New Option

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.

Photo courtesy of Acura
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

Photo courtesy of Acura

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.

Trending News

 
 

What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

Trending News

 
 

The Type S gets a 355-hp V6.

Acura

The Acura MDX is a sharp three-row SUV that shares its roots with the Honda Pilot. The similarities between the two stop at the platform, however, as the MDX is more upscale, more engaging to drive, and more sharply styled. Acura skipped over the 2021 model year for the MDX, instead opting for a refreshed model in 2022. The new SUV is more of all the good things that it predecessor was, with the addition of new technologies and features. Acura recently announced that production for the higher-performance MDX Type S has begun, meaning we're about to see the hotted-up SUV in the wild.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Interior finishes and features are all high-end.Acura

While the standard MDX gets a 290-hp V6, the Type S receives a massaged version of the engine with a turbocharger that produces 355 horsepower. Beyond its significant power advantage, the Type S also gets adaptive air suspension, Brembo front brakes, and 21-inch wheels. Acura says the Type S is the most luxurious MDX it has made to date. To prove it, the automaker added nine-way massaging front seats and a 25-speaker Acura ELS Studio sound system to the Advance Package trim.

2022 Acura MDX Type S Massaging seats are available for the top Advance Package trim.Acura

Unsurprisingly, the Type S carries a notable price premium over its standard counterpart. The SUV's starting price is $67,745 including destination. The top MDX Type S with Advance Package starts at $73,095. The 2022 MDX was designed, tested, and developed in the United States. It's joined by the standard MDX in production at Acura's East Liberty facility in Ohio. The NSX supercar is also built in America, by hand, in Marysville, Ohio. Additionally, Acura notes that all of its 2022 model-year vehicles sold in the U.S. are built in the U.S. using domestic and global parts.

From Your Site Articles

Trending News