2022 Acura NSX Type S Goes Out on Top

As Acura rolls the most powerful version of its supercar down pit lane, the sun setting over Daytona International Speedway’s towering grandstands says it all. This is the end for the NSX as we’ve come to know it. But not before Honda’s Performance division turned some screws to create the NSX Type S, the first NSX to wear the performance moniker in North America

Daytona’s high banks are the ideal place to exploit the claimed 191-mph top speed of Acura’s $171,495 NSX Type S. Its boosted 3.5-liter V-6 now produces 520 horsepower, a 20-hp bump courtesy of twin turbochargers shared with the NSX GT3 Evo race car. They deliver up to 16.1 psi of boost (0.9 more than previously available), and more fuel is squirted into the cylinders. Additional thrust comes from three electric motors—two that drive the front axle and a third sandwiched between the engine and the nine-speed dual-clutch automatic. Each component of the hybrid powertrain has received software changes, and the amount of usable energy from the roughly 1.0-kWh lithium-ion battery pack has been increased. With all the gadgets working in concert, the Type S has a combined output of 600 horsepower and 492 pound-feet, gains of 27 and 16, respectively. We expect the sprint to 60 mph to take 2.7 seconds..

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