First 2017 NSX rolls off Honda’s Ohio production line
The first second-generation Acura NSX has been produced at Honda’s performance manufacturing facility in Ohio. Was $1.2m a fair price to pay to secure VIN 001?
No sooner had we told you about Honda bringing back the S2000 for its 70th birthday than the first second-generation 2017 Acura NSX rolled off the production line at Honda’s performance manufacturing centre in Marysville, Ohio.
After being sold for a cool $1.2 million to auto dealership and motorsports magnate Rick Hendrick at auction earlier this year, this particular Acura NSX will always be known for its VIN 001 identification number.
Hendrick actually beat out competition from fellow car enthusiasts Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld to buy the rights to the first new NSX – both of whom starred in commercials featuring the NSX in 2012.
As he officially took ownership of the first ever production 2017 Honda NSX (sold as the Acura NSX in the US), Hendrick told the watching crowd: “I remember Christmas when I was 10 years old. This is pretty close to that, except I have a lot more people watching me.”
Hendrick is actually no stranger to buying highly-significant cars. The new NSX supercar will become part of his personal car collection which features 40 other No. 1 vehicles, including the first 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Coupe and the first 2012 Camaro ZL1. He also owns the last ever BMW M5 “30 Jahre”.
But among all the hype, let’s not forget that the new NSX has been a very long time coming. Here’s hoping that the wait was worth it and the thrill obtained from its 573bhp 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V6-electric hybrid set up (say that fast three times in a row) outweighs the lead time.
With a base starting price of $156,000, the new NSX also boasts a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. However, it should also be mentioned that the new NSX has some big shoes to fill. Its predecessor, the original NSX, is still regarded as one of the all-time great Japanese sports cars.
Speaking after the event, Acura vice president and general manager, Jon Ikeda, said Acura will aim to produce 800 NSX units a year.
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