eyes of an nsx

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Eyes Wide Shut: Part 7 Honda NSX 1989 & 2001. The NSX neatly encapsulates the fate of hidden headlamps. The first generation model was launched with pop-up headlamps but when it was face-lifted in 2001 they were replaced with projector units. The entire raison d'être of concealed headlamps (the ability to give cars a low, aerodynamic frontal profile whilst maintaining headlamps at the minimally compliant height) was gradually undermined by advancing headlamp technology. This was providing manufacturers with smaller, more powerful lighting units that were lighter, less mechanically complicated and more aerodynamically consistent than systems which raised and lowered the headlamps