2021 TLX Type S Kicks off Acura’s Year of Type S

March 17, 2021 — TORRANCE, CALIF.

  • After a 13-year hiatus, 2021 marks the return of Acura’s storied performance nameplate
  • TLX Type S to arrive at dealers late May; prices starting in the low $50,000s

Acura today announced the on-sale timing for the highly anticipated 2021 TLX Type S, which returns the Type S performance brand to Acura showrooms for the first time in more than a decade. Building on the award-winning second-generation Acura TLX, which went on sale in September, the TLX Type S debuts a brand-exclusive turbocharged V6 engine, sport-tuned chassis with double wishbone front suspension and powerful Brembo® brakes to become the quickest and best-handling Type S in Acura history.

When it arrives at showrooms in late May, the well-equipped 2021 Acura TLX Type S will carry a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting in the low $50,000s1.

Powering the 2021 TLX Type S is an all-new 3.0-liter Type S Turbo V6 that builds upon decades of performance engine development experience and motorsports prowess to produce 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque – making it the most powerful Type S yet. A double-wishbone front suspension and Type S-exclusive Sport+ driving mode also have been specially engineered to provide additional performance and driver enjoyment and, for the first time in a Type S model, power is distributed through Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system with true torque vectoring.

The 2021 TLX Type S is available in one of six exterior colors paired with three interior options, including an all-new Tiger Eye Pearl paint and Orchid leather interior – both exclusive to Type S. Numerous exterior signatures distinguish the TLX performance variant, including an open-surface diamond pentagon grille for increased airflow, large-quad exhaust outlets and two-wheel options including an NSX-inspired lightweight wheel wrapped in a 255-series Pirelli P-Zero summer tire.

Inside, Type S drivers are treated to Ultrasuede® trimmed 16-way power seats with adjustable side bolstering and Type S embossing on the headrests. Type S comes exceptionally well-equipped with several premium and sophisticated features from the TLX Advance Package, including the critically acclaimed and award-winning ELS STUDIO 3D® 17-speaker premium audio system. Detailed information about the 2021 TLX Type S will be available closer to its on-sale date this May.

Since its introduction, the second-generation Acura TLX has garnered numerous accolades for its style, driver-focused performance and technology. Following its launch last fall, TLX has been named a MotorWeek “Driver’s Choice”, is one of AutoTrader’s “Best New Cars for 2021”, and the ELS STUDIO 3D® premium audio system earned “Best Sound System” in the 2021 Esquire Car Awards. Additionally, the next-generation passenger-front airbag earned a Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award, and TLX has also received a TOP SAFETY PICK+ (TSP+) rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the highest possible safety rating from the Institute.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to expressive styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the ILX and TLX sport sedans, the RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar. All Acura models sold in North America for the 2021 model year are made in the U.S., using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2021 TLX Type S Key Specs and Features


2021 TLX 2.0T

2021 TLX Type S

Starting MSRP


“Low $50,000s”


2.0-liter Turbo
4 Cyl.

3.0-liter Turbo


10-speed AT

Sport Tuned 10-speed AT

4th Gen Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™










Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Multi-Link

Front: Double Wishbone
Rear: Multi-Link

Adaptive Damper System



Electric Power Steering System

Belt-driven EPS,
Variable ratio

Belt-driven EPS,
Variable ratio

Braking System

Electro Servo

Electro Servo
Brembo® 4-Piston Front Brakes


18 x 8.0 Multi-Spoke

20 x 9.0 Shark Gray Multi-Spoke
Avail. 20 x 9.0 Lightweight Y-Spoke


235/50 R18 97V Bridgestone Turanza All-Seasons

255/35 R20 97Y Pirelli All-Season
Avail. Pirelli P Zero Summer


Full-LED Exterior Lighting

True Touchpad Interface with 10.2-inch HD display

Acura Navigation with 3D View


CarPlay® / Android Auto™ Integration

Wireless Charging Pad


ELS Studio 3D® 17 Speaker, 710 watts
w/ Twin Telford™ Subs


Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)

4 Mode:
Comfort / Normal / Sport / Individual

5 Mode:
Comfort / Normal / Sport / Sport + / Individual

16-way Power Front Seats


Heated & Ventilated Front Seats


Flat Bottom Sport Steering Wheel


Genuine Aluminum Trim


IconicDrive™ Ambient LED Lighting


Remote Engine Start


Power Folding Side Mirrors


Rain Sensing Wipers


4G LTE WiFi Hot Spot


Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)







New: Orchid

New: Tiger Eye Pearl*


Performance Red Pearl*



Majestic Black Pearl*


Platinum White Pearl*

Apex Blue Pearl*

Modern Steel Metallic



* Premium Paint offered at an additional cost
1. Final pricing to be announced. Dealer prices may vary.

[Source: Acura]

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