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Friday, September 4, 2015

This Supercharged Acura NSX is What Dreams are Made Of



It’s been called by many as the greatest Japanese car ever built. We’re talking, of course, about the Honda/Acura NSX—the experimental sports car that hooked fans in 1990 and kept the party going for the next decade and a half.
Out of the many things that make an NSX alluring, most will point to its engine. The high-revving 3.0-liter V6 (3.2 in later years) that spun out 270 usable horsepowers and inspired a legion of loyal VTEC followers.

It is a sublime powerplant, but sometimes people are surprised the NSX made less than 300 horses. It’s how you end up with cars like this.


The owner of this mean-ified 1992 Acura NSX, which recently popped up on eBay, has affixed their revvy V6 with a Paxton centrifugal supercharger, which makes its presence known by poking out of the Japanese sports car’s spine next to an equally intimidating NSX-R GT-inspired roof snorkel.
 The setup exhales through a custom exhaust, and according to the owner, the ‘charged NSX summons up 400 horsepower on 91 octane gas. Not what you’d call showroom stock.
To manage that addition of forced induction, the NSX now rides atop Bilstein coilover shocks and sports an upgraded clutch and rear half-shafts.

Though it’s said to be a ’92 Acura, this highly customized version could throw you for a loop, as it sports a face-lifted 2002 front end conversion with exposed headlamps, Japanese market Honda badges, as well as “NSX-R” plaques in the door sills.


The ’92 Acura also benefits from the addition of a Scorcery widebody kit, which leverages its intimidating screen presence with aerodynamic winglets in the front and rear, a carbon fiber hood, and sizable rear wing. Inside, a roll cage encloses a dark cabin with black leather racing seats, toggle switchgear, and an aftermarket steering wheel.

Is it tough to mess with such a storied recipe? Sure. Then again, 400 horsepower and the pure shock value of the exposed supercharger does make for a brow-raising combination.