By on April 16, 2020

Acura is trying to get its act together by placing a stronger emphasis on performance in the years ahead. We’ve seen the physical manifestation of that strategy in the Type S Concept. While not intended for production, it foreshadows the next-generation TLX — which is presumed to offer improved powertrain options (as well as returning all-wheel drive) and a sporting variant bearing formerly defunct Type-S badging.

While Acura hasn’t exactly been secretive about its plans regarding performance models, the company has avoided confirming anything for production. But we’re getting closer to that moment. An application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the name “TLX Type S” on March 25th indicates Honda is readying its luxury division for something special. 

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First shared via the Genesis GV80 Forum before making its way to Acura-centric pages, the document shows the title for use on “automobiles and structural parts.” Meanwhile, rumors have been circulating that the model debut Acura had to scrub after the cancellation of the 2020 New York Auto Show was the new TLX.

With a design that’s supposed to be highly reminiscent of the Type S Concept (pictured), Acura’s next TLX is expected to debut digitally sometime this year. Base models are said to come with the same turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the Honda Accord, Civic Type R, and Acura’s own RDX. That puts its output somewhere between 250 and 300 horsepower.

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While it may not make it into the 2021 model year, the base unit is assumed to have a hi-po sibling carrying a twin-turbo V6. Acura has already promised to give the Type-S treatment to multiple models and the TLX seems a likely candidate to start with — especially now that we have the USPTO papers to back it up. Estimated at 3.0 liters, the new mill will replace the 3.5-liter (290-hp) V6 that’s available in the current-generation sedan. Designed specifically for Acura, it’s estimated to trump the old unit’s peak output by a wide margin. We just hope its priced correctly by the manufacturer.

There are a number of entry-luxury-sedan class that offer quite a bit of performance for the right kind of money. If Acura comes in low enough and manages to inject some legitimate Type-S dynamics, it’s bound to steal customers away from the German brands that dominate the segment. If not, we’re sure it’ll make a fine addition to Rare Rides after its discontinuation.

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18 Comments on “Acura TLX Type S Named in U.S. Patent Application...”

  • avatar

    I sorely miss the 2003 Acura CL Type S 6 speed, and the 2006 TL Type S 6 speed, I used to own. They were under-appreciated back then, but over time have finally received more recognition (like many things in life when viewed in hindsight). I would love to see a new TLX Type S, but only if it had a manual transmission, which is almost certainly not going to happen. What a shame.

  • avatar

    Alright. I’m not an Acura fan, but that car looks gooooood. AWD + six speed would put it on my very short list of cars i would own (and drive).

  • avatar

    Great news that Acura is creating excitement with future TLX!

    Now do something great with ILX. Consider MINI as inspiration. I mean 300 HP is impressive in a MINI and they did not ignore the chassis or style. Y’all at Acura made the Integra GS-R so we know there once was greatness at Acura.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      All they need to do is put the Type R drivetrain in the top model. I believe there is a market for people that want a Type R, but don’t want to have to look at it every day.

  • avatar

    Patent practitioner here – please amend title to “Trademark” from “Patent”. The link takes you to TSDR not PAIR, so the application is clearly for a trademark. Thank you!

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    That is a nice looking car.

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    “Priced correctly” is an issue the TSX and TLX have never had. They’ve always been good deals, even as they’ve been trashed by the press mostly for not having manual transmissions.

    This is one product where I believe the reviews alone might make producing manual cars worth the expense despite the likely 1% take rate from real buyers.

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    Looks nice (I know it is a concept). I like the big quad pipes out back, I hope that makes production. A 3.0L V6T is fine although I’m hoping it gets to 400hp.
    I’m an automatic-loving loser so any lack of a stick doesn’t bother me but the lack of RWD likely will. I’ve read lots of good things about SH-AWD but I’m still not sure it’ll win me over.

  • avatar

    Good for Acura – it’s been a LONG time since these guys had anything worth looking at.

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    “With a design that’s supposed to be highly reminiscent of the Type S Concept (pictured)….” Ah, so it probably won’t look quite like this then. I imagine it’ll be more upright and perhaps a little higher riding. Still, it’d be nice to see the once proud division that brought us the Integra, RSX, NSX, and original TL come back to glory. It’s become a forgettable purveyor of boring crossovers. I’ll be rooting for it.

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    Only interested if it’s a hatchback or wagon.
    In brown.
    Left-wheel drive.
    Oh, and it MUST be a 4 1/2 speed stick-shift.

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    Great looking concept and Honda’s production cars usually look similar. If Honda wants to emphasize performance, they should offer a manual. It won’t be a big seller, but the company’s history and reputation for good manuals should help it beat the industry average take rate and at least pay for itself.

    • 0 avatar

      I hope so. The doors are pretty high now that I look at it closely, and the hood does appear to have the 2 feet between the top of the hood and the top of the motor, or whatever they require now for pedestrian safety. Yet it still looks good! I think if there’s any changes, the windows might be a little slittier to accommodate for taller doors.

  • avatar

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  • avatar

    I’m looking forward to the 2024 MR2 altho not an Acura. I own a TL and a CL. The a/c is not as good as Toyoduh.

  • avatar

    For those of you who like automatics but like to shift, I think Toyoduh’s SMT was a great innovation invented by Ferrari. I own one and I love it!

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