Low Mileage 2017 Acura NSX Racing to California Collector’s Auction
2017 Acura NSX will be an interesting auction experiment as new NSX market continues to see tepid response.
While flipping through the RM Sotheby’s listings for the upcoming auction event at the Peterson Automotive Museum, we came across two different Acura NSX supercars being sold by the same person. One is serial number 222 from the 1991 model year and this one is serial number 223 from the 2017 model year. After the owner bought, drove and loved his first generation NSX, he purchased this second generation car with a sequential serial number to bookend his collection. Next month, both will be sold to the highest bidder in California.
Second Time Around
The original Acura NSX is one Japan’s greatest supercars and it is arguably the greatest of the Japanese supercars of that era. The mid-engine, rear-drive configuration allowed the NSX to compete in class and in performance with the European competitors while the plush interior allowed the low-slung supercar to fit appropriately in the luxury brand.
When the company introduced the second generation NSX for 2017, it was another mid-engine supercar with a plush cabin, but there were big changes under the bodywork. Rather than a naturally-aspirated V6 sending power to the rear wheels by means of a manual transmission, the new car features a twin turbocharged V6, a trio of electric motors, an advanced all-wheel-drive system and a dual clutch transmission.
The mid-mounted V6 drives the rear wheels with the help of one electric motor while the other two electric units power the front wheels, all working together to deliver 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. This system allows the new NSX to dash from a stop to 60 miles per hour in roughly three seconds while covering the quarter mile in the low-11-second range.
While the second generation Acura NSX is markedly more high tech, it is clearly a drastic step from the original while once again being one of the leading performance cars from Japan. However, it is possibly because of this that the new NSX market has struggled to find traction, and dealers are reportedly slashing prices from the original MSRP. Thus, we are curious how this car will fair on the auction block.
2017 Number 223
The details on this car is brief, but we know that this 2017 Acura NSX serial number 223 is “lavishly optioned.” In addition to the premium Casino White Pearl paint, this supercar is fitted with optional features including the carbon fiber interior package, the carbon fiber exterior sport package, the carbon fiber rear spoiler, semi-Aniline leather sport seats, a carbon fiber engine cover, ceramic brakes with black calipers, signature Y-spoke black wheels, and the technology package. If you build a 2019 NSX with all of those options on the company website right now, you come to a price of just under $190,000.
The RM Soethby’s website expects that this car will sell for somewhere in the area of $125,000 to $150,000. If the car sells for the lower end of that range, the new owner will have saved over $60,000 over buying a brand new car in exchange for 2,700 miles of previous use. That seems like a pretty good deal to us, provided that you are shopping for a loaded Casino White Pearl NSX. Even if the bidding climbs into the higher end of the expected range, the buyer will still save thousands over buying brand new.
Again, this car will roll across the block of the Peterson Automotive Museum auction on Saturday, December 8, 2018. We will be watching closely, as should you. A $100,000 (or less) NSX suddenly seems very enticing, indeed.