Honda has updated its hybrid supercar, the NSX, to have a slightly different look and revised chassis tuning which the company hopes will make the NSX more dynamic.
The 2019 Honda NSX will also be seen in a new colour, Thermal Orange Pearl, named for the Thermal Club racetrack in California.
Painted in that colour, or whatever each individual car is painted, will also be some of its trim that was previously chrome, most notably the front grille accent.
Honda says the carbon ceramic brakes can now be fitted with orange calipers to match.
But most importantly for drivers, the 2019 NSX scores an upgraded chassis which Honda hopes to “enhance vehicle dynamics.”
“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 per cent stiffer rear toe-link bushings. Rear hub rigidity has increased by six per cent.”
While the NSX’s mid-mounted 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 and front electric motors still total an output of 427kW and 646Nm, alterations to the system and its peripherals have been undertaken to assist the updated chassis in being more driver-focused.
“Software calibrations to the NSX’s power unit, active magnetorheological (magnetic, essentially) dampers, electric power steering and VSA settings capitalise on this new hardware, as well as the grippier tyre setup.”
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The tyres Honda is referring to are special Continental SportContact 6s developed for the NSX, which replace the ContiSportContact 5P on the previous generation.
Honda says these changes allow more driver control oversteering through throttle application, and have improved the NSX’s lap times at Suzuka Circuit by almost two seconds.
In Australia, pricing for the updated Honda NSX will remain at $420,000, with pearlescent colours Casino White and Thermal Orange costing an additional $1500, and Nouvelle Blue Pearl and Valencia Red Pearl (which are made with Andaro nanoparticles) are priced at $10,000 each.
The 2019 Honda NSX will be available for order in Australia from September 1, 2018, with local deliveries set to begin in early 2019.