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The 1997 Acura NSX is a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sportscar, powered by an all-aluminum V6 engine, featuring Honda's VTEC system. The NSX started production in 1990, and was the first production car to feature an aluminum body, and an aluminum alloy frame and suspension. The NSX was originally designed to compete with Ferrari's 328, and to offer consumers a more affordable taste of mid-engine performance.

The 1997 Acura NSX features a 3.2L naturally aspirated V6, which delivers 276 horsepower and 224 lb-ft torque. Earlier NSX's, such as the 1997 model, are known for their smooth power curve, short gears, flat torque curve, and high redline. Thanks to its lightweight frame and body, the 1997 NSX ways in at just under 3,000 lbs; an achievement for a vehicle with a 174.2" length and a 99.6" wheelbase.

The first generation NSX was succeeded in 2002 by the second generation model.

In Forza Motorsport 3

1997 Acura NSX

1997 NSX in Forza Motorsport 3

In Forza Motorsport 3, the 1997 Acura NSX is placed in C Class with a performance index of 409, making it a top competitor among stock C Class vehicles. Notable competitors include the 1997 BMW Motorsport M3 E36, the 2002 Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II and the 1991 Ferrari 512 TR.

The only conversions for this vehicle are the HKS Twin Turbocharger kit, which runs 4,400 cr and adds 55 horsepower, or the HKS Centrifugal Supercharger, which costs 3,100 cr and adds 26 horsepower.

Body modifications come from Backyard Special, Do-Luck, Burn-Up and Forza Motorsport.

The 1997 Acura NSX is available in six manufacturer colors; yellow, blue, red, white, silver, and black.

Vehicle Characteristics

Acceleration is quick through 4th gear, with 5th gear being a little steep. The lower gears take advantage of the NSX's powerplant nicely, offering oversteer if needed, which is controllable and not overdone. When at higher speeds, gear selection is critical, as the car prefers to be above 6000 RPMs when accelerating. Steering is responsive, and even more so with a small stab of the brakes before turn in. Lift off oversteer can occur, but is controllable enough to where it can often be used to increase turn in ability. Grip is plentiful, though understeer can be seen at higher speeds without proper braking.

Braking is ample and stable, with lockup occurring rarely.

The NSX likes to be launched around 4500 to 5000 RPMs, depending on amount of wheelspin desired. At the Sedona drag strips, the car can be launched off the rev limiter.

1997 Acura NSX Lap Times

Sedona 1/4 Mile

13.113 @ 107 mph

Sedona 1 Mile

33.417 @ 152 mph

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca


Nürburgring Nordschleife


Road Atlanta Full Circuit


Tsukuba Full Circuit


Career Mode Appearances

Manufacturer Events - Honda Acura Owner's Meeting

Manufacturer Events - NSX vs Skyline


The 1997 Acura NSX in Forza Motorsport 3 shares the displacement and torque output of the C32B, at 3.2 liters and 224 lb-ft respectively, but the horsepower output of the C30A found in the earlier NSXs, at 276 horsepower.

The late Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, consulted with Acura on the NSX's suspension and chassis tuning.

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