The limited-production M340i rival will be hand-built at Acura's Ohio facility.
Described as "the best performing Acura sedan ever," the Acura TLX Type S is a true return to form for the luxury automaker. Gunning for the popular German trio, the sports sedan hit the scene in 2021 with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that develops 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. As far as sedans go, the Type S is a joy to pilot - and a looker, too.
But that hasn't stopped Acura from improving the recipe. Acura has announced the introduction of the TLX Type S PMC Edition, a limited production variant inspired by the NSX. The PMC Edition will be made available in three premium colors (Long Beach Blue, Curva Red, and 130R White), all borrowed from the company's halo car. The PMC Edition also receives a few unique styling touches. The lightweight 20-inch wheels have been finished in a copper hue (a first for an Acura) while the roof and door handles have been painted Bernina black for a more sinister look.
This works well with the exterior badging and exhaust finishers, also sporting a subtle black hue. Carbon fiber add-ons underlining the PMC Edition's sporting persona can be found on the rear spoiler, the diffuser, and the side skirts. The theme continues inside, where Acura fits the PMC Edition with carbon fiber interior trim. All models also receive illuminated door sills and Type S floor mats with contrast stitching.
The interior ambiance is dictated by the exterior color: Curva Red receives an Ebony interior with red stitching; Long Blue Pearl gains a classy Orchid interior with blue stitching; and 130R gains a very Type R-like red cabin. All TLX Type S PMC Editions receive Milano leather upholstery with Ultrasuede inserts. The special edition also receives 255/35 Pirelli P-Zero tires, but we assume the V6 and ten-speed transmission will remain unchanged. That's no bad thing, as the Type S can hit 60 mph in five seconds flat.
Inside, you'll find a plaque on the center console that marks this out as a special edition. And it really is something special - instead of nailing a few accessories to the Type S and calling it a day, Acura and PMC have elected to handcraft the sedan at its Ohio plant. Here, the Type S PMC Edition receives the same attention-to-detail lavished upon the NSX.
Before being shipped to customers under a specially designed car cover, the sports sedan gets a dyno check and paint inspection. Acura did something similar with the RDX not too long ago, but it certainly didn't look at good as this.
There's no mention of pricing, but the 2020 TLX PMC Edition (pictured above) retailed for $48,950. We expect the newcomer will be pricier than the regular $53,700 Type S seen below.
Interested? Acura says orders will open later this year. You'd better act quickly, though - sedans this good-looking don't stick around on showroom floors for long.