More than six months after production of the much-awaited Acura/Honda NSX started at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, U.S., an example of the car was delivered to a European customer. Already available in Australia and America, and scheduled for first customer delivery in Japan on February 27 next year, the NSX reached the Old continent with a striking Curva Red body paint.
In Monaco, Taku Kasahara, branch president of Honda Motor Europe France, handed the keys of the supercar to its new owner, Honda ambassador Claude Sage who is also the founder and former CEO of Honda Switzerland, and a member of the Honda NSX & Sportscar Club.
“The new NSX truly belongs to the modern sports car segment, through the use of technology and rich Japanese origin. It follows the first NSX perfectly,” Sage commented receiving his new NSX.
Sage is also known for his role as a development driver for the first generation NSX, and was involved in the development of the HP-X Prototype in Turin and Tochigi, Japan, before the project evolved into a production car.
Currently the most expensive car manufactured in the United States, the NSX managed to fetch no less than $1.2 million at an auction in January this year – and all the money have been directed towards the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and Camp Southern Ground.
The very-first second generation NSX was bought by another petrolhead, NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick who also owns the first 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 Coupe, 2014 Corvette, 2012 Camaro ZL1 ($250,000), and the last BMW M5 30 Jahre.
The new NSX carries a starting price of $156,000 MSRP in United States. For that price you get a “deliciously fast, properly growly, and impossibly pretty” car, as our managing editor Steven Ewing described the car in his second test drive.
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First European NSX delivered to Honda ambassador Claude Sage
Honda ambassador Claude Sage has taken delivery of the first European Honda NSX. Taku Kasahara, Branch President of Honda Motor Europe France, delivered the keys to Claude’s Curva Red NSX in Monaco.
Mr Sage is the founder and former CEO of Honda Switzerland, a member of the Honda NSX & Sportscar Club and has an extensive history with the evolution of this iconic sports car.
Claude’s involvement with NSX development began with the HP-X (Honda Pininfarina eXperimental) in 1984. The HP-X Prototype was born from a collaboration between Honda and Italian design firm Pininfarina, powered by a Honda V6 engine taken from a Formula 2 car. Claude was involved as a development driver for the HP-X Prototype in Turin and Tochigi, Japan before the project evolved into the first generation of the NSX (New Sports eXperimental). As development of the production car began in 1989, Claude retained his role as a development driver.
In 1993, the NSX prototype that Claude had driven served as a basis for the development of an NSX for Le Mans and he was appointed to manage the car at the Le Mans 24 heures race the following year.
Receiving his new NSX, Mr. Sage commented, “The new NSX truly belongs to the modern sports car segment, through the use of technology and rich Japanese origin. It follows the first NSX perfectly.”