An Acura Type S in its heyday was the top performance variation of a given model. Looks like it’s coming back.
The first Acura Type S to roam our roads was the 2002 Acura RSX Type S. At the time, the RSX was the successor to the second-best car Acura has ever built, the Integra. After only the legendary NSX, the Integra embodied performance, handling, styling and in the Type R, the ultimate street-legal hot hatch. The RSX, even in Type S guise, looked ok but was never worthy of anything else.
Thus, the Type S left no notable mark in Acura fans’ psyche as very few CL and TL of that era were sold with the Type S moniker. This all changed when Acura released the Type S version of the then sublime and great-driving 2004-08 Acura TL. The TL Type S featured a 286-horsepower 3.5-litre V-6, unique wheels, spoilers and other goodies – it was and is still cool.
It looks as though Acura will try and bank on the last of the Type S cars as they’ve just released a teaser shot of the rear of what looks to be a sedan bearing the “Type S” badge. The accompanying videos shows little more than tailpipes, an evolved depiction of Acura’s established front fascia and a sedan profile. According tho available information, this is a hint at what the next generation 2021 Acura TLX will look like.
We were secretly hoping that the Type S Concept was going to be an ILX Type S with Civic Type R running gear. This was the only hope Acura had to compete with the Audi S3, BMW M240i and Mercedes-AMG A 35…
We’ll know even more in two short weeks when the car is officially revealed during Monterey Car Week.