1993 Honda NSX Type-R: Supercar Sunday
Love and admiration for first-generation supercars, like the original Honda NSX, reaches a climax, especially among young enthusiasts. That’s why this week, our Supercar Sunday article is dedicated to the wonderful 1993 Honda NSX Type-R, exclusively reserved for the JDM.
Listed as the Acura Models in the United States, the Type-R model never crossed the pond. That’s why we’re especially excited to see this car – an impeccably restored example – on sale to U.S. buyers at Speedart Motorsports in Miami, Florida. It’s arguably the cleanest ’90s NSX available today, and the details are beyond spec.
Much like modern vehicles that carry the Type-R badge, the NSX-R was all about performance, taking an already capable car and making a big difference. With legendary driver Aryton Senna tasked with developing the car, Honda set out to create the ultimate NSX.
Engineers took drastic measures to make the car lighter, removing noise attenuation, stereo system, spare tire, stereo system, air conditioning and some electrical equipment. Recaro carbon-Kevlar bucket seats replaced the standard leather seats, and Honda even went so far as to replace the rear window with a thinner piece. In total, the company managed to cut 265 pounds when creating the Type-R.
The weight savings, in addition to certain performance measures such as a stiffer front stabilizer bar, stiffer shocks and aluminum body reinforcements, created a stiffer and more maneuverable product. Even though the 3.0-liter V6 (with VTEC, of course) retained the 270 horsepower of the standard car, the 0-62 mph time dropped from 5.5 seconds to 5.0.
Honda only made 483 copies of the NSX-R, which makes it a truly rare and special car. Speedart’s car, seen here in the photos, has chassis number 44. It features a full restoration, bringing the car back to original specs, with incredible attention to detail.
Our favorite parts include the Momo thin rim steering wheel, blood red upholstery and awesome lightweight five-spoke wheels that are absolutely gorgeous. These are outstanding features in an overall package that make this car so much fun to watch, let alone drive. What’s your favorite thing about the NSX Type-R? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow our Instagram page for future Supercar Sunday content.