This Honda NSX garage in Japan is heaven

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by Rowan Horncastle | May 12, 2019
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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.

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 maximize value, Garage Kite simply leaves them out on the street.

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

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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 armor. Take it easy in the NSX, and it was as comfy as a Civic.

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But give it the edamame beans, and the NSX came alive. Five point seven seconds to 60mph and a top speed of 270kph might not sound blistering by 21st-Century standards, but wind the 3.0-liter V6 out toward 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 its charm.

You may have noticed that there are no third-generation NSXs (2016 and above) in the lineup. 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.

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Even so, scroll down and let us know which one out of the lineup you’d have...

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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