Remember the crap Ferrari was foisting as its best in the Eighties? Do you really think they’d have come back so strongly with the F355 and 360 Modena if there hadn’t been the NSX’s example to follow? Which car pioneered the use of aluminum construction? Which was the first to bring electronic variable valve timing to North America?
Of course it was the NSX in both cases. And in the early Nineties, thanks to its amazing balance, humongous ability and surprising practicality, it was clearly the greatest car in production.
New High Intensity Discharge (HID) fixed-position headlights are the most obvious change to the NSX and they fill the hole that had been used by the pop-up headlamps elegantly. There’s also some subtle re-shaping of the hood, new front fascia, new chin spoiler and in the rear the turn signals are now isolated in their own circular housings and the spoiler and exhaust system’s appearance has been tweaked. Beyond that, there’s also the inevitable set of new wheels. The headlights are neat pieces of thermoplastic art, but the car itself is still instantly recognizable as an NSX or, more accurately an NSX-T as all NSXes coming to North America now feature a removable roof panel (though the disingenuous “T” – not for Targa – part of the name is gone).