MDX Type S gets TLX Type S’s turbo V6
Will tow race car and trailer from Ohio to Pikes Peak
Acura is showing off the Type S version of the MDX as it drags the TLX behind it across the US on the way to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Acura is taking four race cars to the event, and will be using the 2022 MDX Type S as a tow vehicle for at least one of the cars.
The Acura MDX Type S gets the turbocharged V6 from the TLX Type S, delivering 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Designed exclusively for Type S models, it will have Super Handling all-wheel drive, a 10-speed automatic, and an available max towing rating of 5,000 lbs.
Which is, as it turns out, just enough for a twin-axle aluminum car hauler and a TLX Type S with a wing that is so massive Acura probably should have removed it for the tow from Raymond, OH to Pikes Peak, CO.
What about the cars that Acura is running on the hill? The first is an Exhibition-class Type S that has a “race tuned” version of the car’s active suspension that includes a 1.0-inch drop and can handle the Pirelli race slicks. The big wing helps develop downforce at altitude.
An Open Division Acura TLX Type S has a larger turbo for enough power on the hill along with extra cooling, a race-prepped suspension, and more than 600 lbs of weight trimming.
Two NSX models will also be entered, one a Time Attack car with bigger turbos and 625 hp, running the event for the fifth year in a row. The other is a near-stock NSX which is fitted with safety gear, DOT-legal Hoosier tires, and nothing else.