Acura's electrified NSX supercar is back for the 2019 model year with a modified chassis and software tuning along with new tires — changes that the automaker says improves responsiveness.
The freshened NSX debuted Thursday during Monterey Car Week festivities. It's available for order and deliveries are expected to begin in October.
Chassis upgrades to Acura's halo 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. In addition, the rear hub's rigidity was increased by 6 percent.
The supercar also received new Continental SportContact 6 tires that were developed exclusively for the NSX. Acura says the new tires "feature a revised tread pattern, construction and rubber compound for improved handling performance in all conditions."
Software calibrations to the NSX's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit, electric power steering and active magnetorheological dampers -- which stabilize the driver and passenger in their seats -- take advantage of the new chassis hardware, and provide additional tire grip, Acura says.
The NSX is also available in a new color: thermal orange. The interior features a new color option -- indigo blue semi-aniline leather and Alcantara theme. Acura says the semi-aniline full leather (non-Alcantara) power sport seats are now available in red, in addition to ebony.
The exterior now comes with a 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.
A slew of features that were once optional are now standard: four-way power sport seats, satellite-linked navigation, ELS Studio premium audio, proximity sensors and aluminum sport pedals.
U.S. sales of the NSX this year tally 308 through July, down 69 percent compared with the same period a year ago.