Last week in the US, the first production model of the all-new Acura NSX was sold at auction, at almost ten times its book price at an amazing $1.2million (£842,500).
Rich Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team, bought the car featuring the coveted #001 VIN number and donated every dollar raised to children’s charities, the Paediatric Brain Tumour Foundation (North Carolina) and Camp Southern Ground (Georgia).
At the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016 auction on Friday 29th January, the bidding for the car topped the $1million dollar mark, making it the highest charity sale of a VIN #001 manufacturer car in the auctioneer’s 45-year history. Rick Hendrick, a renowned collector of first-edition performance cars, will add the very special NSX to his museum collection in Charlotte, North Carolina.
With a US retail price starting at $157,800 (£111,000) including delivery, the all-new NSX is Acura’s first built-to-order car, with order books in the US opening on 25th February 2016 in authorised NSX dealerships. An online configurator will also launch that day allowing prospective customers to explore the 573-horsepower, twin-turbo hybrid supercar for themselves.
The NSX has been specifically designed to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment. It challenges conventional beliefs about supercars, much as the first generation did a quarter of a century ago. This philosophy is realised through an all-new three motor electric hybrid system, a twin -turbo V6 engine 9-speed DCT transmission and multi material body architecture with a range of cutting edge manufacturing practices.
Developed under the concept of a “human-centred supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX influences its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.
The all-new NSX will be sold under the Honda brand when it goes on sale in Europe later this year.