Since the new Acura NSX made its debut in 2016, we've been wondering if it would get a hardcore track-ready variant with a Type R badge. Around that time, we heard the company had plans for up to five different variants of the car, which gave us hope. Honda's introduction of the new Civic Type R into the U.S. market in 2017 was another positive sign, but this new report suggests an NSX Type R isn't happening.
Autoblog recently spoke with Honda technical consultant Ko Yamamoto and Civic Type R Project Leader Hideki Kakinuma and got some interesting news regarding the possibility of an NSX Type R. Neither of them went into much detail, but they confirmed there are currently no plans to build one. They also pointed out the original NSX Type R was a Japanese-exclusive, and that even if there were a new version in the works, it's unlikely it would make it to the U.S. market (despite being built in Ohio). An Acura spokesperson declined to comment.
Yamamoto and Kakinuma told Autoblog the Type R badge—along with the red "H" badge associated with the trim—are only for vehicles with "a racing connection." Since the NSX currently competes in several championships across the globe, we'd think it qualifies. But the two Honda employees also told Autoblog the Type R badge is "only for Honda-badged vehicles," despite the existence of the Acura Integra Type R from the early 2000s. So that disqualifies the NSX, in America, at least.