The new trim brings even better styling to the updated TLX

Acura debuted an updated TLX in New York today that featured a new precision grille, updated fascias, a new hood, and an updated infotainment system. The Technology and Advanced packages also bring even more value with new features. But, alongside that updated TLX, sits an all-new trim and it’s TLX you really want to pay attention to. It doesn’t offer any engine upgrades, but it comes standard with the 24-valve, 3.5-liter, V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. It’s not the power delivery that sets the A-Spec apart from the bunch, though. See, the A-Spec can be had in two-wheel drive or with Acura’s SH-AWD system, and it gets its unique look – a look that will make you think twice about considering something with an M or AMG badge on it.

To start things off, the new A-Spec gets an updated front fascia that combines the TLX’s new look with deeply recessed corner vents and a sporty air dam up front. The corner vents, air dam, and that new precision grille are outlined with a gloss-black trim insert that helps assert a strikingly aggressive look that stands out in this segment. Round fog lights tie things together for the front, but as you move to the side, there’s even more. The fender gets its own unique A-spec badge, while the side view mirrors get gloss black arms. Down below, the A-spec has updated and mildly aggressive side skirts. The trim around the windows on the A-spec are also finished in gloss black. The real conversation piece here, however, are the dark-finish, 19-inch wheels that are exclusive to this model only and are wrapped in 245-series rubber.

Around back, a black spoiler graces the rear deck lid, while a new diffuser-like element in gloss-black adds a bit of aggression to the rear. Large, exhaust outlets can be found on each corner, with a slight angle toward the outer corners. There’s some modification under the metal and inside too, so keep reading to learn more about that.

Comfort, Ride Quality, and Maneuverability

Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good High Resolution Exterior
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Where other automakers stop with exterior enhancements, Acura went a little further. The new TLX A-Spec gets a sport-tuned suspension with more aggressive damper settings and a retuned power steering system (electronic) that is said to offer a “sharper, more precise handling experience.” We’ll reserve judgment on that until we get our hands on one, but it sounds pretty damn good to me. A-Spec models equipped with SH-AWD have revised springs with a stiffer spring rate and a rear stabilizer bar, two features that will dramatically cut down on body roll in the corners during more extreme maneuvers.

Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good High Resolution Exterior
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Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good High Resolution Exterior
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The new TLX A-Spec gets a sport-tuned suspension with more aggressive damper settings and a retuned power steering system (electronic) that is said to offer a “sharper, more precise handling experience.”

Step inside the A-Spec and the first thing you’ll notice is those leather seats with increased bolstering for better support. Sit down, and you’ll spot an A-Spec badge on the steering wheel to go with red highlights in the instrument cluster and brushed aluminum trim inserts throughout the cabin. The steering wheel itself is thicker than the standard unit and features a slightly flattened bottom. The dash trim and center console trim get red striping that matches the leather on the seats, central armrest, and door panel inserts. If you don’t like the red leather, however, you can opt for black leather with Alcantara inserts – a nice touch if you’re into the whole Alcantara movement these days.

Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good High Resolution Interior
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Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good High Resolution Interior
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Step inside the A-Spec and the first thing you’ll notice is those leather seats with increased bolstering for better support.

Needless to say, this baby might not have the power to compete with something like the BMW M3 or Mercedes-AMG C43, but it’s got the looks. I guess one could say it talks the talk but doesn’t necessarily walk the walk in that department, but if you’re not interested in going retardedly fast, you can still get an excessively sporty look and save some significant cash by going with the TLX A-Spec over any of the German competitors. How does the new TLX A-spec sit in your mind? Is it freaking awesome or do you hate it? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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