Acura second generation NSX tried the impossible: a supercar that was not only useful everyday but without headaches or frustrations along the way. If it is about to sacrifice a little drama in the name of accessibility, 2019 NSX blinks things back in the right direction. A series of focused changes can pay big dividends to hybrid coupe.
A Stronger, More Responsible NSX
The new NSX gets no extra power: it's certainly not needed, with 573 horsepower and 476 lb torque from the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD drive. It combines a twin turbocharged V6 gas engine with three electric motors – one for the rear axle and one for the front wheels – for true torque vector. What has changed for the 201
Acura started with larger front and rear stabilizer rods, which meant that the car's stiffness increased by 26 percent and 19 percent, respectively. Then, the rear brake couplings made 21 percent stiffer, and the rear hub 6 percent more rigid. Combined with revolutionary hybrid software, adaptation to magnetorheological dampers, power steering and other systems, the result is a car with more easily controlled – and actually provoked – under control and override at the limit, not to mention a car that is more playful in general.
No more power, but it's still faster
Straight line speed is good, but speed in the corners is no doubt even more important. Acura rigidity improvements and software recalibrations pay dividends there and the evidence is on the race track. The car maker took the old NSX and this 2019 version to Suzaka Circuit, known for its particularly challenging corners and turns, to show the difference.
The result was an almost two-second improvement between 2018 NSX and 2019 NSX. Obviously, to what extent drivers will see that they themselves will depend on how twisting the way they turn out to be, but given the torque vectors system was already impressive, this is a pretty improvement.
There are two beautiful new colors
NSX has never been a subtle car, but the potential for swinging heads will only grow in the 2019 model year. Acura adds a brand new paint option, the Thermal Orange Pearl, named after the famous race track. It costs you $ 700 extra, but it's the eye-searing drama color that NSX has no doubt in need.
The same color shock goes for the inside. For a start, the red cabin option is expanded, to full red that spans several of the surfaces. New for 2019, but is Indigo Blue. It is a collection of dark blue leather with associated center tunnel and door lining. You may not think bright orange and blue would necessarily go, but Acura shows that the assumption is wrong.
A worse, slimmer NSX
Even if you do not choose the sensational orange paint job, the new NSX has some other styling changes that make it stand out. The front grille is, for example, body color, and the front grille, air intake mantle and rear bumper outlet mask now reach a high gloss finish. Similarly, the outer carbon fiber – as optional tire spoiler – is now glossy finished, instead of matt.
The result is a car that captures the light in more interesting ways. From the front, the darker V shape of the grill and lower bumper 2019 leaves the NSX which looks lower down to the road and more aggressive.
There are more standard kits
Any supercar, by definition, will not be cheap. Nevertheless, the value for 2019 NSX has improved. On paper, it's $ 1500 more than the 2018 car, which comes in at $ 157,000 (plus $ 1800 destination) before options. Some of the boxes you have previously checked out in the dealer are now included as default.
4-way motorsportsets are now standard-fitted, although the original manual sports seats can be used as a cost swap. Navigation is also standard now, as it is the ELS Studio premium audio system. Aluminum pedals have been included, and nervous drivers would like to hear that proximity sensors are now also standard. Overall, Acura says that you are looking at $ 4,700 worth of options now installed on every 2019 NSX.
Going fast and looking sexy, are probably two of the main drivers for supercar owners, but having something rare is without doubt just as important. On the front side, Acura NSX can only be one of the most appealing super cars out there.
The automaker says that in 2017 and 2018 the model years combined, it has sold less than 2000 of the other genes. Of that there were almost 1000 in the United States. If you are looking for a legitimately impressive rarity, your nearest Acura dealer should probably be your next port of call.