Acura's new concept previews the return of its iconic Type S performance models.
The Acura NSX supercar has been on sale for three years now. Acura also sells sporty A-Spec models, but these variants don't offer any performance enhancements, leaving a gap in its lineup for high-performance sports cars. Thankfully, Acura is reviving its iconic Type S sports car range after an 11-year hiatus. To give us a preview, Acura has unveiled the new Type S Concept online ahead of its world debut at Monterey Car Week, and it's an absolute stunner.
According to Acura, the Type S Concept will heavily inspire the design of the new second-generation TLX Type S sedan. Building on the design of the Acura Precision Concept that previewed Acura's future design language at the 2016 Detroit Auto show, the Type S Concept features a wide track, a low ride height, muscular wheel arches, and an expansive hood, giving the sedan a sporty appearance that's easy on the eye.
"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. "From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece."
"We've been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept car since the Precision Concept debuted," Dave Marek, Acura's Executive Creative Director, added. "The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design."
Other new design elements including next-generation, four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and "Chicane" headlights and taillights inspired by the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car that serves as both running lights and turn signals.
At the front, the Type S Concept features large center and side intakes supplying airflow to the high-performance engine, while the fascia is an evolution of the NSX and Acura Precision Concept. High-performance Brembo brakes with four-piston calipers also provide ample stopping power, but Acura hasn't revealed any technical specifications, sadly.
Elsewhere, forged carbon has been applied to the front and rear splitters, side sills, rear decklid spoiler, and wheels, and the concept is finished in a bespoke Double Apex Blue Pearl paint as a homage to blue Type S heritage models including the 2007-2008 TL Type S. A rear decklid spoiler, large rear diffuser, quad chrome exhaust tips, multi-spoke 21-inch wheels complete the look.
After its private debut at an event on August 15, the Acura Type S Concept will make its public debut at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on August 16. It will then be on display at the historic Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 18.