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Would you pay $420K for an Acura NSX?

3 August, 2016

Whoa, never in my life did I think that a Honda, or Acura in this instance, would sell for close to half a million dollars new, however Honda in Australia have announced that their local examples will sell for a steep $420K — suggesting ours won’t be far off. During early 2015, Honda New Zealand had quoted the revolutionary supercar to sell for around $200K. But $420K seems cheap though, when you compare it to what Nascar owner Rick Hendrick paid for his $1.8 million example, which was the first one off the production line. If you thought $420K bought you all the bells and whistles, you’d be wrong. An extra $1500 will get you metallic paint, and you’ll need to fork out a further $10K if you opt for the Valencia Red Pearl, which is said to be the NSX’s new hero colour. 

From what I’ve seen, the Acura NSX is full of technology and drives accordingly. However, I do think that this example is going to go down in history as a seriously disjointed-from-its-roots supercar that Hollywood celebrities will buy in the masses, shifting away from the true Honda motorsport heritage. An unfortunate thought, but I’m calling it now. There’s nothing even remotely similar to the original released in the early ’90s, whereas at least the R35 GT-R is still twin turbo, all-wheel drive, with six cylinders. 

Probably the only variant of the latest NSX that gets me excited is the GT3 version, which is rid of its twin electric motor units, and sports a much more aggressive race-inspired appearance. 

For comparison, the 2017 Nissan GT-R will be priced from $191K, a 2013 Ferrari 458 Italia with low kilometres will cost you $389K, or a beach house in the North Island of New Zealand can be had for the same amount. Hard choice! 

Becoming fond of Fords part two – happy times with Escorts

In part one of this Ford-flavoured trip down memory lane I recalled a sad and instructive episode when I learned my shortcomings as a car tuner, something that tainted my appreciation of Mk2 Ford Escort vans in particular. Prior to that I had a couple of other Ford entanglements of slightly more redeeming merit. There were two Mk1 Escorts I had got my hands on: a 1972 1300 XL belonging to my father and a later, end-of-line, English-assembled 1974 1100, which my partner and I bought from Panmure Motors Ford in Auckland in 1980. Both those cars were the high water mark of my relationship with the Ford Motor Co. I liked the Mk1 Escorts. They were nice, nippy, small cars, particularly the 1300, which handled really well, and had a very precise gearbox for the time.
Images of Jim Richards in the Carney Racing Williment-built Twin Cam Escort and Paul Fahey in the Alan Mann–built Escort FVA often loomed in my imagination when I was driving these Mk1 Escorts — not that I was under any illusion of comparable driving skills, but they had to be having just as much fun as I was steering the basic versions of these projectiles.

Fear and loathing the blue oval – part one

The slogan went something like ‘There’s a Ford in your future’. ‘Bugger off!’ were always the words that sprung to my mind. Ford and I have never really got on in the manner of many of my friends, so I’d say my relationship to the brand was distant. The accelerating blur of passing time has helpfully blanketed memories of a few Ford encounters which I probably wanted to forget but I have to admit, now I look at them, they are re-appearing through the mists of time. What comes to mind more readily, to quote some uncharitable wit, is that the letters Ford could stand for ‘fix or repair daily’. Still, I have to ’fess up, there were several Fords in my past.