1995 Acura NSX and NSX-T
The intention in creating the 1995 Acura NSX was to produce a hand-built, exotic, mid-engine sports car that would establish entirely new levels of prestige, performance, refinement, driveability, and reliability. The 1995 Acura NSX is designed to represent an entirely new definition of the exotic sports car.
For the 1995 model year, Acura introduces the Acura NSX-T. This model features a removable roof panel to provide the unique thrill of open-top motoring. The goal was to create a different level of excitement and broaden the appeal of the Acura NSX, while maintaining the extremely high levels of performance and sophistication established by the Acura NSX coupe.
As might be expected, creating the Acura NSX-T involved far more than removing the fixed roof and engineering a new removable panel. Engineers extensively reinforced critical areas in the body to ensure that the handling precision and rigidity standards of the coupe were retained as much as possible. Special reinforcements were made in the rocker panels, front and rear bulkheads, floorplan and other vital areas.
All 1995 Acura NSX models also feature a number of technical updates and refinements. Key among these is the optional Formula One-inspired Sport Shift automatic transmission with a unique column-mounted electronic shifter. Unlike other systems, this unit allows the driver to manually select a gear without the driver’s hands leaving the steering wheel. This not only adds to the enjoyment of performance driving by allowing the driver to more quickly select a gear, but it also enhances safety by allowing the driver to maintain his full attention to the road ahead.
Other innovations include a drive-by-wire throttle system, a new exhaust and muffler configuration for greater efficiency and lower emissions, an OBD-II onboard diagnostic system, improvements in the Traction Control System (TCS) and newly developed fuel injectors. The drive-by-wire system also allows the engineers to lower the threshold at which the Traction Control System will operate, an enhancement to stability and driver control. Beginning this year, all Acura NSX models will feature a standard variable electric power-assisted steering system, a compact and efficient system pioneered in the first-year Acura NSX equipped with the automatic transmission.
All 1995 Acura NSX models meet 1997 federally mandated side-impact safety standards.
The mid-engine, 2-seater Acura NSX is powered by an all-aluminum, 3.0-liter V-6 which produces 270 hp and 210lbs-ft of torque. The normally aspirated engine is equipped with dual overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, a Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system, and a Variable Volume Induction System intake configuration. The engine also offers Programmed Fuel Injection (pGM-FI) and a direct ignition system that uses an individual coil mounted atop each spark plug instead of a single coil for the entire system. A 5-speed manual transaxle is standard, with an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with Formula One-inspired SportShift mode available as optional equipment.
The Acura NSX engine is an all-aluminum, 90-degree, 3.0-liter (2977cc), dual-overhead-cam, 4-valve-per-cylinder V-6 which produces 270 hp at 7100 rpm when mated to the manual transmission, and 252 hp at 6600 rpm when mated to the automatic transmission. The torque rating is 210Ibs-&at 5300 rpm for both manual and automatic transmissions. The red line of the manual is 8000 rpm, while that of the automatic is 7500 rpm.
An exclusive electronically controlled Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system optimizes volumetric efficiency at both high and low engine speeds. A unique Variable Volume Induction System changes the configuration of the intake system with varying engine speeds, working with the VTEC system to broaden the torque curve and increase peak power output.