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Road Test: Zanardi NSX

John Pearley Huffman –
Dec 12, 2003
Alex Zanardi won the CART FedEx Championship twice, but now heis back in Formula One. We have only the '99 Acura Alex Zanardi Edition NSX to remember him by. But unlike many isignature seriesi vehicles, the signature is the least impressive modification.

Available as a hardtop coupe, the Zanardi NSX is lighter and geared for instant reflexes. Weighing in 149 pounds less than an NSX-T, the diet consists of the body-color fixed roof, a lighter rear spoiler, single-pane rear glass, lightweight BBS alloy wheels, and the deletion of power steering. Power accessories remain aboard and the car is decorated with isuede-likei seating trimmed in red, a titanium shift knob and console insert, and aluminum mesh intake covers.
Output from the 3.2-liter DOHC, 24-valve VTEC V-6 remains 290 horsepower, but the suspension is tuned with higher-rate shock absorbers and springs, plus a thicker rear anti-roll bar. The car sits 0.4 inch lower than the standard NSX, with lower roll centers. The Zanardi NSX goes on sale in March with an expected price slightly more than the standard NSX, which now commands $84,000.

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