Acura Type S Concept previews a tougher, turbocharged TLX

Marco Green
August 14, 2019

The Acura Type S Concept that the brand revealed Tuesday could mean more vehicle sales for Acura in the future. Just a concept now, Acura promises that performance products, starting with the second-get TLX, are coming.

Slinky four-door is said to preview a Type S version of the next-generation Acura TLX, which should go on sale in 2020. Not only does the auto give us a pretty darn good idea of what to expect from future Acura models, it also previews the return of the Type S trim, which is good news for those hoping that Acura would get its performance lineup back in order - aside from the NSX, natch.

The Type S concept picks up where the Acura Precision Concept from 2016 left off. A rear decklid spoiler, large rear diffuser, quad chrome exhaust tips, multi-spoke 21-inch wheels complete the look. Designed at the Acura Design Studio in California under the direction of Executive Creative Director Dave Marek and Chief Designer Ben Davidson, the vehicle likely features a preview of an evolved, open-surface version of the brand's "Diamond Pentagon" grille. The revamped NSX shares detailing from its fascia, with sizable air intakes for an unspecified engine, while the headlamps are underscored by a translucent strip of white "Chicane" LEDs that act as both turn signals and daytime running lights. Forged carbon - where layers of carbon are bonded atop each other, for higher-strength parts - is used in the front and rear splitters, for example, along with the side sills. High-performance Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers also provide ample stopping power, but Acura hasn't revealed any technical specifications, sadly. The outline of the long, swept-back greenhouse defines the shape of the cabin. It's more likely that the next TLX will continue on the Honda Accord's front-drive architecture.

Meanwhile, the Pebble Beach concept auto will also reboot the Type S badge in general. That uses nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat, the automaker says, for more luster and brilliance.

The Acura Type S concept has been unveiled ahead of its in-the-flesh debut at Monterey Car Week.

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