The NSX we've been waiting for is almost here.
We recently spotted Acura testing a mysterious NSX prototype, leading us to believe a new version would arrive imminently. Just a few days later, Acura has officially announced that 2022 will be the NSX's final model year, and it's going out with a bang. The 2022 Acura NSX will spawn a limited-edition Type S variant for the first time since 2001. Acura will only build 350 units worldwide, and the United States is lucky enough to receive 300 of them.
No specific performance details are available yet, as this is meant to act as a small glimpse prior to an official reveal. The press release states the NSX Type S, "raises the already impressive performance of Acura's cutting-edge electrified supercar to new levels." We should expect more than the base car's 573 horsepower.
The Type S will continue to use NSX's 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, so the teaser image showing a smokey drift does not indicate a lightweight rear-wheel-drive model. Acura will show off the car properly at Monterey Car Week on August 12, at which point customers will have a chance to order this limited edition final send-off. During the global reveal, Acura will release more information on performance and pricing.
The NSX currently undercuts its rivals with a $157,500 starting price, though it can easily exceed $200,000 with options. We expect the Type S will start at over $200,000 and likely arrive sporting will over 600 hp. The teaser images look broadly similar to the base NSX, but the Type S will likely receive new wheels and other unique styling and performance elements to improve the handling.
"NSX has played a critical role in reestablishing Acura as a performance brand and the return of Type S," said Emile Korkor, Assistant Vice President, Acura National Sales. "We've seen tremendous enthusiasm in the market and we aren't done yet; there's more to come as Type S becomes the pinnacle expression of performance across the Acura lineup."
We are a bit sad to see the second-generation NSX leave production, but the model has sold over 1,500 units in the US and over 2,500 units globally. Acura promises it will continue to pursue sports cars after the NSX is gone. "Acura is a performance brand, a company of enthusiasts, and we will continue moving forward, actively investigating what the next generation of sports cars should be in an electrified era," said Jon Ikeda, Vice President, and Acura Brand Officer.