New Acura NSX Type S to sign off pioneering hybrid supercar

Faster, lighter and more focused, but Acura NSX Type S will not mark a return to the UK

Acura has officially revealed its new NSX Type S, confirming that the updated hybrid supercar will celebrate the end of NSX production with more power, less weight and a honed chassis. Limited to 350 units globally, 300 will be allocated to the USA with the remaining units split between central America and Japan.

Key updates to the new NSX start with the powertrain, which has been upgraded with new turbos borrowed from the NSX GT3 racing car that have a six percent increase in peak boost pressure to 16.1psi. There are also larger intercoolers and new fuel injectors with a 25 percent higher flow rate. Together, these changes yield a 26bhp and 16lb ft increase in the 3.5-litre V6’s output, which combined with the NSX’s three electric motors equate to a total equivalent power and torque output of 593bhp and 492lb ft of torque.

> Honda Integra to make a comeback – 2022 release confirmed at Monterey Car Week

The electric motors on the front axle have been given a lower final drive to improve acceleration off the line, and the battery itself has also been upgraded, with 20 percent more capacity and a 10 percent increase in battery output. The nine-speed dual clutch transmission has been tweaked and is now able to upshift up to 50 per cent faster, while also coming with a new rapid downshift function that will drop multiple gears at once when holding the downshift paddle. Specific performance figures have yet to be released, but expect a subtle improvement on the standard NSX’s 3.3sec 0 to 62mph time and 191mph top speed. 

Acura has also recalibrated the dampers, and there are a new set of specific Pirelli P Zero tyres wrapped around wider forged wheels that extend the track widths by 10mm on the front axle and 20mm at the rear.

The brakes are six-piston Brembo calipers on steel rotors as standard, but there is an optional Lightweight Package that bundles a more serious set of carbon ceramic brakes, carbonfibre interior components and a carbon engine cover to reduce overall weight by a further 26kg. While the difference is subtle when taking into account the standard NSX’s 1725kg weight figure, most of that reduction is unsprung. 

Acura’s US-based design studio has also reimagined the NSX’s aesthetic, with a new nose that ditches the previous mask-like graphic for a more traditional triple opening that references other Acura Type S models. The rear bumper is also new, with a functional diffuser inspired by the GT3 racer. 

Unfortunately, the Type S’s specificity to certain markets is a reflection of the NSX’s varied popularity across global markets. That the USA represented about two-thirds of global sales for this generation of NSX explains the bias towards that market. Where Honda’s varied, often inspired development plans for a future halo product goes from here, though, we can only guess.

Recommended

Best hybrid cars 2022
best hybrid 2021
Hybrid cars

Best hybrid cars 2022

Can high-performance fun and a plug really coexist in one car?
31 Jan 2022
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid 2022 review – a direction worth taking?
Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid – header
Bentley Flying Spur

Bentley Flying Spur Hybrid 2022 review – a direction worth taking?

The Flying Spur Hybrid remains a brilliant luxury cruiser, but sacrifices charisma for its newfound efficiency
19 Jan 2022
Honda HR-V e:hev 2021 review – new hybrid to rival Nissan Qashqai and Toyota C-HR
Honda HR-V 2021 – front tracking
Honda HR-V

Honda HR-V e:hev 2021 review – new hybrid to rival Nissan Qashqai and Toyota C-HR

Curious hybrid arrangement has gaps in its repertoire, but the HR-V is otherwise a rounded and efficient everyday driver
11 Nov 2021

Most Popular

Used car deals of the week
Main  used car deals
used cars

Used car deals of the week

Here's what caught evo’s fancy this week on the second hand car market
13 May 2022
Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels
Rolls-Royce Phantom II – side sports
Rolls-Royce Phantom

Rolls-Royce Phantom II debuts – the ultimate luxury experience on four wheels

There are luxury cars, and then there’s the new Phantom II and its unmatched opulence
12 May 2022
High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied again – the real sports utility vehicle
Lamborghini Huracan Sterrato prototype – front quarter
Lamborghini Huracan

High-riding Lamborghini Huracàn Sterrato spied again – the real sports utility vehicle

Lamborghini plans to join the Porsche 911 Safari with its own take on the high-riding supercar
12 May 2022