Acura NSX Type S: A Limited Edition for the finale

Honda has sent the NSX hybrid super sports car to retirement with a special series. It offered even more power, but was limited to 350 units. Production finally ceased in November 2022.

In 2016, after many delays, Honda finally launched a new generation of the NSX supercar . He competed with an electrified drive and only under the luxury label Acura. With the 2022 model year, the death knell rang again for the NSX. The mourners delighted Honda with a Final Edition. The Acura NSX Type S was unveiled at Monterey Car Week. Only 350 copies were offered worldwide, 300 of which were reserved exclusively for the US market. Also new is that an NSX Type S was offered outside of Japan. It was already clear at the start of the special series that it would be a collector's item. The first model of the special series was offered for sale directly in Monterey at auction. The last of the 350 NSX rolled off the assembly line at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio in November 2022. ,

More power for the finale

For the finale, Honda went all out again. While the NSX with its 3.5-liter V6 biturbo hybrid drive has so far produced 581 hp, the Type S goes into the final with a full 600 horses. The maximum torque also increases and is now given as 667 Nm. The extra power is generated by new intercoolers, new turbochargers for the V6 with six percent higher boost pressure, 20 percent more battery capacity (now 1.3 kWh) and ten percent more battery power (now 60 kW). The nine-speed dual-clutch transmission has also been sharpened. When shifting up, the gears should slide in 50 percent faster, for downshifting the switch box was given an additional new quick shift mode. The drive package is rounded off by newly calibrated software for the all-wheel drive with torque vectoring and a shortened translation of the two electric motors on the front axle. The four available riding modes and the suspension elements have also been retuned. , A wider track on both axles also ensures even more cornering speed. This is realized by new five-spoke forged wheels - in black, optionally with a matt or glossy finish - with a different offset - almost ten millimeters at the front and 20 millimeters at the rear. Special Pirelli P-Zero tires in the dimensions 245/35ZR19 at the front and 305/30ZR20 at the rear contribute more grip. The standard Brembo six-piston calipers are painted red. A carbon-ceramic brake system is available as an option. Acura has not yet revealed what all this brings in km/h and seconds.

Revised aerodynamics with more carbon

Visually, the Type S stands out with a new front apron with enlarged and additional air intakes and a carbon diffuser borrowed from the GT3 racing car.Carbon also provides the material for the front spoiler, the rear spoiler lip, the side skirts and the entire roof. Mirrors, door handles and the exhaust tailpipes have a black finish. The front and rear lights were dimmed and the engine received a red cover. There are also numerous Type S labels on the body. An optional lightweight package adds even more carbon to the NSX Type S and saves around 26 kilograms in weight.

Acura has upgraded the interior with new Alcantara surfaces, a Type S lettering on the dashboard, NSX lettering on the seats and the gear knob, and contrasting stitching.

The Acura NSX Type S is available in ten colors. Gotham Gray is new, a matt shade of gray that is exclusively intended for only 70 vehicles. Prices start at 169,500 US dollars (around 144,000 euros), with the lightweight package the basic price is 182,500 US dollars (around 155,000 euros). The Acura NSX Type S is not coming to Europe.

The ancestors

The new NSX Type S joins a respectable special model ancestral gallery. In 1999 Honda produced only 51 examples of the NSX Zanardi Edition. Only offered in Japan were the NSX-R (483 produced between 1992 and 1995), the NSX Type S (209 built between 1997 and 2001) and the NSX Type S-Zero (total 30 between 1997 and 2001). To date, Honda has sold more than 2,500 of the current NSX worldwide, including over 1,500 in the USA alone.

E-model as successor

The Japanese have not yet decided whether the NSX will have a successor. A new NSX may be purely electric. "Acura is a performance brand, an enthusiast company, and we will continue to push forward and actively explore what the next generation of sports cars should look like in an electrified era," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. ,

Conclusion

Honda is ending the NSX supercar era. 2022 will be the last model year. As a farewell, the Japanese are launching a final edition in the form of the Type S. With 600 hp more power and a newly tuned chassis and all-wheel drive, it offers more driving dynamics. The Type S is not coming to Europe.

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