Goodbye to the Honda NSX, but first there is the Type S version

Goodbye to the Honda NSX, but first there is the Type S version

Goodbye to the Honda NSX

Five years after its debut, the restyling of the NSX can be said to have been a half-misstep for Honda given its low sales and low popularity. This is demonstrated by the fact that few, even today, know that this model exists and know its appearance. The opposite of what happens for the historic predecessor of the 90s, still very popular despite the thirty years it carries on its shoulders. It is also sought after by collectors, as we said a few days ago on the occasion of the NSX-R model.

Despite the lukewarm reception, confirming the typical obstinacy of the Japanese, Honda has continued on its path and presented in these now what will be the last official version. Distributed (as always) under the Acura brand in the United States, the Honda NSX Type S will be produced in a limited series of only 350 units complete with a plate bearing each identification number. Real limited series or market need? Perhaps the latter, considering that only 128 NSXs were sold in the entire United States last year.

Anyway, the Type S version promises to further evolve this car both in specifications and in behavior during the guide. While missing the details regarding the changes made, it is easy to predict that it will go above the 600 horsepower roof by pushing the V6 twin-turbo heat engine to the maximum alongside three electric motors. In addition, various rumors give for certain the overhaul of the set-up and brakes, obviously increased, as well as minor restyling for the bodywork.

The latter is perhaps the most successful part of the (no longer) new NSX, with its sharp and futuristic lines still very current after five years. It would not be bad if Honda kept the same design in the next versions, in practice already confirmed. The Japanese company, in support of these announcements, stressed that it will continue to produce sports cars, moving however in the electrical field. Who knows if he still wants to bet on the NSX brand, a choice that has proved counterproductive for this car, attracting a lot of criticism from enthusiasts.

While waiting to find out what they are planning in Tokyo, who has the budget necessary (we are talking about an expense of 200,000 euros) will be able to order the Type S version as early as next week. At least in the United States, where the car will continue to be produced up to the last model.

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Honda says goodbye to the NSX with limited-edition Type S model

Honda has announced that the NSX will go out of production next year with a new, high-performance Type S model.

Limited to just 350 units, every model produced for 2022 at the firm’s Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio, USA, will be a Type S.

The car is currently only being teased so details are limited, but it will make its full debut at Monterey Car Week on August 12.

The standard road car is a petrol-electric hybrid, combining a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine with three electric motors to produce 565bhp, so expect the Type S to have around 600bhp.

Jon Ikeda, vice president of Acura, Honda’s luxury and performance arm in America, said: “Acura is a performance brand, a company of enthusiasts, and we will continue moving forward, actively investigating what the next generation of sports cars should be in an electrified era.”

Emile Korkor, Assistant Vice President, Acura National Sales, said: “NSX has played a critical role in reestablishing Acura as a performance brand and the return of Type S.

“We’ve seen tremendous enthusiasm in the market and we aren’t done yet; there’s more to come as Type S becomes the pinnacle expression of performance across the Acura lineup.”

Honda has a long history of producing special edition performance cars, with the first generation NSX getting 51-run Zanardi Edition, 483-strong NSX-R, and the previous Type S, which saw 209 built between 1997 and 2001.

Full details about the technical specification of the car, as well as pricing and equipment, will be released after the car’s debut on August 12.