2021 Acura TLX Type S First Drive: The Badge Is Back!

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2021 Acura TLX Type S First Drive: The Badge Is Back!

Yes, it’s finally here. Nearly 13 years after the coveted badge left U.S. shores, the 2021 Acura TLX Type S will reach U.S. dealers on June 23. Think of the Type S, and the Acura CL probably comes to mind—a vehicle that helped show Americans front-wheel-drive cars could be exciting to drive.

The return of the Type S sub-brand premiers with the TLX midsize sedan and will continue with the MDX three-row crossover. Acura says there’s more Type S news coming later this year, which makes us wonder if the popular RDX will also get the sporty badge. In the meantime, let’s talk about our experience behind the wheel of the TLX Type S, which included a portion at the track and on the road.

Powered by a 355-hp 3.0-liter V-6 with a twin-scroll turbo and 354 lb-ft of torque, the TLX Type S also employs a 10-speed automatic that sends power to all four wheels via Acura’s distinguished Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive system. The 3.0-liter engine is a significant step up from the 272-hp, 280 lb-ft 2.0-liter turbo four that powers the standard TLX, and although the torque-vectoring AWD system is the same one that’s available across Acura’s lineup, it can send up to 70 percent of the torque to the rear axle and 100 percent of that torque to the right or left rear wheel. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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