The Honda NSX was introduced at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. The NSX (New, Sportscar, Experimental) was a rear wheel drive 2 seat sports car. This was the first car from Honda that featured an all aluminum body. The original goal was for the NSX to go head to head with the Ferrari 348, while being more reliable.
The lead designer was Masahito Nakano and the Chief Engineer was Shigeru Uehara. Aryton Senna was a consultant on the chassis setup, and was one of the test drivers during development. The NSX was first built in Tochigi, and later moved to the Suzuka plant.
The first production model was sold in Japan in 1990. It was powered by a 2997cc V6 engine rated at 270hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. It incorporated Honda's VTEC system, and titanium connecting rods for higher RPM reliability. 3 transmissions were available, a 4 speed automatic, and a 5 or 6 speed manual. The sports car also boasted a "cab forward" design, based partly on the F-16 fighter plane.
In 1992 Honda produced a track version called the NSX-R. The leather seats were replaced with Recaro's, and 120kg of weight was trimmed overall. Softer tires and a firmer suspension were also fitted.
1995 saw the introduction of a targa model, the NSX-T. This was the only model produced for the US market from 1995-2005. A lighter exhaust and a throttle by wire system were also added.
All production seized in 2005, with more than 18,000 units being built.