2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace This Weekend

Jason R. Sakurai
by Jason R. Sakurai
2021 acura tlx type s picks up the pace this weekend

The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will pace the field at the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio this weekend. The TLX Type S’ debut is one we reported previously, with more details available now than Acura had previously released.

For one, the TLX Type S has a new direct-injected, single twin-scroll turbocharged, dual-overhead cam (DOHC) 3.0 liter V6. The turbo V6 produces 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque.

Acura noted that experienced powertrain engineers developed the engine, many of who worked on the NSX’s twin-turbo V6, and their motorsports teams. I’d be relieved that interns weren’t given that responsibility if I was in the market for a TLX Type S.

Coupled with a 10-speed automatic and saying nothing of manual gearbox availability, there’s also Acura’s Super-Handling all-wheel drive (SH-AWD). Acura’s SH-AWD system is always active, measuring vehicle speed, wheel speed, steering angle, yaw rate, and lateral G forces to automatically add torque. The TLX Type S’ double-wishbone front suspension, Brembo front brakes, and Sport+ driving mode are what you get besides the S badging.

I get that Acura is calling attention to the TLX Type S-exclusive Tiger Eye Pearl color that happens to be on the pace car. Why the descriptives around a grille design that supposedly increases airflow? Diamond pentagonals? Are they channeling their inner Mötley Crüe?

There’s also a front splitter, rear diffuser, quad exhaust outlets, and not one but two wheel designs. That’s what’s on the Type S pace car, so pay attention on May 16th at 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You wouldn’t want to confuse one for the other.

The TLX Type S interior appointments include a flat-bottomed steering wheel for easy ingress or egress. It also helps you know if your wheels are straight. Included are Acura’s ELS Studio 3D 17-speaker premium audio system, along with ultrasuede-trimmed, 16-way power seats. Does a synthetic leather substitute invented in Japan in the ’70s by Dr. Miyoshi Okamoto seem upscale to you?

Are there Japanese domestic market parts for the Type S to make it faster? Maybe that won’t happen unless you’re the second or third owner.

[Images: Acura]

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  • Cimarron typeR Cimarron typeR on May 17, 2021

    I don't know why you wouldn't buy a G70 /Stinger GT over this. True rwd and 100k warranty, and less expensive Especially now that real Genesis dealers are popping up

  • Jfwilder Jfwilder on May 17, 2021

    No, the new TLX Type S features a dual-scroll turbo V-6 engine.

  • VoGhost We're at the point where the stock price is no longer relevant; focus on how the debt is priced.
  • MaintenanceCosts Nice color combo. Worth noting that this is not a conventional automatic but an automated manual, which gets you all the roughness of a real manual with none of the fun. Also not sure why everyone loves the V10 so much; it sounds more UPS truck than performance car except at the extreme high end of the tach. Having said that the E60's looks have aged VERY well; the car looks nicer now than it did when it was new.
  • Kcflyer just happy it's not black, white or silver. hooray for color choice
  • Matt Posky I paid a little under $300 bucks per month to park in Queens and was told by everyone else with a car that it was a great deal. Parking in Manhattan is typically far more expensive to rent and often involves waiting 20 minutes while someone fetches your car. Unless it was a secure garage where you yourself have 24 hour access directly to the vehicle, and it was less than a block away, there is no scenario in which I would actually purchase a parking spot in Manhattan.
  • Jeff S VoGhost--He is a Russian troll.
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