Honda has taken the wraps off its updated 2019 Honda NSX featuring a mild facelift, upgraded chassis and fresh exterior and interior colour palette.
Set to make its official debut at the Monterey Car Week the 2019 model can be order in a new hero colour called Thermal Orange Pearl as seen here with matching orange calipers for the carbon ceramic metallic (CCM) brakes.
The updated model can also be distinguished by a new body-colour front grille garnish (previously silver) and high-gloss treatments for the front grille surround, front air intake mesh, rear bumper outlet mesh, carbon fibre rear spoiler, as well as the rest of the front lip spoiler, side skirt garnish and rear diffuser.
All 2019 NSX models are distinguished by a new body-colour 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 has also been applied to the carbon fibre rear spoiler, as well as the rest of the carbon fibre exterior package – including the front lip spoiler, side skirt garnish and rear diffuser.
Inside the cabin, the 2019 NSX colour palette is expanded with the addition of an optional Indigo blue semi-aniline leather and Alcantara theme.
For the 2019 model, engineers have modified chassis components, tyres and software tuning to make the NSX even more responsive to the will of the driver. At the limit, the balance, playfulness and controllability of the NSX is said to be improved, allowing the driver to more precisely modulate understeer and oversteer with subtle throttle inputs. Honda says the changes resulted in a faster lap time in testing around the world famous Suzuka Circuit, improving the previous mark by almost two seconds.
Chassis enhancements include larger front and rear stabiliser bars (increasing stiffness by 26 per cent at the front, 19 per cent at the rear) and 21 percent stiffer rear toe-link bushings, while rear hub rigidity has increased by six per cent.
Software calibrations to the NSX’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit, active magnetorheological dampers, electric power steering and VSA settings is said to capitalise on this new hardware, as well as the grippier tyre setup.
The 2019 NSX rides on new Continental SportContact 6 tyres, developed exclusively for the hybrid supercar. The new tyres (replacing the Continental ContiSportContact 5P fitted previously) 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.
Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Power Unit
The 2019 NSX continues to be powered by the 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, while its Integrated Dynamics System comes with Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes.
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. Maximum system output is 427 kW of power and 646 Nm of torque.
The NSX features an advanced, multi-material body and aluminium-intensive space frame with the world’s first application of aluminium ablation casting in the space frame structure, enabling ultra-high rigidity, compact packaging and outstanding collision safety performance.
2019 Honda NSX Pricing
Pricing for the American-made 2019 NSX remains unchanged at $420,000 plus on-road costs. It will be available in a range of eight exterior colours and five interior trims.
A choice of three solid exterior colours are available as standard on NSX – Berlina Black, Curva Red or 130R White, which is named after the legendary lefthander at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan – one of the fastest corners in Formula One.
One metallic colour (Source Silver) and two pearlescent paints (Casino White and the new Thermal Orange) are available for an additional $1,500. Two special Andaro nanoparticle pearlescent aerospace technology finishes – Nouvelle Blue Pearl and the iconic Valencia Red Pearl – complete the range and are available for an additional $10,000.
The 2019 NSX will be available for order in Australia from September 1, 2018, with local deliveries set to begin in early 2019, dependent upon confirmation of production slots.