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2022 Acura Nsx
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Continuing the legacy of its iconic forbear, the Acura NSX provides an experience to rival the finest supercars on sale. Introduced for the 2017 model year, the second-generation NSX is powered by a complex hybrid powertrain. The result is performance just as thrilling as its styling. For 2022 the NSX Type S debuts as a high-performance complement to the TLX and MDX Type S variants. Although 2022 is said to be the final model year for the current NSX, Acura has said there will be another one, and we can infer it will likely be electric.

What We Think

Perhaps underdog status is part of the NSX's mystique. Despite styling and performance truly worthy of supercar status, this Acura's sales haven't kept up with its competition. That's a shame—on a road or racetrack, it would have no trouble setting the pace.

Given the complexity of its hybrid powertrain, how polished and cohesive the NSX feels from behind the wheel is a testament to Acura's engineering acumen. Rapid acceleration is to be expected, but given the two turbochargers and three electric motors in the mix, the linear power delivery almost impresses more. Handling is fantastic as well, instilling confidence in its driver with feel, agility, and amazing grip.

With its good fuel economy and reasonably comfortable ride, the NSX is almost viable as a daily driver. Nearly nonexistent cargo capacity makes that challenging, as does the outdated infotainment system it's saddled with. Yet for those who care most about how a car drives, the NSX delivers a singular experience. Look past its Acura badge—it's seriously underrated, absolutely worthy of consideration against exotics of any provenance even before considering the NSX Type S.

Horsepower and Performance

The NSX proves that hybridization can be the key to unlocking incredible performance. Part of its motivation comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 connected to a nine-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Then it gets zapped by three electric motors: one mounted in between the engine and transmission, and one more for each front wheel. The result is electric AWD; pre-2022 models send 573 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque through the tires. The 2022 NSX Type S, however, pushes those figures to 600 hp and 492 lb-ft.

So, what about that performance? In MotorTrend testing, the NSX's 0-60 mph acceleration took just 3.0 seconds, and the quarter mile fell in 11.2 seconds at 124.0 mph. That hybrid powertrain also makes the NSX extremely fuel efficient for a supercar; the 2021 NSX was EPA rated at 21/22 mpg city/highway.

Is There an NSX Type S?

For as impressive as the NSX's performance was previously, a quicker, even more hardcore version has arrived. The 2022 NSX Type S is the most track-oriented Acura ever, worthy of lining up next to Black Series and RS cars on the starting grid. It packs an uprated version of the hybrid V-6, producing 600 hp and 492 lb-ft of torque.

The NSX Type S also looks the part, decked out in aggressive aero-enhancing bumpers. Lightweight wheels wrapped in barely street legal tires help it stay stuck to the pavement. Beyond a standard carbon fiber roof, an optional Lightweight package adds carbon ceramic brakes, a lighter weight engine cover, and different interior trim for a 58 pound weight reduction.

As 2022 will be the NSX's final year in production, the Type S model will be a suitable mic drop for one of the most interesting yet underappreciated supercars out there. It'll be the only version available for 2022, and just 350 examples are slated for production.

Cargo Space and Interior Room

Given its aggressive stance, the NSX provides a good amount of passenger space inside its cabin. However, hybrid hardware inhibits its cargo-carrying capacity. The 2022 Chevrolet Corvette is much more practical in comparison.

Cargo space:

2022 NSX: 4.4 cubic feet
2022 Corvette: 12.9 cubic feet


2022 NSX: 42.9 inches
2022 Corvette: 42.8 inches


2022 NSX: 38.3 inches
2022 Corvette: 37.9 inches


For all the technology that enables the NSX's performance, the infotainment system it uses stands in stark contrast. On pre-2022 models, a 7.0-inch touchscreen runs an older version of Acura's user interface. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included. Two USB ports and a nine-speaker ELS Studio audio system are standard. There's also an 8.0-inch gauge cluster display, which shows key vehicle information but looks grainy by today's standards. 

American-Made Supercar

The Chevrolet Corvette isn't the only mid-engined American supercar out there. Acura may be a Japanese brand, but every NSX is produced in the U.S. Specifically, in Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) near Marysville, Ohio. From powertrain assembly and body painting to final assembly, the NSX is hand-made in USA and exported around the world.

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