When it was first introduced in 1989, no one would've thought that the latest out of Japan would usher in a renaissance, and a revolution. First billed as the “NS-X Concept”, people who went to Drake Hotel on February 9 were in for a treat. Three decades since, Acura returned to the Chicago Auto Show to host a panel reflecting on the NSX's origins, its impact on the automotive industry, and how the next-generation NSX will push Acura further ahead as it did 30 years ago.
Present during the panel discussion were Jon Ikeda, Vice President and General Manager of Acura, and Csaba Csere, former editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine. The former's 28-year career in Acura was catalyzed by the NSX's launch, while the latter was present at the launch as well. Csere was also among the first to drive both the first and second generation NSX. During the panel, the same video that we see above was shown on screen as a throwback to the original, and as an introduction of sorts for the current 2019 model.
The NSX was a game-changer in more ways than one. The color was loud and red, but more than that, it was its low ride height, its high-tech build materials, and its revolutionary engine that ushered in more high-performance iterations of Honda's (and Acura's) first supercar. How super? Take it from the fact that legendary Formula One drive Ayrton Senna himself had his own input on how the NSX should be built. Now how's that for R&D?
Today's NSX as we know it has undergone a lot of changes from its fabled predecessor. With new technologies, ideologies, and a change in design philosophies, what we have now is just as revolutionary as the first NSX was during its time. We have a new engine, new materials, and radical new looks that are different, but at the same time are weaved from a common thread that made up its DNA. The NSX has withstood the test of time, and by the looks of things, it will be here to stay for another 30 or more years.