Acura Type S Concept Is A Sensuous Preview Of The Upcoming TLX Type S

Following a preview earlier this month, Acura has officially unveiled the Type S Concept ahead of its debut on August 15th.

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.

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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.


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  • Jason Panamera

    Looks awesome. I’d love to see production model really close to this concept ( hello subaru…).

  • Leconte Dave

    Interesting. The only thing missin is RWD/AWD

  • ita_dapeeza

    Looks fantastic! Will be interesting to see what the base version look like.

  • BertrandCrsst

    I can’t believe that I am saying this but I truly regret Acura isn’t sold in the EU right now ! Truly an incredible design, so gorgeous. Sedans with such a shape are really the best ones ! Think about the A5 SPBCK or the Cadillac Escala. All great lookers !

  • DHG2605

    Very nice!

  • Six_Tymes

    another good looking concept that wont be produced to look as good. YAWN.

  • Rocket

    The concept looks good, and since most recent production Acuras haven’t strayed too far from their concepts, I’m genuinely optimistic. Too bad it will have the RDX’s lousy infotainment system.

    • Ben

      I’ve heard glowing reviews of the system. Is it the hardware that is the problem or software?

      • Rocket

        It appears both. Read some consumer reviews at Edmunds or spend some time on the Acura RDX forums. The system is riddled with glitches. Then there’s the touchpad, which some seem to like, but at least as many despise. Hopefully the stability issues will be addressed before another model launch.

  • Nordschleife

    It looks great but Acura is the public enemy number 1 when it comes to how bland a sporting/near production concept can be. Remember the previous Acura TLX concept? With that being said it is a nice concept.

    • D-splash

      The RDX concept was pretty much identical to the production model. This will probably much of the same.

      • Nordschleife

        I forgot about that model. You are correct. I am just remembering the last TLX concept and how bland the current TL X is so I still have some concerns. The devil is in the details.

  • U8INIT

    Honda Accord where?! Very sharp!!!

  • Jordan Brenner

    Since the production version leaked a month or so ago, instead of being disappointed by the production version we can be disappointed by the concept. Since we already know how much will change for the worst.

    • Leconte Dave

      This is the type S version

  • Nastinupe1911

    If the Type S has less than 400 hp it’s already lost.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Says who?

      Other than the Q50 Red Sport, who else has 400+ horsepower? This isn’t meant to be a M or AMG competitor.

  • Hot Twink

    Hello gorgeous!

  • Honda NSX-R

    Nice 1st gen facelift Audi A7 headlights

  • first glance with no detailed study… looks like Acura’s take on Camaro segment car.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    1. This car is gorgeous. Hopefully it wont be watered down as it makes it’s way to production.

    2. Anyone seeing a big of camaro in that front end?

    • Tabs Luther

      weirdly, I see more mustang than camaro (mostly from the second shot)

    • MarketAndChurch

      I see a little more Ford than Chevy in this, but mostly Lexus. But definitely, there are design themes, lines, etc. that resemble the Camaro.

  • ctk4949

    WoW!! It almost looks production ready!! Just change the side view mirrors, put a turbo V6 in there, and take my money!!!!

    Better be RWD or AWD!!

    • Dennis Scipio

      why RWD?

      • ctk4949

        RWD is the best!!!! Can’t be a sports sedan and be FWD, lol

  • Ron

    They have FINALLY perfected the grill. Looks as good as the old TL before the bird beak. Hope they build it as seen!

  • matrem

    Too bad we already know the production model will be bland bland bland and fwd.

    • Merc1



    • Jason Miller

      Didn’t read the article.

    • Dude

      It’s SH-AWD at the very least

  • Merc1

    Acura has to be the sorriest “luxury” brand going. First you hand assemble the regular TLX and now you debut a stunning (for an Acura) concept that won’t keep any of it’s look for production. This doesn’t even look like it will be based on an “new” TLX, but on the existing one. LAME. Build a car that looks like this on a RWD chassis and they’d have a winner.


    • Ben

      Have hope, not long ago Lincoln was in the same boat, but look at em now.

      • Merc1

        Lincoln still has a long way to go, one or two SUVs don’t make a brand, but they are hitting them out the park now, especially the Aviator. I’m anxious to see what they do with the next Continental, if there is one. You can’t be a grown/full line luxury brand with no cars.


        • Ben

          True, but you gotta start somewhere. I like that Lincoln isn’t being timid or too bold. They could have used a strinkray on the Navigator and called it an Aviator, but they didn’t. They found another winning design and knocked that out of the park too. I WOULD like to see the Continental comeback the right way, RWD, suicide doors, and Navigator-esque interior. I’d also ask for a V8, but we know that isn’t going to happen.

          • Merc1

            I like that too. I think they’re doing it just right, I’d just like to see it transferred over to their cars. If they only keep one car it should be a Continental as you and I have both described. Nope, no V8 lol.


    • no25

      You have to be the sorriest Mercedes fangirl who acts like a 97 year old signing COMMENTS. Get a life and appreciate the fact that Acura is at least trying. Mercedes on the other hand continues to produce the same old boring crap lately.

      • Merc1

        Yet here you are following me around like the loser you are. Like Acura produces anything exciting. Mercedes and Acura aren’t even in the same universe for people who actually like real cars.



          Are you still arguing with that snowflake? I guess he’s trying to get you banned

    • JRP

      The 2021 Acura TLX looks very much like the concept judging by the leaks.

  • Craig

    I learned long ago not to get too excited about Acura concepts.

  • Tabs Luther

    If they went with that grill 5 years ago they would’ve sold more cars! This looks great.

    • Tabs Luther

      After looking at it more, they better make it look just like this with doorhandles.

      Fingers crossed it is like a “big-brother” to the type R dynamically.

    • Six Thousand Times

      You still are confused between grill and grille aren’t you? I’m out of jokes to help explain it to you.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Sadly, the production version will look anemic in the enthusiasm and passion expressed in this concept, but if they made this, they could command a 5-series pricetag for it too.

    • donald seymour

      You speaking the truth.

  • Ben

    Reminds me of the Camaro…before they mucked it up.

  • eb110americana

    Holy crap! An Acura that not only doesn’t have an ugly grille, but actually has beautiful lines on the body! Now just build it, and don’t make the Acura badge as big as my head.

  • no25

    Holy crap! If they don’t pull a typical Acura and bland up the production model, they’ll finally be back in business!
    I’ll finally have to change my profile pic haha

    • Astonman



        @okno25:disqus such a bad snowflake

        • no25

          awwww look who’s talking, sweetie.

  • Honda NSX-R
    • no25

      Acura once again pulls an Acura. Concept is stunning. Production looks like a bloated fish. smh.

    • Tabs Luther

      looks pretty damn close when you replace the bumpers and lower it with 21’s!

      • Honda NSX-R

        Not to mention adding a more aggressive body kit and quad-tip exhausts

    • Leconte Dave

      Not the sport model

      • Honda NSX-R

        You’re right

    • Nordschleife

      I’d love if the tail lights looked like the concept and not just the parking lights emulating the concept tail lights

  • An Existing Person

    If it’s FWD, go back to the drawing board. If it has less than 400hp, it’s DOA. Hopefully Acura doesn’t screw this up but there’s no hope for them at this point.

    • Six Thousand Times

      It will have SH-AWD and a reasonable number of bhp but may not be enough to outrun ze Germans. It will be bought by people who like the touchscreens and Honda reliability.

  • Mr. EP9

    I have no faith Acura is going to make an exciting vehicle. It’s probably going to be some glorified trim package with a slight power bump and FWD.

    • Dude

      They’ve already said that future Acuras will have exclusive powertrains including a new twin turbo V6. You can tell it’s really different by the looks

  • Stealth333

    Wow….looks amazing!

  • klowik

    They have sorted the front grille now and looks much better this time.. .looks like they’ve got some European designers joining the team.

  • john1168

    This looks fantastic! Hopefully it’s not a replay of the original TLX where we had an awesome looking concept followed by an extremely watered down version for production. I love the front and the rear and those exhaust finishers look great! I would love it if there was a hatchback version.

  • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

    Finally Acura joined the game again

    Late better than nothing!

  • Six Thousand Times

    Good looking car AND they throw in a grill?

  • Mikestroh

    This has to be there best looking sedan in the history of Acura. Looks like they incorporated alot of the NSX DNA into the design. Well done Acura…BRAVO!…now build the dayum thing….lol.

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  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    I love how everyone here is complaining about how the production version will look nothing like the concept. You are ALL clueless.

    1. Honda/Acura concepts are a preview of the real model and are 95% accurate to the production version. This has been proven time and time again.

    2. We already know what the production version is going to look like due to the leaked pictures pulled from the infotainment system of the RDX. That IS what it is going to look like.


      NO ONE CARES Sunshine. Just give it up

      • D-splash

        I care



          • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

            That makes no sense.

            You’re a beta male.

          • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Hey girl, don’t be like that now.

      • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

        Keep on upvoting yourself to make your tiny ego feel better.

        Pathetic troll.


          Relax sunshine, I didn’t mean to come at you like that.

    • SteersUright

      You’re clueless. Acura concepts have been betrayed by nearly all of their production cars save a few. Their SUV’s are definitely their better looking vehicles but none have true luxury car interiors and aren’t all that much better to drive than any Honda.

    • Nordschleife

      Not one of said it wouldn’t look like the concept. We said it being toned down won’t look as good as the concept. Stop acting like the devil isn’t in the details. Your car can be 95% close to the concept all you want but if the 5% is in details that make the concept desirable then you failed. The last TLX concept looked great. Then the 5% was taken away and it became dowdy. If you looked at this logically and not based on your emotions you’d see we are correct. Hell we are rooting Acura too but we are realistic enough to know the right 5% could make the difference from 1st to last place.

  • Dennis Scipio

    it’s okay, looking. I guess.

  • kDawg

    This won’t make it to production. They will find a way to make uglify the real production.

  • SteersUright

    There’s no reason Acura can’t make this exact car and it absolutely should. Instead, it’ll pull a Subaru on us and reveal a massively toned down, lame production version.

    • MultiKdizzle

      I dunno… Acura is pretty faithful when it comes to showtime.

  • tt tt

    Something is not right. It’s too pretty to be an Acura.

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