Honda’s premium brand Acura has revealed the Type S Concept at Monterey Car Week. The show car made its world premiere at a private reception and will publicly debut on August 16 at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, before being showcased at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn on Sunday.
According to Acura, the Type S Concept is a fundamental step toward fulfilling its return to Precision Crafted Performance, which started with the debut of the new NSX. It will set the stage for the reintroduction of Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade. The Acura Type S Concept is a preview of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming production sports sedan.
From 2001 to 2008, there have been four Acura Type S models in North American market that offered sportier styling, higher output engines and suspension tuning/brakes to match. The 2001-2003 3.2CL Type S, 2002-2003 3.2TL Type S, 2002-2006 RSX Type S (Integra DC5) and the 2007-2008 TL Type S. According to Vice President and Acura brand officer Jon Ikeda:
The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots. From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece.
Designed by the Acura Design Studio in California, the Type S concept is characterized by a wide track, low stance, and an expansive hood. As mentioned above, this is a preview of the upcoming second-generation Acura TLX Type S. The company says it will roll out two Type S models in the next couple of years.