It was back in 1986, after Honda had done more than a decade of research and had developed more than 60 dealerships all across North America that the Acura name would be born. A luxury name of the Honda namesake, Acura would start with only two models which included the Legend as well as the Integra. Both of these models where high in performance as well as luxury and quickly became popular. One of their more popular Honda rebrandings was that of the NSX, traditionally a Honda, in the North American market this was known as the Acura NSX.
The NSX would be introduced only 4 years after the founding of the Acura name and was often considered by many as the first ever Japanese produced vehicle that could in any way compete against names like Porsche and Ferrari. NSX itself stands for New Sports eXperimental and it was a mid engine V-6 super car that was also considered to be far more affordable than that of its European competitors.
While Acura had started off on the right foot with strong sales and a growing fan base, by the end of the 1990s it was starting to lose its footings. This is attributed to the lack of designs which many people were looking for. In all simplicity, the Acura is nothing more than the Japanese-spec Hondas which have been rebranded and available to markets they would not have had access to.
By the turn of the 21st century though, the Acura would make a comeback as the growing tuning crowds around the world began to know and understand the power that could be pulled from the Japanese-spec cars. As such, many of the 1990’s Acuras are still a popular choice by many tuning enthusiasts.
In recent years, Acura has also released a number of sport utility vehicles as well as crossover vehicles. However, it is there cars which truly have made a name for themselves due to their use in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and Grassroots racing since the conception of the Acura name in the North American market. Original Authors: Nick (Globel Team)
Edit Update Authors: M.A.Harris
Updated On: 29/08/2008