Acura is resurrecting the Type S performance line and ramping up the excitement with the introduction of a concept at Monterey Car Week that the company says points to a second-gen TLX Type S, the first of two to wear the performance badge.
Conceived by Acura’s California design studio, the Type S Concept is slated for a public debut at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, before moving down the road to Pebble Beach for the Sunday wrap-up to the Monterey gatherings.
“We’ve been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept car since the Precision Concept debuted,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director. “The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design.”
The Type S variants last graced the Acura line-up a decade ago, but interest was rekindled with the introduction of the NSX performance car. Like its inspiration, the Type S Concept wide and low-slung, emphasized by an expansive hood.
“The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots,” said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. “From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece.”
The Type S Concept (dressed up in bespoke Double Apex Blue Pearl in tribute to the signature blue in former Type S models) uses the latest elements from Acura design, including a new look to the 4-lamp jewelled LED headlights, an open surface Diamond Pentagon grille and “chicane” daytime running lights and taillights (a tie to the Daytona prototype race car).
The front fascia reflects both form and function, with large intakes capable of supplying air to high-performance components such as the engine and Brembo brakes. The daytime running lights line the bottom of the headlights and also perform as turn signals.
The sheer side body panels open up into muscular wheel wells (housing 21-inch wheels with 285-wide performance tires), again emphasizing the wide stance. The rear carries over the centre crease from the hood, is markedly upswept to finish off the coupe-like roof, integrating a carbon-fibre spoiler, and finishes off in the “chicane” LED taillights, large diffuser and quad chrome exhaust tips.
Carbon fibre is also applied to the front and rear splitters, side sills and the multi-spoke wheels.