2021 Acura TLX Type S Press Kit

  • Type S performance brand returns to Acura showrooms after more than a decade
  • All-new Acura-exclusive Type S Turbo V6 engine produces 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Type S exclusive performance elements include specially tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, Brembo® front brakes, a Sport+ drive mode and 20-inch wheels wrapped in 255-series Pirelli P-Zero tires
  • Standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ with true torque vectoring helps optimize handling and control across a broad range of situations and weather conditions
  • Exclusive Type S design touches include open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, quad exhaust finishers and Milano leather seats with Ultrasuede® trim and Type S-embossed headrests

2021 TLX Type S: Overview

For the first time in more than a decade, Type S returns to Acura showrooms with the debut of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S, simply the best performing sedan in Acura history. The new TLX Type S is powered by the Type S Turbo V6, a new Acura-exclusive 355-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter engine. It also features a specially tuned double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension, Brembo® front brakes and new Sport+ driving mode for the Integrated Dynamics System.

Previously available on select models from the 2001-2008 model years, Acura’s Type S performance brand is recognized by driving enthusiasts seeking a more dynamic driving experience with additional power, improved handling and stronger braking. The 2021 TLX Type S pushes this philosophy to new heights and will be followed by the first-ever Acura MDX Type S.

Previewed by the Type S Concept in 2019, Acura’s engineers have created an emotional and exciting premium performance sedan without sacrificing the everyday usability and comfort of the critically acclaimed second-generation TLX. The new TLX Type S is about 25-percent quicker to 60 mph than the standard TLX with a 0-60 time around 5 seconds and has a significantly higher top speed, increasing from 130 mph to 155 mph (electronically limited). Braking performance is also improved and with standard SH-AWDÒ with torque vectoring, 20-inch wheels and available summer tires, it’s the best performing Acura sedan ever.

TLX Type S is instantly recognizable by its open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille that improves engine cooling, quad exhaust outlets, a front splitter and rear diffuser. Its driver-focused interior features an NSX-inspired flat bottom steering wheel with the Type S logo, 16-way adjustable Milano leather seats with adjustable bolsters and Type S-embossed headrests.

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Acura ELS STUDIO 3D® 17-speaker premium audio system is standard, along with Acura’s innovative and driver-oriented True Touchpad Interface™, with its “Absolute Positioning” console-mounted touchpad and high-mounted 10.2-inch HD center display.

Like the rest of the TLX family, Type S comes standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. It also features the proprietary new three-chamber front passenger airbag, which is designed to more effectively cradle and protect the front seat occupant’s head to help mitigate injury in obliquely angled frontal collisions.

Type S also is designed with advanced levels of collision protection performance with Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, which helps TLX achieve a TOP SAFETY PICK + rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

More information on the 2021 Acura TLX is available here.

2021 TLX Type S: Powertrain

What’s New

  • All-new 3.0-liter Type S Turbo V6 engine
  • 355 horsepower
  • 354 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Single twin-scroll turbo
  • Forged crankshaft and connecting rods
  • 6-bolt main caps for improved durability
  • Close-coupled catalytic converter
  • Compact cylinder heads and valvetrain
  • Variable Cylinder ManagementÔ to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions
  • Active Exhaust
  • Performance-tuned 10-speed automatic with stronger internals, quicker shifts and rev-matched downshifts
  • 4th Generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ with improved response

At the heart of the 2021 TLX Type S is the Type S Turbo V6, an all-new, 24-valve, DOHC 3.0-liter V6 engine with direct-injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger. Exclusive to Type S models, the engine was developed by some of the company’s most experienced powertrain engineers, including members of the team that developed the Civic Type R engine and the NSX’s bespoke twin-turbocharged V6 hybrid power unit. As a result, the engine benefits from multiple disciplines and learnings from the current 3.5-liter V6, the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and the NSX engine itself to produce 355 horsepower and 354 lb.-ft. of torque.

Reengineered to match the additional torque of the new engine, the 10-speed automatic transmission is now stronger and shifts more quickly. Also optimized for the performance demands of the Type S customer, the fourth generation of Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ with torque vectoring is standard.

Type S Turbo V6

An all-new, 24-valve, DOHC 3.0-liter with direct-injection and a single twin-scroll turbocharger developing up to 15.1 psi of boost, the Type S Turbo V6 features all-aluminum construction and compact dimensions. Its block is unique, sharing only bore spacing and a 60-degree architecture with the 3.5-liter V6 found in the MDX. Significant differences between the two include the 3.0-liter’s 6-bolt sintered main caps for increased crank rigidity and durability, and a fully square 86 mm bore and stroke.

Numerous engineering steps were taken to ensure the new engine’s compact size and low profile. This includes the placement of the turbocharger adjacent to the engine above the transmission and the use of low-profile cylinder heads. Fully assembled, the engine is 8 mm shorter than the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6. The Type S Turbo V6 is also the same width as the 3.5-liter V6.

The newly developed twin-scroll turbo features independent internal paths for the rear and front cylinder banks to feed exhaust pressure to the turbine, which helps improve turbo response. The engine’s rear bank of cylinders pressurize the smaller diameter scroll to rotate the smaller diameter part of the turbine, while the front bank feed the larger diameter scroll and turbine wheel. As a result, the engine’s peak torque of 354 lb.-ft. is available starting from an exceptionally low 1,400 rpm.

To improve emissions, the turbo system’s heat management has been optimized to quickly activate the catalytic converter. This includes the use of a double pipe from the exhaust manifolds to the turbo itself that includes external bellows to dissipate extra heat. The catalytic converter connects to the exhaust outlet of the turbo using a V-band, which further reduces heat mass entering the catalyst. This is the first time this thermal management technology has been used in the Acura engine. To better manage overall engine temperatures an additional sub-radiator is employed and the open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille increases airflow to the engine compartment by 10 percent.

To meet the demands of extreme performance and durability, the Type S Turbo V6 also features a robust rotating assembly. Like the twin-turbo V6 in the NSX, it employs a high-strength forged steel crankshaft, while its connecting rods use the forged steel construction from Acura’s 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder.

Unique to the Type S Turbo V6 is the design of its pistons. The top piston ring carrier is a high-density Ni-resist cast iron, which features better wear characteristics and better sealing, helping to reduce emissions.

2021 TLX and TLX Type S Engines


2021 TLX

2021 TLX Type S

Engine Type

Turbo Aluminum-alloy

Turbo Aluminum-alloy

Turbo Type



Displacement (liters)



Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)

272 @ 6500

355 @ 5500

Torque, lb.-ft. @ rpm (SAE net)

280 @ 1600-4500

354 @ 1400-5000


16-Valve, DOHC VTEC®

24-Valve, DOHC

Variable Cylinder Management™


Compression Ratio



Fuel Injection



Throttle Control

Drive-by-Wire Throttle System

Drive-by-Wire Throttle System

Idle Stop

CARB Emissions Rating



Tune-Up Interval

100k +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups

100k +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups

EPA Fuel Economy Ratings: (City/Highway/Combined)1

21 / 29 / 24

19 / 25 / 21

1. Based on 2022 EPA mileage ratings; Use for comparison purposes only; Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

Low-Profile Double Overhead Cam Cylinder Heads
Multiple solutions have been employed to fit the Type S Turbo V6 under the low hood line of the TLX. To help achieve the engine’s low-profile form, engineers did away with separate cam bearing caps and instead incorporated the caps directly into the valve cover itself. Not only does this help lower the engine’s height, it also reduces the number of parts.

Variable Cylinder Management™
A primary goal of the new Type S Turbo V6 was to implement Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions. Simultaneously achieving this goal with the twin-cam, low-profile heads and turbocharged engine presented unique challenges, resulting in an all-new mechanism.

VCM™ operates the engine with three cylinders in a wide range of situations to maximize fuel efficiency and lower emissions, switching seamlessly to six-cylinder operation when more power is needed. In order to prevent pumping losses, the engine computer closes the valves on the inactive cylinders. On the SOHC 3.5-liter engine, this is accomplished by using VTEC®, which locks the rocker arms activating the valves together to prevent the valves from opening when VCM™ is active.

Due to the low-profile of the new DOHC cylinder heads, this arrangement has been replaced with a more compact rocker arm and hydraulic lash adjuster design. When all six cylinders are in use, a pin in the valve lifter assembly is held in place with oil pressure. When VCM™ is activated under light cruise and when off-boost, the engine’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) drops the oil pressure, allowing the pin to slide out of the lifter, creating a gap that prevents the valve from opening. When the ECU determines all six cylinders are needed, the system re-pressurizes the oil, sliding the pin back in place and reactivating the valves for full power, all before the turbo can create boost.

Active Vibration Control

To maintain smooth operation when Variable Cylinder Management™ is engaged, new engine mounts and Active Vibration Control are used. Unique to the Type S Turbo V6, AVC uses sensors to detect and cancel out vibrations from the engine, and for the first time also help to cancel out vibration from the chassis as well, making use of VCM™ nearly imperceptible by the vehicle’s occupants. In addition, careful tuning of the AVC is used in the different Integrated Dynamic Modes to create a quieter or sportier engine sound.

Active Exhaust
TLX Type S also features an Active Exhaust system, adapted from the NSX. The Active Exhaust opens a butterfly valve in each muffler to let more of the V6 engine’s natural sound enter the cabin for a distinct auditory experience. When fully opened, the exhaust sound is 5-7 decibels louder, as measured from about 20 inches (500mm) 45-degrees laterally from the exhaust tip. In addition, the exhaust system valve is used to vary the exhaust system flow rate, which helps reduce possible “booming” from the exhaust system, as well as helping with the gear-shift “pop” sound.

The Active Exhaust system operation is dependent on the selected Integrated Dynamics System mode. In Comfort mode, the valves are closed at startup and at idle, and remain closed until 4,000 rpm. In Normal mode the engine starts and idles with the valves open for a more exciting startup experience. Once the transmission is shifted into gear, the valves close and remain closed until 4,000 rpm. In Sport mode, the valves are fully open at idle and at launch but close during cruising, and in Sport+ the valves are open at all times.

Active Exhaust System Operation

IDS Mode





Idle RPM





Start Up Mode





Idle Mode





Driving Mode

Closed < 4,000 RPM

Closed < 4,000 RPM

Launch = Open
Cruising = Closed


Active Noise Cancellation™
Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC) is applied to reduce unwanted sound, especially during VCM™ cylinder deactivation mode. The ANC system also incorporates Active Sound Control (ASC), which enhances the vehicle’s natural engine, intake and exhaust sound inside the cabin using the vehicle’s speakers.

High-Performance 10-Speed Automatic Transmission
The new engine is exclusively paired with an enhanced version of Acura’s 10-speed automatic that has been updated to handle the considerable torque and power output of the Type S Turbo V6. Updated internal components include a new torque converter, stronger internal gears, improved internal clutches, and a Type S-exclusive transmission cooler mounted in front of the radiator designed to keep the transmission operating temperatures constant even at the vehicle’s 155-mph top speed.

Drivers can choose fully automatic operation or use steering-wheel mounted paddles to manually shift for themselves. When using the paddles, the transmission uses Type S-exclusive programming for 40-percent quicker downshifts. In Sport+ mode, the transmission also upshifts 30 percent faster by using a brief fuel cut during the gearchange.

Internally, the 10-speed automatic underwent significant changes. The P1 and P3 pinion gears both use stronger materials, and the P2, P3, intermediate shaft, and P1 ring hub all benefit from a fine-particle peen (FPP) process. Similar to more conventional shot peening, FPP uses a much smaller media that increases surface hardness and wear resistance, but with an ultra-smooth finish that is ideal for the close-tolerance areas inside a transmission. Additional strengthening measures include carbon nitriding of the two-way clutch hub, and a paproslide solid lubricant coating on the P2 sun gear. Additionally, a new torque converter uses a high torque-compliant damper to accommodate the increased torque output of the new engine, and the transmission valve body is also modified for the high-pressure usage needed for lock up control on the high-torque engine.

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive System™ (SH-AWD®)

The TLX Type S comes standard with the fourth generation of Acura's acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), making it the first Type S ever with SH-AWD®. The system progressively distributes optimum torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels for more precise and exhilarating handling response across a wide variety of road conditions.

Introduced in the 2019 RDX, the rear differential in the fourth-generation SH-AWD® system has been enhanced specifically in anticipation for the new Type S Turbo V6. Compared to the third-generation system, maximum rear axle torque capacity has been increased by 40 percent, and the rear wheels also receive torque 30 percent faster in normal conditions. Up to 70 percent of torque can be sent to the rear axle, and 100 percent of that torque can be distributed to either the left or right rear wheel.

This is achieved by the adoption of a shorter hydraulic circuit and a higher-torque electric motor that drives the rear differential's twin hydraulic pumps. The hydraulic circuit was also optimized for more consistent response time at the left and right rear wheels.

Depending on throttle angle and vehicle speed, in Sport+ mode the system’s side-to-side bias is increased 40-percent over its response in Sport mode to provide an even sportier rear-wheel drive experience.

When cornering, SH-AWD® distributes more torque to the outside rear wheel, creating a yaw moment to help turn the vehicle through corners, which makes for more accurate turns, reducing understeer and improving controllability. With cornering forces more evenly distributed between front and rear tires, the ability to utilize more torque is increased on wet and dry roads. The system also overdrives the rear axle by 2.9 percent, which amplifies the yaw effect of lateral rear-wheel torque distribution when cornering.

The SH-AWD® system works in cooperation with the Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) system and Agile Handling Assist® to optimize torque distribution for superior handling and traction utilization. The engine ECU provides information on engine rpm, airflow and transmission gear-ratio selection, while the VSA® ECU provides wheel-speed data. The SH-AWD® ECU also monitors steering angle, lateral g-forces, vehicle yaw rate and electrohydraulic clutch engagement for the right and left rear axle shafts. Drive torque is calculated by the ECU, and then the acceleration, wheel spin, lateral G-force and steering angle are used to determine the front-to-rear torque distribution and the torque split between right and left rear wheels.

Based on the Integrated Dynamics System mode selected, one of three different SH-AWD® maps is used. Normal and Comfort modes have SH-AWD® programming aimed at all-around driving, while Sport mode has a more aggressive SH-AWD® programming that targets performance driving. Sport+ uses an even more aggressive torque management programming focused on maximizing cornering agility and handling performance.  

The TLX Type S SH-AWD® is a full-time all-wheel-drive system with a torque-transfer unit bolted directly to the front-mounted transaxle. The torque-transfer unit receives torque through a spline connection that is part of the front differential housing. A set of helical gear shafts and a hypoid gear set within the torque-transfer unit sends power to the propeller shaft, which in turn transfers power to the rear differential.

The lightweight SH-AWD® rear differential utilizes an electric motor that powers a pair of hydraulic pumps – one for each clutch pack. A pair of linear solenoids controlled by the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) selectively sends pressure to the clutch packs, which in turn control the amount of power sent to each rear wheel increasing cornering grip and line traceability.

2021 TLX and TLX Type S Transmission and SH-AWD®


TLX 2.0T

TLX Type S

Change Point

Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)


Rear torque transfer increased 40% in Sport+

10-Speed Automatic Transmission

30% faster upshifts in Sport+

Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters

40% faster downshifts

Rev-Matching Downshifts


More information on the 2021 Acura TLX powertrain is available here.

2021 TLX Type S: Body & Chassis

What’s New

  • 13-percent stiffer body structure via additional bracing under the hood, an “A-Brace” at rear bulkhead, and internal frame stiffeners in key locations
  • 40-percent stiffer front spring rate
  • Stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars
  • Type S-specific shock valving
  • Brembo® front brakes with 14.3-inch rotors and four-piston fixed calipers
  • Electric Power Steering retuned for quicker response
  • Updated Integrated Dynamics System with Sport+ mode
  • 20-inch wheels and tires (TLX first)
  • Available lightweight NSX-inspired wheel design with Pirelli P Zero Summer tires

When introduced last year, the bespoke chassis of the second-generation TLX made it the stiffest sedan ever produced by Acura. For the TLX Type S, the exclusive platform has been further tuned for additional strength, refinement and response. Changes include additional structural reinforcement of the body, updates to the double wishbone front and multilink independent rear suspension, fine-tuning of the steering and adaptive dampers, more powerful brakes, and standard 20-inch wheels and tires.

Structural Enhancements

For Type S duty, the TLX body has been further reinforced with additional bracing, resulting in an additional 13-percent improvement in chassis rigidity. This enhanced rigidity helps improve handling and chassis responsiveness, giving the TLX Type S sharper reflexes.

Specific areas of reinforcement start in the front, with additional structural braces linking the shock towers, and triangulating to the firewall to create a stiffer “box” for the engine and transmission. In the rear, steel reinforcements behind the rear seats create an “A-Brace”, stiffening the rear bulkhead and significantly improving rear tire contact patch under aggressive cornering. Additional structural enhancements include an extra mid-floor crossmember and stiffer rear wheel arches. Total curb weight for the TLX Type S is 4,221 pounds, or 4,200 pounds with the available lightweight wheels (see below).

Double-Wishbone Front Suspension
The TLX’s front suspension uses two wishbone-shaped control arms, in place of the more common MacPherson strut setup in many competing sport sedans including the BMW M340i, to deliver more precise control of wheel camber, caster and toe angles, and to maximize tire-to-ground contact for exceptional handling precision and cornering grip. Due to its inherent performance-enhancing attributes, double wishbone suspension underpins the second-generation NSX supercar and was a staple of Acura performance products of the past, including the Legend (1986-1995), Integra (1990-2001), TL and TL Type S (1996-2014), and first-generation NSX (1991-2005).
To further improve handling and driver excitement, the front double-wishbone suspension and rear multilink suspension of the TLX Type S have been updated to fully utilize the sedan’s reinforced chassis. Engineers added 40-percent stiffer front springs, and a slightly thicker front stabilizer bar (29.5 mm to 30 mm) that is 9-percent stiffer. In the rear, the spring rates are unchanged from TLX to help preserve a comfortable ride, and the thickness of the stabilizer bar has increased from 20.5 mm to 22.5 mm for 31-percent additional roll stiffness.

Adaptive Damper System
TLX Type S uses Acura’s Adaptive Damper System, which continuously adjusts damping force based on sensor inputs. The dampers are also tied into the Integrated Dynamics System, providing three unique damping curves set to the driving mode (Comfort, Normal, Sport). For Type S, the dampers use exclusive valve rates with 4-percent more damping capability in the front and 9-percent more in the rear, which give the car a sportier feel with more feedback in all modes.

In addition, thicker gussets connect the side frame and the damper housings, to help support the damper housing from the increased cornering loads from the sticker tires worn by the Type S.

Belt-driven Electric Power Steering (EPS) system
The belt-driven Electric Power Steering (EPS) system in TLX Type S uses a unique variable gear ratio tuned for a more responsive feel than the standard TLX, particularly in initial response. This gives TLX Type S a much more agile feel at low- to mid-range speeds.

Electro Servo Braking System
First developed for the second-generation NSX, Acura’s electric-servo system allows engineers to finely tune the brake pedal force in the TLX Type S and electronically control the brake pressure to optimize the vehicle’s performance driving characteristics, while giving TLX Type S a brake stroke that’s very similar to NSX.

Brembo® Front Brakes

Braking performance is further improved with the addition of larger, more powerful Brembo® front brakes. The new Brembo® four-piston front calipers grip rotors that are 14.3-inches in diameter (+1.3 inches) and 1.2 inches thick, for an 11-percent increase in thermal mass, for improved resistance to fade in the kinds of repeated hard use demanded of brakes in a performance sedan. Stopping distances from 60 mph are improved by 13 percent.

The rear brake calipers are painted in the same red as the front, and the brake rotors in both front and rear are treated with Ferritic Nitrocarburizing (FNC) coating for improved corrosion resistance.

Type S Integrated Dynamics System
With its standard Integrated Dynamics System, the TLX Type S offers drivers an expanded ability to customize their driving experience. In addition to Normal, Comfort, Sport and Individual modes, Type S adds an exclusive Sport+ mode.

Sport+ is activated by turning the Dynamic Mode dial all the way to the right and holding it for one second. When activated, Sport+ further sharpens throttle response, quickens transmission upshifts by 30-percent, and enables an even more aggressive SH-AWD® profile, while retaining the aggressive damper settings and higher steering effort from Sport mode. Depending on throttle angle and vehicle speed, in Sport+ mode side-to-side bias of the SH-AWD® system is increased 40-percent over its response in Sport mode to provide an even sportier rear-wheel drive experience.

Type S Wheels & Tires
TLX Type S comes with a choice of two different wheels and tires. Standard is a 20x9.0 shark-gray finished multi-spoke design reminiscent of the wheels on the Type S Concept. The standard tire option is a 255/35R20 Pirelli Cinturano P7 all-season performance tire.

Available as a factory installed option is a lightweight split five-spoke wheel inspired by the Acura NSX. The four lightweight wheels reduce unsprung weight by 5.78 pounds each and are paired with 255/35R20 Pirelli P Zero Summer tires, each of which weigh 0.44 pounds more than the standard all-season tires. The total reduction of about 21.3 pounds in unsprung weight has an outsized impact versus weight savings elsewhere in the car, with the lower rotational inertia helping to improve agility and roadholding, while simultaneously benefitting ride comfort. The Pirelli P Zero Summer tire was specifically developed for the TLX Type S. Acura developed all aspects of the tire with Pirelli to match development targets, including performance on the racetrack.

More information on the 2021 Acura TLX body and chassis is available here.

2021 TLX Type S: Exterior & Interior

Type S Exclusive Exterior & Interior Features

  • Open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille
  • Front splitter
  • 20-inch wheels
  • Quad exhaust outlets
  • Rear diffuser
  • Tiger Eye Pearl paint
  • 16-way heated and cooled seats with Ultrasuede® inserts
  • Orchid Milano Leather interior
  • Embossed Type S logo on head restraints
  • Type S badges on grille, trunk lid, fenders, key fob, steering wheel, sill plates

As with the entire TLX lineup, the styling of the 2021 Acura TLX is heavily derived from the   Type S Concept from 2019. The Type S is distinct from any angle with unique touches such as an aggressive front splitter, large quad-exhaust outlets and a purposeful rear diffuser.

Numerous Type S signatures distinguish the TLX performance variant, including an exclusive open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille increasing engine airflow by 10-percent, splitter on the front fascia, in addition to gloss black grille and matte black window surrounds. Type S also features headlights with a blackout treatment, better matching the dark theme.

In the rear, Type S adds a more pronounced gloss-black diffuser to the bottom of the rear fascia, and large quad-exhaust finishers which incorporate the Active Exhaust system. Type S badges are found on the grille, front fenders and trunk lid. Both 20-inch wheel options showcase the bright red brake calipers in front and rear. Similar to the front end, the taillights have a dark finish.

Additionally, Type S is available with carbon fiber decklid lip spoiler, carbon-fiber diffuser, and lower side sills as dealer-installed accessories to even more closely match the Type S Concept.

TLX Type S will be available in six exterior colors: Modern Steel Metallic, Majestic Black Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Apex Blue Pearl and a Type S exclusive Tiger Eye Pearl.

Inside the cabin, exclusive Type S features include 16-way power adjustable front seats with power adjustable bolsters, contrasting stitching and piping as well as the Type S logo embossed on the head restraint. Three interior colors are available: Ebony, Red, and the Type S-exclusive Orchid, all with Black Ultrasuede® inserts. Type S also features an NSX-inspired flat-bottom steering wheel with a prominent Type S logo, authentic aluminum trim on the doors and dash, Type S door sill trim and French stitching on the dash top and door armrests.






New: Orchid

New: Tiger Eye Pearl*


Performance Red Pearl*



Majestic Black Pearl*


Platinum White Pearl*

Apex Blue Pearl*

Modern Steel Metallic


* Premium Paint offered at an additional cost

The critically acclaimed and award-winning Acura ELS STUDIO 3D® 17-speaker premium audio system is standard, along with Acura’s innovative and driver-oriented True Touchpad Interface™, with its “Absolute Positioning” console-mounted touchpad and high-mounted 10.2-inch HD center display.

Major Features Comparison


2021 TLX 2.0T

2021 TLX Type S

Full-LED Exterior Lighting

True Touchpad Interface™ with 10.2-inch HD display

Acura Navigation with 3D View

w/ Technology Package

CarPlay® / Android Auto™ Integration

Wireless Charging Pad

w/ Technology Package

ELS Studio 3D® 17 Speaker, 710 watts
w/ Twin Telford™ Subs

A-Spec and Advance Package

Integrated Dynamic System (IDS)

4 Mode: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Individual

5 Mode: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Sport+, Individual

16-way Power Front Seats

w/ Advance Package

Heated & Ventilated Front Seats

w/ A-Spec, Advance Package

Heated Rear Outboard Seats

w/ Advance Package


Flat Bottom Sport Steering Wheel

w/ A-Spec Package

Heated Steering Wheel

w/ Advance Package


Geometric Brushed Aluminum Trim

w/ A-Spec Package

IconicDrive™ Ambient LED Lighting

w/ Technology Package

Remote Engine Start

w/ Advance Package

Power Folding Side Mirrors

w/ Advance Package

Rain Sensing Wipers

w/ Advance Package

4G LTE WiFi Hot Spot

Surround View Camera System

w/ Advance Package


Head Up Display

w/ Advance Package



Traffic Jam Assist (TJA)

More information on the 2021 Acura TLX exterior, interior and safety features is available here.

2021 TLX Type S: Design, Development and Manufacturing

Design, engineering and development of the 2021 Acura TLX Type S was conducted primarily in America, with styling led by Acura Design in Torrance, Calif., and full platform development led by engineers at Honda Development & Manufacturing of America, LLC, the company’s development center in Raymond, Ohio. Engineering development of the new 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 was led by the company’s R&D center in Tochigi, Japan.

The new TLX Type S is manufactured exclusively at the company’s Marysville, Ohio, plant using domestic and globally sourced parts, with the company’s Anna, Ohio, engine plant serving as the exclusive global source for the 3.0-liter turbocharged engine. This same facility builds all Acura engines sold in North America including the twin-turbo V6 used in the NSX. The 10-speed automatic transmission is manufactured at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia, plant, and the SH-AWD® system’s front power takeoff unit and rear differential is manufactured in the company’s Russells Point, Ohio, plant.

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2021 Acura TLX & TLX Type S Pricing and EPA Ratings

2021 Acura TLX + TLX Type S Pricing and EPA Ratings

Model / Trim



MSRP with Destination2

EPA Mileage Rating3

TLX 2.0T





TLX 2.0T with Technology Package





TLX 2.0T with A-Spec Package





TLX 2.0T with Advance Package





TLX 2.0T





TLX 2.0T with Technology Package





TLX 2.0T with A-Spec Package





TLX 2.0T with Advance Package





TLX 3.0T Type S





TLX 3.0T Type S w/ Performance Wheel & Tire





1. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary. 
2. MSRP including $1,045 destination charge.
3. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings; Use for comparison purposes only; Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.


2021 TLX Specifications & Features

Available Package Technology A-Spec Advance   Performance Wheel & Tire
POWER UNIT            
Engine Type Turbo Aluminum-alloy
<< << << Turbo Aluminum-alloy
Turbo Type Mono-scroll << << << Twin-Scroll <<
Displacement (liters) 2.0 << << << 3.0 <<
Horsepower @ rpm 272 @ 6500 << << << 355 @ 5500 <<
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 280 @ 1600-4500 << << << 354 @ 1400-5000 <<
Valvetrain 16-Valve, DOHC VTEC®  << << << 24-Valve, DOHC <<
Variable Cylinder Management - - - - <<
Compression Ratio 9.8:1 << << << << <<
Fuel Injection Direct << << << Direct <<
Throttle Control Drive-by-Wire Throttle System << << << Drive-by-Wire Throttle System <<
Idle Stop  << << << <<
CARB Emissions Rating SULEV-30 << << << ULEV70 <<
Tune-Up Interval 100k +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups << << << 100k +/- Miles No Scheduled Tune-Ups <<
Front-Wheel Drive - -
SH-AWD® (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™) Available Available Available Available
10-Speed Automatic Transmission
Sequential SportShift Paddle Shifters
Rev-Matching Downshifts - - - -
Gear Ratios            
1st 5.25 << << << << <<
2nd 3.27 << << << << <<
3rd 2.19 << << << << <<
4th 1.60 << << << << <<
5th 1.30 << << << << <<
6th 1.00 << << << << <<
7th 0.78 << << << << <<
8th 0.65 << << << << <<
9th 0.58 << << << << <<
10th 0.52 << << << << <<
Reverse 3.97 << << << << <<
Final Drive  3.59 << << << << <<
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings; FWD (City/Highway/Combined) 22 / 31 / 25 22 / 31 / 25 22 / 30 / 25 22 / 31 / 25 - -
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings; SH-AWD (City/Highway/Combined) 21 / 29 / 24 21 / 29 / 24 21 / 29 / 24 21 / 29 / 24 19 / 25 / 21 19 / 24 / 21
Recommended Fuel Premium Unleaded 91 Octane << << << Premium Unleaded 91 Octane <<
Fuel Tank Capacity (U.S. gal) 15.85 << << << << <<
Double-Wishbone Front Suspension
Multi-Link Rear Suspension 
Stabilizer Bar (mm, front/rear) 29.5 / 20 (FWD)
29.5 / 20.5 (SH-AWD)
<< << << 30.0 / 22.5 <<
Amplitude Reactive Dampers - - -
Adaptive Damper System - - -
High Performance Chassis Bracing - - - -
Belt-Driven Variable-Ratio Electric Power Steering (EPS)
Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) with Individual Mode - -
Integrated Dynamics System (IDS) with Individual Mode and Sport + - - - -
Agile Handling Assist® 
Electro-Servo Brake (ESB) System
Brembo® Front 4-Piston Braking System - - - -
Ventilated Front Disc / Solid Rear Disc Brakes (in) 13 / 13 << << << 14.3 / 13 <<
Aluminum-Alloy Wheels 18 x 8.0 Glitter Silver Multi-Spoke 19 x 8.5 Sparkle SIlver Metallic Interwoven 19 x 8.5 Shark Gray
19 x 8.5 Pewter Gray Metallic Machine-Finished Interwoven 20 x 9.0 Shark Gray Multi-Spoke
Avail: Light Weight Y-Spoke
20 x 9.0 Shark Gray
Light Weight Y-Spoke
Tires (FWD models) 235/50 R18 97V Bridgestone Turanza all-seasons 255/40 R19 96W Bridgestone Turanza all-seasons 255/40 R19 96W Bridgestone Turanza all-seasons 255/40 R19 96W Bridgestone Turanza all-seasons - -
Tires (SH-AWD® Models) 235/50 R18 97V Bridgestone Turanza all-season 255/40 R19 96W Michelin Primacy all-season 255/40 R19 96W Michelin Primacy all-season 255/40 R19 96W Michelin Primacy all-season 255/35 R20 97Y Pirelli Cinturato  P7 all-season 255/35 R20 97Y Pirelli P Zero Summer
Steering Ratio (Variable) 13.7:1 - 12.3:1 << << << 12.1:1 - 12.6:1 <<
Turning Diameter, Curb to Curb (ft)  40.1 40.2 40.2 40.2 40.2 <<
Length (in) 194.6 << << << << <<
Width (in) 75.2 << << << << <<
Height (in) 56.4 << << << << <<
Wheelbase (in) 113.0 << << << << <<
Track (in, front/rear) 64.0  / 64.6 << << << << <<
Ground Clearance (in, unladen) 5.3 << << << << <<
Headroom (in, front/rear) 37.2  / 36.3 << << << << <<
Legroom (in, front/rear) 42.5  / 34.9 << << << << <<
Shoulder Room (in, front/rear) 58.2  / 55 << << << << <<
Hiproom (in, front/rear) 55.8 / 54.6 << << << << <<
EPA Passenger Volume (cu ft) 93.4 << << << << <<
Cargo Volume (cu ft)* 13.5 << << << << <<
* Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard.            
Curb Weight (lbs) - FWD 3709 3756 3784 3814 - -
Curb Weight (lbs) - SH-AWD 3927 3982 3990 4028 4221 4200
Weight Distribution (% front/rear); FWD 58/42 << << << - -
Weight Distribution (% front/rear); SH-AWD 57/43 << << << 59 / 41 <<
Forward Collision Warning (FCW) System
Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Advanced Pedestrian Detection
Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System
Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow
Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
Traffic Sign Recognition
Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure
Dual-Stage, Multiple-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Next-Generation Passenger Front Airbag
Front Side Airbags
Side Curtain Airbags
Front Knee Airbags
Head-Up Warning (HUW) - - - - -
Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control
4-Wheel Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Brake Assist
LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) 
Tire Fill Assist 
Theft-Deterrent System with Electronic Immobilizer
Tire Sealant and Repair Kit
Hill Start Assist
Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold
Cruise Control
Parking Sensors (front and rear) -
Blind spot information (BSI) System -
Rear Cross Traffic Monitor -
Surround-View Camera System - - - - -
Auto-On/Off Headlight Operation with Wiper Integration 
Auto High-Beam
Rain-Sensing Windshield Wipers - - -
Windshield Wiper De-Icer - - -
Heated Side Mirrors with Reverse Gear Tilt-Down
True Touchpad Interface™
10.2-Inch HD Dual-Content Center Display
7-Inch Color Multi-Information Display (MID)
10.5-Inch Head-Up Display (HUD) - - - - -
Key Fob Activiated Remote Engine Start with Vehicle Feedback  A A A
Mobile Hotspot Capability
Acura Navigation System with 3D View -
AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Street and Freeway Conditions -
Traffic Rerouting™  -
Natural Language Voice Recognition
AcuraLink® Connected Services
Apple Carplay® Integration
Android Auto™ Integration
Siri® Eyes Free
SMS, MMS Text Message and Email Capability
Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Wireless Telephone Interface
Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers - - - -
ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with 13 Speakers - - - - -
ELS Studio® 3D Premium Audio System with 17 Speakers - -
Wireless Charging Pad A A
HD Radio® 
SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
USB Audio Interface
Bluetooth® Streaming Audio
MP3/Auxiliary Input Jack
Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation (SVC)
USB Charge Ports (2) 2.5A Charge Front Seat
Maintenance Minder™ System
A = Available Dealer Installed Accessory
Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control with Humidity Control and Air Filtration
GPS-Linked Climate Control  -
Keyless Access System with Acura Personalized Settings 
Pushbutton Ignition
Electronic Gear Selector
Power Windows with Auto-Up/Down and Auto-Reverse
Sport Seats with Leatherette-Trimmed Interior - - - - -
Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather-Trimmed Interior with Contrast Stitching - - - - -
Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather and Ultrasuede® with Contrast Stitching and Piping - - -
Sport Seats with Perforated Milano Premium Leather with Contrast Stitching and Piping - - - - -
Front 12-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support - - -
Front 16-Way Power Seats with Power Lumbar Support, Thigh Extension and Side Bolsters - - -
Heated Front Seats
Ventilated Front Seats - -
Heated Rear Seats (Outboard Positions) - - - - -
60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seatback
Tilt and Telescopic Steering Column
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel - - -
Leather-Wrapped, Flat-bottom Sport Steering Wheel - - -
Heated Steering Wheel A A A A A
Steering Wheel-Mounted Controls 
Interior Color-Matched Headliner - - -
Ebony Headliner - - -
Active Sound Control
Ambient LED Cabin Lighting  - - - - -
Iconic Drive™ Ambient LED Cabin Lighting (27 Themes) -
Automatic Dimming Frameless Rearview Mirror
Retained Accessory Power for Windows and Moonroof 
12-Volt Power Outlets (Front Center Console)
A = Available Dealer Installed Accessory
Moonroof with Tilt and Slide Function
Jewel Eye® LED Headlights
Chicane™ LED Daytime Running Lights
LED Fog Lights - A - -
Chicane™ LED Taillights
LED Side Mirror-Integrated Directional Signals
LED Puddle Lights - - -
LED Welcome Lights A A A A A A
Sport Appearance Exterior Package - - -
Body Color Decklid Lip Spoiler A A - A - -
Gloss Black Decklid Lip Spoiler - - -
Carbon Fiber Decklid Lip Spoiler - - A - A A
Open Surface Diamond Pentagon Grille - - - -
Gloss Black Front Splitter and Rear Diffuser - - - -
Carbon Fiber Rear Diffuser - - - - A A
Power-Folding Side Mirrors - - -
Acoustic Glass Windshield
Remote-Operated Windows and Moonroof-Open Function
Capless Fuel Fill
A = Available Dealer Installed Accessory 


Lunar Silver Metallic (NH-830M) Ebony Ebony Ebony Ebony - -
Modern Steel Metallic (NH-797M) Ebony Ebony, Graystone, Espresso Ebony, Red Ebony, Graystone, Espresso Ebony, Red Ebony
Fathom Blue Pearl  (B-588P) Parchment Graystone - Graystone - -
Majestic Black Pearl (NH-893P) Ebony, Parchment Ebony, Espresso, Parchment Ebony, Red Ebony, Espresso, Parchment Ebony, Red Ebony, Red
Platinum White Pearl (NH-883P) Ebony, Parchment Ebony, Espresso, Parchment Ebony, Red Ebony, Espresso, Parchment Orchid, Ebony, Red Ebony, Red
Phantom Violet Pearl (PB-92P) - Ebony - Ebony - -
Performance Red Pearl (R-568P) Parchment Ebony, Parchment Ebony Ebony, Parchment Ebony Ebony
Apex Blue Pearl (B-621P) - - Ebony, Red - Orchid, Ebony, Red Orchid, Ebony, Red
Tiger Eye Pearl (YR-651P) - - - - Orchid, Ebony Orchid, Ebony
Brushed Aluminum Trim A A A A
Geometric Patterned Brushed Aluminum - A A
Authentic Open-pore Wood Trim - A A A A
Carbon Fiber Trim - A A A A A
A = Available Dealer Installed Accessory