First 2017 Acura NSX fetches $1.2 million at Barrett-Jackson auction

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 3, 2016

It took $1.2 million, a record breaking amount for a vehicle auction at Barrett-Jackson, to earn the distinction of owning the first-ever next generation 2017 Acura NSX supercar to be produced. Rick Hendrick, who owns Hendrick Motorsports and the founder of Hendrick Automotive Group, will go down in history as the owner of the first production model of this highly anticipated newest member of Acura’s famous NSX line.

In fact, it has been assigned the vehicle identification number (VIN) 001. Two foundations, the North Carolina-based Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the Georgia-based Camp Southern Ground which is a sponsored project by Grammy Award winner music artist Zac Brown, will receive full proceeds of the auction.

Acura general manager and vice president Jon Ikeda lauds the spirit of generosity and passion for the new NSX as shown by Mr. Hendrick. He added that driving and owning the first new generation NSX as well as touching the lives of thousands of children are both well-deserved sources of pride and satisfaction for someone as generous as Mr. Hendrick.

Authorized NSX retailers will be accepting orders for the new car as early as February 25. This is timed with the unveiling of an online-based configurator for the Acura NSX available on the website Acura.com. However, the vehicle is still slated to be available in the market by spring. With first-of-its-kind highly advanced technologies woven into its design, the new Acura NSX is bound to shake long-held industry standards on supercars just like what the first generation NSX did when it was introduced a decade ago.

For starters, the 2017 NSX Sport uses the newly-developed Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive power unit, a body structure made of numerous materials, superb aerodynamics, and a cockpit designed for comfort without compromising driving performance.

The new NSX is also the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the US, being exclusively produced at their Marysville, Ohio-based Performance Manufacturing Center. Acura, a division of Honda which caters to the upscale luxury market, is world-renowned for its advanced design and innovative technologies such as the Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and Precision All-Wheel-Steer (PAWS) resulting to unparalleled precision crafted performance.

The brand will reach a significant milestone on March 27, 2016 as it celebrates 30 years of creating finely crafted yet powerful cars that shines both in performance and style. Currently, Acura has five models in its lineup which includes America’s all-time best-seller in the three-row luxury SUX category – the seven-passenger Acura MDX.

The other four models in production are the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan and the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV. The introduction of the next-generation NSX super car this spring will showcase it as the ultimate in Acura Precision Crafted Performance. Handling the auction for the first ever 2017 Acura NSX was Barrett-Jackson, a Scottsdale, Arizona-headquartered world leader in collector car auctions and automotive events.

Since its establishment in 1971, Barrett-Jackson has been recognized as the World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions whose events are covered live and internationally broadcasted in over 100 countries with the help of its partners, Velocity and Discovery Channel. The company is sought by many collectors of rare vehicles and other valuable items because it offers and endorses a one-of-a-kind collector car insurance. The company may be reached via 480-421-6694 or through its website http://www.barrett-jackson.com.

Press Release

FIRST 2017 ACURA NSX SCORES RECORD AUCTION PRICE OF $1.2 MILLION AT BARRETT-JACKSON

At the auctioneer's final call, the next-generation 2017 Acura NSX supercar tonight smashed the record for a vehicle auction at Barrett-Jackson for the highest-selling designated vehicle identification number (VIN) 001 with the final hammer price set at $1.2 million. Winning bidder Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and founder of Hendrick Automotive Group, has earned the right to custom order the first production model of Acura's highly anticipated NSX, which comes to market this spring. All proceeds of the auction will go to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, based in North Carolina, and Camp Southern Ground in Georgia, the passion project of Grammy® Award-winning music artist Zac Brown.

"It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. "Mr. Hendrick will have the great satisfaction of owning and driving the very first next-generation NSX, and making a difference in the lives of thousands of children."

Customer ordering for the 2017 NSX will begin on Feb. 25 at authorized NSX retailers, in concert with the launch of the Acura NSX on-line vehicle configurator on Acura.com.

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