On May 24, Honda announced that the company has sold the first 2017 Acura NSX supercar for $1.2 million.
The 2017 Acura NSX is made at the company's new Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. The original cost of the Acura NSX is $156,000, but being the first production car, it is special.
The car received the highest bid of $1.2 million in January, which will be donated to Camp Southern Ground and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Rick Hendrick, the chairman of Hendrick Automotive Group and the owner of Hendrick Motorsports, is the lucky buyer of the car.
Hendrick says that getting the delivery of the first Acura NSX was a special moment because he knows that the sale proceeds will help two organizations. Hendrick added that it is incredible to see a supercar like the Acura NSX made in the U.S.
"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," says Hendrick.
Hendrick says that he was very impressed with the spirit of no less than 100 workers at the manufacturing plant. Hendrick visited the 200,000-square-foot facility where the car was made and saw smiles on the faces of everyone.
"You've got something special here. You have a culture — you can't buy culture and you sure can't buy the enthusiasm that you have," says Hendrick.
Clement D'Souza, the engineering leader for the supercar, said that Honda's decision of building the 2017 Acura NSX in Ohio instead of Japan shows the company's trust in local workers as well as engineering capacity.
Autophiles have been waiting for the Acura NSX for several years. The company showcased the concept version of the car at Detroit in 2012 and then revealed its production version during the 2015 Detroit auto show.
The carmaker suggests that it takes about 100 hours to make one Acura NSX. The Honda supercar has a twin-turbocharged, rear-mounted V-6 engine clocking at 500 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. The car has a nine-speed transmission and electric motors in the front that power the front wheels.
The first production car owned by Hendrick is red in color and has interwoven-style wheels. The supercar has carbon-ceramic brakes and a lot of carbon fiber bits.