Acura Signals Return to its Roots with the Type S Concept

It’s generally accepted by enthusiasts that Acura’s glory days ended in the 2000’s, with their current range lacking a bit of excitement. Well, it looks like that could be changing. The Acura Type S concept previews the next Acura TLX Type S (the first new Type S in a decade), which is due within the next two years. Another Type S model is set to follow.

But lets just look at this Type S concept. The most unusual thing about it is how normal it is. Unlike most concept cars, which have various gimmicks, such as light-up grilles and cameras instead of mirrors, the Type S Concept looks production-ready; the only thing missing is door handles. It’s a very classy design- despite the large vents on the front bumper and carbon-fiber lip spoiler, it manages to look aggressive without looking like it crashed through AutoZone’s accessory section. Whoever designed the current Civic Type R- take note.

The aggressive styling isn’t just for show either. The large intakes on the front bumper are functional, allowing for better cooling for the engine as well as the brakes, which are Brembo’s with 4-piston calipers at each corner. Also at each corner are 21-inch wheels, wrapped in 285-width tyres. One suspects the production TLX Type S will have a more common wheel and tyre sizes.

The only other thing that is likely to be changed is the proportions. With its long hood and short trunk, the Type S Concept has classic RWD proportions. However, it is highly unlikely that the next TLX will be RWD, so the production version will likely have a shorter hood with a traverse-mounted turbocharged 4-cylinder engine underneath.

Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer is quoted as saying “The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots,” and “we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece.” So, what does this mean? It means future Acura models should be more fun than they have been in a long time. And given that old Acura models were known for their excellent Honda-sourced manual transmissions, it entirely possible that future Acura Type S models could end up having the option of a manual transmission, though nothing has been confirmed.

Want to see the Type S Concept in person? You will be able to see it at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the Concept Lawn on the 18th of August.