Earlier this month, Acura announced the end of production for its NSX hybrid supercar. To mark the occasion, they introduced a limited NSX Type S edition, which boasts more power, better handling, and quicker acceleration times. Acura released pictures and specs along with the announcement, giving us a look at the Type-S specific design tweaks and mechanical changes.
The first thing you’ll notice is the new nose. The Type S gets larger, more angular air intakes with a larger front grille supplying more air to radiators. Out back, there’s a new, larger diffuser made from carbon fiber. Acura says the wing was modeled after the one used on the NSX GT3 Evo race car. The aero package allows for smoother airflow around the car and more downforce overall. The Type S sports unique forged five-spoke wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero tires (also developed specifically for the car) that increase the front and rear track by 0.4 inches and 0.8 inches, respectively. There’s also an available matte grey paint exclusive to the Type S and a carbon fiber roof as standard, lowering the car’s overall center of gravity.
The 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 that sits behind the cabin of the NSX Type S has been reworked with new injectors, more efficient intercoolers, and turbochargers from the NSX GT3 Evo. The new snails deliver 5.6 percent more boost over the standard units. The result is 520 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque, increasing output by 20 hp and 37 lb-ft over the standard car’s engine. Combined with the car’s three electric motors, total output reaches an even 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque. Acura also lowered the gear ratio for the twin motors on the front axle by 20 percent, allowing for more off-the-line torque delivery. The company quotes a 0-60 time under 3.0 seconds.
The standard nine-speed dual-clutch gearbox has been retuned for the Type S to deliver even faster shifts. There’s a new system Acura calls “Rapid Downshift Mode,” which allows the driver to hold down the downshift paddle, skipping several gears at once, rather than selecting one gear at a time. The adaptive suspension system has also been retuned for greater on-track performance.
An optional $13,000 Lightweight package adds carbon-ceramic brakes, a carbon engine cover, and carbon interior trim. Acura claims the package cuts roughly 58 pounds from the car’s overall curb weight (that’s $224 a pound, for anyone counting).
Acura plans to build just 350 examples of the NSX Type S, with 300 of those cars being allocated to the United States. Pricing starts at $169,500, a $12,000 increase over the standard NSX. If you want one of your own, order books are now open. Better hurry.
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