Honda first introduced the world to the NSX (NS-X at the time) in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show and the Tokyo Motor Show. After having received positive reviews, Honda changed the name from NS-X to NSX and started production. The first models to be released were made in Japan in 1990.
The intention in creating the Honda NSX, which was first introduced for the 1990 model year, was to produce a hand-built, attractive, mid-engine sports car. Besides being the first ever supercar from Japan, it also went on to establish entirely new levels of driveability, performance, prestige, refinement, and reliability.
As the NSX has evolved during the 1990s, it has been hailed as a technological showcase. The 1997 NSX took a giant step forward in performance with several major enhancements. Most notable changes were done to the engine and the drivetrain such as is a larger, more powerful 3.2 liter, 290hp, V-6 engine. The transmission gained an extra gear from 5-speed to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Additional significant engineering updates also include larger brakes and improved anti-lock braking system, improvements of the Electronic Power Steering system, the use of new aluminium alloys for lighter weight, high-rigidity body panels, adoption of specific heat-rejecting window glass and an anti-theft vehicle immobilizer system.