Takeaway: The limited-production supercar has more power, better aerodynamics, sharper lines, and gripper tires. It’s also the first time Acura will sell the Type-S version outside of Japan.
- Three electric motors assist the twin-turbocharged V6
- Acura will make all 350 units in its Marysville, Ohio, factory
- A lightweight package dripping in carbon reduces weight by 58 pounds
- The turbochargers come from the NSX GT3 Evo race car
- The 9-speed dual-clutch transmission upshifts 50 percent faster than the previous model and has a rapid downshift mode.
- Acura also teased the return of the sporty Integra model
As the sun dropped behind the Santa Lucia Mountains outside Monterey, California, Acura did some sunsetting of its own at a small event for journalists at California’s Monterey Car week. The brand, this weekend, revealed the final iteration of its NSX hybrid supercar. A few small but important changes make the 2022 model appear to be the most powerful, best handing yet.
Acura will make 350 units of the new NSX, all of them in its Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio. Every model will carry the high-performance Type-S badge, the first time Acura is making that level of NSX available outside of Japan. This is the third Type-S model that Acura has introduced this year as the company seeks to return to and refine its performance pedigree.
The 2022 NSX gets modest visual and performance changes from the previous version. On the exterior, it now has a rear diffuser borrowed from the GT3 race version of the car, giving it a sharper, more angular profile. It also gets Pirelli P-Zero tires to handle the boost in power and a new matte color option that Acura calls Gotham Gray, which is a $6,000 add on and only available on 70 models.
The new model makes about 5 percent more power, up to 600 hp from 573 hp. Torque also climbs, from 476 to 492 lb.-ft. Acura says its refined 9-speed dual-clutch transmission will upshift 50 percent faster than the previous version and features a rapid downshift mode that lets you skip several gears at a time by holding in the left paddle.
The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter, V6 engine has new fuel injectors, new intercoolers and new turbochargers borrowed from the NSX GT3 Evo race version of the car that Acura says deliver a 5.6 percent increase in peak boost pressure from 15.2 to 16.1 psi.
The new model has a base price of $169,500 or you can get a lightweight package (+$13k) that includes carbon ceramic brakes, carbon engine cover, carbon interior trim, amd reduces total weight by approximately 58 lbs.
At the launch event Acura did not say whether the NSX would be replaced with another vehicle, but it did confirm that the popular Integra model, last produced in 2006 (under the RSX badge) will return next year.
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