Honda unveils Acura Type S Concept ahead of Monterey debut

Acura Type S Concept

That hasn't been seen on a new Acura since the Acura TL Type S back in 2008, marking a performance variant of the auto.

Meanwhile, the Pebble Beach concept vehicle will also reboot the Type S badge in general.

The side profile of the Acura Type S Concept is dominated by subtle yet expressive character lines and a shoulder line that emerges from the front quarter panels and fades out at the rear quarter panels. First and foremost, the Acura TLX is soon due a replacement.

It seems Acura is looking to recapture the magic of the Type S designation with a new concept auto that will be debuting in the coming days during Monterey vehicle Week.

Honda's high-end spinoff is ready to start injecting a bit of excitement back into its mid-range sports and performance sedans, its new concept recalling the popular Type S versions of cars like the TL that made waves in the mid-2000s before giving way to a more sensible and pedestrian TLX in the noughteens.

Along with debuting the concept, Acura has also confirmed it plans to release two Type S-models in the next two years. Building on the Acura Precision Concept from 2016, the Type S Concept's form is characterised by a wide track, low stance, and an expansive hood. Whether that is simply meant to give us the appearance of a rear-wheel-drive platform or actually adopts RWD, is uncertain though it would mean a major new platform - the only one in the Honda family - was developed secretly. The next-generation TLX is likely to be shown in the coming months for sale as a 2021 model.

It gets LED lights at the front and back with headlights which resemble the NSX.

A sharp and distinctive tail features an upswept decklid with a sharply creased centerline (drawn from the hood) and integrated forged carbon spoiler. That push continues in Monterey this week with the launch of the Type S performance sedan. There are smatterings of carbon fibre applied to the front splitter, front vents, side sills, wheels, rear spoiler and rear diffuser. We can also see 21-inch alloy wheels that are backed up by a high-performance Brembo braking system with four-piston calipers. The exterior features a custom shade of Double Apex Blue Pearl paint.

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