This 1997 Acura Integra Type R Review Will Have You Willing to Pay $60,000 for One
If you could get into the possession of a ’90s Japanese sports car without paying a dime, what would it be? For some, the poison would be the Acura Integra Type R because 1) the car’s an icon and a blast to drive and 2) used Integra Type Rs cost an arm and a leg these days.
The Engine Inside the Acura NSX Is Way More Intricate Than You Thought
Supercars are fascinating for a handful of reasons. Their body kits must be both appealing and highly-functional to fulfill tasks that relate to aerodynamics and cooling, while their engines must deliver the best available levels of performance. These aspects, joined by the use of fancy materials and whatnot, make a supercar’s price skyrocket.
However, it’s also the attention to detail that matters in a supercar. Take the Acura NSX’s V-6, for example. Like the powerplants found inside most of its peers, it’s hand-built. The whole process takes place inside a specialized facility spanning over 4,000 square feet, part of the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio.
This Twin-Engine, AWD Acura RSX is as Ridiculous as it is Awesome
The Acura RSX was the U.S. version of the Honda Integra DC5. It’s a car revered to this day by car fans who look for cheap thrills. However, there are some who want to see those thrills multiplied by a thousand. One such guy is Ryan Standke who made a mission out of installing two LS4 V-8s in an RSX for an output of over 1,500 horsepower.
Yes, before you rush to the calendars to see if you’ve somehow traveled through a wormhole all the way to April 1st, it’s still the middle of December, and yes, this is a real story. Of course, there’s still a long way until the RSX will descend upon one of the country’s drag strips but if all goes well - and we hope it does - that day will be one for the ages.
Donut Media Explains VTEC: Video
Matching gas-gulping speed-making with frugal efficiency isn’t an easy thing to do. Some folks slap a turbo on it and call it a day, while others add some extra batteries and an electric motor and call it a hybrid. But what if you didn’t need either of those things to have your cake and eat it too? Well, turns out Honda has been doing exactly that since the ‘80s, and it’s called VTEC.
The acronym stands for Variable valve Timing and lift Electronic Control, and basically, the system works to modify the exhaust and intake valve timing in the head to better extract more efficiency from the engine. While older engine design used a single cam profile to time the valves, VTEC actually manages to change the cam profile for increased power when you want it and decent fuel mileage when you don’t.
The first example came out in 1989 with the JDM Acura Integra, eventually hitting the States a few years later with the high-tech Acura NSX. Ever since then, H-badge fanboys have never been the same.
There’s obviously a lot more to it than we’ve explained thus far, so hit play for all the details.
Video of the Day: 2017 Honda Civic Type R vs 2005 Acura NSX
In one corner we’ve got the 1991 - 2005 Acura NSX; in the other corner, we’ve got the 2017 Honda Civic Type R. What do these two cars have in common other than coming from the same place and sharing common roots? Well, not much. The NSX was rear-wheel drive and rocked out less than 300 horsepower while the new Type R delivers as much as 320 ponies to the front wheels. Oh, and don’t forget that the NSX doesn’t have the same engine configuration as the Civic. Nope, it’s mounted midship compared to the more common frontal location of the Civic’s beastly little four-cylinder. Both cars are legendary in their own right.
The Civic Type R is the first one to roll off the production line and straight into U.S. Market. It’s also the most powerful production Civic Type R ever made. The NSX is, well, it’s an NSX. It was unbelievably reliable (as all Honda’s typically are) it looked amazing, and despite it’s relatively lower power output, it had world-beating performance thanks to a lightweight chassis and crazy aerodynamics. It even had a manual steering rack folks. So, what did all of that compute to? Well, it could beat the hell out of Ferrari at the time for less than $80,000. Now, the question is, can it beat today’s Civic Type R? Well, Check out this video from Carwow to see just how they stack up head-to-head!
Take A Ride Around Laguna Seca In An Acura NSX GT3 Race Car: Video
When Acura revealed the second-generation NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, we were smitten. Sporting a hybrid 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbochargers and no less than three electric motors, the new NSX carries the torch of its predecessor as a high-tech ground-bound spaceship capable of warp speed on the track. As such, we think it made perfect sense for Acura to offer a competition-spec iteration. Honed by Honda Performance Development, the NSX GT3 builds on the baseline of its street-going sibling with more aggressive aerodynamics, a stripped down interior, hardcore suspension bits, and nearly 600 horsepower at the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission. The advanced AWD system was ditched to meet homologation standards, and the result is a car that’s more raw, more brutal, and more in your face than ever before. It’s the perfect fit for tackling a beast like California’s Laguna Seca race track, as evidenced by this onboard footage from our friends over at Racer.
Shot from the driver’s helmet point of view, the five-minute clip was taken during testing for the 8 Hours of California endurance race set to take place this weekend. At the helm is Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley, who wheels the NSX around the challenging circuit with precision and unflappable poise, blasting around slower traffic with relative ease. All very impressive stuff, and we can’t wait to see where the Acura team will end up when the checkered flag flies this weekend.
2017 Acura TLX – Driven
The Acura TLX competes in a rather strong segment with players like the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, not to mention relative newcomers like the Jaguar XE and Alfa Romeo Giulia. Needless to say, Acura has its work cut out. Curious to see how the TLX performs on familiar streets, I recently spent a week with a 2017 model fitted with the optional 3.5-liter V-6 and SH-AWD. This would technically be Acura’s hottest-performing TLX. So how’d it do?
Well, I’ll get to that. But first, some backstory.
The TLX hit the scene for the 2015 model year. It was designed to replace the compact TSX and slightly larger TL sedans. Acura essentially reorganized its sedan lineup, which now includes the compact,
based ILX, the mid-size TLX, and the RLX luxury flagship. Not much has changed for the 2017 model year beyond a slight price increase. This means the car carries over with its standard 2.4-liter four-cylinder, eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, and front-wheel drive. Different option packages bring high-tech bits like active safety features and upgradeg leather seats to go the an ELS stereo system.
My tester, which came fully kitted out with the V-6, AWD, the Technology Package and Advance Package, represented the cream of the TLX crop. Its $45,740 price tag actually sits mid-pack in relation to its competition, with the Audi and Alfa Romeo coming in slightly lower, while the Mercedes and BMW can be optioned to cost more than $5,000 more than the my loaded TLX tester. What’s that mean for Acura? The TLX represents a relative bargain. And, thanks to its 290-horsepower engine and torque-vectoring AWD system with rear-wheel steering, the Acura provides plenty of fun when driven hard, with a sure-footed grip when tooling around town.
There’s more to the Acura TLX, so keep reading for the full driven review.
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Acura NSX Tries To Create Giant Geoglyph Using Modern Tech: Video
Give Honda this much credit: it hasn’t run out of ways to market the NSX supercar, regardless of whether it’s badged as a Honda or an Acura. In the case of this promotional ad, it’s the Acura NSX taking the cudgels as it attempts to create a giant geoglyph in the El Mirage Salt flats in California. Unlike the original creators of these mysterious giant line drawings - the Nazcas of Peru - Honda’s letting the NSX do it with a modern twist using technology to create its own geoglyph.
The process is impressive as the team set up specific GPS coordinates for the driver of the NSX to follow. The driver, for his part, is wearing some sort of headgear that allows him to simply retrace the coordinates that are behind fed to him with his NSX. It’s a complicated process that needs incredible precision to work, or enough at least to showcase the NSX’s Sport Hybrid Super Handling All -Wheel Drive system.
While the result is actually barely visible if you look at it from above, the ad does succeed in showcasing the NSX run around in El Mirage Salt flats with some well-placed camera angles. It did succeed in drawing the geoglyph in a manner of speaking. But, it was kind of funny that the ad had to highlight what it was able to do in a computer at the end of the video, knowing full well that the actual geoglyph created by the NSX wasn’t as clear as they expected it to be.
It’s still a nice ad though, particularly the way the sand flies everywhere because of the supercar.
This Eclectic Collection Includes Everything From A ’92 NSX To A ’59 Park Lane: Video
Most car enthusiasts I’ve met over the years gravitate towards a specific make and model, or at least a certain car type – you know, like Japanese import tuner specials, tubbed-out
bound drag racers, old-school six-figure Prancing Horse GT’s… that kind of thing. Much more rare is the true “love it all” enthusiast, the sort of person who really does have a passion for all things four-wheeled. This video from Petrolicious highlights two such individuals, whose broad collection of automobiles includes everything from high-strung performance machines to titanic luxury cruisers.
Talk about a shift – but that’s about par for the course for the two enthusiasts featured in this seven-and-a-half-minute video. Based out of Palm Springs, California, Scott King and Sandy Edelstein enjoy a huge variety of cars, or as Mr. Edelstein puts it, “the full breadth of automotive cuisine.”
Just a few of the marques spotted include examples from Subaru, Honda, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Cadillac… the list goes on and on.
It’s great to see a collection that really explores all the different corners of the automotive world. The only question is – where to next?
EVO Reviews The Honda NSX: Video
There is just something about the new Acura NSX that makes people love it or hate it. EVO finally got the chance to put a
badged version of the NSX through the paces, but Henry Catchpole – the driver in the video – didn’t seem too enthused about his time behind the wheel. I won’t ruin the experience of the video for you, but at one point, Catchpole blames jet lag and being short on time for his less-than-stellar attitude when reviewing the car.
In the video, Catchpole is piloting the NSX around Thermal Raceway. The car itself sounds amazing, and even Catchpole claims you can feel the electric motor up front kick in and pull the car as he comes out of a corner. While he was putting it through the paces, it almost seems like he was afraid of the car, as he didn’t really get on it as hard as I would have. The important part about the video, however, is that you get another chance to hear and see what it is like to pilot what was one of the most anticipated supercars prior to its debut.
Try not to hate on Catchpole or EVO that much for the lack of normal camera work. As the video starts off, we’re told that EVO didn’t have time to send a full camera crew, so for filming purposes, the team was shorthanded. Either way, click play and take a little trip around the track in the new NSX. To me, it’s worth it just to hear the engine as the car is put through the paces.
Acura Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary With A Special Marketing Campaign
Acura was founded as a luxury division of Honda on March 27th, 1986, which means this year marks the brand’s 30th anniversary. Adding to 30 years of success is the fact that Acura has become the leading luxury brand to millennial buyers, as it has the highest share of millennial customers among all luxury brands. That said, Acura has launched a new advertising campaign to help it celebrate all of its success.
The new marketing campaign includes a new 60-second ad titled “30 Years Young.” The video is narrated by Michael B. Jordan and depicts a quick rundown of Acura’s history. It’s a pretty hard feat to accomplish in 60 seconds, but the ad starts off showing the original Acura NSX, and some historical images and footage. Halfway through the video, we see Acura engineers working, then shortly after the screen is graced a quick slide show of each Acura model and eventually ends with the new Acura NSX as it barrels down a desert road. Don’t take my word for it, though. If you’re a fan of Acura, you’ll want to watch the clip for yourself.
Jon Ikeda, the Vice President and General Manager of Acura, said, “The Acura brand is 30 years young, and we wanted this spot to communicate the energy, excitement, and optimism that surrounds Acura at this important moment in our history. As we continue to focus on advancing our Precision Crafted Performance DNA, we are excited at how this direction is resonating with our millennial customers.”
The campaign kicks off this week with the 60-second commercial airing on broadcast television, and there will also be 15-second ads featured on the brand’s social channels. By the end of the month, Acura dealerships should be sporting 30th-anniversary posters and “collateral.”
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Jay Leno Drives The Acura NSX: Video
A lot of people don’t realize what actually goes into building a supercar, but on the last episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, we learn a little about what went into the new Acura NSX. As you might expect, there were some changes throughout the production, but in this episode, Acura’s Michelle Christensen and Ted Klaus have a detailed conversation with Jay Leno explaining just what it took to build such a beautiful machine.
If you haven’t seen the Episode, I don’t want to ruin it for you, but I will say this: if there is something you wanted to know about the NSX, you’ll definitely satisfy your hunger by watching this video. Much like myself, Leno had a lot of questions about the car, but more importantly, he understands how important the NSX has been to the supercar world – past and present. The best part of the episode – aside from seeing the beautiful Michelle Christensen, of course – is when Leno and Klaus take the new NSX out for an entertaining test drive.
Leno doesn’t really beat on the NSX that much, but he does have a little fun on some windy roads, and we finally get to see how the NSX’s launch control works. Pretty sweet. Check out the episode for yourself and enjoy. As always, it is well worth your time.
Super Bowl 50: Acura NSX - What He Said: Video
Previews of Super Bowl commercials from manufacturers are flying onto YouTube faster than ever. Here we have two commercials from Acura for your viewing pleasure. One is 30 seconds long, and the other is 60 seconds. The best part is that at the heart of both commercials is the companies soon-to-be-released supercar, the Acura NSX.
I’ve always thought of the NSX as more of a “she,” with those beautiful lines and loving soul, but it looks like the new NSX is slated to be a “he,” as Acura’s slogan for the NSX in these two commercials is “what he said.” Undoubtedly, Acura is speaking of that roar from the NSX’s 3.5-liter, twin-turbo, V-6 engine. That engine is said to put out 500 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, and – in combination with the electric drivetrain – can put out a maximum of 573 horsepower and hit an approximate top speed of 191 mph.
Power and good looks aside, Acura is planning to let us start building our own starting on February 25, 2016. That in itself is more than enough to be excited for. Even if you don’t have the cheddar to buy one yourself, the NSX is bound to become one of the most lusted for vehicles out there, so quit wasting time and feed your desire by watching the two short videos. Fair warning: use headphones if you’re in a public place, and turn up the sound. You’ll want to absorb as much of that soul-rattling roar of the NSX as you can.
The original Acura NSX went on sale in 1990 and pretty much turned the supercar world upside down. It was fast, powerful, and it represented what every supercar wanted to be. Very rarely does a Japanese supercar make an Italian titan like Ferrari look over its shoulder. The original NSX did just that. It’s too early to say if the successor to that model, the 2016 Acura NSX, will do the same thing, but when you consider the current state of the supercar segment today, it has to be even more special than the original if it has any hope of standing out.
The latest episode of Ignition sought to shed some light on what we can expect from the NSX when it hits the market in 2016. Motor Trend featured editor, Jason Cammisa, was given the task of giving the NSX a proper shakedown. Cammisa dove deep into Acura’s new supercar, providing quality analysis on some of the NSX’s most notable features — including its torque-vectoring capabilities, its multitude of driving modes, and most importantly, its “supercar-ness”.
The Acura NSX has all the elements to be a true supercar. But, is it going to be as popular as the model that forced Ferrari to rethink its own philosophies? The early returns seem to be on the ‘nay’ side, but only because the original NSX set the bar so high that nothing short of a five-star supercar would be good enough for it. The new NSX looks to be a winner, but a five-star winner? Suffice it to say, it’s got a lot to prove to be able to reach that status.
Honda and Acura weren’t racing in any official capacity at the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, but watching this video of the 2016 Acura NSX pace car charging up the treacherous mountain road, you’d be forgiven for assuming otherwise.
Honda public relations senior manager Sage Marie piloted the NSX and led the field of 140 entrants up the 156-turn, 12.4-mile course to over 14,000 feet above sea level. PR guys (and most automotive journalists despite what they tell you) usually aren’t known for their skills behind the wheel, but Sage is the exception to the rule. He’s won in Pirelli World Challenge B-Spec racing and previously competed at Pikes Peak in 2012 and 2014. He it knows well, because he certainly doesn’t leave much out on the course for this run.
Aside from its unique Pikes Peak pace car livery, this is a near-production-spec NSX, meaning it’s powered by a mid-mounted twin-turbo V-6 displacing 3.5 liters. The ICE is supplemented by three electric motors, two directly powering each of the front wheels and the third mounted between the engine and the nine-speed dual-clutch transmission.
No official numbers have been released, but we’re expecting the NSX to have well over 500 horsepower. The torque-vectoring front motors should also endow it with physics defying handling. Plus, with an estimated price of around $150,000, it should be a good $1 million cheaper than those fast hybrids from Porsche, Ferrari and McLaren. But, the question remains if it’ll be able to teach the exotics a few new lessons like its predecessor did.
Until we find out, enjoy the Pikes Peak video and checkout our full review of the 2016 NSX.
You probably already know that the Acura NSX was a revolutionary mid-engine car with a high-revving V-6 and lightweight aluminum chassis, that it was good enough to give Ferrari a serious wakeup call and motivated the Italians to start building good cars again. But, did you also know it has a reputation for being bigger than it is? Or, that is has an engine that forges onward in spite of an absent legacy? Whatever that means?
You will after watching this hilarious, nonsense-filled review from Regular Car Reviews, who has managed to find an incredibly original 1994 NSX. It’s not often you see a first generation NSX with the factory wheels still fitted, much less the original steering wheel and tape deck, which is just awesome. Also, if you want to make yourself feel really old, stick around for the end to hear a long list of things that happened in 1994.
The last time we saw Honda’s latest and greatest supercar, the NSX, on the Nurburgring, it was slowly smoldering and turning into a pile of carbon fiber and ash. Thankfully Honda wasn’t fazed by the fiasco, and has since returned to the Green Hell with a new, and fully functioning NSX prototype, all wrapped in camo.
The car is definitely going through some rigorous suspension testing, and it does look like the test drivers are giving this car a proper thrashing. Each run sounds like its at full throttle, there is plenty of tire squeal, and they even bottom out a few times by hitting the mini carousel at such a high speed. They are going for broke for this and it’s awesome.
The sound is a pretty interesting thing to hear as well. While there is a fair bit of motor noise, you can hear a lot electrical whine from the hybrid system that’s getting a work out too. This is most easily heard when the car is coming in for a turn, and the regen system starts harvesting energy.
As a bonus, there is even just a hint of Jaguar growl in one shot thanks to the NSX being chased by an F-Type. Press play and look at the NSX, driving around the ‘Ring, and not catching fire.
Two days ago, Acura unveiled the first video showing the NSX prototype in action on the race track on a rainy day. Today, the NSX is back on the track for a short testing session before the Indy 200 Mid-Ohio race and Acura dropped a new teaser video for us.
We don’t know about you, but we cannot wait for Sunday to come so we can finally see the NSX in all its glory on the race track. Not too long after its race-track debut, the production version should be ready for the 2015 model year.
The production NSX will combine a mid-mounted V-6 engine with Acura’s new three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All Wheel Drive) system. Rumors suggest that this combination will deliver a total output of about 400 horsepower - quite an improvement over the 1991 NSX, which delivered 270 horsepower.