2003 Acura NSX -- Interior

The objective was to create an interior that was the sports car equivalent of a jet fighter cockpit. The key elements of this concept were to provide virtually unlimited visibility, a feeling of snugness or intimacy with the interior of the vehicle and the sense that the cockpit and driver were out in the airstream rather than enclosed and isolated from the environment. To achieve this feeling, seats were designed to fit snugly at the hips and flow outward and upward to provide ample space for the head and shoulders.

The NSX's interior comes in eight colors, seven of which can be coordinated to match the vehicle's exterior body color for an individualistic, high-tech look.

A low seating position contributes to a low center of gravity and helps to reduce the vehicle's frontal area for improved aerodynamics. Ordinarily, a low hip-point would impart to the driver the feeling of being buried in the interior and could lead to a claustrophobic feeling. To avoid this, the body engineers created a very low cowl section, which allowed them to lower the height of the dash and instrument panel. The low cowl also enhances forward visibility.

In designing the instrument panel, the approach was one of simplicity. Since the primary function of the instruments is to relay information as clearly and quickly as possible, the designers opted for a traditional analog execution. All the major controls are clustered around the steering wheel column to make them easy to reach. The instrument panel is dominated by the tachometer on the left and the speedometer on the right. To the left of the tach are the water temperature and oil pressure gauges. To the right of the speedometer are the fuel gauge and voltmeter. The instrument faces are round with white numerals on a dark blue background.

The windshield header of the NSX has a special aerodynamic design that directs the airstream up and over the passenger compartment to minimize wind buffeting at speed. The NSX is also equipped with small sun visors to enhance visibility.

The NSX uses special highly efficient UV-absorbing green glass to reduce the effects of solar loading on interior temperatures in hot weather.

The NSX is equipped with driver and passenger SRS airbags, which are intended to supplement the seat belts. In conjunction with these, the NSX features automatic seat belt pretensioners that use the same impact sensors as the airbags. The belt tensioners and the air bags are activated simultaneously, causing each belt to retract to help restrain the occupants in the event of a moderate to severe frontal collision.

The NSX's perforated leather upholstery enhances ventilation for greater comfort. Hand-stitched and hand-fitted to the seat facings, door inserts, steering wheel and shift knob, the handsome perforated leather is a natural complement to the businesslike ambiance of the NSX's interior.

The 2003 NSX comes in eight interior colors: Onyx, Camel, Blue, Orange, Red, Silver, Yellow and White. These colors can be matched to the NSX's body color for a stylized, individual look.

A compact Automatic Climate Control System has been developed specifically for the NSX. This is a fully automatic system, but the automatic function can be overridden, and the system can be used in a fully manual mode. The system uses non-CFC R-134LC refrigerant.

A sophisticated alarm system is standard equipment on the NSX. If an unauthorized attempt is made to enter or start the NSX, the horn sounds, the flashers are activated and the starter system is disabled. The system automatically arms 15 seconds after the doors are locked and is disarmed when a door is unlocked with the key. The system will operate even with the roof panel removed from the car.

Bose® engineers became involved with the NSX sound system at an early stage of the car's interior design. This four-speaker system was designed and calibrated specifically for the unique acoustics and resonances of the NSX interior and provides the highest quality imaging and spatial dynamics for both the driver and the passenger.

The Acura/Bose® Music System speakers are precisely aimed so that the pressure wave of the speaker closest to each occupant does not overpower the pressure wave from the speaker that is farthest away. This produces a balanced sound from each speaker, and the net result is true stereo performance. A subwoofer is cleverly located in front of the passenger footwell, while a full range speaker is mounted between the seats at shoulder level.

The AM/FM stereo with cassette features Dolby® Noise Reduction and an FM diversity antenna system. The auto preset function will automatically lock on eight strong AM and eight strong FM stations and store them into the preset selector buttons. An optional CD changer is available.

A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started, even if a mechanical duplicate of the proper key shape is used. A transponder built into the key signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, it simply will not start. This system is a substantial deterrent to theft. In New Jersey, for example, insurance premiums have been reduced as much as 15 percent when such a system is used.

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