2022 Acura NSX Type S Gives sweet sorrow to separation

It didn’t seem like long ago that the NSX was back with a nostalgia, but Acura’s hybrid supercar is back in the sky after 2022 model year.

However it is not coming out quietly (unless you are traveling at low speeds under battery power), because each 2022 model will be a Type S and unlike the first generation NSX Type S, it will not be exclusive to Japan.

I spent an afternoon on the Sonoma Raceway just north of San Francisco, watching updates for a quick session of hot laps behind the wheels of the NSX Type S for a car that was already fast and precise.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

The hybrid gas engine receives an upgrade, the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V-6 adds a new fuel injector, intercooler, and a turbocharger from the NSX GT3 Evo race car. This increases the boost pressure from 15.2 psi to 16.1 psi, helping the gas engine output torque to 520 hp and 443 lb-ft, increasing to 20 hp and 37 lb-ft, respectively. The output tack and total power from the three electric motors now hit an even 600 hp and 492 pound-feet of torque.

Acura says the gear ratio of the two electric motors attached to the front wheels has been reduced by 20 percent to 8.05: 1 in an effort to increase off-the-line torque. Computers that power electric motors have been recalibrated to increase both efficiency and range using batteries more efficiently.

The 9-speed dual-clutch automatically returns with a new Rapid Downshift mode that allows the driver to shift at once instead of clicking multiple gears. With the car in Sport, Sport + or track mode, if you hold the downshift pedal for 0.6 seconds, it will automatically hold the lowest possible gear. The Sport + mode was also brought back to downshift almost immediately after the brakes, while the redline in track mode was increased by 1,500 rpm for the previous downshift.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

Aside from the Type S badges, there are also some cosmetic enhancements. The nose receives a semi-Lamborghini treatment with more angular lower air intake that has been enlarged to increase cooling. On the back, the diffuser is more prominent. Acura installs new five-spoke wheels with more negative offsets, helping to widen the front and rear tracks. The Pirelli P-Zero tires are fitted and have a “H0” designation, which means they are specially designed for NSX and provide 6% more grip according to Acura.

Although there were only a few laps around Sonoma in my session, there was plenty of time to acknowledge that the Type S only improved the positive qualities of NSX. It still feels like an NSX, but with more: more balance, more energy and more fun.

From the cabin, the sound of the engine becomes louder, and the flower bore shocks remarkably as it opens. The three sections of the Sonoma allow me to open the NSX Type S for almost a fixed period of time, and each time the wailing and rapid acceleration brings a smile to my face.

Sonoma has a clever downhill carousel bend that feeds one of them directly. Rear-wheel drive cars can find problems here if the driver gets into the gas too quickly because the turn banking starts to fall away. This is not a problem on the NSX as its mid-engine balance keeps it pleasantly neutral and the electric motors at the front help bring the car to the top. The all-wheel-drive system also allows you to drive with confidence, just as you would in a RWD car. It allows me to go straight with a lot of momentum.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

2022 Acura NSX Type S.

Quick downshift function takes some time to get used to. The 0.6-second lead-in time adds another dimension to thinking, as you usually have to catch a beat for your gear. I tried it a few times, before realizing I wouldn’t nail it in such a short session and come back to enjoy the car as much as possible. In its more aggressive modes, the transmission does a good job of downshifting during downtime so I don’t think I missed too much.

Although the session was short, I enjoyed the NSX Type S very much. So much so that it made me sad again that we have to say goodbye to it once more. John Ikeda, Acura vice president and brand officer, has previously said that “the first generation was gas. The second-gen was a hybrid. There will be another.” It thinks the next NSX will be completely electric (though Acura won’t say it on record), and if it’s as good as the hybrid NSX, we have nothing to worry about.

If you find all of this interesting and want an NSX Type S for your garage, it’s too late. All 300 cars destined for the United States sold out on first-day orders on August 12, 2021, when the car debuted at Monterey Car Week in California. The NSX Type S is priced at $ 171,495 (including 99 1,995 for the destination), about $ 13,000 more than the 2021 NSX, and we estimate that it would be almost impossible to find an example for sale near this price in the used market.

Provide travel and track time for Acura Motor authority To bring you this firsthand drive report.

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