It’s time to say goodbye once more to the NSX. Come December 2022, Acura will stop officially stop production of the second generation NSX. To give the mid-engine supercar a proper send-off, the automaker built a run-out special edition model with more power, better handling, and fresh styling.
Meet the 2022 NSX Type S.
Unfortunately, it’s not a new NSX-R. However, the sendoff model does feature significant changes over the standard NSX. It retains the standard hybrid setup comprised of a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors, but the Type S features new intercoolers, injectors, and even turbos from the NSX GT3 Evo race car. Acura also tweaked the hybrid system to increase output and for a longer range.
With all the changes, the total combined output of the NSX Type S is 600 horsepower and 667 Nm torque, a 27 horsepower and 22 Nm increase over standard. Acura says it is their most powerful road-going model yet. Together with the re-tuned 9-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the Type S will lap the Suzuka Circuit 2-seconds faster than the standard NSX.
Unlike the previous NSX Type S, which barely had styling changes over the standard, the 2022 model has a vastly different exterior. It features a new front bumper with large air intakes and a carbon fiber splitter. The rear end gets a new bumper and carbon diffuser to match. The changes not only improve aerodynamics but also its design. There’s also more carbon to be found throughout the body – from the side sills, roof, and spoiler. NSX-R fans will also be glad to see the signature red engine cover.
Completing the exterior upgrades are the new lightweight forged wheels. They’re not just for show. Acura says the new wheels widen the tracks of the NSX Type S, improving grip and handling. To reduce weight, customers can order the Lightweight Package comprised of carbon-ceramic brakes, carbon-fiber engine cover, and carbon interior trim.
Inside, changes to the cabin are fairly minimal. The most significant would be the Alcantara headliner, the Type S logo on the glovebox, and the NSX logo on the headrests.
Acura is now accepting orders for the 2022 NSX Type S. Only 350 units will be built globally (30 for Japan, 300 for the US, and 20 for the rest of the world). It will be sad to see the NSX go, but hopefully, Acura or Honda builds a successor in the future.