It looks pretty good too.
Earlier this month, Acura announced that it would be pacing the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with the TLX Type S, and that was fantastic news, but what we didn't know is that the new Acura MDX Type S will tow one of the brand's factory racers there as part of its public debut. We're already big fans of the regular MDX and think it's one of the best SUVs out there, so this Type S version is surely going to bring plenty of smiles.
We don't know much beyond that it boasts an all-new turbocharged V6 producing 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque and has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. Acura's Super Handling AWD system with torque vectoring is connected to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. The brand's quickest and most powerful SUV ever needs to be able to handle too, so it gets Brembo front brakes, double-wishbones, and a Sport+ driving mode. Acura says it will release more details "closer to its on-sale date later this year."
The brand will aim to enhance its high-performance image by entering four cars at the 99th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The first is a TLX Type S being driven by Justin Lumbard in the Open Division, a class where Acura currently holds the record. In the Exhibition Division, also in a TLX Type S, will be Jordan Guitar.
The Acura NSX will return too, with James Robinson behind the wheel after setting the hybrid production car record last year. In the Exhibition Division, Nick Robinson will pilot another NSX. Oh, and if you didn't know, the entire Acura race team is made up of volunteers from within the company. One person who isn't a full-time Acura employee is Ant Anstead, of Wheeler Dealer and Master Mechanic TV fame, who will drive the pace car we mentioned at the outset.
Acura is joining an exciting edition that will see Bentley try to smash another record, as well as the motorsport debut of the Tesla Model S Plaid with motorsport legend Randy Pobst behind the wheel. With so much hype around the legendary racing event, the whole world's eyes are on Colorado Springs, and that makes Acura's decision to use the new MDX Type S as a tow car so clever. By making the reveal of the SUV seem like an everyday part of Acura's motorsport life, the automaker gets free marketing plus gives the right impression: this is a high-performance SUV. We can't wait to try it out and see if it's worth the hype.