In addition to unveiling the all-new 2019 Acura RDX today at the Detroit Auto Show, Acura also made some big announcements about its future lineup. Acura is finally going to start thinking about performance again beyond the new NSX, by bringing back its Type-S performance models. Plus a new V6 Turbo will be added in the future.
The last time Acura sold a Type-S model, was back in 2008 with the 2008 Acura TL. Acura hasn’t given a firm date, but its Type-S Performance models will be re-introduced in the coming years. The Type-S models will actually add real performance parts to each model, compared to the A-Spec packages that simply add some styling enhancements. The bigger news is that the Type-S versions will also come with a new turbocharged V6.
“We have made a major commitment to Acura to bring each element of Precision Crafted Performance to life through a new generation of products,” said Toshiaki Mikoshiba, president & CEO of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Acura will pursue a unique powertrain strategy that underscores the brand’s rightful place as the performance division of Honda.”
The new turbocharged V6 will be exclusive to the Acura brand and will be paired with the latest generation of Acura Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.
Acura has also announced that the number of A-Spec versions will soon increase as well, since each model will soon be offered with an A-Spec version. A new 2.4-liter TLX A-Spec will arrive this spring and an A-Spec version of the 2019 RDX will arrive in mid-2018.