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Honda NSX Coupe engines, drive and performance

1990 - 2005 (change model)
Performance rating: 5 out of 55.0

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019

The NSX was originally available with a 3.0-litre V6 with 260bhp and a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds, however this was replaced in 1998 by a 3.2-litre V6 with 20bhp more while the five-speed gearbox was replaced by a six-speed version. The 3.0-litre V6 was actually kept on but was only available with an automatic transmission known as F-Matic. Whichever engine you go for, both sound glorious when revved hard and deliver amazing power – the unit is happy to be revved to 8,000rpm.

The best choice for keen drivers is the manual gearbox as the auto robs the car of its sense of involvement.

Developed with the help of the late Ayrton Senna, when he drove for McLaren Honda, the NSX is docile when pottering around, but every inch a supercar on the open road. The power steering can feel a little unresponsive compared to other supercars, so many buyers go for a model with non-assisted steering. Either way, its sheer grip and willingness to attack bends is breathtaking.

It can be a handful though, especially in the wet and early cars are not always predictable when pushed. Facelifted cars came with even stiffer suspension and a new front spoiler along with a wider track to further improve its already considerable cornering prowess.