2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302
1991 Acura NSX
“Rod's Red Rice Rocket”
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I could not resist
About “Rod's Red Rice Rocket”
91 NA1, Formula Red R-77, Black Leather with Louis Vuitton interior, 5 spd, Italian Antera 309 Wheels (17" front 18" rear), West Wings front lip, side skirts, rear spats. Low profile antenna. Kenwood Amp and CD/DVD/AM/FM player, headers.
I had been looking to get another sports car. Contemplating between an Acura NSX and a late model Corvette. I had been looking and watching for several years.
In March 2008 I saw an NSX on eBay that I thought looked like a very nice low mile NSX for a great price. I thought I would put in a bid $100 higher than the current bid, fully expecting the current bidder to have a higher maximum bid set, to where I would be immediately out bid, but I wasn't. That was on Good Friday. The bidding closed ~3:30 PM that Sunday (Easter). As it turned out nobody else had placed a higher bid. I ended up being the high bidder and next thing I knew I had to figure out how to get to Reno, NV and get the car home.
It had 38,500 miles when I purchased it and 40,000 by the time I drove it home.
This 1991 Acura NSX was manufactured May 1991, Tochigi, Japan
This particular car sold new originally at Niello Acura, Sacramento, CA on June 21, 1991. Mileage at purchase 30.
More information under the Specs
Specs for “Boss”
•Hi-Po 302 Ti-VCT V8 engine
444 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
•6-speed manual transmission
•Brembo four-piston 14-inch front calipers
•Adjustable front and rear shocks
•19" (F) & 19” (R) Machined Aluminum Wheels
•Selectable Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS)
•Unique side and rear exit quad exhaust
•Complex reflector halogen headlamps
•Headlamps with integrated park/turn lamps
•Rear quarter mounted AM/FM antenna
•LED Sequential Tail Lamps
•Unique BOSS 302 Engine Cover
•Unique BOSS 302 grille and facia
•Easy Fuel™ Capless Fuel Filler
•Power dome hood
•Unique Hood stripe and reverse "C" stripe
•Solar tinted glass
•Windows/Locks-- power 1-touch up/down driver and passenger windows
•Tilt Alcantara Suede wrapped steering wheel with aluminum spoke & audio and speed controls
•Unique Dark Aluminum Instrument Panel
•Unique door scuff plates (non-lighted)
•Bright clutch, brake and accelerator pedals
•Body-color dual power integrated spotter mirrors
Front engine, RWD
90-deg V-8, alum block/heads
DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
302.1 cu in/4951 cc
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Power (SAE NET) 444 hp @ 7500 rpm
Torque (SAE NET) 380 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Redline 7500 rpm
Weight To Power 8.2 lb/hp
Transmission 6-speed manual
Axle/Final-Drive Ratio 3.73:1/2.42:1
Suspension, Front; Rear Struts, coil springs, anti-roll bar; live axle, coil springs, anti-roll bar.
Steering Ratio 15.9:1
Turns Lock-To-Lock 2.5
Brakes, F;R 14.0-in vented disc; 11.8-in vented disc, ABS.
Wheels, F;R 9.0 x 19-in; 10.0 x 19-in cast aluminum.
Tires, F;R 255/40ZR19; 285/35ZR19 103Y Pirelli PZero.
Wheelbase 107.1 in
Track, F/R 61.9/62.5 in
Length x Width x Height 188.1 x 73.9 x 55.1 in
Turning Circle 39.4 ft
Curb Weight 3621 lb
Weight Dist., F/R 55/45 %
Seating Capacity 4
Headroom, F/R 38.5/34.7 in
Legroom, F/R 42.4/29.8 in
Shoulder Room, F/R 55.3/51.6 in
Cargo Volume 13.4 cu ft
Acceleration To MPH
0-30 1.6 sec
Passing, 45-65 MPH 1.6
Quarter Mile 12.3 sec @ 115.8 mph
Braking, 60-0 MPH 108 ft
Lateral Acceleration 0.98 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 24.7 sec @ 0.78 g (avg)
Top-gear revs @ 60 MPH 2000 rpm
Stability/Traction Control Yes/Yes
Airbags Dual front, front side
Fuel Capacity 16.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY ECON 17/26 mpg
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 198/130 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.96 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium
Specs for “Rod's Red Rice Rocket”
1991 Acura NSX
Engine: 3.0L DIGC, 24 Valve, Transverse 90 degree V6
HP: 274 bhp @7300 RPM
Honda analyzed the worlds sports cars on the basis of power-to-weight ratio.
Power-To-Weight ratio: 189 bhp/ton
Redline: 8000 RPM
Compression Ratio: 10:2:1
Engine Block: Aluminum alloy with cast-iron cylinder liners
Cylinder Head: Aluminum alloy
Connecting Rods: Titanium (A production car first)
Curb Weight: 2,860 lbs
0-60 MPH (sec): 4.8
Top Speed: ~170 MPH @7510 RPM
Aluminum Body and Frame
Body, suspension parts, even the seat frames are made of aluminum. Aluminum is about everywhere, if it isn’t stamped or extruded, it’s forged or cast.
The only steel components are the crankshaft, the odd nut and bolt, plus a main strengthening tube across the front cockpit.
Gear Ratio: 91-94 US @ 8,000 RPM
Gear Ratio MPH
1 3.071 45
2 1.727 81
3 1.230 114
4 0.967 144
5 0.771 186
Ring & Pinion 4.062
VTEC (Variable Valve Timing & Lift Electronic Control):
Each valve pair has three lobes & three rocker arms, with two overhead camshafts per cylinder row.
At low & mid-range revs, only the outer lobes are used.
The center lobe comes in at 5,800 RPM & connects itself to the outer lobes with a hydraulically operated stopper pin, offering the engine greater breathing, offering higher lift & longer opening time.
VVIS (Variable Volume Induction System) with six magnesium alloy butterfly valves open at 4,800 RPM, enhance top end power through an inertia ram effect.
* Designed after the F-16 Fighter Jet
* Hand built at Honda’s Tochigi Japan Plant
Workers were hand-picked and had to have a minimum of 10 years experience.
Only Honda’s best were allowed to work on the NSX.
* Each NSX did 3 laps on the Tochigi 2 ½ mile banked oval circuit track (7 ½ miles).
First lap at 75 MPH rising to 125 MPH by the third lap.
* Painting process involved 27 separate operations to ensure a flawless paint surface.
(4 coat, 4 bake process over the initial chromate application)
Production Numbers 1991 NSX (USA):
Color Combination 5 spd Auto
Formula Red/Black 1,093 64
Formula Red/Ivory 333 50
Black/Black 704 75
Sebring Silver/Black 276 34
Sebring Silver/Ivory 6 3
TOTAL 2,886 277
Grand Total: 3,163
* This 1991 Acura NSX was manufactured May 1991, Tochigi, Japan
* Sold New at Niello Acura, Sacramento, CA on June 21, 1991.
Mileage at purchase 30.
Factory Options for “Boss”
•RECARO cloth sport seats
•TORSEN helical differential with 3.73:1 limited-slip rear axle
Factory Options for “Rod's Red Rice Rocket”
Everything on the NSX was pretty much standard. This one does show the dealership installed a cd player but it has since been replaced by a previous owner.
The widow sticker shows:
3.0 LITER DOHC 24 VALVE V-6 ENGINE W/VARIABLE VALE TIMING AND LIFT ELECTRONIC CONTROL (V-TEC)/PROGRAMMED FUEL INJECTION
FIVE-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION W/TWIN PLATE CLUTCH/TACHOMETER
FORGED ALUMINUM DOUBLE-WISHBONE SUSPENSION W/FRONT & REAR STABILIZER BARS/GAS PRESSURE SHOCK ABSORBERS
FORGED ALUMINUM ALLOY WHEELS/YOKOHOMA A022 Z-RATED HIGH PERFORMANCE RADIAL TIRES/LIMITES SLIP DIFFERENTIAL FOUR-WHEEL VENTILATED DISC BRAKES / 4-CHANNEL ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM / DRIVER'S SIDE AIRBAG (SRS) WITH TILT AND TELESCOPIC TEERING COLUMN / RACK & PINION STEERING / TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM (TCS) / AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL / CRUISE CONTROL / VARIABLE INTERMITTENT WIPERS / BOSE ACOUSTICALLY-TUNED MUSIC SYSTEM WITH AM/FM STERIO, FULL LOGIC CASSETTE DECK WITH CD CHANGER CONTROL, SEEK/SKIP FUNCTION, AUTOMATIC POWER ANTENNA W/FM DIVERSITY TUNING/ LEATHER TRIMMED SEATS, DOOR INSERTS & STEERING WHEEL / 4-WAYPOWER SEATS / POWER DOOR MIRRORS / REAR SPOILER WITH L.E.D. STOP LIGHT / THEFT DETERRENT SYSTEM / MAP LIGHTS / COURTESY LIGHTS / RETRACTABLE PROJECTOR BEAM HALOGEN HEADLIGHTS / HEADLIGHT FLASHER / SIDE WINDOW DEFOGGERS / ELECTRIC REAR WINDOW DEFROSTER / COMPACT SPARE TIRE W/AIR COMPRESSOR / ALUMINIMUM JACK / REMOTE FUEL FILLER DOOR AND TRUNK RELEASE W/VALET KEY / PRE-WIRING FOR OPTIONAL CD CHANGER AND CELLULAR PHONE / THIS VEHICLE'S ODOMETER READING INCLUDES MILEAGE FROM FACTORY AUTHORIZED PRE-DELIVERY TESTING. THIS TEST MILEAGE MAY VARY, BUT IT CAN BE UP TO FIFTY (50) MILES/
DESTINATION AND HANDLING CHARGE $600
TOTAL Sticker price $60,600
Gas Mileage Information:
City MPG 18
Highway MPG 24
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