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Heritage-inspired Long Beach Blue Pearl paint option comes to 2021 Acura NSX

A new, old Long Beach Blue Pearl paint job is available on the 2021 Acura NSX.

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For the last 11 years, the Long Beach Grand Prix has been part of the IndyCar circuit. The event has its roots in CART/Champ Car racing with its earliest years in the mid- to late-1990s focused on that level of racing. Since 2019, the event has been called the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach after the automaker came on board as the presenting sponsor of the event.

The 2021 Acura NSX will carry with it a part of the Long Beach Grand Prix history with its newly available paint color - Long Beach Blue. The color has its roots in the first-generation Acura NSX palette and continues the company's legacy of naming NSX paint colors after famous race tracks and corners.

2021 Acura NSX in Long Beach Blue Pearl

2021 Acura NSX in Long Beach Blue Pearl

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During a four-year run (2002-2005) of the first-gen NSX, just 88 cars were painted with the color making it one of the rarest colors originally applied ever on an NSX. Long Beach Blue replaced Monaco Blue Pearl in the Acura paint lineup. Monaco Blue Pearl was only available in 2000 and 2001.

The Acura NSX is handcrafted at the automaker's Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. It's powered by a hybrid 3.5-liter V6 engine that's paired with a nine-speed dual clutch transmission. Semi-Aniline Leather with Alcantara, four-way power-adjustable sport seats are standard on the model, as are aluminum pedals, an ELS Studio Premium Audio System, and navigation.

The 2021 NSX is now available to order. It has a starting MSRP of $157,000 excluding any delivery fees or taxes. The destination charged is $1,995. Opting for the Long Beach Blue Pearl paint color adds $1,000 to the price. There are a number of other extras available including interwoven wheels, Pirelli tires, and carbon ceramic calipers.

Acura recently made other news in the world of motorsports when it announced that the company's partnership with Team Penske in the DPi class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship would be ending after the current season.

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Subcompact SUV

Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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The 2023 Acura Integra is a very good thing
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After years of rumors and speculation, we finally got confirmation that the Acura Integra is returning. The iconic Japanese sports car left the market in the early 2000s, and has been notably absent since. Now, though, Acura is bringing it back. Today, the automaker announced that production had begun. The new Integra will be the first to be built in the U.S., and production will take place at Acura's Marysville Auto Plant. Interestingly, Acura's five other models are built in the Ohio facility.

2023 Acura Integra2023 Acura Integra reservations begin soonautomotivemap.com

The Integra will start arriving on dealers' lots in early June, and will carry a starting price of $30,800 before destination. The car is the only liftback in its segment, and gets a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 horsepower. A six-speed manual is available, but buyers can opt for a continuously variable transmission.

2023 Acura IntegraThe new Integra comes as a five-door only. Acura

Acura says the Integra rolls down the same production line as the TLX sedan. The car required a rethink of Acura's production processes, and COVID-19 threw a wrench in development efforts. Acura notes its team worked rmotely and traveled to Japan to collaborate with home-office engineers. The Integra will also usher in a new training process for Acura, where associates learn the vehicle, the production process, and tooling before ever seeing the actual car.

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