2002 Acura NSX Summary Of Changes

For the 2002 model Acura's goals were to:

  • Update the NSX's styling while remaining true to its original design
  • Enhance handling and performance
  • Improve aerodynamics

In support of these goals, the 2002 NSX has received the following enhancements:

Exterior Styling

  • Front
    • Headlights changed from halogen pop-up to fixed position HID
    • Lower air dam for decreased coefficient of drag and improvement of front to rear lift balance
  • Rear
    • Redesigned taillight housing
    • New Acura badging
    • Air diffuser designed into bumper lower
    • Redesigned exhaust tips
    • Added trunk lip spoiler
  • Smoother, more substantial side sills
  • Two new exterior colors - Long Beach Blue Pearl and Imola Orange Pearl
  • Coefficient of drag reduced from 0.32 to 0.30

Interior Styling

  • Six new interior colors - Vivid Blue, Vivid Orange, Vivid Red, Vivid Yellow, Targa Silver, and White - available with corresponding exterior color
  • Chrome plating and paint on center panel, door handles and door control panel
  • Instrument panel background color changed from black to blue


  • Front spring rate increased
  • Diameter of rear stabilizer bar increased


  • Front wheel size increased from 16 x 7.0 inches to 17 x 7.0 inches
  • Rear wheel size increased from 17 x 8.5 inches to 17 x 9.0 inches
  • Wheel is now painted instead of polished and features ribbed spoke design


  • Front tire size increased from 215/45ZR16 to 215/40ZR17
  • Rear tire size increased from 245/40ZR17 to 255/40ZR17