-walled rear roof section, a redesigned front roof rail section, additional rib in the center rear bulkhead section, a completely redesigned and thicker upper A-pillar. There's also a redesigned and thicker upper dashboard cross member and a redesigned front lower floor section. The extruded aluminum side sills were extensively reinforced - wall thickness of the vertical center web of the 5-sided extrusion went from 2mm to 6mm.
Changes for 1996
- Grand Prix White available again
- Coupes were available again, though from this point on they were special-order only.
Changes for 1997
- Three new colors: Kaiser Silver, Monte Carlo Blue, Spa Yellow
- Dropped colors: Brooklands Green Pearl, Midnight Pearl
- Coupes can be special ordered with either a black top or a body color top; -Ts still have body colored roofs
- New wheel color on all wheels: Blades Silver (a bright machined/brushed looking finish)
- Larger front and rear brake rotor diameters and rotor thickness. The bracket and the rotors are the major change
- Front caliper pistons went from 40mm and 36mm to 40mm and 34mm.
- Larger engine displacement (bore increased from 90mm to 93mm) from 3.0L to 3.2L on manual transmission cars. Model number for new engine is C32B1.
- Horse power increase from 270 hp to 290 hp and torque increase from 210 lbs-ft to 224 lbs-ft (manual tranny)
- Different exhaust manifolds, now stainless steel and free breathing
- Different cylinder linings, fiber reinforced (FRM)
- Larger intake valves, 36mm
- Different head gaskets
- Larger connecting rod bearings
- Increase of piston pin diameter from 22mm to 23mm
- Numerous emission control system changes
- Six speed manual transmission
- Double synchros on 3rd and 4th gears (A61)
- Lockout of reverse gear above 12mph
- Dual-disc clutch changed to a single disc clutch
- Dual mass flywheel
- Larger diameter spare tire to clear new brakes
- Stronger, thinner aluminum body panels
- Heat absorbing glass instead of bronze glass
- Immobilizer anti-theft system with coded key using an electronic transponder. No more all-metal keys.
- Ignition switch light went away to make room for the immobilizer antenna.
- Improved NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness)
- The final gear ratio does not change, so 6th gear in the 1997 NSX results in 6.9% higher vehicle speed than 5th gear in the 1996 model.
- New aluminum alloy in selected body areas to reduce weight and increase rigidity
- Larger spare tire size (from 15 in to 16 in diameter)
- Refined electronic power steering control
- Revised shape of the front spoiler
- Refined ABS braking system
- Improved Traction Control System (TCS) with new control logic
1997 Prices (MSRP)
- Coupe 4-speed Automatic or 6-speed Manual $84,000 + destination and handling $725.00
- NSX-T 4-speed Automatic or 6-speed Manual $88,000 + destination and handling $725.00
Changes for 1998
- No official changes, though throttle computer was changed.
1998 Prices (MSRP)
- Coupe 4-speed Automatic or 6-speed Manual $84,000
- NSX-T 4-speed Automatic or 6-speed Manual $88,000
Changes for 1999
- Limited production Zanardi Signature NSX available
1999 Prices (MSRP)
- Alex Zanardi Edition NSX 6-speed Manual $84,000 + destination and handling $745.00
- Coupe 4-speed Automatic or 6-speed Manual $84,000 + destination and handling $745.00
- NSX-T 4-speed Automatic or 6-speed Manual $88,000 + destination and handling $745.00
Changes for 2000
- Discontinued colors: Kaiser Silver, Monte Carlo Blue Pearl, Formula Red
- Introduced colors: Silverstone Metallic (slightly lighter than Kaiser Silver, darker than Sebring Silver), Monaco Blue Pearl (slightly lighter than Monte Carlo Blue Pearl), New Formula Red (slightly darker than Formula Red)
- Seats, door insets, and steering wheel get perforated leather (not perforated suede like the Zanardi edition)
- Improved anti-lock brake system (ABS) (computer software change)
- Improved manual transmission shifting
- Acura "A" logo marks on wheel centers
- Added onboard fueling vapor recovery system
- Engine now meets Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) standard
- No scheduled tuneups for 100,000 miles
2000 Prices (MSRP) and Info
- 4 Year / 50,000 Mile Warranty
Changes for 2001
Changes for 2002
- New Colors: Long Beach Blue Pearl, Imola Orange Pearl
- Discontinued Colors: Monaco Blue Pearl
- Added Interior Colors - Available with matching exterior color only: Yellow, Silver, Blue, Orange, White. Red is available with both red and black exterior.
- New interior trim color: Aluminum Color (Center console, door inserts, and Gauge Cluster Bezel).
- White stitching used on interior dash
- Steering turns lock-to-lock up to 3.24 from 3.07
- Wheel sizes changed to 17 x 7" front and 17 x 9" rear.
- Tire sizes changed to 215/40ZR/17 front and 255/40ZR/17 Rear
- Rear track increased 1/2" from 60.2" to 60.7"
- Yokohama A022 no longer OEM tire - Bridgestone Potenza RE050 H0 replaced RE010 as new OEM tire
- Appearance updated - Fixed HID headlights, new front, new lip on trunk, new ground effects beneath doors, black mesh vents (changed from ribbed)
- Coupe option discontinued in the U.S. (available elsewhere)
Press release from Honda before 2002 model introduction:
- The NSX has earned its status as one of the world's premier exotic sports cars with a combination of head turning performance and contemporary styling. For 2002, the NSX's styling has been updated to modernize its look and its chassis was refined to ensure its competitiveness as a true world class sports car. The NSX features all-aluminum construction and is powered by an advanced 290 horsepower DOHC, VTEC, V-6 engine coupled to a 6-speed close-ratio manual transmission. When equipped with the optional 4-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift(TM), the NSX engine generates 252 horsepower.
2002 NSX Color Card for US
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Changes for 2003
- Rear sway bar size increased from: 17.5 mm to 19.1 mm. Wall thickness remains at 2.3 mm
Changes for 2004
- US Colors: Long Beach Blue Pearl, New Imola Orange Pearl, Grand Prix White, New Formula Red, Rio Yellow Pearl, Silverstone Metallic, and Berlina Black. Each of these colors can be matched to a corresponding interior color for a personalized look or ordered with a conventional tan or black leather interior.
- Now standard equipment instead of options: Keyless entry, CD changer in trunk
- Redesigned shift knob
- Removal of passenger side power door lock switch.
- Gauge Cluster bezel color change: from "Aluminum" to dark gray.
- CD changer now MP3 compatible.
- MSRP $89,000 + destination and handling $745.00
- Center console and door trim color changed to brighter shade of silver.
- Factory alarm now gives audible *beep* when activated via key FOB (second time button depressed)
Changes for 2005
- Manual transmission/double synchros added to 5th and 6th gears (E61)
- "NSX" emblem on door handle color changed to silver [to be confirmed - 2002 change?]