5 ways Acura changed the 2019 NSX

first_img 2019 Acura NSX Gallery Acura’s second-generation NSX tried the impossible: a supercar that was not only usable every day, but without headaches or frustrations along the way. If in the process it sacrificed a little drama in the name of accessibility, the 2019 NSX nudges things back in the right direction. A series of focused changes could pay big dividends to the hybrid coupe. No more power, but it’s still fasterStraight line speed is good, but speed in the corners is arguably even more important. Acura’s stiffness improvements and software recalibrations pay dividends there, and the proof is on the race track. The automaker took the old NSX and this 2019 version to the Suzaka Circuit, known for its particularly challenging corners and turns, to show the difference. AdChoices广告The result was an almost two second improvement between the 2018 NSX and the 2019 NSX. Obviously the degree to which drivers will see that themselves will depend on how twisty the road they take turns out to be, but given the torque vectoring system was already impressive, this is quite the improvement. There are two striking new colorsThe NSX has never exactly been a subtle car, but the potential for turning heads is only getting bigger in the 2019 model year. Acura is adding a brand new paint option, Thermal Orange Pearl, named after the famous race track. It’ll cost you $700 extra, but it’s the eye-searing drama color that the NSX has arguably needed. The same shock of color goes for the inside. For a start, the red cabin option has been extended, to a full red that extends across more of the surfaces. New for 2019, though, is Indigo Blue. That’s a fetching dark blue leather with matching center tunnel and door trim. You might not think bright orange and blue would necessarily go, but Acura proves that assumption wrong. A meaner, sleeker NSXEven if you don’t opt for the attention-seeking orange paint job, the new NSX has some other styling changes which make it stand out. The front grille is now body-color, for instance, and the front grille surround, air intake mesh, and rear bumper outlet mesh now get a high-gloss finish. Similarly, the exterior carbon fiber – like the optional decklid spoiler – is now gloss finish, rather than matte. The result is a car that catches the light in more interesting ways. From the front, the darker V-shape of the grille and lower bumper leaves the 2019 NSX looking lower down to the road and more aggressive. There’s more standard-fit kitAny supercar, by definition, isn’t going to be cheap. Nonetheless the value proposition for the 2019 NSX has improved. On paper it’s $1,500 more than the 2018 car, coming in at $157,000 (plus $1,800 destination) before options. However, some of the boxes you’d previously have had to check off in the dealership are now included as standard. 4-way power sports seats are now standard-fit, though the original manual sports seats can be had as a no-cost swap. Navigation is standard now, too, as is the ELS Studio premium audio system. Aluminum sports pedals have been included, and nervous drivers will be pleased to hear that proximity sensors are now standard, too. Altogether, Acura says, you’re looking at $4,700 worth of options that are now fitted on every 2019 NSX.Wrap-upGoing fast and looking sexy are certainly two of the key drivers for supercar owners, but having something rare is arguably just as important. On that front, the Acura NSX might just be one of the most appealing supercars out there. The automaker says that, in the 2017 and 2018 model years combined, it has sold fewer than 2,000 of the second-gen cars. Of that, almost 1,000 were in the US. If you’re looking for a legitimately impressive rarity, your closest Acura dealership probably should be your next port of call. A stiffer, more responsive NSXThe new NSX doesn’t get any extra power: arguably there’s no need for it, with 573 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque from the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD drivetrain. That combines a twin-turbocharged V6 gas engine with three electric motors – one for the rear axle, and one each for the front wheels – for true torque vectoring. What’s changed for the 2019 model year is how the car around that drivetrain is constructed. Acura started with larger front and rear stabilizer bars, which had the effect of increasing the car’s stiffness by 26-percent and 19-percent respectively. Then it made the rear tow link bushings 21-percent stiffer, and the rear hub 6-percent more rigid. Combined with revamped hybrid software, tweaks to the magnetorheological dampers, power steering, and other systems, the result is a car with more readily-controlled – and indeed provoked – understeer and oversteer at the limit, not to mention a car that’s more playful in general. Story Timeline2017 Acura NSX First DriveThis all-electric Acura NSX concept plans to beast Pikes Peak2019 Acura NSX gets stiffer, feistier and more strikinglast_img read more

The Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker is now expected in Q3 2019

first_imgStory TimelineSamsung Galaxy Home Bixby smart speaker HomePod-rival previewedSamsung’s Galaxy Home will live or die by AISamsung puts voice at the heart of the Smart Home Samsung isn’t giving up on its Bixby-powered smart speaker, with the company insisting that the Galaxy Home is still going to launch – albeit a little later than initially intended. The eye-catching speaker – which has been variously compared to an Alien egg, kettledrum, and a fancy essential oils vaporizer, among other things – was first previewed all the way back in August 2018. Shown alongside the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, the Galaxy Home was to be Samsung’s retort to Amazon’s Echo speakers and Google’s Home speakers, along with Apple’s HomePod. Rather than run Alexa or the Google Assistant, however, the Galaxy Home relies on Samsung’s own AI tech, Bixby. That would mean features like voice-controlled music, getting answers to questions, and controlling messaging and calls through a user’s smartphone, among other talents. Rather than opt for a small, discrete design like a Google Home, however, Samsung opted for a more conspicuous form-factor. The cauldron-like Galaxy Home would use premium materials for its gleaming metal legs, and have a control panel on its flat upper surface. Initially, when pressed, Samsung execs suggested the Galaxy Home should launch by April 2019. That came and went, only for a more nebulous release window in the first half of the year. That, too, is now going to be missed. AdChoices广告“The Galaxy Home speaker, which will be the center of Samsung’s home appliances, is planned to be launched in mid-second half of the year,” Samsung Electronics’ CEO of consumer electronics Kim Kyun-Suk told The Korea Herald this week. Insiders at the company suggest that means Q3 2019. Ironically, it could be beat to market by another Bixby-powered smart speaker. What looked to be a Samsung Galaxy Home Mini speaker was spotted in pre-launch testing last month, a smaller – and likely more affordable – version of the larger Galaxy Home. Distilling the core AI functionality into cheaper models has been a potent strategy for Amazon and Google, which offer Echo Dot and Google Home Mini smart speakers that sacrifice audio quality for a lower price point. What remains to be seen is how the market feels about a Bixby powered smart speaker, and whether anyone but the most committed of Samsung fans actually wants such a device. Samsung is positioning the Galaxy Home as the voice-controlled centerpiece of a smart home dominated by its own entertainment, tech, and appliance products, integrating with everything from connected refrigerators through to phones and tablets. last_img read more