2022 Acura NSX Type S Confirmed as Model's Swan Song

2022 acura nsx type s confirmed as models swan song

Having recently revived the Type S moniker for its performance products, Acura is keen to get the label on the famed NSX before it’s discontinued. The mid-engine, hybrid-electric sports car will be leaving us next year. But not before the Honda Motor Company attempts to build the finest example ever to grace the pavement.

Acura has said the vehicle will be produced in limited quantities, with a scant 350 units being the outside envelope. However, 300 of those are supposed to be reserved for the United States, where take rates are higher and consumers appreciate salt-of-the-earth supercars that don’t need to have Italian roots or cars to be manufactured in places with long, European-sounding names. The NSX is assembled at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio, where the town motto happens to be “Where the Grass is Greener.”

That could double as the slogan for the NSX, which was originally conceptualized as a vehicle that could match the performance of high-end, European supercars while offering superior reliability at a lower cost. While the current-generation NSX abandoned many of the traits of its predecessor, the model retained its off-kilter attitude by offering cutting-edge technologies (when it debuted in 2015) in a package that still costs less than its chief rivals. But it never seems to garner the same reverence as the original, despite winning a slew of awards.

While your author has only ever experienced the bottom rungs of the supercar segment first hand, the NSX compares favorably to just about everything near its price — provided you’re willing to sacrifice a bit of speed for a vehicle that you could happily spend the rest of your life driving and exclude the Porsche 911. The NSX is a softer experience overall, providing oodles of speed in a package that’s shockingly comfortable. The car can even be operated in electric mode if you want to mosey silently through your residential neighborhood. But it still possesses many of the shortcomings associated with supercars, which poses a problem for those shopping for something with the best spec sheet that will still grab people’s attention.

The Type S will help address that, as Acura has confirmed that the car’s twin-turbocharged V6 and the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system have both been upgraded. On the standard NSX, you get a 3.5-liter gas burner mated to a trio of electric motors resulting in a combined 573 horsepower. But that’s supposed to come up substantially on the Type S. We’re also under the impression that Honda/Acura will be giving the suspension a minor overhaul and likely be adding some visual features to denote the vehicle as extra special. None of that’s been confirmed yet but fancier wheels (visible in the teaser), brakes, and an exhaust upgrade make a lot of sense when the whole point is to build a meaner version of the original.

Full details will be released on August 12th, with Acura stating that it will be ready to begin accepting orders.

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Aug 04, 2021

    "Acura is keen to get the label on the famed NSX before it’s discontinued. The mid-engine, hybrid-electric sports car will be leaving us next year." What was the point of bringing back the NSX again?

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    • FreedMike FreedMike on Aug 04, 2021

      @28-Cars-Later Depends on the CUV. The old Explorer was a famously mediocre driver overall. The new one is apparently quite good when optioned properly. I've driven an Audi SQ5, and I could live with it quite easily. It's just so damn expensive.

  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Aug 04, 2021

    I know I rant about the utter uselessness of Acura as a brand. Leisure suits on a Honda. Marketers fired from BMW. Honda has engineering credibility. Elsewhere in the world, the NSX is a Honda NSX. The second gen NSX should have been normal gas engine, but in the same way Acura only knows to copy BMW they built this car as a copy, not an original idea. (the X6 begat ZDX...didn't sell, and the i8 begat NSX part2, which sold so well that Honda had to use the NSX assembly line for limited editions of other cars to keep the trained staff employed) The i8 wasn't intended to be a mass market car...it was an experiment to see some emerging tech on a production line. Acura didn't steal that memo, they thought that there'd be i8's for all. The OG NSX is a great car...I had a weekend with one. If I ever attain one in the garage, it's getting HONDA badging.

  • SCE to AUX It's not really a total re-badge since some of the body parts are unique, and the interiors are quite different.As I mentioned the other day, the Tonale has a terrible name and a dim future.As for the Alfa team - guess what, this is how corporate ownership works. You are part of Stellantis partly because you're not viable as a standalone business, and then your overlords decide what's shared among the products.By the way: That Uconnect infotainment system found in Alfas was originally a Chrysler product... you're welcome.
  • Kurkosdr Someone should tell the Alfa Romeo people that they are a badge owned by a French company now.The main reason PSA bought FiatChrysler is that PSA has the technology to enter the luxury market but customers don't want a French luxury car for psychological/mindshare reasons. FiatChrysler has the opposite problem: they have lots of still-respected brands but not always the technology to make good cars. Not to say that if FCA has a good platform, it won't be used in a PSA car.In other words, if those Alfa Romeo buds think that they will remain a silo with their own bespoke platforms and exclusive sheet metal, they are in for a shock. This is just the start.
  • Arthur Dailey For the Hornet less expensive interior materials/finishings, decontent just a little, build it in North America and sell it for less and everyone should be happy with both the Dodge and the Alfa.
  • Bunkie I so wanted to love this car back in the day. At the time I owned a GT6+ and I was looking for something more modern. But, as they say, this car had *issues*. The first of which was the very high price premium for the V8. It was a several thousand dollar premium over the TR-7. The second was the absolutely awful fuel economy. That put me off the car and I bought a new RX-7 which, despite the thirsty rotary, still got better mileage and didn’t require premium fuel. I guess I wasn’t the only one who had this reaction because, two years later, I test-drove a leftover that had a $2,000 price cut. I don’t remember being impressed, the RX-7 had spoiled me with how easy it was to own. The TR-8 didn’t feel quick to me and it felt heavy. The first-gen RX was more in line with the idea of a light car that punched above its weight. I parted ways with both the GT6+ and the RX7 and, to this day, I miss them both.
  • Fred Where you going to build it? Even in Texas near Cat Springs they wanted to put up a country club for sport cars. People complained, mostly rich people who had weekend hobby farms. They said the noise would scare their cows. So they ended up in Dickinson, where they were more eager for development of any kind.