1996 Acura NSX/NSX-T Introduction Press Kit

The intention in creating the Acura NSX was to produce a hand-built, exotic, mid-engine sports car that would establish entirely new levels of prestige, performance, refinement, drive ability and reliability. The NSX is designed to represent an entirely new definition of the exotic sports car.

In the 1995 model year, Acura introduced the 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 NSX, while maintaining the extremely high levels of performance and sophistication established by the NSXcoupe.

As might be expected, creating the 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, fIoorpan and other vital areas.

All 1996 NSX models also boast a number of other sophisticated features. 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 drivers 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, 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, an exhaust and muffler configuration designed for high efficiency and low emissions, an OBD-II onboard diagnostic system and an advanced Traction Control System (TCS). 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. All NSX models also feature a standard variable electric power-assisted steering system, a compact and efficient system pioneered in the first-year NSX equipped with the automatic transmission.

All 1996 NSX models meet 1997 federally mandated side impact safety standards.

Concepts and Goals

In designing the original NSX, the engineers formulated a list of attributes the automobile was to possess:

  • Top-rank performance equal to or greater than existing exotics.
  • Excellent liveability. The NSX had to be as easy to live with as any other Acura.
  • Outstanding handling.
  • A high level of comfort and ergonomic design, and low ambient noise level.,
  • Reliability and durability equal to mass-produced autombiles.
  • Lightweight high level of fit, finish and materials.
  • Limited production
  • Excellent climate control system that could keep the occupants comfortable under any weather condition.

The NSX achieved all these goals and established itself on a level equal to or greater than existing exotic sports cars. Goals for the NSX-T included all the original attributes of the NSX, plus the intangible excitement of open-air motoring. Priorities included:

  • Maintaining body rigidity for excellent handling and precision.
  • Maintaining originial levels of noise insulation.
  • Providing a convenient storage compartment for the roof panel.
  • Minimizing wind buffeting at speed.
  • Providing a security system that functions with the top removed.


The mid-engine, 2-seater NSX is powered by an all-aluminum, 3.0-liter V-6, which produces 270 hp and 210 lbs-ft of torque. This 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 trans axle is standard, with an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with Formula One-inspired SportShift mode availableas optional equipmcnt.

The chassis features all-aluminum construction for light weight. The 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension also features aluminum-alloy control arms and hub carriers front and rear, and aluminum subframes for the front and rear suspension. The braking systcm features ventilated 4-wheel discs front and rear, and an advanced 4-channel Anti-Lock Braking Systcm (ABS).The sophisticated Traction Control System (TCS) has been designed to help limit wheelspin and enhance control on slippery surfaces.

1996 Acura NSX, NSX-T Specifications

EngineType 3.0-liter, DOHC, 24-valveV-6
Horsepower, SAE net
270 hp @ 7100 rpm
252 hp @ 6600 rpm
Torque,SAE net 210lbs-ft (29.0kg-m) @ 5300 rpm
8000 rpm
7500 rpm
Bore& Stroke 3.54 in. x 3.07 in. (90.0 mm x 78.0 mm)
Displacement 181 cu. in. (2977cc)
Compression Ratio 10.2:1
Induction System Programmed FuelInjection (PGM-R) with VariableVolume Induction System
Valvetrain 4 valves per cylinder, belt-driven, dual overheadcamshafts with VariableValveTiming and Lift ElectronicControl (VTEC)system
Engine Block Aluminum alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners
Cylinder Head Aluminum alloy
Connecting Rods Titanium
Emission Control 3-way catalytic converter
Ignition System Electronic direct ignition
Alternator 12V,120 amp.max
Manual 70D-23l-MF 12V,65 amp./hr., maintenance-free
Automatic 80D-26l-MF 12V,65 amp./hr., maintenance-free
Recommended Fuel Premium unleaded, 91 octane
Body Type All-aluminum unit body
Front Suspension Independent aluminum double-wishbone with coil springs,stabilizer bar and compliance pivot
Rear Suspension Independent aluminum double-wishbone with coil springs and stabilizer bar
Shock Absorbers Hydraulic/gas-filled,front and rear
Steering Type

Electric, variable power-assist, rackand- pinion

Steering Ratio
Steering Wheel Turns, lock to-1ock Manual/ Automatic 3.07
Turning Circle, curb-to-curb 38.1 ft. (11.6 m)
Forged aluminum alloy
16 x 7 JJ
17 x 8.5 JJ
215/45ZR 16
245/40 ZR 17
BrakingSystem Dual-diagonal,power-assisted, 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes; 4-channel Anti lock Braking System
Front Discs Ventilated,11.1in (282 mm) diameter, 28 mm rotor thickness
Rear Discs Ventilated,11.1in (282 mm) diameter, 21mm rotor thickness
Swept Area front and rear 229 sq in (1480cm2)
Parking Brake Rear,mechanical
Type Transverse midship-engine/rear wheel drive
Ratios(:1) 5-speed
4-speed electronically controlled automatic with programmed lockup torque converter and SportsShift (optional)
1st 3.071 2.611
2nd 1.800 1.551
3rd 1.230 1.025
4th 0.967 0.684
5th 0.771 -
Reverse 3.186 1.909
Final Drive 4.062 4.428
Crankcase 6.7 US. quarts (6.3 liters) including filter
Cooling System
16.9 US. quarts (16.0liters)
17.4 US. quarts (16.5liters)
FuelTank approx. 18.5US. gallons (70.0 liters)
Passenger Volume 48.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume 5.0 cu. ft.
Total Volume 53.9cu. ft.
EPA Fuel Mileage, City/Highway*
*Use for comparison purposes only. California figures are the same.Your mileage may vary.
Wheelbase 99.6 in (2530 mm)
Track,front 59.4 in (1510 mm)
Track,rear 60.2 in (1530 mm)
Length 174.2 in (4425 mm)
Width 71.3 in (1810 mm)
Height 46.1 in (1170 mm)
Curb Weight Coupe Open Top
3142 lbs (1425kg)
3208 lbs(1455 kg)

Weight Distribution, (%) front/rear Manual

Coefficient of Drag (Cd) 0.32
Coefficient of Lift (Cl) 0.05
Frontal Area (A) 19.16sq ft (1.78sq m)
Air Drag Coefficient (Cd x A) 0.57
Headroom 36.3in (921 mm)
Legroom 44.3in (1126 mm)
Hip room 53.8in (1366 mm)
Shoulder room 52.5in (1334 mm)
Vehicle 4-year/50,000-mile limited warranty
Outer Body Rust-Through 5-year/unlimited-mile limited warranty
Roadside Assistance (TLC) 4-year/50,000 miles