In celebration of Monterey Car Week, last week Acura hosted an invite-only private reception at Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, California. During the beautiful alfresco dinner (which was attended by VIP guests, car collector celebs like Adam Carolla, and members of the press), they debuted the global reveal of the new 2022 Acura NSX Type S supercar.
This sleek, sexy, and sporty ride is a head-turning, supercharged automobile that showcases the outstanding design and technological capabilities of the brand. Both eye-catching and incredibly fast, this dynamic supercar raises the bar for design and performance. Read on to learn why it’s quickly capturing the attention of auto enthusiasts everywhere.
To introduce the world premiere of the 2022 Acura NSX Type S, Emile Korkor (Assistant Vice-President, Acura Sales & Marketing at Acura) welcomed everyone by saying, “I am super pumped to be here! What a great time to be a part of this brand and to join American Honda. And what a great time to be an Acura dealer, both from a retail perspective and overall business performance. What we’re experiencing today is the benefit from a very strong product line, a clear vision for the future, and a passionate network that believes in that vision.”
“Together in just 5 short years, we’ve made a commitment and set a course to return to our roots, our true DNA, based on precision crafted performance. It all started with the return of the NSX – the tip of the spear and the ultimate expression of our performance pedigree. The learnings and technology which we‘ve taken from the NSX have applied to many of our core models that you see today.
I remember when we launched the NSX, making the announcement that it would be a hybrid-electric powertrain. The reaction was mixed; I remember many exotic car buyers thinking that we were nuts, the same way they did when we launched the first NSX. But, within a few years, everyone is talking about electrification, and look at us now.. with our company heading towards 100% EV by 2040.”
He went on to say, “NSX stands for new sport experience; that’s its purpose. Its purpose is to demonstrate our capabilities and innovation to the industry, to push the limits of what is expected, that is what we set out to achieve, and that is the spirit that’s inside all of us at Acura.
So it’s more than just another supercar. The first generation put Acura on the map, and the second generation put Acura’s performance DNA back to life, returning to our roots. It’s also brought back the spirit that set the stage for the return of Type S, and that will sustain our brand into the indefinite future.
That brings us to the reason we’re all here today. I’m proud to say, it is the most powerful, the quickest, the best handling production NSX ever made. It’s also the final iteration of the 2nd generation NSX. Here’s a first look at the 600 horsepower 2022 Acura NSX Type S… this NSX Type S is truly the pinnacle of precision-crafted performance.”
During the party, Emile sat down to chat with me about his extensive 20-year history with Acura, the car he always dreamed of having (the Acura Integra), and his long-time passion for the brand. He explained that he’s always been an Acura enthusiast – he simply loves their cars and is especially proud of the new NSX Type S. Aside from cocktails and conversations about cars, we talked about everything – from furniture shopping (apparently he’s in the market for a new sofa and is a fan of Wayfair) to having fun taking a spin on the track at Laguna Seca in Monterey.
While I’m not usually one to talk “torque and tension” (the truth is – I’m more interested in automobile design and thinking about how a car fits into our lifestyles), for those of you who care about what’s actually going on under the hood, here’s the scoop straight from Acura’s media team.
- With a combination of a high-output twin-turbo V6 and torque-vectoring Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® three-motor hybrid system, the second generation NSX drivetrain has been groundbreaking since the supercar launched in 2016. Enhanced for the new NSX Type S, it produces the highest combined output of any drivetrain in any road-going Acura ever, with a combined system output of 600 horsepower and 492 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Hand-built in a special facility at the Anna Engine Plant in Ohio, the supercar’s exclusive twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter 75-degree V6 engine is enhanced with new fuel injectors (providing a 25 percent higher flow rate), new intercoolers (capable of dissipating an additional 15 percent more heat), and new turbochargers shared with the NSX GT3 Evo (delivering a 5.6 percent increase peak boost pressure from 15.2 to 16.1 psi.). The result is an increase in engine output from 500 hp to 520 hp and 406 lb.-ft. of torque to 443 lb.-ft.
- The gear ratio for the Twin Motor Unit (TMU) that powers the front wheels and provides active torque vectoring in corners has been lowered to 10.382:1 from 8.050:1. This 20 percent lower ratio increases off-the-line torque, giving NSX a powerful launch.
- Additionally, the supercar’s Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) providing power to the electric motors is used more efficiently. This allows for a 20 percent higher usable battery capacity, and 10 percent greater battery output. The higher capacity and output allowed engineers to retune the electric motors in the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system for enhanced performance in all four modes of the Integrated Dynamics System (see below) and deliver an extended EV range.
Since this limited-edition supercar will only have 300 units available in the USA (and a total production run of only 350 units), that’s definitely driving early demand amongst car collectors and luxury car buyers. In addition to this, due to the global supply chain pressures, production capacity limitations (as a result of the pandemic), and increased costs of raw materials, it’s resulting in longer lead times than people would ideally want. But let’s remember folks – patience is a virtue. And in truth, the longer you wait for something you’ve been dreaming about, the more satiating it will be when you finally get your hands on it. When I told Emile this, he laughed and said, “I wish everyone thought the same way!”.
Not to mention – 2022 will be the last model of the Acura NSX before it’s discontinued forever, so it’s creating some serious FOMO for everyone who’s lusting over this sexy stunner. If you’re wondering what this sweet ride will cost you, expect to spend between $160-$190k. The NSX Type S is available now to pre-order by visiting Acura.com/NSX-Type-S.
Whether you’re a car collector or an auto enthusiast, Monterey Car Week is considered one of the world’s top gatherings of car lovers. From the renowned Concours d’Elegance to exciting test drives, brand parties, and record-breaking auctions, learn more about this week-long extravaganza by checking out the Monterey Auto Week articles on Inspirations & Celebrations.