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2021 Acura TLX Type S Could Put Acura Back On The Performance Map

The 2021 TLX Type S features a V-6 engine under the hood and also an exclusive exterior shade

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It’s been a while since the 2021 Acura TLX was launched, but the performance-spec model was yet to be revealed. The company has now finally taken the wraps off it. Called the TLX Type S, it comes with an aggressive face and an exclusive exterior shade. It was the official pace car at this year’s Acura Sports Car Challenge held between May 14 and May 16, 2021.

The TLX Type S Is Very Different From The Standard TLX

2021 Acura TLX Type S Could Put Acura Back On The Performance Map
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Powered by a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine
It makes 355 horses and 354 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox

For starters, it comes painted in a special Tiger Eye Pearl gold paint. Up front, it features an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille for the engine to breathe better. Apart from this, the other distinguishing factors include a front splitter, rear diffuser, and large quad exhaust outlets. Acura has also noted that the car comes with two wheel designs, one of which is an NSX-inspired lightweight set.

On the inside, the pace car comes with a flat-bottom steering wheel for the sporty vibes. 16-way power seats even feature a side bolstering adjustment function. They come trimmed in Ultrasuede with ‘Type S’ embossing on the headrests. Furthermore, it even features an ELS Studio 17-speaker audio system.

The TLX Type-S Features A Bigger Engine

2021 Acura TLX Type S Could Put Acura Back On The Performance Map Exterior
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The TLX Type S comes with a 3.0-liter, turbocharged V-6 engine that makes 355 horses and 354 pound-feet of torque. This engine is exclusive to the Type S models and is mated to a sport-tuned 10-speed automatic transmission. Power is sent to all the wheels courtesy of a “Super-Handling” all-wheel-drive system. The car also comes with a Type S-exclusive Sport+ driving mode. Brembo brakes at the front take care of the braking duties.

The 2021 Acura TLX Is a Luxury Sports Sedan that BMW and Mercedes Should Worry About Exterior
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In comparison, the standard TLX is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder turbocharged mill that churns out 272 horses and 280 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to the front wheels as standard via a 10-speed automatic gearbox, but you can also opt for the all-wheel-drive system.

Conclusion

2021 Acura TLX Type S Could Put Acura Back On The Performance Map Exterior
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Finished in special Tiger Eye Pearl gold paint
It features an open-surface grille, a front splitter, rear diffuser, and large quad exhaust outlets. Two new wheel designs are also introduced

The Acura Sports Car Challenge was held over the past weekend from May 14 to May 16. The race took place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Helio Castroneves, who was part of the WTR winning driver lineup at the Rolex 24, served as Grand Marshall for the event. Mazda won the Pole Award whereas Wayne Taylor Racing scored the first Mid-Ohio victory.

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Acura’s all-new and highly anticipated 2021 TLX Type S will make its public debut as the official pace car for the Acura Sports Car Challenge Presented by the TLX Type S May 14-16, at the legendary Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Sporting a Type S-exclusive color of Tiger Eye Pearl, the turbocharged TLX Type S will lead the field to the green flag for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.

The TLX Type S will pace a field that includes Acura’s ARX-05 in the DPi class and NSX GT3 Evo in the GTD class. Last year, Acura made history by sweeping the WeatherTech SportsCar Drivers’, Manufacturers’ and Teams’ Championships in both the DPi and GTD classes.

Acura has powered three consecutive race wins at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio course, with Acura-powered Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) looking to extend its current championship points lead. Earlier this year, WTR’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05 scored an outright win at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Coming off a third place finish at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the ARX-05 of Meyer Shank Racing also is looking to secure another podium finish.

Helio Castroneves, part of the WTR winning driver lineup at the Rolex 24, will serve as Grand Marshall for this weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, presented by the TLX Type-S. Castroneves, 2020 IMSA champion driving for Acura and a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner, will give the traditional command to start engines on Sunday, just prior to the start of the two-hour, 40-minute endurance racing contest.

2021 Acura TLX Type S
At the heart of the 2021 TLX Type S driven by Castroneves is the Type S Turbo V6, an all-new, 24-valve, dual overhead cam 3.0-liter V6 engine with direct-injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger, producing 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE Net). Exclusive to Type S models, the engine was developed by some of the company’s most experienced powertrain engineers, including members of the team that developed the NSX’s bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid power unit and championship winning motorsports programs.

Simply the best performing Acura sedan ever, the new TLX Type S also features a sport-tuned 10-speed automatic transmission, Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) with true torque vectoring, double-wishbone front suspension, Brembo® front brakes and Type S-exclusive Sport+ driving mode.

Visually, TLX Type S is distinguished by an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille that provides increased airflow, a front splitter, rear diffuser, large quad exhaust outlets and two wheel designs, including optional NSX-inspired lightweight wheels featured on the pace car.

Inside, Type S drivers are treated to a flat-bottom steering wheel, Ultrasuede® trimmed 16-way power seats with adjustable side bolstering and Type S embossing on the headrests. The 2021 TLX Type S also features Acura’s critically acclaimed and award-winning ELS STUDIO 3D® 17-speaker premium audio system.

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