The 1990-2000 Acura NSX, a striking, mid-engine 2-seater, sold in the U.S. in very small numbers only. Sales figures began in the thousands, then dropped to the hundreds -- not surprising considering Acura NSX prices began at $60,000 in 1990 and rose to between $84,000 and $88,000 by the time of the 2000 models.

The 1990-2000 Acura NSX's 3.0- to 3.2-liter sixes were not large for what is a legitimate supercar, but Honda/Acura engineers wrung out horsepower ratings over the decade that ranged from 270 to 290.

The Alex Zanardi edition bowed for '99 and had a firmer suspension, mandatory 6-speed (other NSX's had available automatics), manual steering, reduced weight, and special trim.

Overall, the 1990-2000 Acura NSX/NSX Zanardi Edition was extremely capable but seemed rather too polite and refined for the company it kept, such as the Viper, Porsche 911, Toyota Supra, and Chevy Corvette.

Pluses of the 1990-2000 Acura NSX/NSX Zanardi Edition:

  • Smooth, ripping acceleration
  • Precise steering and handling
  • Build quality
  • Finish, inside and out

Minuses of the 1990-2000 Acura NSX/NSX Zanardi Edition:

  • Thirst
  • Rear visibility
  • Stiff ride
  • Japanese origins

Production of the 1990-2000 Acura NSX/NSX Zanardi Edition:
Approximately 15,000

Specifications of the 1990-2000 Acura NSX/NSX Zanardi Edition:
Wheelbase, inches: 99.6
Length, inches: 172.2-173.4
Weight, pounds: 2,850-3,204
Price, new: $60,000-$88,000 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1990-2000 Acura NSX/NSX Zanardi Edition:

Type Size Horsepower Years
dohc V-6 181 cid 252 1990-97
dohc V-6 182 cid
270 1998-2000
dohc V-6 194 cid
290 1998-2000

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