Rick Hendrick of Hendrick Motorsports is now the owner of VIN #001 of the Acura NSX Type S
Last week, Acura revealed the most powerful NSX yet, the 2022 Type S. Serving as a send-off for the mid-engine hybrid supercar, only 350 units (300 for the US, 30 for Japan, and 20 for the rest of the world) will be made, making it one of the rarest NSXs to be produced.
With a retail price of USD 169,500 (or around PHP 8.581 million), the NSX Type S is one expensive supercar. However, that's nothing compared to the price someone paid for the first serial production 2022 NSX Type S recently auctioned at the 2021 Monterey Car Week.
Wearing VIN #001, this particular NSX Type S was sold for a whopping USD 1.1 million (or around PHP 55.635 million) to winning bidder Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. With chassis 001 sold, there are now only 349 units of the NSX Type S available in the world.
But where will the proceeds of this auction go? Acura pledged all of the proceeds to charitable organizations. These include the innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education program for under-served youth nationwide in partnership with the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) in Columbus, Ohio.
Besides being the first NSX Type S sold outside of Japan, chassis 001 benefits from the optional Lightweight Package. With that, it comes with carbon-ceramic brakes, a high-gloss carbon-fiber engine cover, and additional carbon-fiber trim inside the vehicle. These upgrades shave off about 26 kg from the overall weight, but they do cost an extra USD 13,000 (or around PHP 658,288).
Like all Type S models, this NSX is powered by an upgraded 3.5-liter twin-turbo hybrid V6. It makes 600 PS and 667 Nm of torque, a 27 PS and 22 Nm increase over the standard model. As a result, the new NSX Type S is the most powerful road car Acura ever made. It is then paired to a 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox.
With only 299 examples of the NSX Type S left for the US market, those interested in getting one better be quick.