Acura Type S concept previews a sporty next-generation TLX

Cornelia Mascio
Agosto 14, 2019

Acura on Tuesday unveiled the Type S Concept, ahead of a full debut at Monterey Car Week.

Acura hasn't offered a Type S model since the TL Type S in 2008, but the concept indicates the brand will bring back the Type S badge.

While it's primarily form and not so much function that Acura has focused on here, the Type S Concept doesn't completely put engineering aside.

Whether it was the Precision Concept that still applies to today's design language, or the Precision Cockpit Concept that gave us a very early preview of its new infotainment layout, Acura's concepts have been pretty straightforward ways for the automaker to say, "Hey, here's what's coming down the pipeline".

The face also has what the brand calls its next-generation LED headlights with "chicane"-shaped daytime running lights (we think they look like stylized check marks) inspired by the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race vehicle".

While it looks like a beefy rear-wheel-drive sedan, that's not the case. 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. Stopping ability comes courtesy of drilled Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers. That earned kudos for its driving style, but was felt by some to be too visually restrained for the segment.

Slinky four-door is said to preview a Type S version of the next-generation Acura TLX, which should go on sale in 2020. That hasn't been seen on a new Acura since the Acura TL Type S back in 2008, marking a performance variant of the auto.

At the rear, the Type S Concept has an upswept spoiler, a creased centerline that plays off a similar line on the hood, "chicane"-shaped LED taillights, a large rear diffuser, and quad exhaust outlets".

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