In August 1990, Honda Motor Company put the original NSX on sale in Japan, and on that day, a legend was born. The vehicle would become an instant classic, one that did sports cars in an approachable, user-friendly way while still maintaining excellent performance and a playful attitude.
26 years later, the highly anticipated successor has rolled off the assembly line. The first serial production 2017 Acura NSX has been delivered to a customer in Marysville, Ohio, the site of the NSX’s dedicated Performance Manufacturing Center. Rick Hendrick earned the keys to VIN 001 after placing a $1.2-million winning bid at a Barrett-Jackson auction in January, the proceeds of which went to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and a non-profit organization called Camp Southern Ground.
Hendrick’s new ride features plenty of custom-ordered accoutrements, including interwoven wheels, Alcantara interior trim, and a variety of carbon fiber upgrades on the engine cover, roof, rear spoiler, and brake rotors.
“Taking delivery of this first new Acura supercar and knowing the proceeds will benefit two remarkable organizations for children makes this a very special moment for me and everyone on our team,” said Hendrick. “It’s especially rewarding to see this incredible supercar coming to life in the United States, which is a real testament to the company’s commitment to innovation and manufacturing here.”
In terms of spec sheets, the new NSX far outdoes the original. Instead of the 3.0-liter, 270-horsepower V6 that powered the first-gen model, the 2017 version boasts a 573-horsepower hybrid system that includes a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and three electric motors. Specs are only part of the equation though, and we were lucky enough to get behind the wheel of the all-wheel drive supercar in March. For all our First Drive impressions, click here.