Before we embark on this technological journey of new developments on the 2019 NSX, I’m just going to put it out there – I prefer calling it a Honda rather than an Acura.
Right, so the 2019 Honda NSX with a starting price from USD157,500 (RM647k) just debuted at the Monterey Car Week with a queue of updates that include new designs, new exterior and interior combinations and chassis upgrades. US deliveries are expected to begin in October.
2019 NSXs will be available with a new striking Thermal Orange Pearl colour as an option where it pays tribute to 30 years of Acura Motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries.
Optional carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes can now also be fitted with optional orange calipers. As standard, the calipers will appear in red but I can’t imagine those red calipers going well with the optional orange body paint.
The 2019 NSX is distinguished with a new body-coloured front grille garnish (previously silver) and high-gloss treatments for the front grille surround, front air intake mesh and rear bumper outlet mesh.
High-gloss treatment is also applied to the available Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler and Carbon Fiber Exterior Package – including a front chin spoiler, side sill garnish and rear diffuser.
Inside, there is now an option for an Indigo Blue interior with a mix of Alcantara and leather upholstery. The 4-way powered sport seats which previously was a $1,500 (approx. RM6k) option, are now offered as standard. Lightweight manually-adjustable sport seats, wrapped in Black Milano leather and Alcantara, remain an available no-cost option.
Other standard equipment includes an ELS Studio premium sound system, front and rear proximity sensors and aluminum sport pedals. Can you believe that the front and rear sensors along with the aluminium sports pedals were an option before?
Mechanically, modifications have been done on the chassis, tyres and software to make the NSX more responsive and reactive to the driver’s inputs. The changes resulted in a nearly 2-second faster lap time around the famous Suzuka Circuit during testing.
The chassis has been tightened up with larger front and rear stabiliser bars. Software updates have been applied to the NSX’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit, active magnetorheological dampers, electric power steering and VSA settings.
The 2019 NSX now sits on grippier Continental SportContact 6 tires, developed exclusively for the NSX. The tyres feature a revised tread pattern, construction and rubber compound for improved handling performance in all conditions—from daily commuting to track use—including wet weather driving.