How Much Did The First Gen Honda NSX Cost New?

When the Original Honda/Acura NSX launched in 1990 it was not only designed to take on the likes of Ferrari’s supercars, but it was also designed to do so while being much more practical and much cheaper. The Honda NSX was arguably the best value high-end supercar available at the time and it proved to be hugely popular.

While the NSX was cheaper than much of its competition, Honda didn’t cheap out on the components and technology that made up the car. It was the world’s first mass-produced car to feature an all-aluminium body and it was powered by an all-aluminium 3.0-litre V6 engine with Honda’s Variable Valve Timing technology (VTEC).

In North America the NSX was sold under Honda’s premium brand name, Acura. Honda would also launch a special edition of the NSX known as the NSX-R in 1992, that was designed to be the most extreme version of the car. Performance updates would come in 1997 and in 2002 the car was given a facelift and an updated version of the NSX-R was launched.

Today, the Honda/Acura NSX is one of Japan’s most collectible cars, especially the NSX-R and other special edition models. For example, this 1999 Acura NSX Zanardi Edition car with 12,000 miles on the clock has just recently sold for well over US $200,000.

While it is interesting to see how much the Honda NSX costs today, we were interested to find out how much they sold for when they were brand new and how much that is in today’s money. We put together a quick guide below on our findings based on the price of the Honda NSX in Japan.

Honda NSX Original Price in Japan

1990 Honda NSX Price (from September 1990)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 138 (taken from September 1990).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 5MT8,003,000

 

57,993

 

115,328
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 4AT8,603,000

 

62,341

 

123,975

1992 Honda NSX Price (from November 1992)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 124.48 (taken from November 1992).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
TYPE R E-NA12977cc / 5MT9,707,000

 

77,980

 

144,464

1993 Honda NSX Price (from February 1993)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 120.40 (taken from February 1993).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 5MT8,307,000

 

68,995

 

124,104
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 4AT8,907,000

 

73,978

 

133,067

1994 Honda NSX Price (from February 1994)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 105.38 (taken from February 1994).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 5MT8,307,000

 

78,829

 

138,252
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 4AT8,907,000

 

84,523

 

148,239
TYPE R E-NA12977cc / 5MT9,757,000

 

92,589

 

162,385

1995 Honda NSX Price (from March 1995)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 92.30 (taken from March 1995).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 5MT8,307,000

 

90,000

 

153,494
BASEGRADEE-NA12977cc / 4AT9,057,000

 

98,126

 

167,353
TYPE TE-NA12977cc / 5MT9,607,000

 

104,085

 

177,516
TYPE TE-NA12977cc / 4AT9,957,000

 

107,876

 

183,982

1997 Honda NSX Price (from February 1997)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 123.93 (taken from February 1997).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEGH-NA23179cc / 6MT9,107,000

 

73,485

 

119,003
BASEGRADEGH-NA12977cc / 4AT9,307,000

 

75,099

 

121,617
TYPE S ZEROGH-NA23179cc / 6MT9,857,000

 

79,537

 

128,804
TYPE TE-NA12977cc / 4AT10,057,000

 

81,151

 

131,418
TYPE TGH-NA23179cc / 6MT10,257,000

 

82,764

 

134,030
TYPE SGH-NA23179cc / 6MT10,357,000

 

83,571

 

135,337

1999 Honda NSX Price (from September 1999)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 107.81 (taken from September 1999).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEGH-NA23179cc / 6MT9,207,000

 

85,400

 

133,235
BASEGRADEGH-NA12977cc / 4AT9,407,000

 

87,255

 

136,129
TYPE S ZEROGH-NA23179cc / 6MT9,857,000

 

91,429

 

142,641
TYPE TGH-NA12977cc / 4AT10,057,000

 

93,284

 

145,535
TYPE TGH-NA23179cc / 6MT10,257,000

 

95,140

 

148,430
TYPE SGH-NA23179cc / 6MT10,357,000

 

96,067

 

149,877

2000 Honda NSX Price (from April 2000)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 105.70 (taken from April 2000).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADELA-NA23179cc / 6MT9,207,000

 

87,105

 

131,475
BASEGRADELA-NA12977cc / 4AT9,407,000

 

88,997

 

134,331
TYPE S ZEROLA-NA23179cc / 6MT9,857,000

 

93,254

 

140,757
TYPE TLA-NA12977cc / 4AT10,057,000

 

95,147

 

143,614
TYPE TLA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,257,000

 

97,039

 

146,470
TYPE SLA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,357,000

 

97,985

 

147,898

2001 Honda NSX Price (from December 2001)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 127.85 (taken from December 2001).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADELA-NA23179cc / 6MT9,207,000

 

72,014

 

105,690
BASEGRADELA-NA12977cc / 4AT9,407,000

 

73,578

 

107,985
TYPE TLA-NA12977cc / 4AT10,057,000

 

78,662

 

115,447
TYPE TLA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,257,000

 

80,227

 

117,743
TYPE SLA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,357,000

 

81,009

 

118,891

2002 Honda NSX Price (from May 2002)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 127.66 (taken from May 2002).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
Type RLA-NA23179cc / 6MT11,957,000

 

93,663

 

135,323

2003 Honda NSX Price (from October 2003)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 109.90 (taken from October 2003).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADELA-NA23179cc / 6MT9,207,000

 

83,776

 

118,341
BASEGRADELA-NA12977cc / 4AT9,407,000

 

85,596

 

120,912
TYPE TLA-NA12977cc / 4AT10,057,000

 

91,510

 

129,266
TYPE TLA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,257,000

 

93,330

 

131,837
TYPE SLA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,357,000

 

94,240

 

133,123
Type RLA-NA23179cc / 6MT11,957,000

 

108,799

 

153,689

2004 Honda NSX Price (from March 2004)

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 108.26 (taken from March 2004).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEABA-NA23179cc / 6MT9,207,000

 

85,045

 

117,018
BASEGRADEABA-NA12977cc / 4AT9,407,000

 

86,893

 

119,560
TYPE TABA-NA12977cc / 4AT10,057,000

 

92,897

 

127,822
TYPE TABA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,257,000

 

94,744

 

130,363
TYPE SABA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,357,000

 

95,668

 

131,634
Type RABA-NA23179cc / 6MT11,957,000

 

110,447

 

151,970

2004 Honda NSX Price (from April 2004) – To the End of Production

Exchange rate of 1 United States dollar to Japanese yen is 107.40 (taken from April 2004).

ModelChassis Engine/TransmissionPrice in Yen (¥) Price in USD ($)2020 Price ($)
BASEGRADEABA-NA23179cc / 6MT9,667,350

 

90,013

 

123,853
BASEGRADEABA-NA12977cc / 4AT9,877,350

 

 

91,968

 

126,543
TYPE TABA-NA12977cc / 4AT10,559,850

 

98,323

 

135,288
TYPE TABA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,769,850

 

100,278

 

137,978
TYPE SABA-NA23179cc / 6MT10,874,850

 

101,256

 

139,323
Type RABA-NA23179cc / 6MT12,554,850

 

116,898

 

160,846

How Much Does a Honda NSX Cost Today?

We have already touched on this topic earlier in this article with the Acura NSX Zanardi Edition that went for well over US $200,000, however, that car is a bit of an extreme case as it has only travelled 12K miles and has only had one owner from new.

From data on Bring A Trailer it can be seen that most Acura/Honda NSXs sell for around $60,000 to $100,000 in the United States. The lowest prices seem to be around the $40,000 mark for a lower spec model in worse condition.

If you would like to know more about the history of the first generation Honda NSX, check out our history article here.

 

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