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 £168,995. But that makes us sound like run-of-the-mill car dealership, which we are not. So let's just be sensible and say £169,000. It's the keenest priced new NSX available; and 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.
Salon Privé: It’s a “Concours d'Elégance”…which I suspect is French for Pretentious Posh Car Meet. The organisers describe it as:
“The UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party as well as one of the most glamorous social occasions on the calendar.” It’s my idea of hell.
With Clarkson, May and Hammond’s Drivetribe.cpm going live, the whole concept of 'neotribalism' has even filtered down to Petrolheads. The theory is that human beings are genetically programmed to live in a tribal, as opposed to a 'mass', society. Modern, mass society has produced a superficial, isolated and lonely existence that does not fit our nature and doesn't work. So neotribalism postulates that humans will naturally form social networks (now facilitated by the internet) constituting new 'tribes' - even car geeks.
A tribe of pipe-smoking Swedes, parking up their Volvo 544s in a field outside Stockholm, to look at each others’ cars; eat open sandwiches; and have a nice chat - I totally get that.
A tribe of dope-smoking Jamie Oliver types, parking up their split-screen VW campers on Finstral Beach in Newquay, to look at each other's girlfriends; eat superfood packed lunches; and have a nice chat - I totally get that.
But Salon Privé? A tribe of Rolex-wearing wankers with their Jimmy Choo-shod wives, walking round trying to look considerably richer than you. It’s a day out for consumerist barbarians - I just don’t get that at all.
What’s this got to do with Salon Privé? Well, this car won “best in paddock” in 2014. Included with the car is the (surprisingly tasteful) trophy.
It’s a perfect, 2004 facelift Honda NSX manual coupe. It has covered only 16,500 miles from new and has been lovingly maintained, with a full Honda service history, with 12 Honda stamps in the service book with all invoices and MOT certificates. All original New Formula Red paintwork and spotless black perforated leather seats. We have known the car for several years and it is faultless. Drivetribe is about to announce that the 'classic' NSX is better than the new one. And this car is indistinguishable from when it was new 12 years ago.