Acura Celebrates 30 Years Of The Iconic NSX

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Acura's 30th-anniversary tribute video will make you miss the original NSX.

You may not have realized it, but this week marks the , which revolutionized the supercar segment after its introduction as the NS-X Concept at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. To celebrate its anniversary, Acura will be hosting a panel at the looking back at the car's origins, its impact in the auto industry, and how the .

Joining the panel discussion will be Jon Ikeda, Vice President and General Manager of Acura, and Csaba Csere, former editor-in-chief of Car and Driver magazine, who attended the reveal back in 1989 and was one of the first journalists to drive both the original and second-generation NSX. Acura has also released a tribute video looking back at 30 years of the mid-engined supercar and features never before seen images from the original NS-X Concept reveal.

The NSX stood out from the crowd thanks to its exotic styling, all-aluminum construction, and a powerful, mid-mounted V6 delivering 270 hp. In comparison to other European exotics, these attributes didn’t sacrifice the car’s comfort – this was a supercar you could live with every day.

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"Before NSX, it was always assumed that supercar performance came at the price of a comfortable interior and everyday drivability," said Ikeda. "NSX shattered those notions, and raised the bar on every other exotic and supercar maker, with the effects still felt today. NSX was a huge inspiration and one of the major reasons I was drawn to join Acura nearly 30 years ago."

Time will tell if the next-generation NSX will be looked back as fondly as the original in 30-years-time, but we're not holding our breath.

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