It’s hard to hate the showcase going down in Monterey this week, with new supercars debuting hourly, fancy luxury cars boasting bizarre new color combinations and classics being driven around like grocery getters. Acura is getting in on the fun with the reveal of the new 2019 NSX
The brand’s halo supercar gets a nice refresh for 2019 and is slightly different than the 2018 and 2017 models with the most noticeable changes are found with a body-color front grille garnish (which was previously silver) as well as glossy accents around the grille surround, front air intake, and rear bumper.
The car can now also be finished in the arresting Thermal Orange, which can be paired with orange brake calipers as well. Acura points out that red calipers can also now be fitted to the normal brakes. There is also a new interior option as buyers can get indigo blue semi-aniline leather with Alcantara accents.
An interesting aspect to note is that many interior features that used to be optional extras are now standard, like the four-way power adjustable seats, the navigation system, premium audio system, front and rear parking sensors and aluminum pedals. Who would’ve guessed that a supercar can put an emphasis on value?
Of course, Acura made some adjustments to the way the NSX drives, starting with the software tuning behind the scenes, which the automaker says will allow for more playfulness and controllability to allow the driver to manage oversteer easily. There are also chassis improvements with larger front and rear stabilizer bars and stiffer rear toe link bushings and more rigid rear hubs. The sport hybrid all-wheel-drive system has been retuned to accommodate these changes as well as the new Continental SportContact 6 tires which are developed exclusively for the NSX. On the Suzuka Circuit, it all added up to a 2 second faster lap time.
The powertrain hasn’t been touched, with the twin-turbo V6 working in unison with the car’s electric motors to provide a combined 573 horsepower and 476 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s fast and smooth with a quick-shifting 9-speed dual clutch transmission.
The 2019 model can be ordered now, and deliveries will begin in October. With a starting price of $159,300, it may appeal to those who want something different than the usual European exotics or the front-engined Nissan GT-R. Buyers can also see their car getting made at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, which is always a special treat.
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