The first Acura NSX to roll off production bearing the coveted VIN number 001 went into auction at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale on January 29. The model is yet to be sold in the US market and has a base sticker price of USD 157,800 (INR 1,07,10,746). The online configurator will be up and running from February 25, the same time from when bookings will also commence.
Getting back to the auction, the first 2016 Acura NSX was brought by Rick Hendrick, the owner of Hendrick Motorsports NASCAR team. He came out with the winning bid struck at USD 1.2 million (ten times its retail price!). The NSX is now part of the renowned collectors impressive first-edition collection and will be on display at his museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. It is worth mentioning that the bid amount was the highest charity sale in the auctioneer’s history for a VIN #001 manufacturer car.
Before you write this off as another vain indulgence pursued by the filthy rich, note that the money raised from the auction will be donated to two children’s charities. These are the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (North Carolina) and Camp Southern Ground.
The Acura NSX (badged as Honda NSX in European markets) is powered by a twin-turbo mid-mounted 3.5-liter V6 engine. The gasoline engine is assisted by three electric motors – two powering the front wheels independently, with the other working to fill torque gap/enhance acceleration. The maximum system output is 573 hp and power is routed to all wheels through a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. Exact figures have not been revealed, though reported 0-100 km/h acceleration times are around 2.9 seconds with top speed pegged at 190 mph (305 km/h).