Special edition Type S marks the end of current-gen Acura NSX
Remember that mystery Acura NSX? At the time, we weren’t sure if it was a facelift or a new high-performance variant. However, we were leaning towards the latter. It seems our guess was correct as Acura recently revealed teaser photos of the upcoming vehicle.
But it’s not just any high-performance model; it’s a limited edition, send-off model for the current-generation NSX.
Acura announced that the NSX Type S will debut on August 12 as part of this year's Monterey Car Week. The automaker also released a few teaser photos and a video showing some of the differences between the Type S and its standard counterpart. That’s aside from the revised front and rear bumpers we saw on the camouflaged prototype.
Possibly the most noticeable and significant change is the engine cover. Instead of a black engine cover on the standard model, the Type S features a red cover – a signature of performance-oriented Honda and Acura models. For reference, the previous-generation NSX Type R also had a similarly painted cover.
Unfortunately, Acura did not mention whether there are changes under the hood. For reference, the standard NSX uses a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 coupled with a 3-motor hybrid system and all-wheel drive. Total power output is rated at 581 PS and 645 Nm torque. However, we won't be surprised if the automaker increased its power beyond 600 PS for the Type S.
Other noticeable details that we noticed are the more aggressive bumpers, a gloss black rear spoiler, and darkened exterior accents. Inside, there’s also a Type S plaque indicating that the NSX you’re sitting in is indeed a limited edition.
A total of 350 units of the NSX Type S will be built globally - 300 units will be allocated for the US, 30 units for Japan, and the remaining 20 for the rest of the world. All examples will be built at Honda’s Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. And come December 2022, production of the second-generation NSX will officially end.
It’s sad to see the NSX go, but at least Acura is giving it a proper send-off with the Type S.