Honda’s luxury division Acura is turning up the heat on the Audi A4 by getting ready to roll out the next-generation TLX. In addition, the premium Japanese brand is dusting off the “Type S” moniker after more than a decade for a hot version of its all-new sedan to take on the S4. Prior to a full reveal scheduled for May 28, Acura has dropped a teaser photo/video combo providing a glimpse of the car’s aggressive derrière.
The large quad exhausts flanking a diffuser are telltale signs we’re looking at the potent Type S version. The trunk lid spoiler along with the (possibly fake) vents in the rear bumper are additional clues we are dealing with the amped-up derivative. Aside from seeing the Type S badge, there’s also another important logo slapped onto the back of the TLX. We’re talking about SH-AWD, which stands for Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Acura has already announced the 2021 TLX Type S will be equipped with a newly developed turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. While details about how much power it makes are not available, expect well over 300 hp considering the outgoing TLX has a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with 290 hp. It remains to be seen whether it will surpass the 349 hp offered by the Audi S4, but it could very well happen.
While the regular TLX will go on sale this fall, the flagship Type S variant might arrive early 2021. It’s estimated to cost in the mid-$40,000 range, meaning it should undercut the Audi S4 by a few thousand dollars if we’re not taking into account any extra options. As a refresher, the 2021 S4 kicks off at $49,900 for the Premium trim and rises to $58,200 for the Prestige spec.
We’ll know what’s what in a week from tomorrow. For now, Acura says the new model will be “the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan in Acura history, with the Type S being the model’s performance pinnacle.”