Designed to preview the upcoming TLX Type S, the concept is a bold departure for Acura as it adopts a sleek and stylish design that embraces “Precision Crafted Performance.”
Starting up front, the model has an aggressive fascia with a prominent Diamond Pentagon grille. It is flanked by Jewel Eye LED headlights with “Chicane” daytime running lights that draw inspiration from the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype. Further below, we can see large air intakes and a stylish carbon fiber splitter that wraps around the front end.
The sporty styling continues further back as the concept has a long hood and a rakish windscreen. Designers also gave the model flowing bodywork, muscular rear fender and a dynamic roofline. We can also see 21-inch alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance Brembo braking system with four-piston calipers.
Out back, the concept features a unique trunk with a carbon fiber spoiler and a creased centerline that echoes the one on the hood. It resides above LED taillights and a sporty rear fascia. The latter features a carbon fiber diffuser which is flanked by a four-tailpipe sports exhaust system.
Acura didn’t mention performance specifications, but suggested the concept has a “high-performance engine.” That’s pretty vague but, when Acura announced plans to revive the Type S moniker, they announced a turbocharged V6 engine that will be exclusive to the brand. It was billed as a “high-performance powerplant” which will be paired to the company’s latest Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
It remains unclear when the TLX Type S will be introduced, but fans shouldn’t have to wait too long as the company confirmed plans to unveil two Type S variants in the next two years.