At last years SEMA show I was struck by a car in the Honda booth that I just couldn’t stop staring at. Now with all of the race cars, modified sports coupes, bikes and classic JDM cars that were featured in Honda’s booth you might be surprised that the car that I couldn’t stop staring at was a family sedan. Yup, a family sedan, though to be fair it was more of a sports sedan and it was a stunning concept in the form of the Acura Type S. This model was set to be the preview of the upcoming Acura TLX but more importantly it signaled the rerun of Acura’s long missed (the last model was a 2008 TL Type S) Type S line (Think their version of M or AMG or insert other brands sportier model name here). I have always been a huge fan of their Type S models but unfortunately for me by the time I was old enough and established enough to actually afford a new Type S, they were all gone. Needless to say when I saw that a return was happening I was super excited and couldn’t wait to find out more information.
Things have been pretty quiet on the information front since SEMA and since the models debut at the 2020 New York Auto show in April was delayed (Thanks Corona) it seemed like it would be a while until we heard anything. That is until now, Acura has officially announced that the new TLX will break cover on May 28th in a short film that will be hosted on their website.
Just as I hoped, the new TLX will be inspired by the stunning Type S concept. Teased for the first time in a shadowy image of the car’s rear, the 2021 Acura TLX will retain the concept’s striking styling and sporty proportions. The teaser photo shows off the more aggressive Type S version featuring a wider rear track, muscular curves, a prominent rear diffuser, and a signature Type S quad exhaust system. The production model should also retain the concept’s sloping roofline and long hood. Overall, this is going to be a very dynamic-looking sedan that will stand out from its competitors.
Under the hood, the 2021 Acura TLX will be powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. In the Acura RDX, this unit produces 272 hp. This would be a massive power increase over Acura’s 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 206 hp in the base version of the current Acura TLX. Potentially, it could have more power as Honda has already extracted 306 hp from the same unit in the Civic Type R. The more powerful Type S version, on the other hand, will be the first model to pack Acura’s new 3.0-liter V6 turbo engine. Technical details are being kept under wraps for now, but reports claim the new V6 will have over 350 hp.
If these claims are true, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S will be a formidable rival to its German competitors such as the Mercedes-AMG C43, BMW M340i, and Audi S4. All will be revealed next week, so stay tuned. I know it is a long shot and that I am dreaming but if Acura decided to make a 6 speed manual available, (one that is as good as the one in the Civic Type R) I would be in heaven.