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Clarion is Responsible For This Acura NSX’s Complete Makeover

Published April 29, 2016

Japanese car audio manufacturer Clarion have already done something similar when they decided to completely refurbish 1974 BMW 2002 couple of years ago. Their US division has now turned their attention to the next project, and it’s first generation NSX this time around.

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People down at Clarion U.S.A. say that they enjoy saving iconic cars from rusting away, and 1991 Acura NSX is as good candidate as it can be. This project also serves for Clarion’s promotion and being involved in car industry – they couldn’t have picked a better idea than this.

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The project begun last May when team Clarion found used, beat up NSX with more than 240,000 miles on its odometer. They immediately sent it to AutoWave in Huntington Beach, California – a shop that specializes in Hondas and Acuras. In fact, they have already worked on close to 750 NSX’s and Honda sends their supercars directly to them now. Quite a reputation they have built for themselves during the past 30 years!

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They have restored the car from the ground up. Engine was replaced with 3.2L V6 from a newer 2002 year model and it’s bolstered by CT Engineering supercharger atop of it. Clarion NSX also features AEM custom intake, air filter and exhaust, then Koyorad aluminum radiator, and OEM Honda six-speed manual transmission. Exterior details are equally inspiring with Rays Engineering Volk Racing ZE40 rims, wider fiberglass fenders and eye-catching Blu Caelum two-stage paint.

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Interior has been refurbished as well. Credits for leather upholstery go to LeatherSeats.com, steering wheel was adapted by Euro Boutique, and Downforce is responsible for fiberglass-strengthened center console. Of course, Clarion Builds project wouldn’t have been complete without Clarion sound system inside it. Car audio gurus have decided to go with NX706 7-inch touchscreen, 32-band equalizer and full digital sound system equivalent to 1400-watts, but five times more efficient than its class suggests.

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Clarion Builds Acura NSX was taken for a spin by none other than two-time Formula Drift champion Chris Forsberg at Willow Springs International Raceway in California. Although NSX doesn’t feature a drifting setup, Forsberg didn’t fail to slide it here and there. AutoWave estimates the supercar is able to hit 60 mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. It’s no wonder since it has 348 horsepower and custom setup which pushes it even further.

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Clarion Builds is a project which slowly, but steadily gains more and more momentum and we can’t wait to see which car they have chosen as their next project.

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Nikola Potrebić
About Nikola Potrebić

Despite driving a piece of junk, Nikola still manages to survive the harrowing experience called "A road trip in a Yugo," day in, day out. On the other hand, precious few things move him as muscle cars do. Especially those from the bygone golden era, which makes him wonder why wasn't he born a few decades earlier? Well, at least he's been given the opportunity to enjoy the likes of the Pontiak Aztek, Chrysler PT Cruiser, Fiat Multipla, and other lovely millennials, right? Come to think of it, I'll stick with my Yugo. Thank you very much.

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