Acura Debuts Type S Concept Car For Monterey Car Week

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Take a look at a couple of Acura’s latest vehicles and it’s clear to see the brand is really starting to emphasize the sportiness of its vehicles. For Acura fans, the Type S sub-brand used to denote the automaker’s sportiest vehicles. The last time we saw an Acura with a Type S was back in 2008 for the TL, which had a host of performance upgrades. It’s been over a decade, but Acura has brought back its Type S badge with the Acura Type S Concept.

Making its debut during Monterey Car Week, the Acura Type S Concept is born with a hefty task – to bring performance vehicles bearing the Type S badge back to the market. Acura claims the concept will heavily influence the second-generation TLX, which will have a Type S variant. Previous concepts from the brand have all but spelled out exactly what the upcoming model is. So there’s a large chance that the upcoming TLX will look like the Type S Concept.

If that holds true, the next-gen TLX will be a looker. The proportions look incredibly athletic for a four-door sedan, and the vehicle follows the current trend of having a coupe-like silhouette. Acura’s Diamond Pentagon grille and “Chicane” daytime running lights are said to have been inspired by the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car. That might be a stretch, but we’re happy to see Acura penning such an extreme design.

Acura Type S Concept

At the back, the Type S Concept is just as racy with quad exhaust tips, an integrated rear spoiler, and sharp taillights that mimic the DRLs at the front. The concept is even wearing a sizable rear diffuser. A heavy amount of forged carbon, which Acura created by bonding layers of carbon together, can be found on the spoiler, side sill, 21-inch wheels, along with the front and rear splitters. The incredible shade of blue is called Double Apex Blue Pearl. It apparently pays homage to blue Type S models from 2007 and 2008 TL Type S sedans.

Acura didn’t provide any information on the Type S Concept’s powertrain, but since it doesn’t have a rear-wheel-drive vehicle in its lineup, it’s unlikely that we’ll see it for the next-gen TLX. Instead, front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive via the brand’s Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive System are more likely. Rumors speculate that power could come from a twin-turbocharged V6. But other than that, a lot is left to speculation.

At the beginning of last year, Acura confirmed plans to introduce Type S variants of multiple vehicles in its lineup. The TLX might be the first one, but it certainly won’t be the last.

The Type S badge has been on a number of vehicles in the past. Most recently, it was on the 2007 and 2008 TL. Other than that, there was the RSX Type S (2002 to 2006), 3.2TL Type S (2002 to 2003), and 3.2CL Type S (2001 to 2003).

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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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