If you want the next generation of supercar performance and ownership experience, using the latest hybrid technologies, you have very few choices:
McLaren P1 Porsche 918 La Ferrari
..... and this, the NEW Honda NSX. It is simply brilliant.
The technology in the new NSX is really impressive: The twin-turbocharged 3.4-litre V6; nine speed gearbox; high-tech materials; torque vectoring using the twin electric motors at the front; third generation magnetic ride dampers; Direct Yaw Control, fly-by-wire braking; all of which combined make the car feel alive and nimble.
On fast roads the car is a brilliantly capable, involving, enjoyable machine.
The most impressive thing for me is the 'quiet mode'. Understated; unassuming; classy. Everyone loves the car - not something you can say about a Ferrari!
Only 100 coming to the UK, this is number 34. The car is with us, ready to go.
130R White Ebony Semi - Aniline Leather and Alcantara Power Heated Seats Grey Interwoven Wheels Carbon Ceramic Brake Discs with Red Calipers Exterior Sport Pack Interior Sport Pack Technology Pack
I want to say the price is £179,995. But that makes us sound like run-of-the-mill car dealership, which we are not. So let's just be sensible and say £180,000. It's still about a million quid cheaper than the alternatives from Porsche, McLaren and Ferrari.
The Honda NSX is different from any other classic sports car - It’s a genuine sports car that all owners and drivers can enjoy.
It’ll be a joy to own: Beautiful design; beautiful engineering; super-rare (you will never park next to another one); discrete; elegant; esoteric; reliable; comparatively cheap to run; and – crucially - it’s not going to go down in value. Compared to the equivalent Porsche or Ferrari, the NSX is currently undervalued.
It’ll be a joy to drive: Comfortable, satisfying, effortless, with brilliant handling.
If you are reading this you’ll be interested in acquiring an NSX. So, what’s the best NSX to buy? What will be the best to drive?
It’s no surprise to learn that the best price (and hence the best investment) for any classic car will go to:
a) the rarest cars, where demand exceeds supply;
b) those cars with the best provenance (that usually means UK-supplied cars with full history);
c) those cars that show light, consistent use (often super-low mileage cars will develop faults through lack of use); and
d) that are maintained in the best condition.
This car ticks all the boxes: This “Facelift’ Manual NSX Coupe is the rarest (only 19 cars were sold in 2005 – the last year of production). It was supplied new on 31 March 2005 by Honda Bristol. It has a full service history with 12 Honda main dealer stamps in the service book. It has covered 39,000 miles and the service history and MOTs show light, regular use. It has beautiful Berlina Black paintwork with black perforated leather seats. We have known the two previous owners and this car has been fastidiously maintained and cared for as part of the owners’ car collections.
Its 3.2 litre 24 valve aluminium (with titanium con-rods) engine is superb, with noticeably more torque than it’s 3.0 litre predecessor. The 6-speed gearbox is easy to use, with light clutch, smooth gear change and perfect ratios.
If your intention is to have it as an investment and sell on at a later date; or to drive everyday and enjoy; or just to keep, treasure, and derive that unique pleasure of ownership, it doesn’t matter. This is simply one of the best NSX available today.
Is all the above just sales talk? Or the result of our passion for the NSX? Do you share our view that the NSX one of the best classic sports cars money can buy? Do you agree? Better still, come down and have a test drive and decide for yourself.
OK. You want to buy a nice car. You've worked hard, made some good decisions (or, more likely, you admit to yourself that you have been lucky), and have a bit of spare cash to treat yourself.
Or, all that pension stuff that frankly I don’t understand, means that the guy from the Pru offers a load of dosh to spend on a nice car rather than him keeping it safe for those nursing home fees in 20 years time.
Or, as money is so cheap at the moment, why not borrow the wonga (but, not from the people with the capital W, as they are crooks) to buy a nice car? The car is going to appreciate far quicker than the interest rate so it’s a no-brainer.
You have always wanted a 'man cave' garage and want something to put in it:
Ferrari? F off, when I drive it other people will think I've got a very small penis.
Lamborghini? Ok, a Muira is a little out of my league; and all other Lambos?: See above.
Aston Martin? Ok, they are cool. And cool people own them. But they are not the sports car I really want. And, if you look closely, those cool guys with collectable Astons have another cool car in their garage:
A Honda NSX.
This is the one. It might not be the fastest NSX. Or the most hard-core. But it is the coolest, smoothest, most comfortable, most discreet, best-bloody-classic-sports car available today.
Why would I want an auto NSX?
Ok - Here’s the thing: This weekend I want to drive down to Rick Stein’s place in Padstow, stay over, and come back. The A303 - that sodding traffic jam by Stonehenge. Which council official decided to slow all the traffic down by grassing over that side road? Tell him he is the reason I don’t want a manual!
Next weekend: Zuma. Just off the Brompton Road by Harrods. I am not sitting in that traffic with my foot on the clutch all evening.
This car is a super-rare, 2002 Facelift Targa F-matic NSX. UK supplied, full Honda history, 48,200 miles. Just brilliant. Usable. Roof on; roof off; whatever. It’s become a bit of a cliché that the NSX is a sports car that you can use everyday: But it’s true. Even today. Especially today. Even if “everyday” is just every weekend.
Why does a figure-skater spin faster when she pulls her arms in? (or he, of course, but I can only think of Robin Cousins.)
Why, in 1994, was the 968 the best handling car Porsche had ever made?
Well, the answer is the same. It’s about moment of inertia and conservation of rotational momentum.
Or, to put it another way, things with all the weight concentrated in one place (a 911) spin quickly and are difficult to control. Things with an engine at the front and transmission in the back (a 968) spin slowly and are easy to balance. Simples.
As soon as the press discovered what a brilliant drivers’ car it was, the credibility of the 968 went through the roof. Even Walter Röhrl reckoned it was the best handling car that Porsche made. The Club Sport version won numerous accolades including Performance Car magazine’s Car of the Year, and immediately became a classic.
However, some potential buyers didn’t want the Club Sport’s uncompromising high-backed bucket seats and lack of rear seats and electrical goodies. Hence in 1994 Porsche GB ordered a total of 306 cars from the Club Sport production line for import. These cars, marketed to attract British buyers looking for a little more comfort, were badged in the UK as 'Sport'.
The 968 Sport is a rare UK-only model that combines the uprated handling of the Club Sport with the comforts of the standard car, thus giving the best of both worlds.
A shrewd buyer will note that the UK 'Sport' is currently undervalued compared to a 'Club Sport'. And all 968s are undervalued compared to 911s. So now’s the time to buy.
The Sport came with the following options as standard:
• Rear seats (cloth, different spec to standard coupe)
• Recaro cloth sport front seats
• Central locking
• Electric tailgate release
• Electric mirrors (heated)
• Electric windows
• Electric sunroof
• Alarm / Immobiliser
This particular 968 Sport is a perfectly standard, original car. First registered in May 1994, it has covered 118,000 miles and has an excellent service history, including no fewer than 29 Porsche main-dealer / specialist stamps in the service book, and a stack of invoices and MOTs.
If you are seriously considering a Porsche 968 Sport you will know that the Sport was the Club Sport but with the creature comforts of electric windows, electric mirrors, stereo, rear seats and sunroof added back in.
This particular car is one of the best we have seen. It is all original, un-modified, and in absolutely first class condition. If you are looking for a 968 and want the best, then this is probably it.
It is mechanically excellent and drives very well with an excellent ride, smooth power delivery and excellent gear-change. We have had the cam covers off to check the vairocam belts, slippers and teeth and all are faultless. We have the original bill of sale, together with a documented service history - this car has excellent provenance.
The paintwork is first-rate, it is perfectly clean inside, outside and underneath. Even the small details are perfect - for example, the glove box is the only one I've seen where it's original and unbroken. The clock / stopwatch is original and works perfectly. Everything works including original stereo.
Details are as follows:
First Registered: 8th October 1994 Supplied by: Porsche Chapelgate, Dorset
Model: 968 - 411 Engine Code: M443-42R Transmission code: G4400-82 Colour: L80K - X2: Guards Red with Charcoal Grey interior
C16: UK Supplied 273: Electric adjust / heated door mirrors 346: Silver wheels 381: Manual seat left (CS) 382: Manual seat, right (CS) 451: Upgraded radio 455: Locking wheel bolts 498: No 968 model badge on rear 534: Alarm / Immobiliser 650: Detachable roof, electrical 651: Electric windows 685: Rear seats 718: 1995 Model year
MOT history (all MOTs are present):
28th September 1997 10,085 miles 5th September 1998 12,582 miles 4th September 1999 14,700 miles 30th August 2000 17,712 miles 8th September 2001 19,652 miles 24th September 2002 21,153 miles 9th September 2003 22,791 miles 7th September 2004 25,532 miles 2nd September 2005 28,872 miles 25th September 2006 31,837 miles 18th September 2007 35,910 miles 16th September 2008 38,468 miles 22nd September 2009 41,084 miles 21st September 2010 44,621 miles 19th September 2011 47,447 miles 14th September 2012 50,112 miles 10th September 2013 52,134 miles 29th September 2014 54,495 miles 21st December 2015 54,984 miles 1st December 2016 55,031 miles
Service history (Stamped book and invoices):
13th April 1995 - 2,472 miles: Chapelgate Bournemouth, first service
20th October 1995 - 5,062 miles: Chapelgate Bournemouth, annual service
26th September 1996 - 8,270 miles: Chapelgate Bournemouth, annual service
Built and maintained by Plans Performance. Fully prepared for racing or a fantastic track day machine.
Chassis/ Body: The car was originally a 2005 240R chassis has done 5000 miles approx. We have looked after the car from new. The donor car has done 3 or 4 short races (under one hour) and the car was completely rebuilt using all new parts in 2012. It has had very light use since full rebuild having done three track days since new engine, gearbox and body. The body panels are genuine Lotus GT3, not a copy. Krontec air jacks. Quick release front clam, rear clam and doors. Never crashed. No road use (although the car has the benefit of a UK registration and can be made to be road legal). Total dry weight 820kg.
Engine: Toyota 4 cylinder 2ZZ, 1800cc fuel injection, supercharged, max power 325bhp, max torque 208 ft lb, MOTEC M400 ECU with the latest C125 dash with backlight, shift lights, VVT cams, 9.1 compression, crower rods, Mahle pistons, Piper camshafts, high flow injectors. Engine 12 hours use.
Electronics: MOTEC M400 ECU cam control and closed-loop Lambda. Latest configurable C125 dash. Can-bus communication and motorsport loom
Gearbox: Quaife 6 Speed sequential with oil cooling system, Weldon oil pump, Uprated driveshafts, and crossshaft, A.P. twin clutch. Shot peened and super finished internals for extra strength and reliability. Gearbox 12 hours use.
Dampers: Factory GT3 Ohlins 2 way adjustable dampers.
Fuel System: 70ltr tank. Car will run for two hours on one tank of fuel.
Brake System: Four Pot AP calipers front, AP 2 pot calipers rear (Lotus fronts), with separate handbrake caliper. AP Motorsport master cylinder with cockpit adjustable bias. Goodridge brake pipes
Wheels: Dymag centerlock race wheels, magnesium one piece. 7.5J x 17 fronts 10J x 18 rear
Cockpit: Recaro Hans seat, FIA spec. FIA roll cage. SPA fire system electronic. Luke 5 point harness, quick release. Motorsport loom with dash back light. Carbon passenger seat.
If required, we can store, maintain, transport and provide full support at race meetings and/or track days.
This car cost well in excess of £100,000 to build. The owner is realistic and has asked us to sell this car at a fraction of the cost.