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Acura Returns to Performance with Peppy Type-S Variants

Acura Returns to Performance with Peppy Type-S Variants

By Philly Murtha, January 15, 2018
Acura is returning to a profile that includes performance and sporty variants, according to this week’s press preview at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. The Honda premium brand plans to introduce a new turbocharged V-6 engine and bring back Type-S sports variants for all core models in the near future, according to officials. The slightly less sporty A-Spec trim variants also will be expanded throughout the Acura lineup.

Based on technology used in the twin-turbocharged V-6 powered NSX halo supercar, a new performance V-6 engine will be paired with Acura’s latest-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD) that is the basis for the new 2019 Acura RDX. The Type-S modifications, which include a track-tuned chassis, more powerful engine and brakes, high-performance tires and exterior and interior sports treatments plus badging last appeared on the 2008 Acura TL.

Acura officials said that the TLX A-Spec variant that is powered by a V-6 and launched in 2017 has been a success and will also herald the introduction of more A-Spec variants for new core models, including a new 2.4-liter TLX A-Spec that will be in showrooms this spring and an A-Spec variant of the new 2019 RDX that launches in mid-2018.

The A-Spec badge was first used on the 2004 TL sedan and currently is used on Acura TLX and ILX sedan variants. It features tweaks to damper settings and tuning of the electric steering system along with stiffer shocks and rear stabilizer bar on SH-AWD variants. Fog lights, exhaust tips and spoilers are also included plus bigger tires and red accents and seats are available.
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