The Acura Type S Concept may come as a good news for fans of Acura, but I am on the fence on this one because, concept. Yes. It is true that the luxury arm of Honda is bringing back the Type S – the first Type S since more than a decade ago. Why am not quite excited? I would be if the eventual second-generation TLX Type S and not “heavily influence the character” of the upcoming TLX Type S.
Don’t you just hate it when it isn’t what you tease is what you get? I surely do. Don’t get me wrong. The Acura Type S Concept is an absolute beauty, but the reality is, the TLX Type S may not look exactly like it. Plus, it won’t materialize until around two years later. In any case, Acura brought along this bespoke “Double Apex Blue Pearl” beauty to Monterey Car Week last week.
Though so, little to none is known about its specifications. The official press release was burden with design and marketing talks. What I can tell you is, it is a new performance-focused Acura (like, duh!). Beyond that, it is all about the four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, the open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and “Chicane” daytime running lights (which, FYI, also serve as turn signals) and taillights. The latter is said to be inspired by the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car.
Oh, it also has large center and side intakes for directing large amount of air for the high-performance engine and brake package to keep their cool, and there’s a subtle hint of NSX, as well as the Acura Precision Concept, in its overall design.
Other bits include drilled Brembo high-performance brakes with 4-pod calipers, an upswept deck lid, sharply creased centerline that begins at the hood, integrated forged carbon spoiler, a large rear diffuser, quad chrome exhaust outlets, bulging rear wheel arches, and forged carbon front and rear splitters, side sills, rear deck lid spoiler and massive multi-spoke 21-inch wheels (but of course).
The Acura Type S Concept made its private debut at an Acura hosted event on August 15 and it made its public debut at The Quail the next day. The car remained on display at the historic Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 18. Hit the jump for the official video.
All images courtesy of Honda.