2022 Acura NSX Type S Confirmed as Model's 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.
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.
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