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Drivetrain: Twin – Turbo V-6 with three electric motors for a combined 573 horsepower; 9-speed dual coupling, automatic transmission and all-wheel drive
Hits: October 2018
Acura says it updated its NSX, a supercar in the third model year of its second generation. If it seems too early for a mid-cycle update on svelte two-seater, well, bump down. The visual change is minimal, while some mechanical changes aim to fine tune NSX's handling. Several standard features for 2018 amount to around $ 4,700 in additional value, says Acura at the cost of $ 1,500 for MSRP. As such, NSX launches $ 159 300, including a $ 1800 destination fee, and tops out with factory options of more than 200 major.
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To pick out the visual changes on a 2019 NSX versus the 2017-18 car is a game of "Where's Waldo" – on one of the more difficult drawings on it. The modest globetrotter, in this case, is the upper garnish on the NSX grid: it is now body-colored instead of silver. You also get a new, blank finish on the front and rear bumper openings. For visual changes that apply to all NSXs, it is.
Other visual tweaks imply colors, and they require you to pick up options from $ 700 for new paint to $ 12,600 for wide carbon fiber accents. (If you had to ask how much an exotic supercar really is not for you.) Thermal orange pearl connects to the list of available colors, with recent orange caliper if you get the optional carbon-ceramic brakes. The usual brakes can now also have red calipers; Those who previously came only with carbon-ceramic brakes. Finally, carbon fiber tire spoils and carbon fiber bottom effects, both optional, have a shiny surface instead of the previous matte look.
Changes in the NSX's two-bedroom cabin involve colors and equipment. Alcantara leather can be found in regular or semi-aniline leather grades, the latter with a new color (blue) in 2019. Full semi-aniline leather seats are still optional, with red (previously available with leather and Alcantara only choice) now available. Power-adjustable seats, a navigation system, ELS Studio premium stereo, proximity sensors and aluminum pedals are also included in the list of standard equipment.
Track enthusiasts can still get NSX's lightweight manual seats as a free option. Unfortunately, common sense enthusiasts still can not get physical stereo controls, as Acura parents Honda have introduced elsewhere for this main unit during a return to health. 2019 NSX keeps its touch-sensitive stereo controls, including an infernal volume slider – almost not the first slider to stink, but hopefully the last one.
Under the hood
With standard torque driving direction, NSX continues to combine a twin turbo V-6 with three electric motors: one with the engine to drive the rear wheels plus one piece to drive left and right front wheel. A 9-speed, dual-coupled automatic transmission gives the fuel's combined 573 horsepower and 476 pound-foot torque to the ground. Four Driving Modes – Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus and Track – Replace myriad components to turn NSX from a daily driver to a track machine. (Yes, really.)
Rejiggered hardware for 2019 includes thicker stabilizer bars on both shafts, plus stiffer rear tau-link bushings. It relates to recalibrated settings for AWD, adjustable shock absorbers, power steering and electronic stability system. Finally, new Continental ContiSportContact 6 replaces the outgoing ContiSportContact 5P rubber. The dimensions are unchanged and the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tire is still optional. Acura claims that the sum of changes gives better precision to the limits when trying to modulate under control or push the tail around with gas inlets.
2019 Acura NSX is set to make a debut at the Monterey Car Week in California.  Manufacturer's Images
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