Acura is looking for a hit. While the strong-selling MDX and RDX crossovers are largely supporting the luxury brand, Acura would really like to gain some enthusiast credibility and make good on the brand’s performance claims. Hence the return of the Type S performance badge, applied here on the Acura Type S sports-sedan concept.
This concept rides on 285-width summer tires on all four corners, which is positively huge for an Acura sedan. Four-piston yellow Brembo brake calipers are used, shining brightly through 21-inch wheels. Instead of the fake vents all over the Civic Type R. Acura says the venting and grille space up front is functional, allowing air to get through to the “high-performance engine and brake package.” Though again, we don’t know what that high-performance engine will be just yet.
It seems that the TLX will be the first production Acura to revive this treatment. A turbocharged V-6 is said to be in the cards, although no specs are available yet.
Acura has yet to confirm timing for the next-generation TLX, but we’d wager that it will arrive in about a year as a 2021 model. If it looks like this concept, it just might draw more than a few buyers from the SUVs in Acura’s showroom.
The stunning blue paint is also special. Acura calls it “Double Apex Blue Pearl,” and it uses nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat to enhance the appearance. The hue pays homage to the blue TL Type S offered in the 2007 and 2008 model years. If