A California resident managed to wreck this 2017 Acura NSX and the insurance company has already put it up for auction.
What if I told you that you can snag a 2017 Acura NSX for more than half off the original price? The only catch is that there’s a tad bit of front end damage. Ok, there’s a lot of front end damage. According to Jalopnik on their sobering update they published earlier today (Apr. 3,2017) an Acura NSX with less than 8,000 miles on the odometer managed to wreck while driving in the rain and now it’s up for sale. Check out a couple of the photos circulating social media below.
— Jalopnik (@Jalopnik) April 4, 2017
According to Jalopnik the owner was engaging in some spirited driving in the rain with an NSX Prime thread confirming this report back in January. The NSX was photographed pulled off to the side of the road with its front end smashed into the adjacent K-rail. A quick look through the photos reveals that only the driver’s airbag went off indicating there were no passengers in the other seat. And supposedly the driver is ok.
As the NSX uses a special all-aluminum space frame (just like the original NSX) this particular NSX will most likely have to be shipped back to its home in Ohio at the Acura’s Performance Manufacturing center for extensive repairs to bring this car back up to spec. The price of repairs will most likely exceed the value of the car. That’s why it also makes sense that it’s been reported that the owner already ordered a new one.
The 2017 Acura NSX comes from the factory with Continental Contisportcontact 5P’s (that is indeed one word by the way.) These are designated as Max Performance Summer tires. Although they’re DOT legal to run all year round and occasionally in the rain, its performance is drastically reduced in the wet. And although the NSX comes with adaptive suspension that can handle most situations, there are just some realities of physics and tire grip that even the best ECU and suspension can’t compensate for.
According to the official auction page, this car technically still runs, drives, and moves under its own power so at least we know that the engine is salvageable. We’ll be curious to see just how far this auction goes and where the gavel lands on this wrecked Japanese American exotic. We’ll be sure to update you when we find out.