Acura Creating Turbo V6, Reviving Type-S Brand, And Launching New A-Spec Models

Beyond launching the all-new 2019 Acura RDX Prototype at the ongoing Detroit Auto Show, the automaker has revealed that it will revive its Type-S performance brand, introduce a fleet of A-Spec models, and produce a new turbocharged V6 engine.

Starting with the Type-S brand, it will make its way onto multiple Acura models in the future and apply each with sporty styling touches, engine upgrades, and chassis modifications. The Type-S badge was last used by the 2008 Acura TL but perhaps most famously adorned the DC5-gen Acura RSX Type-S, also branded the Honda Integra Type S in some markets.

A new V6 is also on the cards for Acura. Set to be offered in a number of Acura models in the coming years, the turbocharged V6 will be performance-oriented but as it stands, no figures have been announced. However, the carmaker has confirmed that it will come paired exclusively with the latest-generation of Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), itself launching on the 2019 RDX.

Last but not least is news that Acura will introduce A-Spec variants of every new core model in development. Acura’s decision comes after the success of the V6 TLX A-Spec launched last year. That model will be followed up by a new 2.4-liter TLX A-Spec this spring. Shortly after, an RDX A-Spec will launch.

“We have made a major commitment to Acura to bring each element of Precision Crafted Performance to life through a new generation of products,” president and chief executive of American Honda Motor Toshiaki Mikoshiba said. “Acura will pursue a unique powertrain strategy that underscores the brand’s rightful place as the performance division of Honda.”

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  • MultiKdizzle

    How about a TLX Coupe? Call it the CLX?

  • Honda NSX-R

    FUCK YEAH!!!!

  • James699

    Acura getting its mojo back.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I hope they finally get round to an attractive RLX like the concept they’ve shown. Drop that V-6 into it with SH-AWD…

  • LWOAP

    NSX Type S?

  • Bo Hanan

    Extra plastic cladding, fake air vents, and gaudy wheel packages. Should be fun!

    • TechLegend

      I’ve been bagging Acura for a long time, but they are taking the right steps forward. They have a new mantra of if it looks like it, it is it. Real metal, real wood, real exhaust tips welded to the muffler.

  • ctk4949

    No RWD?!?!?! Booooooooooooooooo

    • TechLegend

      They probably never will. They’re going the Audi and Volvo route of AWD for all their top trims which seems to be working well for those brands.

  • TotallyDisqusted

    They really should have done this before launching the NSX, but better late than never.

    • Bo Hanan

      Somebody at Honda/Acura has been paying attention to Hyundai.

      • TotallyDisqusted

        In what regards?

        • Honda NSX-R

          They’re gonna make a V6 Turbo now that Hyundai/Kia started to jump on that bandwagon. Plus the Stinger GT and Genesis G70 are probably gonna end up stealing the TLX’s sales lunch. Acura needed to make a V6 turbo to be taken seriously.

  • Hopefully it’s more than trim package and actual performance model. But I wouldn’t get my hopes high.

  • Vassilis

    I miss the Integra. I hope they bring that back.

    • TechLegend

      Wouldn’t hold my breath… Integra is never coming back.