The rights to purchase the first new Acura NSX was duelled over by celebrities Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, as part of a series of television commercials, but the two were nowhere to be seen as the gavel came down on the first NSX.
Instead, it was NASCAR team owner, auto dealership mogul and performance car aficionado Rick Hendrick, who put down $1.2 million (just under $1.7 million Canadian) for the car at the 2016 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale Arizona.
Every year, the auction has a special sale with all proceeds going to children’s charities and Hendrick is usually the high bidder. This year, all proceeds from the sale of the new Acura NSX went toward the Paediatric Brain Tumour Foundation of North Carolina, and Georgia’s Camp Southern Ground. It was the highest price paid for a charity VIN #001 car in the auction’s 45-year history.
The price paid by Hendrick represents roughly ten times the car’s MSRP of $157,800 in the U.S. ($189,000 in Canada), when it arrives in dealerships in late spring 2016 as 2017 model year cars. Fully optioned up, NSXs are expected to top $205,000 in the U.S. and $250,000 in Canada.
Unlike all future owners of the NSX, though, Hendrick didn’t get the car exactly as he wanted it — the new NSX is Acura’s first made-to-order model. Still it is another first-edition addition to Hendrick’s museum collection in Charlotte, North Carolina. Among his other first production vehicles were a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS (also at this year’s auction), and a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and 2015 Corvette Z06 (both in the fall of 2014).
The widely anticipated NSX supercar features three electric motors supplementing a twin-turbo V6 to a net power figure of 573 hp. Power is distributed by a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. As with its predecessor that last sold in 2005, it will be branded a Honda in markets outside North America. Also in accordance with the initial car, a lot of emphasis will be put on the car’s balanced handling.
Potential buyers will have a chance to explore and configure the car online toward the end of February 2016.