Car News 5 Feb 2016

First 2016 Honda NSX sells for $1.2M

The first of Honda’s new NSX hybrid Supercars, VIN number 001, has sold at auction, raising an astonising $1.2 million for charity.  Honda’s first NSX was produced between 1989 – 2005, and the new model has been hotly anticipated.

Auctioned at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale sale on the 29th January, the NSX sold for almost ten times its face value of $157,800, going to Rick Hendrick – NASCAR team owner and collector of first-edition performance cars.  The car will be added to Hendrick’s museum collection in North Carolina and the proceeds will go to the Paediatrics Brain Tumour Foundation.

Honda is launching the 550bhp hybrid supercar to compete with the likes of Ferrari and Porsche.  The new NSX is built around an aluminium and high-strength steel space frame and carbonfibre floor.  It uses a complex triple-electric-motor, 3.5-litre V6 hybrid system, delivering 0-62mph in less than 3 seconds.

The long-awaited NSX goes on sale in Europe in late 2016, with an estimated £111,000 starting price.