The Performance Manufacturing Center in Maryville, Ohio gets to witness the last second generation NSX roll off the line. Going out with the refined Type S, it isn’t exactly ceremonious, but it’s not as if this will be the last to carry the name.
Honda is supposedly planning on the next iteration already, which, as you would expect, will be fully electric. Take it how you want, but we say the second generation made it clear that it was Honda’s experimental supercar; with the X in its name standing for “eXperimental”.
That being said, the Type S is the hybrid’s swansong, being the most powerful version in its six-year run. The twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6, coupled with the refined Sport Hybrid system, makes 600 horsepower and 492 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels. That’s 27 horses and 16 lb-ft more than the regular, which doesn’t seem really enthusiastic. The same can be said for its new look, but that’s subjective. It’s still capable of a 2.9-second 0-60 mph sprint, and a top speed of 307 km/h. Safe to say it’s no slouch. The final unit is painted in Gotham Gray, with a gloss black finish on the wheels.
Only 350 of the Type S have been produced, and surprisingly, Japan only reserved 30 units. 300 of them will be in the US, and 15 for Canada. “Where’s the last five?” you may ask. It’s confidential, much like where this last unit will be headed.
The NSX has had a long run of success and recognition, starting with the original, which has been affiliated with late racing driver Ayrton Senna thanks to his contribution in its final stages. The C30A V6 sportscar had a 15-year run, and it wasn’t until 2012 that hope sparked for a long-awaited successor. 2015 saw its debut as a production vehicle, and while enthusiasm was high, fans were divided on its status as a hybrid. The sky-high launch price deterred quite a lot of buyers as well. But it managed to last six years before the discontinuation.
Most traditional gearheads are sure to steer away from the next generation, whenever it drops. But even the controversial second gen, as much as people disliked it for not being a pure ICE mid-engined sportscar that the first generation was, still had some soul in it. We won’t rule out an all-electric NSX as the one to stop being experimental, but there will be difficulties in accepting it.
p dir=”ltr”>(Images sourced from Acura and Honda)