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Acura NSX Type S Is The Last Hurrah For The Hybrid Supercar

The Acura NSX's second generation debuted in 2016 as a hybridized halo model that attempted to save the Japanese brand by looking back to the past. Lately, NSX sales have been slipping, leading to its demise in Australia, where none were sold in 2020. It was also dropped in its home market of Japan, after a mere nine sales. Now it's time for the rest of the world to say goodbye to Acura's $150,000 supercar with the 2022 NSX Type S, which will only be sold in 350 units.

Acura says the NSX Type S is the fastest, best handling NSX model ever made, with improved acceleration, better cornering, and "a more emotional driving experience." This is mostly thanks to the more powerful mechanics compared to the standard NSX. Its new twin-turbocharged V6 engine paired with three hybrid-electric motors claims to be Acura's most powerful powertrain yet, producing 600 horsepower and 492 pound-feet of torque. The old NSX's 9-speed automatic has been switched out for a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission to offer faster shifting times and earlier downshifts than before. Acura additionally modified their SH-AWD drivetrain to give a better handling experience and more torque. It also has the same turbochargers as the Acura NSX GT3 Evo.

The NSX Type S has four modes in the Integrated Dynamic System, including Sport, Sport+, Track, and Quiet Mode. It also has an optional Lightweight Package, which adds carbon ceramic brakes, as well as a carbon fiber interior and engine cover. This package is said to lessen the supercar's curb weight to just 58 pounds. The NSX Type S has 20 percent more battery capacity than before, 10 percent more battery output, and a 6 percent increase in boost pressure. Enhancements to the NSX's interior have also been made, such as Type S embroideries on the glove compartment, NSX badges stitched into the headrests, an Alcantara headliner, and new contrast-stitching options. Another interesting detail is the Type S logo found on the key fob.

Acura even took the time to tweak the NSX's styling, giving it a new 'Diamond Pentagon' grille worn by the rest of Acura's lineup, a revised carbon fiber rear diffuser inspired by the NSX GT3 race car, sharper front and rear intakes, a wider front and rear track, and a new front splitter that directs airflow under the vehicle. It also features a standard carbon fiber roof, Type S decals, a new Gotham Gray matte exterior paint option included on 70 out of 350 examples, 5-spoke rims with Brembo High Performance Braking, and new Pirelli P-Zero tires for more grip.

The 2022 Acura NSX Type S will only be made in 350 units worldwide, with 300 destined for the US. In fact, every 2022 NSX manufactured in Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio will be a $171,495 Type S model, meaning that the current NSX is no longer available. "The [second generation] NSX has played a critical role in reestablishing Acura as a performance brand, setting the stage for the return of Type S and more performance vehicles to come," says Acura's Vice President Jon Ikeda. When NSX production ends for good, that doesn't mean we won't see another Acura sports car in the future, as Ikeda stated, "we’re already investigating what the next generation of sports cars should be in the coming electrified era.” Expect to see the NSX Type S on display at Monterey Car Week and Concours d'Elegance.

Source Credits: Acura

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