By on August 3, 2021

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.

 

[Images: Acura]

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25 Comments on “2022 Acura NSX Type S Confirmed as Model’s Swan Song...”


  • avatar
    KOKing

    I suppose it’s appropriate that it’s over. I don’t think anyone could consider the NC1 a ‘success’. A lukewarm launch with massive markups and dealers (at least locally) who wouldn’t let potential customers touch em let alone drive em (I personally know a couple folks who ended up buying other in-segment cars due to this). Continued lackluster sales even with the loads of trunk money the last few years made this inevitable (along with things like having enough capacity to build MDXs in the factory).
    I suspect in the current climate dealers will mark these up to ~$300k, though I don’t know how they’re gonna do that when the leftover normal ones are probably still marked down $20kish.

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    I’ve only seen one on the street and it just doesn’t create a strong impression the way a Ferrari or Lambo or original NSX does. It looks more like if Toyota had brought back the MR2 than Honda bringing back the NSX.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “the United States, where take rates are higher and consumers appreciate salt-of-the-earth supercars”

    There is nothing ‘salt-of-the-earth’ about a hybrid-electric twin-turbocharged V6 with Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system. That is not the kind of car you own – it owns you.

    For ‘salt-of-the-earth’ supercars, I guess I think of a 2005-06 Ford GT.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      “…Firing up the NSX is somewhat unsettling because it doesn’t have a conventional starter. Rather its engine springs to life like many other hybrids, using the big sandwich motor—there’s no chin-chin-chin sound first, just the sound of the V-6 lighting off. The engine’s note isn’t particularly loud or distinct, except that with the exhaust baffles closed, the exhaust air squeezing through the mufflers sounds almost like a cigarette-lighter-powered tire pump…” Motor Trend

  • avatar

    It’s a shame these sort of fell flat. But like mentioned above, it’s just not exciting or exotic looking. You can get something else with a better badge from Germany, and saying “well this will be more reliable” doesn’t matter in this class. They’re very easy to drive quickly, and feel incredibly planted and safe.

    They also overhyped it as I recall, and it took forever to actually enter production.

    Guess they’ll be doing lots more Type-S and PMC edition Acuras at that factory (a very cool place to visit).

  • avatar
    Cicero

    Nothing says “supercar” quite like a V-6 humming under the hood.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      Ferrari has managed to have decent V6 supercars since the 1961 SP. The Dino 246 was great and now they have the 296 which is 820 hp. They sound great.

      296: youtu.be/xGl8s3JUxC8?t=89
      246: youtube.com/watch?v=QVUjzilsfEw

  • avatar
    theflyersfan

    They want to Type-S something, well, how about grabbing the next Civic Type-R, crank even more power out of it, give it a more mature exterior and interior, and charge under $45,000 or so?

    There is still a gaping hole in the cheap, fun market that the Integra and RSX left behind. They don’t need to sell a lot of them (that’s never the point with models like this) – they just need to be good.

  • avatar
    John R

    Some of the suppositions being offered here as an explanation for this car’s demise sound very familiar to some of the same suppositions that were bandied about for the demise of previous NSX – badging (barf) and pricing. Yes, Honda kind of let it wither, but arguably because the way sales were tracking on that car didn’t warrant further investment.

    Yet six, eight, ten years on a lot of the same folks become nostalgic and wax poetic about how Japan Inc doesn’t make this or that anymore, or like how they used to. Then Japan Inc grants a wish and then peeps who have the money and asked for it DON’T BUY IT. I hear “$___ for a Honda??” or “They want WHAT for a Nissan?” and then these folks go buy a 911 anyway so they don’t have to explain anything to their peers and neighbors.

    And then, mark my words, in 5-7 years when this car is done we will be rinsing & repeating.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    This is a darned legit car, but I think it reflects how much Acura has changed…and not for the better.

    Back in the early ’90s, Acura had a great rep as a performance brand, so the NSX was a great halo car for them. Today, it’s a Karen-mobile brand, and Karen could care less about something that her husband would buy to go fast and scout around for non-Karens in. It really has no place in the current lineup.

    Sad, because Acura really did do a terrific job with this car.

  • avatar
    Davekaybsc

    The practical everyday supercar that’s not that practical or usable everyday. Honda forgot that part of the 911’s appeal is that you can actually put things in them. They also forgot that you might need blind spot monitors on a car you can’t really see out of.

    The interior in this thing was embarrassing when it came out, and it’s a joke now. It looks like it’s a $50K car on the inside, and even at $50K, that HONDA CIVIC radio would be pathetic. But $180k? Are you serious? Porsche’s infotainment setups have never been as good as Audi’s, but they’re still way better than a freaking Civic.

    I do think there’s some merit to the lack of badge appeal, but not because it doesn’t say McLaren or Ferrari on it. Acura’s badge can’t compete with Porsche and Mercedes, much less actual exotics. When the 911 and AMG GT exist, and are better cars, and you’re bringing Volvo levels of cachet, that’s a problem. Treating potential customers like Civic Type R tire kickers is also a problem. No wonder this thing flopped like it did.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    “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?

    • 0 avatar
      FreedMike

      I think they were trying to re-establish the brand’s performance cred. For the record, I salute the hell out of them for doing the new NSX, and for introducing a TSX with some real performance chops. But Acura moved on from being a performance brand a long time ago, and I think the luxury market has also moved on from that as well. Unless you’re BMW or Mercedes (or maybe Audi), you’re shouting into the wind trying to sell luxury performance cars these days. Lexus gave up (which is a damn shame), and I suspect Caddy will follow suit before too long.

      I am becoming convinced the future of luxury-segment performance is crossover-based. And if I’m not mistaken, Acura is planning a hotter version of the MDX. Maybe that’s where the NSX and the new TSX are for.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        For a while one of my siblings drove a PPV Explorer, while quick like the PPV Taurus he came from he said it “felt like driving a bus”. I can’t imagine some hi po MDX will feel any different.

        • 0 avatar
          FreedMike

          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.

  • avatar

    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.

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