A familiar person bought it.
We knew this was going to happen and now it has. The first 2022 Acura NSX Type S hybrid supercar, revealed only a few days ago, has just been auctioned off at this year's Mecum Auction at Monterey Car Week in California. The car itself debuted only a few days ago and now VIN No. 001 has been sold for the cool sum of $1.1 million. The winning bidder?
None other than Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports and founder of the Hendrick Automotive Group. He's the same guy who's purchased several other special cars, like the first-ever C8 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Camaro ZL1 1LE, and even the 2017 NSX VIN #001.
As with his other first-off-the-assembly line cars, Hendrick will be able to custom order his Type S to his preferred specs. All proceeds of the charity auction will go to several good causes, among them the youth education program called STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).
"Acura is proud to help inspire America's next-generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers through the expansion of STEAM education in underserved communities," said Acura's Vice President Jon Ikeda. "We hope to help these young students discover the possibilities of their own futures, especially children who have not had sufficient access to these types of programs due to COVID and other socio-economic factors."
The hybrid supercar comes powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 paired to a rear-mounted electric motor plus an additional two electric motors on the front axle to enable all-wheel drive. Total output comes to 600 horsepower and 492 lb-ft of torque, a boost of 27 hp and 16 lb-ft over the standard NSX. Only 350 examples of the NSX Type S are planned, and 300 will remain in the US.
Sadly, 2022 will also be the final model year of the second-generation NSX in general. No direct successor is on the horizon (that we're aware of). Every NSX, including the Type S, is assembled at Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio.