Teased on video for the 2019 Monterey Car Week, where it will premiere on August 15 during a private reception and one day later for the public, it appears to have a sedan-shaped silhouette, similar to the outgoing TLX.
Launching a TLX Type S as their first product would actually make a lot of sense, as our spy photographers have already caught what is believed to be a protot ype of the car at the end of 2018.
2021 Acura TLX Type S Prototype
Another teaser, this time static, provides a partial look at the rear end, revealing a slim taillight pattern, two exhaust pipes incorporated into the diffuser, itself part of a very aggressively-styled bumper, and the ‘Type S’ badge on the boot lid.
“The return of the Type S is a pivotal moment for Acura, sending a powerful message that we are committed to fulfilling the ‘Precision Crafted Performance’ brand promise across the lineup”, said Acura VP and Brand Officer, Jon Ikeda. “Building on the return of NSX, our renewed commitment to Acura Motorsports, the introduction of the third-generation RDX and new Acura design direction, the Type S Concept represents another significant step in creating a new era for the Acura brand.”
Previous models that got the Type S makeover targeting enthusiasts, had higher output engines, more powerful brakes and firmer suspension setups, including the 2001-2003 3.2CL, 2002-2003 3.2TL, 2002-2006 RSX and the 2007-2008 TL, which was the last one to wear the sporty moniker.