Before the original NSX rode off into the sunset in 2005, Honda ginned up a second Type R iteration that inherited all the weight-saving tricks of the first model, but took things a step further with improved aerodynamics. The deletion of air conditioning, radio, power steering and sound insulation were joined by lighter carbon-fiber bodywork that reduced front lift and improved high-speed stability.
Suspension tuning was reworked to cope with the higher downforce levels, while lighter wheels, stickier Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires and brake upgrades also upped handling capabilities. Honda claimed the hand-built 3.2-liter V6 featured the same 276 horsepower as the standard NSX, but the drive-by-wire throttle was retuned for quicker response. Only 100 examples were built. One of them made it to the UK, while the other 99 were sold exclusively in Japan. Today, this car's collectible value is such that a clean, original NSX-R would buy you a garage full of lesser NSXes.
Following a seven-year hiatus, the NSX-R returns as part of the freshening done to Honda's entire NSX lineup in 2002.
Like the original, the second NSX-R features weight reduction efforts and a tracked-tuned suspension.
In addition, the NSX-R gains new aerodynamic features that improve high-speed stability.
Carbon fiber is used for the hood, front undertray, rear diffuser and rear spoiler.
To cope with the additional downforce, the NSX-R's suspension needed to be hard-tuned.
The Bridgestone Potenza RE070 tires were specially developed for the NSX-R.
Brake upgrades include slotted rotors and more aggressive brake pads.
A lower final drive gear ratio gives the NSX-R better acceleration performance.
The forged BBS wheels are painted Championship White on the NSX-R.
The interior gets a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, titanium shift knob and carbon-fiber bucket Recaro seats. Click through for a bunch more photos from Honda, and check out the article below for the full history of the Type R.