Only 209 were built.
We're all about JDM gems such as the uber-exclusive Toyota 2000GT and even low mileage Honda Civic Si show cars, so it comes as no surprise that we got all hot and bothered when we saw this Honda NSX Type S strutting about the Honda Collection Hall Museum in Japan. So what makes this NSX so special? It's all in the name: the Type S brand means that this car is a limited edition version that sports some tasty mods that set it out from the regular car.
This car was sold exclusively in Japan between 1997 and 2001 and was designed to be sportier than the standard car, while not treading on the feet of the hardcore Type R model which featured numerous motorsport-inspired parts.
The NSX Type S features a number of custom parts that make it more fun to drive: this car gets a titanium shift knob for better feel when swapping cogs, and also gets an ultra-rare MOMO Zagato-style steering wheel which perfectly blends in with the rest of the 90s interior. The exterior also includes a lightweight rear spoiler and a set of uber-cool BBS lightweight aluminum wheels.
In order to make the Type S more fun to drive, Honda had to shed some weight, something it managed by introducing a single-pane rear windshield, some nifty Recaro carbon-kevlar Alcantara leather seats, as well as a lightweight engine cover, manual rack and pinion steering, and a lightweight battery. The total weight is 2,910 pounds. To improve handling, Honda fitted stiffer front dampers and a beefier rear sway bar. Powering this car is a double overhead cam Vtec V6 engine that produces just under 300 horses, and allows the Type S to sprint to sixty in the low five-second range.
The video, shared by Honda, shows the car gently making its way around the courtyard of the museum. The car looks as tight as a drum, and the engine can be heard ticking over without complaint. The orange paint color goes beautifully with the all-black interior, and the entire package still looks as good as it did two decades ago.
What makes this car even more special is the fact that only 209 examples were built between 1997 and 2001. That makes this Honda NSX one of the most collectible NSX variants out there, and we'd love to have one in our garage.