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FastAndFurious 10-15-2015 08:46 AM

1991 Acura NSX Get Rebuilt
Just found a few videos of Clarion Builds' new project in restoring an old 1991 Acura NSX and Mothers Polish has recently joined in on their project too. Not quite sure in what capacity but the small Youtube series may be a sort of advertisement in preparation for the release of the new Acura NSX.

|\|SX 10-15-2015 09:52 AM

That shop went through 700 NSX's.... crazy, probably the most in the nation. If they were to go to another shop that wasn't nearly as knowledgeable then I bet it would take them much longer.

nexus 10-15-2015 04:10 PM

omg is that a golf cart wheel LOL so ghetto...

if you'll allow me to digress. Did you guys see that they're bringing Luda's totally restored Legend to SEMA this year?

FastAndFurious 10-16-2015 09:04 AM

They stuck a golf cart wheel onto the 1991 NSX?

|\|SX 10-16-2015 10:07 AM

Weird, yes. Being the type of shop they are which we got to learn through that video, i'm sure they had appropriate wheels to roll it on rather than that. This was more than likely done for the sake of the show.

FastAndFurious 01-08-2016 08:41 AM

|\|SX 01-08-2016 09:26 AM

Not bad at all, I just wish they changed the steering wheel out to something more appealing, I bet there's a way to fit on a newer Acura steering wheel that will help the interior out a lot. What helps is there are no steering wheel controls!

|\|SX 01-08-2016 09:56 AM

For anyone interested, I found a press release outlining all that's included in this NSX:


CYPRESS, Calif. and LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Clarion Corporation of America announced today the completion of the transformation of its legendary year-one Acura NSX 'Clarion Builds' project car. In six short months, Clarion and its Clarion Builds program partners collaborated on transforming a worn out, high-mileage daily driven NSX into a reawakened supercar. Featuring 21st century driver-focused electronics, a high-resolution Full Digital Sound system fit for an audiophile, countless engine and performance upgrades, and an intentional restrain to keep the iconic style and classic lines of the original design principally intact, the supercar will be on display during CES 2016 in the ballroom foyer at the Westgate Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

"With the original NSX hitting classic status this year and the reimagined 2017 Acura NSX on the horizon, we wanted our Clarion Builds NSX to serve as a tribute to the car's remarkable history and celebrate the upcoming arrival of its long-awaited successor," said Allen H. Gharapetian, Vice President of Marketing and Product Planning at Clarion and Chief of the Clarion Builds Program. "When building a car that has a fanatic following and a plethora of aftermarket parts readily available, it's easy to be tempted to go overboard with upgrades. However, we stayed true to the Clarion Builds' theme of tastefully modifying and upgrading iconic classics while paying homage to the car's classic beauty. We maintained the car's gorgeous factory design and added subtle aerodynamic upgrades to accentuate its lines, and focused our attention on improving its already stellar handling and performance while giving it electronics upgrades that even the most expensive super cars on the market would be jealous of."

When it was originally acquired, the Clarion Builds NSX project car was a quintessential example of what the NSX was originally designed to be: a supercar that could be driven daily and affordably maintained. In the 25 years between when the Clarion Builds project car left Honda's Tochigi factory in Japan until Clarion acquired the car, it had traveled 230,000 trouble-free miles with no more than a scratch and chip here and there on the paint. The car was cared for and physically in good condition, though with such high miles on the odometer, the suspension and drivetrain were in dire need of attention. The desperately outdated electronics and a completely worn interior, offered a great opportunity for Clarion to showcase its latest innovations in audio, infotainment, and intelligent safety electronics in a worthy vehicle.

Working with a collection of well-known automotive industry brands who all share the same fascination and passion for iconic classic cars, the build plans for Clarion Builds' Acura NSX project were strategically laid out to make a car that was praised as being perfect upon its arrival 25 years ago become perfect again by today's standards.

Upgrades to the The Clarion Builds NSX Include:

Electronics: Clarion outfitted the NSX with its new Full Digital Sound (FDS) audio system featuring the new 7" NX706 touchscreen source unit. The audio system within the car is the only one of its kind capable of faithfully reproducing high-resolution digital audio without ever converting it to an analog signal, delivering precise high-performance sound of the highest quality. The system is composed of a Z3 FDS processor and pair of digital tweeters, two Z7 full-range speakers and a Z25W 10" digital subwoofer. The car was also equipped with Clarion's four-camera SurroundEye panoramic vision system, allowing the driver to see exactly what's around the vehicle while driving. Additionally, it features an integrated radar detection system from Escort and a state-of-the-art security system from Viper.
Body: The NSX was stripped down to its bare all-aluminum monocoque and properly prepped for a full color change. The fenders, hood, front and rear diffuser and spoiler were replaced with more aggressively styled parts from Downforce. The "Blu Caelum Ad Personam Metallic" paint, laid down by Diamond Hills Collision, was provided by Clarion Builds partner Glasurit, a brand of BASF.
Drivetrain: The tired high-mileage 3.0 liter naturally aspirated VTEC V6 and 5-speed manual gearbox were swapped in favor of a later model 3.2 liter VTEC V6 outfitted with a Comptech supercharger and 6-speed manual gearbox.
Suspension, Brakes, and Tires: The factory suspension was upgraded with KW coilovers to offer more cornering grip. The rims are staggered 18/19" Volk ZE40s in Bronze from Clarion Builds partner Ray's Engineering. To keep everything on the road, Clarion Builds partner Michelin provided a set of supercar-worthy Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. To improve stopping power, all four corners of the NSX were upgraded with StopTech's Big Brake Kit.
Interior: The finish of the factory interior was completely upgraded with materials of the highest quality. The worn out ivory interior was scrapped in favor of a luxurious black and cinnamon brown color combination perforated leather. The factory seats, shift knob and boot, and e-brake handle were trimmed with expertly crafted skins from LeatherSeats.com. The factory NSX steering wheel was customized with flat bottom and bolstered sport grip to look and feel more like a modern supercar. The headliner and A-pillars were reskinned in black alcantara. The carpets were replaced with a black loop carpet kit designed to match the look of the original NSX-R.
Now that the Clarion Builds NSX project is complete, the car will spend most of 2016 in the limelight hitting various industry events and car shows. The car will be on display during CES 2016 in the ballroom foyer of the Las Vegas Westgate Resort and Casino from January 6 until January 9, 2016. Be sure to tag your photos with #ClarionBuilds on Instagram. Followers with the top-five most liked photos of the car from CES will be awarded with limited edition Clarion Builds gear including NSX themed t-shirts.

About Clarion Builds:
Clarion Builds is an innovative marketing program that began in the summer of 2014, initiated by Clarion USA to tackle unique restoration projects of iconic cars and trucks in cooperation with key partners, hand-selected for each individual project. The program is designed to connect with new and existing fans who are car enthusiasts, automotive sports fans, journalists, historians, and anyone with an interest in design and style, through a mix of social and traditional media.

To find out more about the program, or to follow the complete build, visit Clarion Builds at Clarion Builds, watch the latest Clarion Builds video at www.youtube.com/clarionUS or follow Clarion on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ClarionUSAOnline

For info about Clarion, please visit: Clarion U.S.A | About Clarion

Like Clarion on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ClarionUSAOnline
Follow Clarion on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ClarionUSA

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SOURCE Clarion Corporation of America

nexus 01-08-2016 04:28 PM


Originally Posted by |\|SX (Post 24610)
Not bad at all, I just wish they changed the steering wheel out to something more appealing, I bet there's a way to fit on a newer Acura steering wheel that will help the interior out a lot. What helps is there are no steering wheel controls!

I like the stock wheel. The whole car is pretty much OEM save a few bits. It's well done!

St.Who 01-08-2016 04:55 PM

That looks great. It might be cool to see an automaker make a new car that is retro styled for the supercar market (or maybe the performance, but not supercar, market).

FastAndFurious 01-12-2016 09:20 AM


it's easy to be tempted to go overboard with upgrades. However, we stayed true to the Clarion Builds' theme of tastefully modifying and upgrading iconic classics while paying homage to the car's classic beauty.
Lol, they put a speaker in the passenger footwell. That seems like going overboard but everything else is fine.

St.Who 01-12-2016 04:02 PM

It's just a speaker, I'm not offended.

RedNSX 01-13-2016 08:36 AM

I want to see a picture of the rebuilt NSX with it's headlights up.
The dual camera display looks handy too. I assume that's the left and right side of the car.

mr.smith 01-13-2016 12:11 PM

RedNSX 01-14-2016 08:43 AM

The exhaust looks tiny compared to the rest of the car. Feels like something bigger is needed.

1fastAcura 01-14-2016 10:46 AM

Now that I see more of the interior, i'm not liking where they placed the subwoofer, I think there's enough space between the passenger seat and floor for a shallow mount sub to fit in and still be effective in delivering good sound quality.

St.Who 01-14-2016 02:42 PM

The subwoofer is in a strange position. I can imagine it being deafening to ride in the passenger's seat. The clear back is also out of place.

|\|SX 01-15-2016 11:37 AM


Originally Posted by St.Who (Post 25138)
The subwoofer is in a strange position. I can imagine it being deafening to ride in the passenger's seat. The clear back is also out of place.

:confused: Why would it be deafening to ride in the passenger seat? If you have it playing up to that level your whole vehicle will be rattling to the point you'll hear plastics knocking and that's not what supercar owners are trying to accomplish Lol

mr.smith 01-15-2016 03:50 PM

It is a strange place for a speaker though. Just odd. Why? It's like Pimp My Ride, but it's not 2005 any more.

RedNSX 01-18-2016 08:58 AM

Lol, apparently, there's no space between the seat and floor for a stereo system.

A comment from Jalopnik:

“Under the seat” doesn’t exist in an NSX. Friggin chairs are bolted directly to the pavement.
Didn't think there wouldn't be enough space for anything under the seat.

mr.smith 01-18-2016 01:29 PM

I can just hear people now complaining about how the seats are too low for them after driving around a CUV for a few years.

RedNSX 01-19-2016 08:43 AM

I assume if you can afford a fun car like the NSX, you have a separate car as a daily driver.

|\|SX 01-19-2016 11:52 AM

You should. There will however be those that daily this as much as possible.

I have a friend with a 458 Italia that uses it as his only car but also uses Uber and Limo's and Rentals to get around. Not everyone can find value in a typical commuter car.

St.Who 01-19-2016 12:11 PM

Yea, but that won't stop people from complaining. LOL

RedNSX 01-20-2016 09:00 AM

It's going to be interesting to read people's complaints when the NSX does come out. :) How it compares to the 1991 model.

|\|SX 01-20-2016 12:13 PM

They'll have to have reasonable expectations. In a high end sports car/super car like this you HAVE to expect a low seat height, it's part of the experience. Surely you don't want to feel like sitting in an SUV Lol.

RedNSX 01-21-2016 09:09 AM

Lol, if anyone complains, they can get one of these monstrosities to add an extra inch or two.

|\|SX 01-21-2016 11:12 AM

If you're really short then yes, but being around the supercar community quite often there's a TINY percentage of people who are short. Shortest supercar owner I know is 5'4, she drives an R8 without issue.

FastAndFurious 04-22-2016 08:49 AM

You thought Clarion Builds was done rebuilding the 1991 Acura NSX but they're still tweaking it and the latest addition is a custom AEM exhaust that spits out fire.

1fastAcura 04-22-2016 10:35 AM

Love how it sounds and that's the result of having a system engineered specifically for it that looks into how to best complement the vehicles engine. It's too bad they didn't look into it any further since some exhaust makers look at the cylinder firing pattern, specs of the headers and so on. Maybe they could of had something better sounding in the end?

RedNSX 04-25-2016 09:02 AM

I doubt we'll ever seen a hybrid exhaust spit out fire but the new NSX would be great if it sounded like that. One of the main complaints reviewers had was the lack of exhaust sound.

FastAndFurious 04-26-2016 09:12 AM

It's going to be harder to change out the muffler and exhaust system in the 2017 NSX compared to the old one. It's simply more complicated because of the quad exhaust valves.

|\|SX 04-26-2016 03:45 PM

Harder, won't be an issue, fact is there are people willing to pay and the only hard part will be in the engineering process. When there's demand in a market with customers willing to pay good money, supply usually comes through.

RedNSX 04-27-2016 09:09 AM

Think Clarion Builds will jump on the new NSX since they're already working on the 1991 model?

1fastAcura 04-27-2016 10:09 AM

It would be a smart move since all these builds are marketing opportunities for them, even though they are spending a lot, at the end of the day they are making clarion products a priority in the vehicle.

So something as simple as upgrading speakers might be what they do along with other little incremental improvements.

RedNSX 04-28-2016 09:20 AM

Maybe they'll do something to improve the engine sound inside the cabin since that seems to be the main complaint most reviewers have with the NSX.

1fastAcura 04-28-2016 10:08 AM

Should be too hard, might be a case of feeding more tubes into the cabin from the engine bay, or something along those lines.

RedNSX 04-29-2016 08:47 AM

Just looked at their homepage and Clarion Builds seems to only work on the older classics and not the newer models. We most likely won't see anything from them for the new NSX.

|\|SX 04-29-2016 10:26 AM

That's what I was thinking, with the way cars are built today there's a lot of downsides to yanking out some infotainment system to put in a double din, Lol. Much unlike days before infotainment. Before people would immediately start considering metra kits and aftermarket double dins. Now the conversation has changed over to speakers since it's about the only thing worth changing these days.

RedNSX 07-18-2016 08:51 AM

If someone out there wants both the old and new NSX in their garage, maybe the clarion built 1991 NSX will be for them. The smoking tire did a video review of it and the car sounds like a beast.

I still prefer the comforts of the new model but I'm sure a lot of enthusiasts would like to get their hands on this one.

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