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What NSX Production Models Are There?

NSX Coupe, 1991-Present

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The original body style. The coupe body has been "custom order only" since 1996, and was NOT available in 1995 in the US (the year the -T was introduced).

The European spec NSXs have some extra features, such as front fog lights. Models for other countries may also have rear fog lights, adjustable headlights, and head light washers. Most of these features are activated via buttons in the coin tray area added to those models.

NSX-T, 1995-2005

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The NSX-T has a "targa" style roof, except Porsche owns the trademark on the word "targa" so Acura just calls it a "-T". The NSX-T has reinforcement in the cowl, A-pillar, rocker, and rear firewall. The NSX-T also has different suspension rates than the coupe. At low rates of wheel travel, T front rebound and compression rates are 7% softer. At higher rates, T rebound is 21% softer, compression is 32% softer. At high rates, T rebound is 15% softer, compression is 21% softer. Rear suspension varies similarly, while the T's (hollow) anti-roll bars are smaller and have less wall thickness Note: You can't order the T with the Coupe suspension. There are also three interior styling differences in the -T vs. the coupe: 1) A roof release on each side. 2) No middle sun visor 3) Interior light is behind instead of at the front of the ceiling.

NSX Type-R, 1993-1995

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Available only in Japan, the NSX-R is essentially a stripped down NSX with a stiffer suspension for track use. Weight is 265lbs less than a regular NSX coupe and the ride is stiff enough that most people consider it stiffer than you would want for the street even though Honda said it was to be a compromise between street and track. Sold for 9.8 million yen. [Type_R|click here for details]

NSX Type-S and Type-S Zero, 1997-Present

Nsx s small.jpg Type-S: Japan Only. Luxury/Sporty model; a more refined Type-R. Titanium Shift Knob (like Formula-1), MOMO steering wheel, BBS lightweight aluminum wheels, Recaro full bucket seat, mesh design engine cover (like Type-R), same colored roof as body, 45kg lighter than regular model, harder suspension. click here for details

Type-S Zero: Japan Only. Racing prepped car. No air conditioning or audio wiring. Harder suspension than normal but softer than the Type-R. Carbon-fiber Recaro seats. Another 50kg lighter than the Type-S. click here for details

Alex Zanardi Signature Edition, 1999

Z3-l small.jpg A limited edition of 50 Zanardi NSXs, basically a variant of the Japanese Type-S, was introduced for 1999 exclusively for the US market. They are to be allocated to dealerships based on the dealer's history of NSX sales over the last three years; some dealers will not receive any. The Zanardi is about 54 lbs lighter than a '97 coupe with power steering - the 149 lb weight reduction in the press material is vs. a -T which is about 95 lbs heavier than a coupe. This makes it heavier than either a Type S (99 lbs. lighter than a '97 coupe with power steering) and far heavier than a Type-S Zero which is over 211 lbs. lighter than a '97 coupe with power steering. click here for details

NSX Type-R 2 Prototype

Typer2-main small.jpg NOTE: This is not a second generation NSX Type-R, rather Honda's second Type-R for the first generation NSX. However, almost everything that differentiated the original NSX-R from the standard NSX has changed with this new version, so it seems appropriate to class it as a separate NSX model. As with the original NSX-R, it is unlikely many of these changes will ever make it to the US, though the headlights will probably be here soon. NOTE: At this point Honda is still referring to the car as a prototype. click here for details

2002 NSX Cosmetic Redesign

Jp02-02 small.jpg Based on a toned down version of the new NSX Type-R prototype listed above, the NSX received the first real cosmetic redesign since its introduction over a decade ago. The new design carries the new nose, fixed-position headlights, tail, exhaust and wheels from the new -R prototype but loses the boy-racer carbon fiber hood and wing in favor of the traditional look for both those parts. This redesign applies to all production models of the NSX (coupe, -T, and Type-S). click here for details

What Are The Same-Model Differences Between Countries?

US vs. Japan

The car can be highly customized "from the factory" in Japan. Many more colors (interior and exterior) are available, as well as more options (such as built-in navigation systems). There are also some cosmetic differences such as the placement of side marker lights and the color of some light covers.


1998 Japanese color selection chart
  1. Formula Red (US color)
  2. Berlina Black (US color)
  3. Kaiser Silver Metallic (US color)
  4. Indy Yellow Pearl (US Spa Yellow Pearl)
  5. Magnum Gray Pearl
  6. Platinum White Pearl
  7. Grand Prix White (US color)
  8. Monte Carlo Blue Pearl (US color)
  9. Midnight Pearl (former US color)
  10. Lime Green Metallic *
  11. Phoenix Blue *
  12. Monza Red Pearl *
  13. Hockenheim Green Pearl (former US Brooklands Green Pearl?)
  14. Imola Orange Pearl * (only available on Type S)
  15. Sebring Silver Metallic (former US color)

* = Custom Order Color

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Obviously, the Japanese cars are also right-hand drive while US cars are left-hand drive.

The Japanese car market goes by calendar year, not "model" year as in the US. So in Japan the first year for the car was 1990, while in the US the NSXs sold in 1990 were considered model year 1991.

US vs. Canada

[GM] US and CDN version both have metric and English markings on the speedometer. The US versions have English markings in bold white with metric in a smaller darker font, the CDN versions are reversed. DRL's are standard on CDN cars as noted. 1991 Canadian cars also came with a special bolt for securing a child safety seat in the passenger's seat and a leather case for the owner's handbook and dealer information.

Regarding warranty coverage you are on your own. I'd patronize one dealer and try and strike up a good relationship so if something goes wrong you have a history of doing business with them before you ask for a favour. Dealers I've used in OH and GA have been very kind but they are under no obligation to honor the Acura Canada warranty.

It's incorrect to think a Canadian car is a cause of trouble. The NSX is emissions certified for all 50 states including Canada. When I brought mine into this country there was no need for re-certification or testing. All Hondas have the speedometer calibrated in both metric and imperial units. And while the odometer is metric only I don't agree that you must think about this as 1.6 times the miles. The mileage is the same! Or is a temperature of 68F different from one of 20C?

One reason for buying a Canadian car is the uniqueness of it. No need for go-fast parts when you have a speedo that goes to 300!! Many folks like the daytime running lights which mimic the look of the car as it is sold in Japan. One concern might be the climate control which reads out in Centigrade and there is no way to change this back to Fahrenheit without purchasing a new head unit for the system.

[KS] The US cars include the tether attachment point for a child restraint system which uses a top tether. The tether bracket and bolt are AVAILABLE from the dealer, presumably at extra charge. (The tether attachment point is located on the panel behind the passenger's seat back.) Apparently, with the Canadian cars, the bolt comes with the car. I don't know about the bracket but I would expect that that would be included as well.

US vs. Europe

  • The Euro NSX's have a more complete trunk tool kit than the US cars.
  • The center console in the euro cars is black - it does not have the metallic look (painted) surface that the US models get.
  • Euro cars have extra options like headlight washers and fog lights.
  • Euro cars still have the original oval exhaust tips
  • Euro cars have different side market lights (smaller and behind the wheel well)