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Check Out The New 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition

Image Source: Aleksandr Semenov151 / Shutterstock

In 1990, Honda introduced the NSX, a mid-engined supercar that challenged the dominance of Italian brands in the market. The NSX combined Ferrari-like aesthetics with Honda’s reputation for reliability. It featured an advanced engine with variable valve timing and titanium connecting rods, allowing it to achieve an impressive 8,000 rpm redline.

The NSX had a fully independent suspension and a stiff monocoque body-chassis unit influenced by Formula One champion Ayrton Senna’s feedback. It prioritized overall balance and handling rather than straight-line speed, making it popular among experienced drivers. Honda’s engineering capabilities solidified the NSX as a future icon.

The Acura NSX ‘Zanardi Edition’ was a special edition model created to celebrate race car driver Alex Zanardi’s success. It quickly became a classic, particularly among enthusiasts with a wealth of experience. This limited-production Acura had significant differences from the standard model, including unique upgrades and a weight reduction.

Notable upgrades in the ‘Zanardi Edition’ included a fixed roof instead of a removable targa top, the removal of power rack and pinion steering, a lightweight rear spoiler, single-pane glass, a lightweight battery, and bespoke lightweight BBS forged wheels. These features resulted in a weight reduction of 149 pounds compared to the standard NSX model. All 51 units of the ‘Zanardi Edition’ were produced in New Formula Red, the same color as Honda’s winning Indy race car driven by Alex Zanardi.

Image Source: Aleksandr Semenov151 / Shutterstock

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