The 2022 Acura NSX gets a performance boost for the final year of its current form. The NSX's hybrid powerplant now makes 600 horsepower, an increase of 27 hp over last year. The nine-speed automatic transmission promises 50 percent faster upshifts and gains a Rapid Downshift mode. New wheels, tires, and aerodynamic body enhancements complete the makeover. In a nod to the upgrades, the official model name is now NSX Type S.
Choosing Your Acura NSX
The NSX Type S comes in a single trim level, priced from $171,495 including destination. The coupe is a limited-production vehicle and may already be sold out at dealerships across the country.
The NSX's hybrid system consists of a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors. The V6 and one electric motor power the rear wheels, while each front wheel has its own motor. The combined output is now 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque. A nine-speed automatic transmission with launch control does the shifting.
The NSX's all-wheel-drive system is optimized for peak on-road performance. Drivers have a choice of three driving modes: Quiet, Sport, Sport Plus, and Track. Acura hasn't released performance numbers on the 2022 NSX, but last year's model without the Type S treatment went from zero to 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds and reached a top speed of 191 mph.
As in previous years, efficiency is outstanding for a car with such performance potential. According to EPA fuel economy estimates, the NSX manages 21 miles per gallon city, 22 mpg highway, and 21 mpg combined.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The NSX is a two-seat, mid-engine sports car with ample room for the driver and passenger. The trunk measures just 4.4 cubic feet, enough for two pieces of soft luggage.
As with other exotic performance cars, driver assistance technology isn't a priority. The NSX comes with front and rear parking sensors only.
The NSX offers a robust infotainment system for a two-seater. Every model gets a seven-inch touchscreen, navigation, HD radio, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and a nine-speaker ELS Studio sound system. Satellite radio is a $500 standalone option.
The NSX comes equipped for the track with an adaptive performance suspension, Brembo brakes, a limited-slip differential, and staggered 19- and 20-inch wheels. The only major performance upgrade is carbon-ceramic brakes, priced from $9,900 to $10,600 depending on caliper color. Alternate wheels designs are available for $1,500.
Other features include heated power sport seats with memory, ambient LED interior lighting, acoustic rear glass, LED headlights, heated power side mirrors with reverse tilt-down, a universal home remote, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Seats are clad in semi-aniline leather with suede inserts. Full leather seats are available for $1,000.
The $1,300 Lightweight Package includes a carbon-fiber engine cover, carbon-fiber interior trim, and carbon-ceramic brakes in the buyer's choice of four colors. The bundles shave 57.8 pounds off the NSX.
2022 Acura NSX Type S production is limited to 300 hand-build examples. Start contacting dealers now to secure a reservation.