Acura Type S Sedan Concept Teased Before Aug 15 Reveal In Monterey

After an 11-year hiatus, the Type S moniker will be making a comeback in Acura’s lineup, albeit as a concept that signals the revival of the Type S brand, announced last year.

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.”

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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.


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  • Harry_Wild

    Huh? Is this a new model or just additional trim?

    • Leconte Dave

      New model and new trim

  • WalthamDan

    Too bad it still has the comical front end design with the pie plate sized badge. They still haven’t come close to the still-great 2004-8 TL design.

    • Yombrian

      still driving my 07 TL-S 🙂

  • Mike anonymous

    Type S… that would actually be an interesting naming strategy for Acura. I would certainly take it over the current nomenclature.

    ….I like it.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Interesting? How about old? This is just a bringing back of what was…
      TL Type S
      CL Type S.

      • Mike anonymous

        Ok, sure… but what if we got rid of the TL, CL, RLX, etc… type naming and simply named the models Type S for their Sedan. maybe X For an SUV, and use different letters. Again my point being: I would certainly take it over the current nomenclature.

        If you believe it to be ‘old’ then what might you do if given the free range and position?

        • DMax

          Type S and Type R was always Honda/Acura sport model designation like BMW’s M, so why name entire models after it? Acura already has nameplates and trademarks, all it has to do is revive them – Integra, Legend, and bring some Japan only names like Inspire.

          • Mike anonymous

            I would much prefer they Brough back names such as Integra, Legend, etc,.. but I was just referring to naming such as TL, CL, Etc,.. in comparison to the possible ‘Type‘ naming scheme.

            I do not know their upcoming naming scheme (and if things pan out as many hope, we may get names such as the Legend returning), although another possibility could be Acura going down the AMG line, and creating vehicle such as AMG-GT, AMG-63, etc… such as Type S, Type R, Type X, Type E (Type (anything) really),… and possibly others.

            If that is the route we may go down then I don’t think it would be too bad, bring some more ‘upscale’ attention to the already existing Honda models, But be it the Type-S or the Legend, my point had been I personally would prefer it (or either) over their current nomenclature.

          • OdysseyTag

            I’d also factor in that naming their models Type-# would make it remarkably similar to Jaguar’s existing nomenclature (S-Type, X-Type, F-Type etc.) so it’s probably more effective as a performance designation.

        • Andrewthecarguy

          Ok I get your point now.
          I was pointing out that the Type S moniker was used decades ago, hence old.

          If i had free range, I would bring back the names: Legend and Integra

        • Bananarama

          I think that’s getting dangerously close to other brands. Namely Model S and Model X.
          What would they do for their performance variants then? From what I’m gathering, this will be Acura’s equivalent to M or F top performance tier, with the A spec being the M Sport or F Sport, mid-tier.

          I guess I can see dropping the X, as it’s in all their model names and redundant. Everyone prefers names and I don’t understand companies moving away from them (Lincoln is the only exception). Acura has some decent name cache with TL, TSX, and RSX though…

      • Eythan Aldrich

        also RSX Type S

  • willhaven

    As a consumer, concept cars do nothing for me. Show me the real thing, please.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      Honda/Acura’s concept cars have historically been 95% true to the production vehicle.

      • willhaven

        You are right, which sort of makes the concept exercise a bit moot in my opinion.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    This is going to have the new TT V6 in it. I’m looking forward to seeing the finished product.

  • Nordschleife

    I know it could be the camo but that concept taillight doesn’t look anywhere close to that production camo taillight. As always I reserve final judgement until unveiling.

    • Bananarama

      The production camo car is a mule using the old TLX body.

  • Joe E

    I’m bracing myself for how overstyled and riced out looking this will be. While they don’t look terrible, the current Acuras lack sophistication in their styling. They don’t look expensive — they look like riced out mainstream models. The Kia Stinger has 100x more design sophistication than anything in the Acura stable these days.



  • Craig

    So the dream of a new Acura Legend flagship is dead?

    • Leconte Dave

      This is not the flagship model

      • Craig

        I hope that’s true!!

  • Mr. EP9

    I hope the Type S models actually bring some performance worth talking about. If it’s just “aggressive” styling with luke warm performance that’s not even on par with what it will be competing against, then Acura is wasting their time.

  • jason wu

    The camo is a joke. Can’t you just tell it’s a TLX type-S?

    • Bananarama

      The camo is on a mule of the old TLX.
      The concept is a preview for the new generation of it.
      Unfortunately for Acura, all was leaked a couple weeks ago. And you can see this production version of this and the new MDX in full glory official renders online if you google hard enough.

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