Acura has just revealed a new performance concept. The Type S concept is here to do two jobs: To set up the return of Type S performance models from the brand, and to preview the upcoming second-gen TLX.
The automaker says it's returning to performance. Precision-crafted performance, in the words of their marketing team. The first shot in that return was the second-generation NSX. The next one will be this, the return of the Type S. The Type S name was first used on a hotter version of the Acura CL coupe in 2001, and the TL sedan from 2002. The Type S versions of those cars added 35 hp to the 3.2L V6 for a total of 260 hp. They also got larger wheels, more sporting seats, and suspension upgrades. The Type S badge extended to the RSX as well a few years later. Canadian buyers also got the CSX Type S in 2007. That was a sort of Acura version of the Civic Si and lasted until 2011 and was the last model to get the badge.
"The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots," said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. "From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece."
The Type S concept looks like a mid-size Acura with more aggression: sharper lines than the current TLX, pointier taillights, and a very much in your face version of the Acura grille. The automaker says the Diamond Pentagon grille and the daytime running lights take inspiration from the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car.
21-inch wheels and 285-width tires at all four corners hint at the performance potential of the car. As do the Brembo four-piston calipers lurking underneath. That reflects that the Type S will sit above the A-Spec, performance-wise at least.
Acura hasn't said what will power this one, even as a concept, but the automaker has said that it will be building a new performance engine. A turbocharged V6 with yet to be revealed specs, but likely to be well over the 290 hp of the current TLX's 3.5L naturally aspirated V6.
The concept will be shown off at Monterey Car Week, starting at The Quail this Friday.