A car designed to rival not just the all-conquering Porsche 911, but contemporary Ferraris too, the NSX was the most exciting vehicle to leave the Honda factory in years. A manufacturer best known for its reliable-but-dull family cars, Honda set the tongues in the motoring world wagging when it unveiled the world’s first mass-produced, all-aluminium car at the 1989 Tokyo motor show. The NSX was launched to the public the following year and went on sale in the UK in January 1991. However, despite general acclaim, high pricing and a production rate of just 25 per day meant few were seen on British roads.
Honda did little to the NSX over the next few years, grudgingly adding a driver’s airbag in 1992, then after two more years putting one in for the passenger too. The alloys were changed in ’94 when the wheels gained an inch (16s up front, 17s at the rear) the suspension was honed, and manual cars gained PAS (autos had it from day one). All of which made the NSX less forgiving handling-wise than before, and a tad snappy. 1994 was also the year F-Matic replaced the original auto ’box.