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Acura NSX Type S 2022 Review: A Perfect Supercar With Ultimate Tech Specs

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The 2022 Acura NSX Type S has impressed enthusiasts, but it’s a bittersweet moment as Acura has confirmed that production of the last NSX Type S has concluded. All 350 units of the 2022 NSX Type S have been manufactured and sold.

It’s inevitable that in the near future, we might see a 2022 Acura NSX Type S up for auction on platforms like Bring a Trailer.

Acura made significant upgrades to the NSX, including the prestigious Type S badge for its final year. The enhancements involve a refreshed design featuring a more aggressive front with angular air intakes, updated headlights, and a revised rear with a larger diffuser. Additionally, a new carbon fiber front spoiler reduces front aerodynamic lift.

The NSX Type S showcases new 5-spoke wheels that widen the track both in the front (+0.4-in.) and rear (+0.8-in.). These wheels are equipped with custom Pirelli P-Zero tires designed exclusively for the NSX Type S.

The hybrid powertrain of the NSX Type S has also been enhanced. It retains the same 3.5-liter V6 engine and three electric motors but now delivers 600 horsepower and 492 pound-feet of torque, improvements of 27 hp and 16 lb-ft. Upgraded fuel injectors, intercoolers, and turbochargers from the NSX GT3 Evo contribute to these enhanced performance figures. The 9-speed dual-clutch transmission has been refined for a 50 percent quicker upshift response and a new Rapid Downshift Mode. The lithium-ion battery now offers 20 percent more usable capacity, extending the range of electric driving. Furthermore, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system has been updated for better performance.

The increased power of the NSX Type S enhances its track capabilities significantly, with Acura claiming it is 2 seconds faster around the Suzuka Circuit than the non-Type S version and can accelerate from 0-60 mph in under three seconds.

The suspension has been fine-tuned with updated adaptive dampers providing different settings for varying driving conditions. The steering has also received minor enhancements, although the previous version was already commendable.

Apart from being faster and more agile, the NSX Type S remains a joy to drive due to its enhanced suspension, steering, and powertrain. It retains its usability as a daily supercar, offering a comfortable driving experience for both commutes and spirited drives.

However, one area that could use improvement is the interior of the NSX Type S. The cabin updates are limited to an Alcantara headliner, embroidered Type S logo, and embossed NSX logos which fall short of expectations.

The outdated partial digital instrument cluster and the sluggish 7-inch infotainment touchscreen running on outdated Honda software are notable drawbacks. Additionally, the seats, while comfortable, lack adjustability, resulting in discomfort on longer drives.

Although now irrelevant, the starting price for the 2022 Acura NSX Type S was $171,495.

In conclusion, it is regrettable that the NSX Type S will only be available for a single year. Acura succeeded in refining its already excellent supercar. Fans can now anticipate the rumored third-generation NSX, which is likely to be an all-electric supercar.

Image Source: Darren Brode / Shutterstock

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