Until now there were only two ways you could own an NSX-R in the United States. You could build one using mostly OEM parts mixed with select aftermarket pieces-an expensive and difficult task that requires significant compromises-or you could purchase a real one from Japan, import it into the U.S. as furniture, and let it sit and collect dust, because that's about the only thing you'd be able to do with it, legally speaking.
Spoon Sports of Japan officially introduced a third option at last January's Tokyo Auto Salon-an option that's entirely legal but every bit as costly. The company begins with a pre-existing, run-of-the-mill, North American-spec NSX chassis, but what happens after that is anything but ordinary. Imagine: an NSX, one that's wrapped in NSX-R GT garb, one that's completely legal in America, one that features more than a few special touches that only Spoon could provide. The result is a LHD NSX-R GT modeled after Spoon's very own RHD NSX-R GT replica, a car similar to the fabled NSX-R GT of which supposedly five were built by Honda itself and sold for roughly a half-million dollars each, all to buyers who've yet to reveal themselves.
Earlier reports and online hearsay regarding Spoon's now-available LHD NSX-R GT conversions have been, to put it bluntly, wrong. Indeed, Spoon will not be using "white body" chassis from Honda for its conversions, and the companies have not partnered for this venture. There's no indication that Honda does in fact have any leftover white body NSX chassis to dole out to the aftermarket to begin with. The truth is; building several dozen extra NSXs only to sit on them for close to a decade in hopes that someone might purchase five or six of them down the road for such conversions simply doesn't make sense. The NSX was not and is not a product of assembly lines and mass production in which leftovers abound.
Genuine NSX-Rs' powertrains received special attention at Honda's factory and Spoon's car is no different. Its reciprocating internals were balanced to ten times the accuracy of standard editions, but Spoon is not one to ignore the benefits of fundamental engine tuning. Spoon's NSX-R GT engines each undergo blueprinting processes, which bump engine output to a claimed 300 hp, but available options can further increase power to 350, even 450 hp with the help of a turbocharger-a considerable amount of power for a car weighing just over 2400 lbs. Of course, such power bumps come at a price, which will be tailored to consumers on a case-by-case basis.
Spoon's development of its own RHD NSX-R GT copy and its newly offered LHD NSX-R GT replica tie them both so closely to the genuine NSX-R in specification that their differences are virtually non-existent. Virtually. With Spoon as the common denominator, JDM and USDM models become one. As such, two lucky North America buyers can now legitimately claim ownership of a genuine Spoon NSX-R GT replica, the only NSX-R variant to ever reach U.S. shores...sort of.