2022 Acura NSX Type S debuts with turbos from GT3 Evo


Acura has unveiled the hotter Type S version of the NSX at this year’s Monterey Car Week, with prices in America starting at $169,500. A Lightweight Package costs an additional $13,000. Production is limited to 350 units, of which, 300 are allocated to the American market alone.

Although it is unclear if the Type-S we are seeing here is the final, goodbye version of the second-gen NSX, Acura said that it is part of the “celebrations of the final year of NSX production”. But anyway, visually, the NSX Type-S gets a more aggressive bodykit with larger intakes at the front, NSX GT3-inspired carbon fibre rear diffuser, and unique 5-split-spoke wheels that widen the front and rear tracks by 0.4- and 0.8-inches, respectively. The wheels—available in Matte Shark Grey or Gloss Berlina Black—are wrapped with bespoke Pirelli P Zero stickier tyres measuring 245/35 ZR19 at the front and 305/30 ZR20 at the rear; the sidewalls feature “H0” marking to suggest the bespoke development. The new tires are claimed to contribute to a 6% increase in lateral grip.

A carbon fibre roof is included as standard. Exterior paint options include Gotham Gray in a matte finish, which will be limited to 70 units (of the 350). The aforementioned Lightweight Package gets you carbon ceramic brakes in one of four colors, carbon engine cover, and carbon interior trim, which together are claimed to cut down curb weight by 26.2 kg (57.8 lbs).

As for other changes, Acura said that the Sport mode has been updated with recalibrated suspension dampers and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. The new suspension calibrations reduce body roll and brake dive, offering a more stable turn-in.

The cockpit features a new Alcantara headliner, embroidered Type S logo on the glove box and embossed NSX logos on the headrests. A few more options are available for Alcantara and leather.

Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the 3.5L V6 engine borrows turbos from the NSX GT3 Evo, delivering a 5.6% increase in peak boost pressure—from 15.2 to 16.1 psi. As a result, the engine pumps out 388 kW (527 metric hp/520 bhp) and 572 Nm (422 lb-ft) of torque. Remember, NSX is a hybrid supercar, which means the combined output figures would be 447 kW (608 metric hp/600 bhp) and 667 Nm (492 lb-ft) of torque. Compared to the regular NSX, there’s an increase of 27 metric hp and 22 Nm. And of course, the 9-speed DCT has been recalibrated and is claimed to offer even faster upshifts in Sport and Sport+ modes; there’s a new Rapid Downshift Mode as well.

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