2021 Acura TLX Type S’s Horsepower Revealed, Outguns Audi S4
When Acura pulled the sheets off the new TLX sedan earlier this year, it revealed key specs for the regular-grade model, but left out a few details about the zestier version of the S-Type, namely horsepower and torque. its turbocharged V-6. forced out. Well, Acura finally released those numbers, and they’re a lot more competitive than anything the old TLX has to offer.
The 2021 Acura TLX Type S’s 3.0-liter V6 will produce 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. This power figure exceeds the 349 of the Audi S4, but does not exceed the 382 horsepower of the BMW M340i. Other sport-focused mainstays of the six-cylinder in the entry-level luxury segment are also more powerful, including Infiniti’s Q50 Red Sport 400 and Mercedes-AMG’s C43. However, the TLX took a big step forward with the release of the S-Type – consider that the most powerful TLX of the previous generation only spat out 290 horsepower, a number well below the pace of six-cylinder competitors. So while it’s not the beefiest in its class, the Acura TLX isn’t terribly lagging behind either.
Acura sends the TLX Type S’s 355 ponies and 354 lb-ft of torque through a ten-speed automatic transmission to the brand’s torque-vectoring Super Handling (SH-AWD) system. (The base 272-horsepower four-cylinder TLX is available with front-wheel drive or SH-AWD.) The rest of the TLX Type S formula includes a subtle body kit, special wheels, and sportier chassis and drivetrain tuning. .
Eager to show off the TLX Type S stuff, Acura is using a development prototype as the official race car for this year’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb event. The automaker also uses two race-ready TLXs in the actual timed event. Either way, these TLXs are going to need all of their newly finalized power to make their way to the grueling mountainside climb of Pikes Peak – and perhaps into the conversations of sport sedan buyers.