Honda unveils Acura Type S Concept ahead of Monterey debut

Acura Type S Concept Is A Sensuous Preview Of The Upcoming TLX Type S

As Honda's premium brand in the USA and China, Acura has revealed the Type S Concept which is the brand's preview of how a sporty take on the next-gen TLX might look, and the company gives the four-door a big debut during Monterey Car Week.

"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. Sources within Acura tell that the actual TLX Type S won't make its formal appearance until sometime next year, apparently as a 2021 model. The model will be debuted on August 15 at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, a part of California's Monterey Car Week 2019. However, the profile of the Type S concept also takes on the proportions of a rear-drive vehicle with a long hood and short deck that brings to mind the sport sedans made by Lexus and Infiniti.

The Acura TLX Type S is not based on the normal TLX platform though.

Meanwhile, the Pebble Beach concept auto will also reboot the Type S badge in general. Of course, it also sets the stage for the re-introducion of Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade. "The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design", said Dave Marek, Acura's executive creative director.

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"We've been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept auto since the Precision Concept debuted", said Dave Marek, Acura's Executive Creative Director.

The return of Type S variants is a step forward from the existing A-Spec packages found on most Acura models, and the new performance variants are clearly created to bring substance to the style of those A-Specs. Sheer side surfaces gradually open-up to muscular rear wheel arches, emphasizing the concept's wide track. The forged carbon is also used for the rear diffuser, front splitter, side sills, and even the wheels. The paint is special, it is called "Double Apex Blue Pearl".

The face also has what the brand calls its next-generation LED headlights with "chicane"-shaped daytime running lights (we think they look like stylized check marks) inspired by the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race auto".

In terms of mechanicals, there's been no information given other than the fact that the Type S Concept rides on 285-width tires at each corner with four-piston Brembo brakes all around.

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