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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Acura NSX Is Extreme

Like, WOW dude.

The Acura NSX, Japan's self-proclaimed aluminum-chassis "supercar" has been around for 16 years. In 2002 it received its biggest change: an updated exterior. The 290 horsepower 3.2 litre V6, with its six sweet titanium connecting rods, remained the same.

My friend Tonton, who used to be a product planner for Honda Canada, was lucky enough to acquire this orange 2002 Acura NSX as his company car for a short period of time. This particular NSX with targa roof was the display car at the 2002 Canadian International Auto Show, so the hood was adorned with lovely racing decals.

As was the custom back then, Tonton would come for a visit and we'd take his company car for a spin. We zipped around in the Acura TSX, the RSX, and others. We pretended to be lost and used the TL's nav system to find ourselves again. We blasted past my annoyed neighbours in the convertible S2000, at 8,000 rpm.

We had hybrid adventures too. We cried at the Civic's super-creepy CVT transmission, and we consumed extremely small amounts of dead dinosaurs in the Insight.

Although the S2000 and Insight were rare and awesome to drive, the car that garnered the most hoots, hollers and yelps was the NSX. With a list price of $145,000 Canadian, the NSX cost slightly more than my house the day Tonton showed up with it. Honda's rules for driving this "company" car were specific.

No crashing.

Tonton and I had a great deal of fun as we tested the limits of the super-cool aluminum suspension. It wasn't as fast as my 400 hp*Talon, but it sat 2.5 inches lower, so the fun was in the twisties.

(*Edit note: added '400 hp' in BOLD to clear things up)

Unfortunately, Honda (Acura) has discontinued the NSX, a technological wonder that brought VTEC to the masses of teenagers who think stickers make you faster.

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Blogger Rowan said...

Can I meet your friend then?
I could use with a spin!
I would ride in anything though.
Man...I gotta get a car of my own....`

1:42:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

I like your attitude....

2:24:00 PM

Blogger Ham said...

Woah is right!?!
Are you just test-driving for fun - i.e. you obviously have a facination with vehicles, this could surely be a hobby, or do you have some crazy job where you get to drive these bay boys?

2:32:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Just lucky to have a friend who worked for Honda Canada. His company car changed about every two weeks, so we were constantly "testing" the newest Hondas and Acuras.

I grew up in a car-crazy family. Sadly, my dad sold his Corvettes and GTOs and 442s long before I was born. But when he bought cars while I was growing up, they were always different than what everybody else drove.

Not all cars are awesome, or stir excitement into my brain. Rare is good. Even if it's something retarded.

5:53:00 PM

Blogger redheaded said...

i think you look best by the hybrid car.

6:37:00 PM

Blogger Rainypete said...

The only thing exotic about my Hyundai is that some strange substance seems to have taken root in the backseat. I don't know if it's trying to evole or not, but I'm taking the battery cable off at night in case it tries to drive off in my car.

12:40:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

Oh no! Did you spill some Sonata back there? Oh, maybe I said that wrong - used the wrong Accent. Har har.

5:19:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your Talon can circle the Nurburgring in 8 and a half minutes like that stock NSX-T you have there I would be breathless. Acceleration has a lot to do with speed but is the most frequently overwighted factor. I strongly doubt your Talon is 'faster' than an NSX

4:14:00 PM

Blogger Martini said...

I respect your opinion. Yeah, it's totally possible that the NSX is faster than my Talon through the Nurburgring track you speak of. It handles better than my Talon, as it is lower. But what you are not aware of is that I've got 110 more hp than that NSX (that's 400 hp if you're counting), and about 150 ft-lbs more torque. So, what's your definition of fast?

Quarter mile? I win.
Top speed? NSX wins.
Road course? NSX, probably. Depends on the course.

The NSX is totally awesome. My friend and I raced each other up a local highway, both with our right foot planted from about 150 kph. I passed him, and upon reaching 220 kph, we had both arrived at our off-ramp, so we slowed down and exited. My friend couldn't believe how fast my Talon was, but seeing is believing.

1:41:00 PM


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