All-new V6 Acura TLX Type S finally hits showrooms in the US
Yup, no batteries found on this one. Well, except for one
A couple of years ago, I got the chance to experience the Type S concept first-hand at the LA Auto Show. It looked spectacular and more to the point, I was told that Acura wouldn't use electricity to power this one, they'd just use a good old V6. Which they did. The all-new Type S is finally available in Acura showrooms near you and if I were you, I'd go ahead and order one. In gold. Well, when I say 'gold' what I mean is 'gold tone'.
The engine is a 3.0-liter DOHC V6, specifically developed for the TLX Type S and the upcoming 2022 MDX Type S. It is very compact and light, thanks to Its all-aluminum construction and closely related to the twin-turbo V6 that powers the NSX supercar.
It was developed in Japan under the guidance of TLX Type S boss Akio Matsuda but the car is built in Anna, Ohio, and it features dual overhead camshafts, 24 valves, direct injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger with a maximum boost of 15.1 psi.
The V6 heart sends 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels courtesy of a 10-speed automatic transmission and Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (yup, that's its official name) with torque vectoring.
If you live in the US and you happen to be in the market for a good-looking, fast sedan you should definitely go out there and buy it. Partly because of the gold tone paintwork, which for some reason I'm obsessed with, but mostly because of the engine: an old-fashioned, gas-powered, cleverly designed and engineered V6. Prices start from $52,301.