2016 Honda Acura NSX
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Nascar team boss snaps up Acura NSX #001 for – guess!

  • First production Acura NSX makes 10-times book at auction
  • Nascar team team boss bids living fortune to win VIN #001
  • All proceeds will go to children’s charities
2016 Honda Acura NSX
WHAT PRICE THE FIRST ACURA NSX? This 2016 Honda Acura NSX (VIN #001 was sold at a Scottsdale auction on January 29 and the awesome price will made a lot of children very happy! Image: Honda

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – The first production unit of the 2016 Acura NSX has been sold at a Barrett-Jackson auction here for almost 10 times its expected book price.

The car with the 001 VIN number was bought by Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Motorsports Nascar team, and every dollar raised will go to two US children’s charities – specifically the Paediatric Brain Tumour Foundation (North Carolina) and Camp Southern Ground (Georgia).

The hammer went down on $1.2-million – the equivalent of about R19.4-million! – at the auction on January 29. It was the most paid at a 001 VIN charity auction in the auctioneers’ 45-year history and Hendrick, said to be a renowned collector of first-edition performance cars, will add the NSX to his museum collection in Charlotte, North Carolina.

‘NEW EXPERIENCE IN SUPERCAR SEGMENT’

The base price, including delivery charges, of the super-Acura in the US will be $157 800 (R2 553 000). An online configurator will launch on February 25 in the US for prospective customers to explore the 430kW, twin-turbo hybrid supercar for themselves.

Acura – the luxury wing of Honda – says the NSX was 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-century ago,” the automaker added. “This philosophy is realised through an all-new three-motor electric hybrid system, a twin-turbo V6 engine, a nine-speed direct-shift transmission and multi-material body architecture with a range of cutting-edge manufacturing practices.”

It was, Acura added, developed under the concept of “a human-centred supercar” to put the driver first in every aspect of its design and use every bit of its power, body and chassis “to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to the driver’s input.

HISTORIC VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

The NSX will be sold under the Honda brand when it goes on sale in Europe. Whether it will reach SA remains to be seen (though the local guys have said ‘No way!’) – the previous version did not though our illustrious editor (that’s neme) did get to drive one in the Western Cape back in about 1990 when a unit was in South Africa on a promotional event.

That car’s fuel requirements were so high that a small Sasol tanker with specially-brewed petrol followed the NSX around the country. And the speed limiter was fixed at 160!

2016 Honda Acura NSX
WORLD’S BIGGST AUCTION CROWD? We dunno, but certainly the price paid for this special 2016 Honda Acura NSX was a world record. Image: Honda

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