By on May 14, 2021

TLX Type S

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.

TLX Type S

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?

TLX Type S

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.

TLX Type S

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?

TLX Type S

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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35 Comments on “2021 Acura TLX Type S Picks Up the Pace this Weekend...”


  • avatar
    ciscokidinsf

    That center console design is atrocious… The Accord does a perfectly good job there. Why is it so discordant here? The TLX interior looks like piles of buttons in the center. Not a good place to be. Exterior looks amazing.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    I’m interested in this…I had an ‘08 TL-S 6MT back in the day…loved that car until it got t-boned. This new one looks great, shame that there’s no manual, but the SH-AWD makes up for it. Gonna be checking it out once the hype/dealer mark-ups die down.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    I wish the 4-cyl version with Tech Package and AWD wasn’t so dang expensive.

    But the existence of the regular TLX and Type S version just make me happy that someone is trying to keep the “non-German” sports sedan flame alive. (Cadillac is too shamelessly aping the Germans.)

  • avatar
    ajla

    This is only the 2nd Honda product ever that I would be interested in owning (the other is the Odyssey but I’m a childless heathen).

    However, unless this thing is magic I think the “low $50K” starting price is maybe a little too spicy. Prehaps it is $51K hard-loaded but that usually isn’t how Honda does things.

  • avatar
    dal20402

    Ugh, no stick. If it had a stick I would do irrational things to get my hands on this.

    If this follows recent practice with other Acura products I might expect that the quoted price is for a Tech package version and that there will be an Advance version for a couple grand more with nicer interior appointments.

  • avatar
    stuki

    “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.”

    It’s a Honda. Motorsports teams is where the interns work…..

  • avatar
    statikboy

    Jason,

    You mention in the second paragraph both that the engine is supercharged and turbocharged.. which is it?

  • avatar
    2ACL

    Pimp Daddy Gold is back!

  • avatar
    Tim Healey

    Thanks for catching the error. I should’ve also caught it during editing and I missed it. Will fix.

  • avatar
    pprj

    Any word if this engine has VCM?

  • avatar

    Acura : horrible marketing and BMW copying on top of one of the best engineering companies in Car World. Just jettison the whole Acura thing and allow Honda to make cars.

    A 3 litre v6 ? With twin turbos ? Wow, took you long enough.

    I remember the Acuras that brought something to the table.

    Keep following whatever guy you hired who used to work at BMW…

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Nope, just a single turbo V6. Most to protect the transmission once the tuners hack the ECU.

      Honda brought a turbochargered 2.0 in 2018…GM Ecotec 2.0T since 2006!

  • avatar

    Honda stuck in the past. If it consumes gas it already looks dated.

    • 0 avatar
      mcs

      Ultimately, I think it’s “image” that will get people to switch to electrics. Forcing them won’t work. Economics probably won’t. Motivation to save the environment won’t work. What will work is if driving an ICE makes the owner look elderly or poor. Certain brands of cars had the image of being favored by elderly drivers in the past. Look what happened with minivans. In the future, driving an ICE might advertise to the world that you can’t afford a house. When and if those images are associated with ICE ownership, that’s when the real switch will happen.

      • 0 avatar

        “driving an ICE might advertise to the world that you can’t afford a house”

        It is an interesting idea. Most of people I know already switched to EVs and most of them are Teslas. But that is Bay Area, even if you make over $100K it is difficult to afford house.

      • 0 avatar
        28-Cars-Later

        Jackboots are a more likely scenario than “ïmage”.

        Interesting general thought though.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          Cities are eventually going to ban ICE vehicles within their urban parts, less for climate reasons than local air quality and noise pollution reasons. A vehicle that can’t drive into the city at all isn’t very useful for a lot of people.

          • 0 avatar
            28-Cars-Later

            I do hope those cities have a plan to fill those empty office buildings. Remote work is already going to put a nice dent in any plans to return to the 20th Century, adding “oh by the way you can’t drive in” isn’t helping the argument. On the same token, here you can live in this office building repurposed as a condo but you can only drive what we say (if driving of course).

            Politics aside, such things are just a tad authoritative and tyrannical. Maybe the numbers do line up with data, but I doubt it.

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            I think you might see some cities on the West Coast and Northeast pass ICE bans that encompass a few blocks around the farmer’s market and gastropub areas, but everywhere else will allow ICE until BEVs take over the majority of the fleet. At which time more widespread urban ICE bans is just spiking the football after the game is done.

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        The house is no issue. I can’t afford a big enough garage for all of my ICE vehicles. I need a separate building at this point as a 5 car attached looks a bit silly.

  • avatar

    Do you think that cities in America will survive? High prices, high crime rates, horrible and dirty public transportation, burnt down houses, crumbling infrastructure, homeless people and drug addicts in the center of city. There is nothing close to attraction of European or Japanese city.

    • 0 avatar
      el scotto

      Inside Looking Out, aka Gulag Guard #2. American cities are where the jobs and the money are. American cities attract couples where both of them have a high-paying job. You do realize you wrote your sentence saying that all of those negative things exist in the center of the city. The KGB/GRU really needs to give you better grammar classes. Did you cheat on that part of the exam while doing your shift in the guard tower? Most American cities weren’t that large before electricity. Boston is the only major city that thinks street laid out as cart-paths and no sense of making a cross city trip should be feasible. In NYC, any impracticable streets would have been straightened, D.C. was laid in a sorta grid system and Chicago was rebuilt after the great fire. So no, we don’t have the charm of a European or Japanese city. You never did define what “attraction” is. Care to expound on that? When you leave your office in St. Petersburg, a city designed by a third-rate Italian architect is not an “attraction”. It’s just gaudy and vulgar. Our cities will cam back after the pandemic. People will go to open museums, go to sporting events, shop, and go dining. American cities won’t survive, they’ll thrive.

  • avatar
    AK

    I feel like the new IS500 makes this thing completely irrelevant.

  • avatar

    I don’t think the dealers want these. Local Acura dealer got a new bright red A-spec TLX in and promptly took the dealer loaner car sticker of one of the 100’s of MDX they have in stock and put it on the TLX. Really Acura is a mid level luxury CUV brand at this point.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    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

  • avatar
    jfwilder

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

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