Acura Tosses PMC Treatment at TLX – Again
The gearheads at Acura have once again tapped their Performance Manufacturing Center – y’know, the place where they birth the NSX – to hand-assemble a few copies of the handsome TLX sedan. This time around, it’s the Type S variant which will pop out of the PMC in Ohio.
Now, the term ‘hand-assembled’ can be construed in a bunch of different ways in today’s hyper-automated world of vehicle construction. But there can be no deny these sedans will be built by the same folks who put together the NSX. Apparently, each TLX Type S PMC Edition then receives the same quality control process as the mid-engine rocket, including a dyno check and paint inspection. Speaking to the latter, PMC Editions are wrapped in a specially designed car cover and transported to dealers via enclosed single-car carriers. Given the current market conditions, this is not an inexpensive proposition for Acura
Offered in one of three NSX-derived premium colors (Curva Red, 130R White, and Long Beach Blue), this limited run four-door will have exterior design elements specific to the PMC Edition including the likes of Berlina Black paint for the roof and other addenda plus NSX-inspired wheels in a copper-hued finish. Inside, one will find glitz typical of these efforts such as an Instagram-ready numbered serial plaque and carbon-esque trim panels. Putting a thumb in the eye of dour grey interiors, cars painted blue will have an ‘Orchid’ interior while white PMCs will have a red cabin. So-called ‘fire and ice’ combinations are always appealing to this author.
The TLX is a sharp-looking car, and TTAC authors are glad Acura sees fit to continue cranking out sedans when some other brands have ditched them in favor of SUVs and crossovers. For those whith short memories, the TLX Type S packs a turbocharged 3.0-liter DOHC V6 producing 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque. For this model year, with Brembo-branded brakes and all-wheel drive, it stickers at $53,700 plus freight.
Pricing of the TLX Type S PMC Edition? How many? Acura won’t say – yet. Expect that info to pop up closer to when order books open later this year.
Garrett on Jul 02, 2022
Having driven a TLX Type S, I can tell you that it’s a real hoot to drive. So much so that it was enough to get me to put my order in for the Type S variant of the MDX. Only issue I had with the TLX is the bracing that reduces the usefulness of the rear folding seat, which was sort of a deal killer for me.
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