The first-generation Honda NSX, known as the Acura NSX in the United States, was available from 1990 to 2005. During the calendar year 1992, a total of 1,154 units of the NSX were sold in the United States. In the preceding year, 1991, there were 1,940 units sold, including the example you are currently viewing. These figures highlight the popularity of the NSX during its early years in the American market.
This particular Acura NSX, bearing chassis number JH4NA1150NT000443, is part of the NA1 specification, denoting its use of the 3.0-liter V6 engine instead of the pop-up headlights, a feature more commonly associated with the NA2 or Phase 2 models, many of which were equipped with 3.2-liter engines.
Currently residing in California, this black-painted NSX has undergone significant modifications to enhance its performance. It features a CT Engineering supercharger, offering a substantial power boost. Additional upgrades include a Comptech clutch assembly, replacing the original five-speed manual transmission with a six-speed unit introduced in 1997. This newer transmission features a dual-mass clutch.
The modifications don’t stop there. The NSX also benefits from 725-cc injectors, a Comptech air intake, Comptech/CT Engineering headers, and an AEM fuel system and ignition system controller. As a result of these enhancements, this Japanese mid-engine sports car now delivers an impressive 393 horsepower to the rear wheels.
In context, the 1992 Acura NSX originally produced 270 horsepower at the crankshaft, or 252 horsepower with the automatic transmission. With these modifications, the NSX generates 278 pound-feet (377 Nm) of torque at the wheels, a significant increase from the factory’s 210 pound-feet (285 Nm) at the crankshaft.
When it was first released in 1992, the Acura NSX commanded a price tag of over $60,000, which, when adjusted for inflation, equates to well over $130,000 today. The auction for chassis number JH4NA1150NT000443 on Bring a Trailer has already reached $50,000 with more time left for bidding. Given the desirability of early NSX models in excellent condition, it’s likely to sell for a considerably higher price, potentially surpassing $100,000.
This NSX has been thoughtfully equipped with numerous enhancements, including a titanium exhaust system by ARC, ScienceofSpeed engine mounts, a boost gauge mounted on the driver-side A-pillar, BLAM audio speakers, a Helix M Four amplifier, a Sony touchscreen media receiver, Euroboutique carbon-fiber inserts, and a Euroboutique leather steering wheel. The airbag cover now proudly displays the Honda logo instead of the Acura.
Additionally, the car features Simpson racing harnesses, RAYS forged wheels with black finish, red brake calipers, Brembo disc brakes, KW V3 coilover suspension, Comptech anti-sway bars, a Driving Ambition rear beam, and a toe link kit. It rides on Yokohama ADVAN Neova tires and passed a California emissions test in March 2022.
Despite these extensive modifications, this NSX remains technically sound and free of rust. With just 57,836 miles (93,078 kilometers) on the odometer, it’s a relatively low-mileage example of the iconic NSX. Notably, there are instances of NSX models accumulating over 400,000 miles (643,738 kilometers), showcasing the durability and longevity of these remarkable vehicles.
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