After a long break, the second-generation Acura NSX arrived in 2017 as a hybrid supercar capable of insane acceleration with stunning good looks. The NSX has remained mostly the same since its arrival, but the limited-run 2022 model year – the last year before a reported break while Acura redesigns it – will get a new Type S model with boosted power.
The 2022 Acura NSX Type S will carry on with mostly the same design cues as the previous model year, but that “Type S” designation means it gets some extra styling bits. These upgrades will include a revised nose, unique five-spoke wheels, Type S decals, a carbon-fiber roof, a carbon-fiber NSX GT3-inspired rear diffuser, enhanced cooling vents, available Gotham Gray matte paint.
Inside, 2022 NSX Type S will continue with the same basic interior design as the previous NSX, but it’ll get a handful of updates. These include an Alcantara headliner, embroidered Type S logo on the glove compartment, embossed NSX logo on the headrests, and contrast stitching.
Under its hood, the 2022 NSX Type S will continue with the same 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors, but Acura tweaked it to 600 horsepower and 492 pound-feet of torque. Those are gains of 27 hp and 16 lb-ft of torque. This engine will still mate with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, but Acura improved it with a new Rapid Downshift Mode, more aggressive automatic downshifting, even faster upshifts in Sport and Sport+ modes, and a higher rev threshold for downshifts in Track mode.
Acura will also update the NSX Type S chassis with an updated suspension system, a wider track, a new Brembo braking system, and more. This all adds up to a 2-second faster lap time than the previous NSX around the Suzuka Circuit in Japan.
There is no word on safety gear, but the current NSX lacks modern goodies like automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and blind-spot monitors. We expect nothing to change in the safety department for the 2022 Acura NSX Type S.
Pricing & Release Date
There is no clearcut arrival date for the 2022 NSX Type S, but it is available for order now. There are only 300 units destined for the U.S. A redesign could be on tap for 2023, but this has not yet been confirmed.
Pricing will start from $171,495 (destination fees included).
Pictured: 2022 Acura NSX