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The Stunning Type S Concept Signals the Return of Acura's Performance Sub-Brand

Road & Track logo Road & Track 2019-08-13 Brian Silvestro
a car parked on the side of a road: During Monterey Car Week, Acura will unveil the Type S Concept. It previews the upcoming TLX Type S.© Acura During Monterey Car Week, Acura will unveil the Type S Concept. It previews the upcoming TLX Type S.

Acura's Type S sub-brand has been on a bit of a hiatus for the last decade. The last Acura to wear the Type S badge was the 2008 TL sedan. Sporting a 286-horsepower V-6, a six-speed manual, and Brembo brakes, it was a solid contender in its segment, and looked great. Since then, Acura's neglected the Type S brand. Now, it's back. This is the Type S Concept, built to preview the Type S brand's return to the Acura lineup.

The Type S Concept is a showcase for Acura's future design language, incorporating cues we'll see on the company's performance models for years to come, in particular. Acura's now-familiar fascia has been revamped with a more aggressive appearance, incorporating fangs that cut into the lower grille and new headlights with what Acura calls "chicane"-shaped LED daytime running lights. The paint, Double Apex Blue Pearl, uses nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat. It's a homage to previous Type S cars, including the aforementioned TL Type S. It looks pretty damn good.

The taillights echo the DRL's same chicane-shaped look, extending from the rear fender into the trunk lid. An integrated spoiler molded in forged carbon sits directly above. The side sills, wheel spokes, as well as the front and rear splitters have also been made in forged carbon. Drilled Brembo brake discs with four-piston calipers are shrouded by 21-inch wheels wrapped in 285 section-width summer tires on all four corners.

Acura says it will debut two new Type S performance variants in the next two years. The first will be a version of its mid-size sedan, the TLX. Currently, the most capable TLX you can buy is the A-Spec model, which has 290 horsepower and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive, so we're curious what further upgrades the Type S variant will get. The company has yet to reveal plans regarding the second new model. NSX Type S, anyone? We can dream.

The Type S Concept will make its debut at the Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on August 16th, 2019 during Monterey Car Week.


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