The Type S moniker returns to Acura, and for real.
The TLX Type S will bridge the chasm-like gap with the NSX in Acura’s lineup.
The 2021 Acura TLX is expected this summer.
For far too long Acura’s sat on the sidelines and watched Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz roll away with all the good luxury performance cars. In a slightly more glorious past, Acura was right up there with the Germans but after a long absence, they’re back. The all-new Acura TLX will arrive this summer (or perhaps a little later due to COVID-19) and eventually be offered in Type S trim.
The Acura Type S Concept, revealed last summer, got many of thinking that this was the Acura TLX’s future and it appears as though we were all right. The all-new 2021 Acura TLX will return with a new chassis tune to match the standard turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission from the Honda Accord Sport. AWD will be optional and although we’d like to see the Accord’s available 6-speed manual gearbox be offered with the FWD versions, we won’t hold our breath.
The Type S will get a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 and likely a number of visual cues found on the concept. Output numbers are unknown however we think somewhere between 375 and 400-horsepower is far from out of the question – anything less would be wrong if Acura wants to be taken seriously. Standard AWD is a given as will be a price well in excess of $60,000.