Jose Altoveros / Acura | August 27, 2018 09:50
Honda's premium brand Acura gives the NSX improved handling, styling updates
It was back in 2015 when Acura introduced the second generation NSX as the successor to the highly succcessful NA1. Now just three years after its debut, the NSX has undergone a minor nip and tuck for the 2019 model year. Aside from cosmetic changes however, it also gets a boost in performance thanks to some handling upgrades.
Making its debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the most striking difference on the 2019 NSX would be the new paint. Officially called Thermal Orange Pearl, the paint is named after Thermal Raceway in Califorinia and continues Acura's homage to famous racetracks all over the world. As an option, buyers may also have their brake calipers color painted in the same orange paint as well.
Along with the new color option, the NSX also receives some styling updates for the 2019 model year...that's if you notice the changes. For starters, the front grill garnish, which was previously finished in silver or chrome, is now painted body color. The front grill, air intakes and rear bumper vents now get a high-gloss finish. The same goes for the optional carbon fiber lip spoiler and exterior package – which includes a front chin, side sill garnish and rear diffuser.
Inside, the interior gets an new optional Indigo blue leather and Alcantara theme. 4-way power sport seats, which were previously an option, now come as standard equipment. Buyers can still get the lightweight sport seats at no extra cost.
To improve performance, the 2019 NSX gets larger front and rear sway bars which makes it stiffer by 26-percent in front and 19-percent in the rear. Combined with new Continental SportContact 6 tires, Acura says the 2019 NSX is 2 seconds faster than the pre-facelift model.
No power upgrades were made to the 3.5-liter twin-turbo hybrid V6 though. It continues to produce a combined output of 581 PS and 645 Nm of torque mated to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission sending power to all four wheels.