The 2022 Honda NSX Type S has finally been unveiled, serving as a last hurrah to the second-generation Honda NSX hybrid supercar. Unveiled today in North America badged as an Acura, the NSX Type S is said to be the best and most capable NSX ever.
Design-wise, the 2022 Honda NSX Type S gets a new, more aggressive front bumper with an integrated carbon fiber front splitter and larger vents. These of course aren’t just for show. They’re meant to improve both aerodynamics and cooling for the hybrid powertrain.
At the sides, there are new carbon fiber side sills, new matte grey forged alloy wheels (19 inches at the front, 20 inches at the rear) wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires, and gloss Berlina Black mirror caps and door handles.
Moving towards the back, and you’ll see a sportier rear bumper with a carbon fiber rear diffuser, thinner side air vents, and a new carbon fiber rear spoiler.
Interior changes are much more minor though, and these are limited to an Alcantara headliner, along with NSX and Type S logos dotted around the interior. In this case, expect the digital gauges and outdated 7-inch infotainment system to remain unchanged.
The powertrain, however, received major updates. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 gasoline engine is still mated to three electric motors and a 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but the turbochargers are now the same as the NSX GT3 Evo racecar. As a result, the turbo’s boost pressure is now at 16.1 psi. Along with new injectors and new intercoolers, the engine alone produces 520 hp and 600 Nm of torque.
The battery is also new, and the usable capacity is now 20 percent higher than before while power is 10 percent higher than the standard model. As a result of all these upgrades, the hybrid system’s total system output is now at 600 hp (+27 hp) and 667 Nm (+22 Nm).
Honda also re-engineered the NSX Type S’s dual-clutch automatic transmission, as it now offers 50 percent faster upshift times along with a new Rapid Downshift mode. When the paddle is held down for 0.6 seconds, the transmission automatically selects the lowest possible gear for the vehicle’s speed, reducing the amount of time spent shifting and allowing the driver to apply throttle even more quickly.
The SH-AWD system has also been retuned to provide better cornering, and it works in conjunction with the re-engineered Integrated Dynamics System (Quiet, Sport, Sport+, Track) to provide increased performance in each mode. The higher capacity battery also allows for increased pure electric range while driving.
For even more performance and more exclusivity, the 2022 Honda NSX Type S is also available with a Lightweight Package, which includes carbon ceramic brakes, carbon fiber engine cover, and more carbon fiber parts for the interior. In total, this package reduces the car’s weight by 26.2 kg.
Only 350 units of the hybrid supercar will be available globally, 30 of which will be destined for Japan, and 300 for the United States, which means only 20 will be left for the rest of the world.
While the NSX is celebrating its final year of production, Honda will continue to pursue sports cars in the electrified era, which means we could witness a fully-electric Honda NSX soon or even a plug-in hybrid version if the Japanese automaker still wants to preserve its gasoline engine.