2000 Acura NSX/NSX-T -- Interior
CONCEPT AND GOALS
The objective was to create an interior that was the sports car equivalent of a jet fighter pilot's helmet. The key elements of this concept were unlimited visibility, a feeling of snugness or intimacy with the interior of the vehicle and the sense that the cockpit and driver were out in the airstream rather than enclosed and isolated from the environment. To achieve this feeling, the seating space for the driver and passenger was designed to fit snugly at the hips and flow outward and upward to provide ample space for the head and shoulders.
SEATING POSITION AND VISIBILITY
A low seating position contributes to a low center of gravity and helps to reduce the vehicle's frontal area for improved aerodynamics. Ordinarily, a low hip-point would impart to the driver the feeling of being buried in the interior and could lead to a claustrophobic feeling. To avoid this, the body engineers created a very low cowl section, which allowed them to lower the height of the dash and instrument panel. The low cowl also enhances forward visibility.
INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROLS
In designing the instrument panel, the approach was one of simplicity. Since the primary function of the instruments is to relay information as clearly and quickly as possible, the designers opted for a traditional analog execution. The instrument faces are round with white numerals on a black background. The instrument panel is dominated by the tachometer on the left and the speedometer on the right. To the left of the tach are the smaller water temperature and oil pressure gauges. To the right of the speedometer are the fuel gauge and voltmeter.
All the major controls are clustered around the steering wheel column to make them easy to reach.
NSX-T WIND PROTECTION
The windshield header of the NSX-T has a special aerodynamic design that directs the airstream up and over the passenger compartment to minimize wind buffeting at speed. The NSX-T is also equipped with smaller sun visors to enhance visibility.
The NSX and NSX-T use special highly efficient UV-absorbing green glass to help keep the effects of solar loading on interior temperatures at a minimum in hot weather.
DUAL AIR BAG SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM (SRS) WITH AUTOMATIC
SEAT BELT PRETENSIONERS
The NSX is equipped with driver's and passenger's Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags, which are intended to supplement the seat belts. In conjunction with these, the NSX features automatic seat belt pretensioners that use the same impact sensors as the air bags. The belt tensioners are activated simultaneously with the air bags, causing each belt to retract to help restrain the occupants in the event of a moderate to severe frontal collision.
NEW PERFORATED LEATHER-TRIMMED UPHOLSTERY
New for 2000, the NSX's perforated leather upholstery enhances ventilation for greater comfort, particularly in warmer climates. Hand-stitched and hand-fitted to the seat facings, door inserts, steering wheel and shift knob, the handsome perforated leather is a natural complement to the businesslike ambiance of the NSX's interior.
AUTOMATIC CLIMATE CONTROL SYSTEM
A compact Climate Control System has been developed specifically for the NSX. This is a fully automatic system, but the automatic function can be overridden, and the system can be used in a fully manual mode. The system uses non-CFC R134A refrigerant.
ACURA/BOSE® AUDIO SYSTEM
Bose® engineers became involved with the NSX sound system at an early stage of the car's interior design. This four-speaker system was designed and calibrated specifically for the unique acoustics and resonances of the NSX interior and provides the highest quality imaging and spatial dynamics for both the driver and the passenger.
The Acura/Bose® Audio System speakers are precisely aimed so that the pressure wave of the speaker closest to each occupant does not overpower the pressure wave from the speaker that is farthest away. This produces a balanced sound from each speaker, and the net result is true stereo performance. A subwoofer is cleverly located in front of the passenger footwell, while a full range is mounted between the seats at shoulder level.
The AM/FM stereo with cassette features Dolby® Noise Reduction and an FM diversity antenna system. The auto preset function will automatically lock on eight strong AM and eight strong FM stations and store them into the preset selector buttons. An optional CD changer is available.
A sophisticated alarm system is standard equipment on the NSX. If an unauthorized attempt is made to enter or start the NSX, the horn sounds, the flashers are activated and the starter system is disabled. The system automatically arms 15 seconds after the doors are locked and is disarmed when a door is unlocked with the key. The system will operate even with the removable roof panel removed from the car.
A special electronically coded key prevents the car from being started, even if a mechanical duplicate of the proper key shape is used. A transponder built into the key signals the immobilizer control unit that the key is genuine. If the car is hot-wired, or an unauthorized key is used, it simply will not start. This system is a substantial deterrent to theft. In New Jersey, for example, insurance premiums have been reduced as much as 15 percent when such a system is used.