This NSX garage will blow your mind

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It’s amazing what you stumble across in Japan, like this incredible sportscar specialist

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It’s rare to see one Honda NSX at the best of times. So, you can imagine our surprise when we just happened to pass a flood of them outside a ratty old garage a few miles from Middle-of-Nowhere, Japan. But this pot of Honda gold is exactly the kind of impromptu petrolhead oasis that you stumble upon in Japan.

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Called Garage Kite, it’s a specialist in Honda’s mid-engined supercar. Unlike the UK supercar specialists who seal their stock in hermetic, temperature-controlled chambers to maximise value, Garage Kite simply leaves them out on the street.

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It’s a mish-mash of fourteen first and second generation NSXs (in various states of spec and tune) sat covered in dust like it’s some shabby old second-hand car dealer in Scunthorpe. But shabby old second-hand car dealers in Scunthorpe definitely don’t have a fleet of cute Honda Beats as courtesy cars. Garage Kite does.

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(One of these is not like the rest!)

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The original NSX was the supercar that proved supercars don’t have to be painful to drive, painful to own, and boast the all-round visibility of a slim-fit suit of medieval armour. Take it easy in the NSX, and it was as comfy as a boggo Civic.

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But give it the edamame beans, and the NSX came alive. Five point seven seconds to 95km/h and a top speed of 270km/h might not sound blistering by 21st-Century standards, but wind the 3.0-litre V6 out towards the redline, spur that VTEC into life, and the NSX was an utter screamer: huge traction, great steering feel, ride quality to embarrass the so-called European elite of the day. But then you know all about the NSX and it’s charm.

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You may have noticed that there are no third-generation NSXs in the line-up. That’s because the NSX’s new twin-turbocharged dry-sumped V6 isn’t easy to work on. Especially as there are three electric motors getting in the way too. The Japanese also have a funny relationship with the new car as it was developed and built in Ohio, so they don’t feel a whole lot of patriotic affiliation to it like the simpler and purer previous generations.

STORY Rowan Horncastle

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