Updated Honda NSX hybrid supercar promises more responsive experience
Honda has revealed a variety of updates to the NSX supercar including chassis, powertrain and trim revisions that promises it will be even more pleasurable to live with day-to-day, and even more exciting to drive on track.
To this end Honda equipped the 2019 NSX with larger front and rear stabiliser bars, which increase stiffness by 26% at the front and 19% at the rear. The rear hubs and control-arm toe link bushings are also stiffer, further boosting responsiveness through the chassis.
Beyond the hardware upgrades for 2019 Honda has also recalibrated the software controlling its Sport Hybrid AWD power unit, electric power steering, Vehicle Stability Assist system and the active magnetorheological dampers.
The dampers now provide a ride and response that is even more comfortable in the NSX’s softest setting, while maintaining the stiffer set-up for higher speeds and on-track driving.
In combination with the revisions to the NSX’s chassis hardware and software, the 2019 NSX will be fitted as standard with the Continental SportContact 6 high-performance tyre developed exclusively for NSX. These provide improved dynamic response and feedback during braking, cornering and acceleration.
As an indicator of the improvements, the 2019 NSX is two seconds faster than the current model around the world-famous Suzuka circuit.
Powertrain updates for the 2019 model-year include upgraded injectors, enhancement to the heat response of the turbocharger, and a new particulate filter to ensure that the NSX complies with the Euro 6d-TEMP emissions standards while maintaining its high level of performance.
Dave Hodgetts, managing director at Honda UK, commented: “The NSX remains the pinnacle of the Honda four wheel range and the UK has secured a limited allocation which will be available from early 2019.”