The History of the Honda NSX


One of the most innovative sports cars in recent history returns this year, the Honda NSX.

Its been 14 years since the Japanese manufacturer released their last NSX, a Honda model which throughout its different generations has always been seen as forward thinking.

Back in 1990, the original NSX was seen as ground-breaking for its all aluminium body. The 2016 model continues this innovative approach by combining supercar power with environmental reality, with a hybrid electric-petrol engine.

Many cars define the decades they were released in; you only have to take a look back at the last 50 years to see a wealth of proof.

In the sixties there was the Aston Martin DB5, the Ferrari 250 GTO, the Ford Mustang and of course the Mini Cooper.

In the 1970s there was the Lancia Stratos, the Lamborghini Countach, the Porche 911 Turbo and the Ford Capri.

The 1980s brought the likes of the Audi Quattro, the Ford RS200, the Ferrari F40 and Back to the Future fan’s favourite car, the DeLorean DMC-12.

The 1990s brought us a number of brilliant and memorable cars including the likes of the BMW M5, the Ford RS Cosworth, the Dodge Viper, the Mazda MX-5 and of course in 1990 the first Honda NSX.

A number of the cars listed above have gone on to pave the way for a number of next generation models, you only have to look at the success of the Porsche 911, Mazda MX-5 Ford Mustang and the BMW M5 to see this is the case.

Of course the NSX is no exception, going through a number of upgrades and facelifts between 1990 and 2002 before the next 2016 generation release.

It’s great to look back at how these cars develop through the generations, be it engines, bodywork or interior, and there is no finer example of this being the case than checking out the latest infographic from Cox Motor Parts.

Taking all the stats that matter, this infographic shows just how far the NSX has come from that very first model to this new one, comparing figures like engine size, power, top speed, and 0-60 times.

Above all else this great infographic displays how Honda are continuing to make this popular model a forward thinking supercar which looks like it will prove we can generate blistering power with the use of electric motors as well as traditional combustion engines.