This is another one from the 90’s kid era. The Honda NSX is definitely one of those early 90’s car that leave few people indifferent.
Thought, the Inno64 replica is one of the last NSX of the production (that ended in 2005), because the tooling is a NSX-R NA2 from 2002-2003 (the white one). One of the easiest way to recognize it is the fixed headlights.
Concerning the Spoon verion, it’s a NSX-R GT from 2005. Only 5 road-going NSX-R GTs ever made it to production to match the approval standards and sold for over $350,000 each back in 2005. The GT was only different aesthetically using carbon fiber reinforced bumpers and aerodynamic modifications like the shark roof scoop. Yes, the shark fin is so cool. And it might be a non functional snorkel.
The story a the Honda NSX is fascinating, and could take hours to tell. In order to be complete, but non boring, please have a quick look at this animated evolution of the Honda NSX.
On to the Inno models now. Let’s begin with the white one, the NSX-R NA2. The first thing to notice is it comes with a base plate metal-like (it’s plastic though), and a super nice inscription NSR-R on it. It’s a very cool thing especially if you display your minicars on their baseplate like me, in your storage or wall display.
You can find Inno64 models on eBay, quite easily.
Second thing to notice is the extra-wheels set – BBS style wheels – that are AWESOME. I immediately knew I would put those since I’d seen the photos of the announcements on the Inno64 Facebook page. But let’s save this little moment for later.
Then, what just jumped out at me is the interior, especially the engine details. You can clearly see the details of the engine through the rear glass. Damn, that’s good. Also note the red Recaro seats.
This new NSX casting seems very good. But there is this little something that bothers me, and I did not know what it was. It took me some time to figure it out, but in my opinion, the car seems a little too low (for once!), particularly in the rear. That must be that. Something that is possible to correct for later versions, I assume. Except this, the casting is fine, precise, and clearly at Inno64 standards.
Let’s get back to the extra wheels set a second. While you pay nearly $10 for extra wheels set in other brands, this wheels set is for free with the car (and a little extra decal sheet too). That’s really nice. For me, it was clear that I wanted to see my NSX with those BBS wheels. So I did the wheel swap. But damn it was hard. First, be aware that the NSX casting has only one screw in the front. Not in the rear, so it makes it difficult to open the car. I had to untie the rear wheels (which is affordable), and then put the new axle, the little pieces that replicate the disks and calipers and then “screw” the wheels to the axle (and THAT is difficult, cause the holes are very small, and the wheels fragile, and the overall thing pretty small). But in the end, the result pleases me, and I LOVE my NA2 with those custom BBS wheels.
Let’s now have a look to the NSX R-GT Spoon Sports. The car actually exists, and as I said in the introduction, the R-GT street legal version is obviously very rare.
You can immediately see that the casting has been modified to replicate the R-GT version. Let’s spot the shark fin, the front spoiler and rear spoiler, the side air intake, and the wheels. It is always cool to see manufacturers be very attentive to details, and this second version is a good example of that. Accuracy. The engine – which is still visible – is this time yellow. Oh, and i forgot the roll cage. Cool.
Once again, the car is low (maybe a little too much), and the mean look is palpable. On both versions, the side windows could have been better inserted, but once in hand, it’s OK.
This Spoon Sports completes nicely my little Spoon collection, here with 2 other Inno64 castings (the shade of the blue of the Civic is different though).
All in all, I’m very happy with this new casting from Inno64. The Honda NSX (the first one) is too rare in 1:64 and manufacturers seem to show some interest. I also love that the Inno64 team chose the NA2 version, because it’s different with the just recently tooled Hobby Japan 1:64. I am also very curious to see what the next versions of both castings will be, specially the R-GT. Stay tuned for more Inno64 reviews.