The performance-enhanced Type S package went dark at Acura in 2008 with the retirement of the TL midsize sedan. But Acura has doubled down on its engineering roots and fine-tuned its lineup and is sticking with cars — two core models for now, the midsize TLX and compact ILX. And to add some sizzle to the car side of the showroom, it has revived the Type S for the 2021 TLX. Type S performance variants are also in the works for the MDX and RDX crossovers.
The TLX Type S features a 355-hp turbo V-6 engine, a sport-tuned double-wishbone front suspension, Brembo brakes and Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
It goes on sale in the U.S. on June 23. Acura says fewer than 2,000 TLX Type S vehicles will be produced for 2021.
Journalists had an opportunity to put the TLX Type S through the drills at California's Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca and nearby roads. The racetrack is billed as one of North America's most demanding circuits and is notable for the Corkscrew, a three-story blind drop into an apex — with two signature turns — from an uphill approach that tests engineering prowess. We've rounded up some reviews.