The Type S performance version of Acura’s latest TLX sedan features a 355-hp turbocharged V-6, an all-wheel-drive system with a torque-vectoring rear differential, and a man-machine connection that has been missing from most of the brand’s vehicles for years.
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TLX Type S spotters can differentiate it from the regular model by its red brake calipers, quad exhaust pipes, black rear spoiler, and 20-inch wheels.
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A 113.0-inch wheelbase and a long dash-to-axle ratio (the distance from the windshield to the front-wheel centerline) give the TLX Type S rear-drive proportions despite its transverse-engine layout.
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A twin-scroll turbocharger feeds 15.1 psi of boost into a new DOHC 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.
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Ultrasuede and leather seats with 16-way adjustment are up to handling the g-forces that the Type S can dial up in corners.
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Acura’s current infotainment system controller is a rather annoying and unpredictable touchpad setup.
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Large 14.3-inch front brake rotors clamped by four-piston Brembo calipers are standard on the Type S.
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The Type S’s $800 summer-tire option brings gummy Pirelli P Zeros and lighter wheels inspired by the NSX.
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The TLX Type S’s all-wheel-drive system can send up to 70 percent of the engine’s torque to the rear axle, and the torque-vectoring rear differential can shuffle it from left to right.
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The Type S’s strengthened and reinforced structure is more rigid than the standard TLX’s.
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The TLX Type S comes in six colors. Tiger Eye Pearl is one of them.
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