Honda Australia have rolled out the updated 2019 version of the second-generation NSX, seen here in its new (and optional) bright exterior finish called ‘Thermal Orange’. the American-made hybrid supercar gains other updates too, though minor, to increase its appeal to both Australians and across other markets.
Throughout its 2-and-a-bit years in production, Honda has sold more than 1,900 examples, with almost half of that being within the United States, where it’s sold under the Acura brand. That said, it has’t gained the kind of traction other more mainstream purveyors of high speed exotica, especially among Aussie buyers.
The updated NSX is now available to order with an unchanged price of $420,000 excluding on-road costs. Its new exterior colour can now match the brake callipers around its carbon ceramic rotors, and the same goes for the previously silver front grille garnish. Elsewhere, the intake mesh and rear bumper outlet mesh, along with the carbon fibre rear spoiler and aero kit, have been given a high-gloss finish.
Inside, the cabin the 2019 NSX colour palette has also expanded with the addition of an optional Indigo blue semi-aniline leather and Alcantara accent package. Though, otherwise, the car’s driver-oriented and semi-minimal tech-fest of an interior remains unchanged.
To further sharpen up the NSX, Honda’s engineers have given the 2019 update a pair of larger front and rear stabiliser bars, increasing stiffness by 26 percent and 19 percent respectively, as well as more rigid toe-link bushings. To cope with the altered suspension geometry, the car’s hybrid powertrain, magnetic dampers, and electric power steering systems have been recalibrated.
The newly updated car also runs on a bespoke set of Continental SportContact 6 tyres developed exclusively for the NSX, widely thought to be the most effective UHP summer tyre on the market today.
Mounted amidship lives the same 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 VTEC petrol engine, supplemented by the triple-motor configuration that lends the NSX electrically-assisted all-wheel drive. Power is funnelled through a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, applying its combined 427kW/646Nm output to the road.