The 2020 Acura NSX is giving a nod to its first-generation progenitor with two throwback paint schemes. The hybrid mid-engine coupe is adding Indy Yellow Pearl and Berlina Black to the available palette. The former pays homage to the original NSX’s Spa Yellow paint scheme, which was the fifth most popular color. The second returning heritage color is Berlina Black, which was offered for the entire first-gen NSX run.

The original NSX was produced from 1990–2005, and Spa Yellow (known as Indy Yellow in some markets) was offered as an option from 1997–2003. About 20 percent of the cars left the factory coated in yellow during this time, Acura says in its press release. Spa Yellow was replaced by Rio Yellow for the final two years of production. Fun fact: Rio Yellow was also offered on the revvy Honda S2000.

Acura calls its new Indy Yellow Pearl paint a “modern interpretation” of the original Spa Yellow.

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Acura is bringing its new Indy Yellow Pearl hybrid to Monterey Car Week, which takes place in mid-August. It will be displayed at Concours on the Avenue in Downtown Carmel, accompanied by an NSX GT3 Evo race car decked out in custom livery with yellow and blue accents.

The 2020 NSX is available to order now and first customer deliveries begin in November. The starting MSRP is $159,495 and selecting Indy Yellow Pearl paint adds $1,000.

Made in the Heartland

The NSX is built by the luxury arm of Honda at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio. It combines a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 engine and three electric motors to produce 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. Each front wheel has its own electric motor, while the rear wheels are powered by the gasoline engine and another electric motor. The NSX uses a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The supercar can go from zero to 60 mph in under 3 seconds, onto a top speed of 191 mph.

If your pockets are deep enough to fit an NSX, Acura offers the NSX Insider Experience, which includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the factory where your car is produced. You can also take an NSX out on the track at the Transportation Research Center (TRC), where it was originally tested and developed.

Those with even more to splurge can plunk down $525,000 for a carbon fiber NSX GT3 Evo. Along with the NSX GT3, these racers have competed in 24 Hours of Daytona and Spa, the 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans, and the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. More information can be found at

2019 Acura NSX update

2020 Acura NSX in heritage Indy Yellow Pearl paint
Honda North America

The NSX received some cosmetic and performance updates in 2019. The front grille is now body-color, and high-gloss treatments have been applied for the front grille surround, front air intake mesh, and rear bumper outlet mesh. Formerly optional equipment such as semi-aniline leather and Alcantara power sports seats are now standard.

Mechanical enhancements include larger, stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars and stiffer rear toe link bushings. New Continental SportContact 6 tires, developed exclusively for the NSX, replace the Continental ContiSportContact 5P tires.

A software tune makes the NSX a better daily driver while also improving performance at the track. Calibrations to the NSX’s Sport Hybrid SH-AWD power unit, active magnetorheological dampers, electric power steering, and VSA settings take advantage of the new hardware. Acura claims a “nearly 2-second faster lap time in testing around the world famous Suzuka Circuit.”

Sales slump and ‘secret’ discount

Acura calls its new Indy Yellow Pearl paint a “modern interpretation” of the original Spa Yellow

Acura NSX sales dipped sharply in 2018, with just 170 units sold, according to figures from This was the lowest number of sold cars in NSX history, including the first generation. Compare this number to the 269 sold in the new NSX’s short inaugural year (2016) and 581 sold in 2017. We will see what the numbers are for 2019 models, which are apparently receiving a boost from a “secret” incentive discovered by Motor Trend affiliate Intellichoice.

The automotive ownership cost and values analysis site uncovered a $20,000 discount for a base 2019 NSX, which brings the $159,300 starting price down to $139,300. The incentive only applies to 2019 models and reportedly has been booked through March 31, 2020.

This is the biggest incentive in the industry and the NSX has reportedly seen a 42-percent improvement in sales as of May 2019. This may be the best time for potential customers to snag an NSX of their own.

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