|When the NSX was being developed in 1984 for the future Acura brand, the hottest coupe in Honda’s arsenal was the tepid second-generation Prelude. When the NSX debuted in 1990 as the flagship of the relatively new Acura brand, it was a revelation. Nothing like it had ever been seen from a Japanese automaker: it was constructed primarily of lightweight aluminum, with a fighter-jet inspired greenhouse and an exotic DOHC V6 residing in the middle of the chassis. It also marked the first use of VTEC variable-valve timing in a road car. For 1997, Honda bored out the engine to 3.2-liters for increased horsepower and a flatter torque curve, and mated a six-speed transmission. The NSX’s real charms aren’t the raw power numbers, but that its light weight and highly developed chassis (tuned with input from famous racers of the era) make it one of the most nimble sportscars of all time. With Honda reliability infusing every inch of the hand-assembled NSX, it is also a supercar you can live with. But why just live with it when you can open it up on Honda’s own Suzuka Circuit?|
— Official description 
The 1997 NSX is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports car, powered by an all-aluminum V6 engine, featuring Honda's VTEC system. The NSX started production in 1990, and was the first production car to feature an aluminum body, and an aluminum alloy frame and suspension. The NSX was originally designed to compete with Ferrari's 328, and to offer consumers a more affordable taste of mid-engine performance.
The 1997 Acura NSX features a 3.2L naturally aspirated V6, which delivers 276 hp (206 kW) and 224 ft·lb (304 N·m) torque. Earlier NSX models such as the 1997 model, are known for their smooth power curve, short gears, flat torque curve, and high redline. Thanks to its lightweight frame and body, the 1997 NSX weighs in at just under 3,000 lbs; an achievement for a vehicle with a 174.2" length and a 99.6" wheelbase.
The first generation NSX was succeeded in 2002 by the second generation model.
Acceleration is quick through 4th gear, with 5th gear being a little steep. The lower gears take advantage of the NSX's powerplant nicely, offering oversteer if needed, which is controllable and not overdone. When at higher speeds, gear selection is critical, as the car prefers to be above 6000 RPMs when accelerating.
Steering is responsive, and even more so with a small stab of the brakes before turn in. Lift off oversteer can occur, but is controllable enough to where it can often be used to increase turn in ability. Grip is plentiful, though understeer can be seen at higher speeds without proper braking. Braking is ample and stable, with lockup occurring rarely.
The NSX likes to be launched around 4500 to 5000 RPMs, depending on amount of wheelspin desired. At the Sedona drag strips, the car can be launched off the rev limiter.
- Body modifications come from Backyard Special, Do-Luck, Burn-Up and Forza Motorsport.
- The 1997 Acura NSX is available in six manufacturer colors; yellow, blue, red, white, silver, and black.
|2000s||#15 - #66 ARX-01b · #42 NSX · #66 ARX-02a (JHT) · 3.2 CL Type-S · Integra Type-R (VIS Racing Integra Type-R) · NSX (2005) · RL A-Spec · RSX Type-S|
|2010s||NSX (2017) (Forza Edition) · TSX V6|