2019 Acura NSX offers better performance, new colors and more standard equipment

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2018

Acura has unveiled the latest iteration of the Acura NSX at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, in Moneterey, California. The 2019 Acura NSX is still as powerful as before, but the luxurious sports car is now a better performer. It also boasts of new colors both on the exterior and interior, as well as a number of new design cues.

The 2019 Acura NSX unveiled at The Quail is finished in a new premium paint option – the Thermal Orange Pearl coat. This new finish is a tribute to 30 years of Acura motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries. In addition, orange calipers are also available for the optional carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes. Likewise, red calipers can be fitted to the standard iron brakes.

Moreover, the front grille garnish for all 2019 Acura NSX models are now body-colored instead of silver. The front grille surround, front air intake mesh as well as the rear bumper outlet mesh have received high-gloss treatments, and so are the available Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler and Carbon Fiber Exterior Package. This package includes a front chin spoiler, side sill garnish and rear diffuser – all in high-gloss treatment.

The wheels of the 2019 Acura NSX are shod with new Continental SportContact 6 tires, replacing the Continental ContiSportContact 5P rubbers. Customers may still avail of the track-focused Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires.

Meanwhile, the interior of the 2019 NSX now comes standard with Satellite-Linked Navigation, power sport seats (4-way), ELS Studio premium audio, aluminum sport pedals as well as front and rear proximity sensors. The 2019 NSX can now be availed with an optional Indigo blue Semi-aniline leather and Alcantara theme. In addition, the optional power sport seats in semi-aniline full leather (non-Alcantara) can be availed in either Red or Ebony. The lightweight manually adjustable sport seats in Black Milano leather and Alcantara comes as a no-cost option.

As for power, the core of the 2019 Acura NSX remains a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit that includes a twin-turbocharged hybrid V6 engine (with an integrated electric Direct Drive Motor) mated to a nine-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT). This power unit still delivers 573 hp of max system output and 476 lb.-ft. of peak torque.

To make the 2019 NSX perform better its predecessor, its chassis components were modified and its software was tuned. The new NSX features stabilizer bars that are now larger and stiffer (by 26 percent on the front and 19 percent at the rear) as well as rear toe link bushings that are now 21 percent stiffer. Likewise, the car’s rear hub is now more rigid by 6 percent. To take advantage of these hardware modifications, Acura calibrated the software for the power unit, electric power steering, VSA settings as well as active magnetorheological dampers. As a result, the 2019 NSX has completed a lap in the Suzuka Circuit in Japan nearly two seconds faster than the previous model.

Built at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, the new 2019 Acura NSX has a starting price of $157,500. This is a premium of around $1,500 over its predecessor, but represents $4,700 of previously optional content that is now included as standard.

Press Release

2019 Acura NSX Debuts in Monterey with Design Updates, Chassis Enhancements and Expanded Color Palette

The 2019 Acura NSX will make its debut at Monterey Car Week featuring new design cues, exterior and interior color combinations, and chassis upgrades that enhance vehicle dynamics. The 2019 Acura NSX will first be displayed at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. The 2019 NSX is available for order today with U.S. deliveries slated to begin in October. For more information, visit Acura.com/NSX.

Design Updates, Expanded Color Palette

New for 2019, a striking Thermal Orange Pearl premium paint option continues the tradition of NSX color names inspired by motorsports venues and iconic corners, and pays homage to 30 years of Acura motorsports vehicles with orange accented liveries. Joining the Thermal Orange Pearl exterior, optional carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes can now be fitted with orange calipers. New for 2019, the standard iron brakes can now be fitted with red calipers.

All 2019 NSX models are distinguished by a new body-color 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 the cockpit, the 2019 NSX color palette is expanded with the addition of an optional Indigo blue Semi-aniline leather and Alcantara® theme. The available semi-aniline full leather (non-Alcantara) power sport seats can now be optioned in Red in addition to Ebony. Power sport seats (4-way), previously a $1,500 option, are now standard equipment. Lightweight manually adjustable sport seats, wrapped in Black Milano leather and Alcantara, remain an available no-cost option. Satellite-Linked Navigation, ELS Studio® premium audio, front and rear proximity sensors and aluminum sport pedals, previously optional equipment, are now standard.

Dynamics Enhancements

For the 2019 model, engineers modified chassis components, tires and software tuning to make NSX even more responsive to the will of the driver, elevating performance driving in all circumstances, from daily driving to the circuit. At the limit, the NSX's balance, playfulness and controllability has improved, allowing the driver to more precisely modulate understeer and oversteer with subtle throttle inputs. The changes resulted in a nearly 2-second faster lap time in testing around the world famous Suzuka Circuit.

Chassis enhancements include larger front and rear stabilizer bars (increasing stiffness by 26 percent in front, 19 percent at the rear) and 21 percent stiffer rear toe link bushings. Rear hub rigidity has increased 6 percent. Software calibrations to the NSX's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® power unit, active magnetorheological dampers, electric power steering and VSA settings capitalize on this new hardware, as well as the grippier tire setup.

The 2019 NSX rides on new Continental SportContact™ 6 tires, developed exclusively for the NSX. The new tires (replacing Continental ContiSportContact™ 5P) 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. The track-focused Pirelli P Zero™ Trofeo R remains an optional dealer-installed tire.

Electrifying Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® Power Unit

The 2019 NSX is powered by a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® power unit consisting of a twin-turbocharged mid‑mounted V6 engine paired with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT). An electric Direct Drive Motor integrated with the engine and 9DCT supplements the engine with instantaneous electric torque. Containing two additional electric motors, the front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) continuously varies torque—both positive and negative—to the left and right front wheels to enhance handling precision and cornering capabilities, elevating any driver's confidence and performance. Maximum peak system output is 573 horsepower and 476 lb.-ft. of torque.

The NSX's Integrated Dynamics System—with Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes—provides for a wider range of driving experiences than conventional supercars. The NSX features an advanced, multi-material body and aluminum-intensive space frame with the world's first application of aluminum ablation casting in the space frame structure, enabling ultra-high rigidity, compact packaging and outstanding collision safety performance.

2019 Acura NSX Pricing and Feature Changes

Each NSX is crafted one-by-one at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohioi and continues the NSX tradition of offering an incredible performance value in the supercar market. The 2019 model starts at $157,500ii (an increase of $1,500 over the 2018 model) with $4,700 in previously optional content now standard (4-way power sport seats, Satellite-Linked Navigation, ELS Studio® premium audio, proximity sensors and aluminum sport pedals).

Participate in the Making of Your Custom Supercar

All new NSX owners have the opportunity to join the NSX Insider Experience, a personalized program that allows NSX owners to participate in the making of their bespoke supercar. The program offers a curated, one-on-one tour of key Acura facilities across Ohio, including the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC), where the NSX is built, and the NSX engine assembly room at the Anna Engine Plant. Guests also have the opportunity to track an NSX, guided by a professional driver, on one of the primary proving grounds where it was developed and tuned – the Transportation Research Center (TRC).

The NSX Insider Experience is offered in six distinct packages with one and two-day tour options, which can be customized to include a tour of the Anna Engine Plant in addition to the tour of the PMC. Additional options include a two or four-hour performance driving experience at the Acura Proving Grounds, as well as a tour of the Honda Heritage Center. Packages start at $2,700. More information on the NSX Insider Experience is available at NSXInsiderExperience.com.

NSX Motorsports Success

Based on the NSX road car and utilizing its twin-turbocharged V6 powerplant and multi-material space frame, the NSX GT3 race car has already taken multiple poles, checkered flags and podiums, including consecutive wins on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit (2017 and 2018). Now in its sophomore season of the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship, the NSX GT3 is currently in the running for the Manufacturer, Team (Meyer Shank Racing) and Driver Championship (Katherine Legge).

The race-winning, carbon fiber NSX GT3 is offered for sale globally at a starting price of €465,000iii. Available for customer purchase since July 2017, the NSX GT3 is now in the hands of both professional and amateur racers globally, and certified to compete in more than a dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series around the world. More information on the NSX GT3 can be found at AcuraClientRacing.net.

Source: Acura

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