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The Acura NSX Type S Will Mark the End of an Era

Acura is coming out all guns blazing to draw the curtains on the NSX by introducing the ‘Type S’ badge on the sporty sedan

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After being on the market for half-a-decade, Acura has decided to pull the plug on the NSX. However, the model will receive a last hoorah in the form of a Type S model. Acura announced that the NSX Type S will be unveiled at the Monterey Car Week in the coming week. It will be limited to 350 examples, 300 of which will be available for the U.S. This will be the first time an NSX Type S is being sold outside Japan.

What’s Special About The 2022 Acura NSX Type S

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It could also come with a different suspension and exhaust setup, wider tires, etc.

Acura has been on a ‘Type S’ spree lately. Earlier this year, two of its models, the TLX and the MDX, received the Type S treatment. Now, it’s the NSX’s turn. The NSX needs to introduction. Acura introduced the car’s second-gen in 2016 and it took the world by storm. The company, however, has decided to give the sporty badge a fitting send-off.

The details will be revealed when the car officially debuts, but some changes can be deciphered from the images. For starters, there are dark elements on the outside, like the rear spoiler and door handles. A Type S logo can also be seen ahead of the rear wheels. The NSX Type S also comes with a red engine cover that is reserved for performance products in the company’s lineup.

On the mechanical front, The NSX Type S could feature wider tires and different wheels, a different suspension tune, and a different exhaust note, too.

What Will Power The 2022 Acura NSX Type S?

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A red cover will grace engine that is reserved for performance-centric models
The NSX Type S will receive ‘an enhanced version’ of the same powerplant that comes with the standard NSX.

This is a 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V-6 mill that’s mated to three electric motors. It was specifically developed for the NSX. The engine is mated to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a Sport Hybrid All-Wheel-Drive system. One of these motors is mounted between the engine and the transmission, whereas the other two are on the front axle. The motors, together, make 83 horses and 163 pound-feet of twist.

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Drivetrain information is not provided, but you can expect it to make more than the standard NSX’s 573-HP output

The engine, on the other hand, churns out 500 horses and 406 pound-feet of twist.

When working in tandem, the drivetrain churns out 573 horses and 476 pound-feet of torque. Courtesy of this, the NSX sprints to 60 mph from rest in under three seconds and hits a top speed of 191 mph.
2021 Acura NSX specifications
Powertrain Twin-Turbo Aluminum-Alloy 75-Degree V-6 + three electric motors
Displacement (liters) 3.5
Layout Mid-mounted Longitudinal
Bore and Stroke (in [mm]) 3.6 x 3.5 (91 x 89.5)
Power (hp @ rpm) 573 @ 6500-7500
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 476 @ 2000-6000
Specific Output (hp/liter) 143
Maximum Engine Speed (rpm) 7500
Maximum Speed 191 (estimated)
Acceleration (0-60 mph) 2.9 secs (estimated)

It wouldn’t be surprising if the NSX Type S makes more than 600 horses and is quicker than the standard NSX.

The Second-Gen Acura NSX Is A Champion

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Acura is retiring the NSX by introducing a Type S edition that’s limited to 350 examples

The highly impressive specs of the second-gen NSX translated to an equally astounding career. The car raked in many accolades over the years, some of them being:

  • Winner of the 2019 and 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – GTD Class (NSX GT3 Evo)
  • Winner of 2019 Super GT Driver’s and Manufacturer’s Championship – GT300 Class
  • Hybrid record-holder at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb since 2020 – Time Attack 1 division
  • Production-vehicle record at 2019 Long Beach Street Circuit

Final Thoughts

The Acura NSX Type S will debut at the Monterey Car Week on August 12. As mentioned earlier, only 350 examples will be made, 300 of which are reserved for the U.S. market. Also, this will be the only NSX available for the 2022 model year.

Honestly, 300 copies for the U.S. is an optimistic approach from considering the company has sold close to 360 examples of the NSX in the last two years. Also, let’s not forget that the NSX Type S will be noticeably more expensive than the standard model, which means it could start north of $200,000; well over the standard 2021 NSX’s starting price of around $160,000. But, the emotional angle to it could lead to the company selling them out in a short span of time.

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