The Acura NSX has a long history in the U.S. If fact, the Acura brand has been around since 1986. Some of those cars still look good even by today’s standard, the Legend Coupe, nearly every version of the Integra, the CL and the NSX have all aged very well. Almost 30 years ago, the first NSX went on sale in the U.S. as a 1991 model. The rest of the world calls it the Honda NSX. If we’re splitting hairs, the origins of the NSX may go as far back as 1984 where a concept car named the HP-X looks a lot like the inspiration for what would become the NSX. The Honda EP-X concept has a few NSX-ish details as well.
Today, the Acura NSX is a totally modern, high-performance, technological wonder of a supercar that rivals many European exotics for a fraction of the price.
Here are 10 cool things about the 2019 Acura NSX:
- The combined output of the twin turbo, 3.5-liter V6 and electric motors is 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. The NSX gets from 0-to-60 miles per hour in 2.7 seconds.
- It can run it "Silent Mode." Essentially this is an all-electric function that helps you sneak in or out of your neighborhood. Coming home late and don’t want to wake the baby or a snoozing dad? Creep in using Silent Mode. This is possible because the NSX is a gas/electric hybrid.
- The technology package is now standard, including the worthwhile ELS Studio audio system, navigation and proximity sensors. Previously, this was a $2,800 option.
- For the 2019 model year, the standard tires are now Continental SportContact 6 Tires. These replace the previous Conti SportContact 5Ps. Acura says the new tires have more grip and give the car better handling in a variety of driving situations. These tires should help make the most of some chassis upgrades like stiffer stablilizer bars and revised software tuning for the all-wheel-drive system and magnetic dampers. Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires are a dealer-installed option.
- The NSX is hand-built. The designated facility for NSX production is the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) near Marysville, Ohio. Although the aluminum space frame, doors and hood are built with robotic assistance, the only thing inside the PMC resembling an automated assembly line is the paint booth and the machine that dips the body in 10 tanks with a cleaner and a corrosion prevention e-coat process. After that, the car is built mainly by humans and hand tools. But this isn’t as primitive as it sounds. Many hand tools are digitally connected to ensure each bolt and screw is tightened correctly.
- Thermal Orange Pearl is a new exterior color option for the 2019 model year.
- Inside, semi-aniline leather and Alcantara power sport seats are now standard. Previously, these were a $1,500 option. Indigo blue with black Alcantara and red leather are newly available.
- Lightweight, manually adjustable sport seats are a no-cost option. These were previously the standard seats.
- There are several carbon fiber options. A gloss carbon fiber roof is $6,000. A gloss carbon fiber decklid spoiler is $3,000. A gloss carbon fiber exterior sport package is $12,600.
- The base price is $157,500, plus a $1,800 destination charge. That’s an increase of $1,500 in the base price, but Acura is including more than $4,000 worth of equipment that was optional on the previous-year NSX.