Acura is setting up its performance lineup for coming years with the return of its Type-S performance branding, and the expansion of A-Spec variants to all core models.
Honda’s luxury division made the announcement at the launch of the Acura RDX Prototype, which closely resembles the second-generation production compact crossover coming for 2019
“We have made a major commitment to Acura to bring each element of Precision Crafted Performance to life through a new generation of products,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of American Honda. “Acura will pursue a unique powertrain strategy that underscores the brand’s rightful place as the performance division of Honda.”
Headlining that unique powertrain strategy is an exclusive new turbocharged V-6 engine, which will reportedly be paired to Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), the latest version of which is to be launched in the 2019 RDX. The new engine will make its way through the Acura lineup in years to come.
Acura also announced the return of the heralded Type-S, which last appeared on an Acura in the 2008 TL sedan, which was praised by critics for its track-tuned chassis and more powerful engine and brakes from he regular TL.
Finally, the marque also announced plans to spread the A-Spec variant to core products, based on the success of the V6 TLX A-Spec sedan that was launched last year. It begins with a new 2.4-litre TLX A-Spec this spring, and the 2019 RDX A-Spec due around the middle of 2018. Currently available on TLX and ILX sedans, the A-Spec has been a fixture in select Acura models for 14 years.