2021 Acura TLX Type S Price, Release Date Finalized

Liz Kim | May 20, 2021

Acura returns to its performance roots with the 2021 Acura TLX Type S midsize sport sedan. The starting price for the new TLX Type S is $52,300 (not including the $1,025 destination fee), and it goes on sale on June 23, 2021. Acura says it will build fewer than 2,000 examples during this model year.

2021 Acura TLX Type S Tiger Eye Pearl Front View

The new TLX Type S has a 355-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine, a 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) with mechanical torque-vectoring capability. 

Compared to the standard TLX, the Type S has a performance-tuned version of the car’s double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, fortified by chassis bracing, thicker stabilizer bars, and the adaptive dampers from the TLX with the Advance package. Like previous Acura sports sedans, the TLX Type S is nose-heavy, with a 59:41 front-to-rear weight distribution. 

Visually, the TLX Type S displays red Brembo brake calipers peeping out from behind the 20-inch Shark Gray wheels, while quad exhaust outlets are evident in the back. A unique front grille and lower splitter design and a rear spoiler and lower rear diffuser help optimize aerodynamics. 

Tiger Eye Pearl is an exclusive paint color for the Type S, and, as you’d expect, the car features Type S badges inside and out. The TLX Type S also offers a special Orchid leather upholstery color, but it’s available only with Tiger Eye Pearl and Apex Blue Pearl exterior hues. 

For maximum grip and handling, buyers can choose a High-Performance Wheel and Tire Package ($800). It adds 255/35R20 Pirelli P-Zero summer tires and forged aluminum wheels in a split 5-spoke design that shaves 21 pounds of unsprung weight. There are no additional options, aside from a few dealer-installed accessories.

If you want one of the 2,000 examples of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S, you can wait until the cars arrive at dealerships on June 23. Or, you can reserve one right away at Acura’s dedicated microsite.

Acura is the source of information for this article. It was accurate on May 20, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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