2021 Acura TLX Type S Expected To Offer 355 Horsepower

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While other automakers are cutting sedans out of their lineup, Acura shocked the industry when it announced the sporty 2021 TLX Type S earlier this year. The performance sedan was being touted as a return to sporty vehicles for Acura with an all-new engine, an updated all-wheel-drive system, and a double-wishbone front suspension setup. The sedan looked promising, though, we were missing one major figure – what kind of power the engine would make. Now we know the answer and it’s 335 horsepower.

Acura recently announced that the TLX Type S’ turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine is rated at 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. The current 3.5-liter V6 engine in the TLX makes 290 hp and 267 lb-ft of torque. So, the new engine in the TLX Type S gets a 65-hp bump and an increase of 87 lb-ft of torque. While the new engine brings a good amount of horsepower, the increase in torque is really surprising.

Acura TLX

Compared to the competition, the TLX Type S lands in the middle of the performance segment. The TLX Type S has more power than the Audi S4, which comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that’s rated at 349 hp, but falls behind the BMW M340i and the Mercedes-AMG C 43. The BMW comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six engine that’s rated at 382 hp. The AMG C 43 is powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that generates 385 hp. Based on just horsepower, the TLX Type S is no longer woefully underpowered, but fits right in.

What we’re still waiting to hear about is the price. All we know is that the regular TLX will start in the mid-$30,000 range. Our best guess is that the TLX will cost somewhere around $36,000 for 2021. We think the TLX Type S will start around the $45,000 mark. We shouldn’t have to wait too long to hear about pricing, as the regular 2021 Acura TLX will go on sale this fall. The sporty TLX Type S will arrive at dealers next spring.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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