Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Acura Type S Concept previews a tougher, turbocharged TLX

Acura Type S Concept previews a tougher, turbocharged TLX

The Acura Type S Concept will make its public debut Friday at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering during Monterey Car Week.

Honda's high-end spinoff is ready to start injecting a bit of excitement back into its mid-range sports and performance sedans, its new concept recalling the popular Type S versions of cars like the TL that made waves in the mid-2000s before giving way to a more sensible and pedestrian TLX in the noughteens. Quite a stunner, isn't it?

In this case, it's the sort of "Precision Crafted Performance" that visually straddles sedan and coupe, and does so very well indeed. Of course, it also sets the stage for the re-introducion of Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade. Typically, Type S variants offered sportier styling, higher output engines and suspension tuning/brakes to match. "From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports vehicle racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalising Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece", said Jon Ikeda, VP and Acura brand officer.

While it's primarily form and not so much function that Acura has focused on here, the Type S Concept doesn't completely put engineering aside.

"We've been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept auto since the Precision Concept debuted".

The Type S concept picks up where the Acura Precision Concept from 2016 left off.

Starting up front, the model has an aggressive fascia with a prominent Diamond Pentagon grille. Pronounced wheel haunches at the rear impart a rear-wheel drive look, though Acura hasn't said if this auto, or the upcoming TLX, will switch to a rear-drive platform.

A sharp tail features an upswept decklid with a sharply creased centerline (drawn from the hood) and integrated forged carbon spoiler. More LEDs appear at the back, alongside a forged carbon spoiler, quad chrome exhaust outlets, and a sizable diffuser. High-performance Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers also provide ample stopping power, but Acura hasn't revealed any technical specifications, sadly.

Slinky four-door is said to preview a Type S version of the next-generation Acura TLX, which should go on sale in 2020.

The concept rides on 21-inch alloy wheels with 285mm wide tyres. It's unclear what the second Type S vehicle might be, or indeed whether it will be another sedan or one of Acura's SUVs.

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