Boasting a production run that spanned 1990-2004, the first generation Honda NSX is one of the longest enduring supercar moniker’s ever made. The NSX was touted as Japan’s answer to Porsche and Ferrari, and, in many respects, it delivered on its lofty goals. The NSX permanently redefined the supercar landscape and challenged its Italian and German rivals to create more reliable and liveable cars. Japan’s supercar proved that buyers could have a fast, driver centric car that could also be reliable.
Powered by a mid-mounted 3.0L double overhead camshaft V6 with VTEC valve timing, the NSX Targa produces a slightly underwhelming 188kW/284Nm. An underpowered engine paired with a woefully outdated 4-speed automatic meant a lacklustre 0-100km/h time of 7.6sec- significantly slower than the manual coupe that completed the same sprint in a Porsche Carrera baiting 5.6sec.
In exchange for the luxury of feeling the wind through your hair, the NSX Targa suffered a 45kg weight deficit over its coupe counterpart and a significant decrease in chassis rigidity. With 87,000km on the clock, this NSX is a surprisingly sensible and affordable-to-maintain supercar proposition that, unlike an Italian car of the same age, won’t send you broke.
Price $115,000 Location Woollahra, NSW Mileage 87,000km
4 Speed Automatic
Rear Wheel Drive
Aspirated 3.0L V6