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Honda NSX Gathering In UK



30th May, 2007

Honda NSX Gathering In UK

Europe’s largest ever gathering of Honda NSX sports cars took place at last weekend’s JapFest at Castle Combe in England.

An incredible 43 of the mid-engined sports cars were brought together for the event by one of the UK’s largest NSX clubs.

Owners from far and wide assembled at the Wiltshire venue to provide a display – catching the attention of show organisers, who awarded the club a trophy for its efforts. Meanwhile, some of the more brave members ventured on track to test the limits of their machines.

James Taylor, from the online-based NSX Club Britain, said: “This was our first ever stand at a large event and everyone was blown away by the sheer number of cars that turned up. Some people had travelled all the way down from Scotland and Northern Ireland to be there.”

Honda (UK) contributed to the pack of NSXs with its own, rare version of the car. The G-plate NSX, registered in 1990, is thought to be the second NSX ever brought to the UK. And despite its age, it’s in immaculate condition – thanks to restoration work carried out by the Honda (UK) press workshop, and the meagre 7,700 miles on the clock. Its other claim to fame is that it was once driven by Ayrton Senna on a visit to Honda (UK).

About the Honda NSX:

The NSX made its debut in 1990 as a mid-engine sports car with an all-aluminium monocoque body – a world’s first for a production vehicle at the time. The NSX continued to evolve, with performance improvements including increased displacement, a 6-speed manual transmission, enhanced aerodynamic performance and different tyre sizes, along with the addition of the NSX-T open-top model and the NSX-R pure sports model with further enhanced driving performance. One of the first sports cars to adopt clean emissions measures, the NSX succeeded in combining exhilarating driving performance with superior environmental performance. As a result, the NSX achieved total worldwide sales of over 18,000 units during the 15 years it was in production.

Honda is believed to be planning to, again, enter the market with a high performance sports car. However, there has been no official announcement to confirm this probability.

The History of the NSX

Feb 1989

NS-X mid-engine sports car prototype introduced at the Chicago Motor Show

Oct 1989

NS-X exhibited at the Tokyo Motor Show

Aug 1990

Acura NSX went on sale in the US

Sep 1990

Honda NSX went on sale in Japan


“Owners’ Meetings”, designed to enhance driving skills, inaugurated

Jan 1992

Custom order interior and body colour plan introduced; its range later expanded.

Nov 1992

Pure sports model Type-R added to the line-up

Feb 1993

Minor model change (addition of passenger-side SRS airbags, other enhanced equipment)


“Refresh Plan” introduced as premium service for maturing vehicles

Feb 1994

Minor model change (16/17-inch aluminium wheels, reinforced brake pads)

Mar 1995

Minor model change (Drive-By-Wire electronic control, F-Matic manual-feel automatic transmission, open-top Type-T added to line-up)

Feb 1997

Minor model change (3.2-litre manual transmission model, 6-speed manual transmission, introduction of Type-S)

Sep 1999

Minor model change (reduced exhaust emissions, enhanced equipment)

Dec 2001

Minor model change (exterior design changes, 17-inch tyres front and back)

May 2002

New NSX Type-R model introduced

Oct 2003

Minor model change (Immobiliser, new body colours)

Sep 2005

Production of European model ends

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