Acura Type S Concept is the soul reboot we’ve been waiting for

Acura Type S Concept

Acura Type S Concept

While it's primarily form and not so much function that Acura has focused on here, the Type S Concept doesn't completely put engineering aside. For a start, Acura says that the Type S Concept will be instrumental in helping shape the upcoming TLX Type S, the second-generation of its performance sedan.

Slinky four-door is said to preview a Type S version of the next-generation Acura TLX, which should go on sale in 2020.

Following a preview earlier this month, Acura has officially unveiled the Type S Concept ahead of its debut on August 15th. It's unclear what the second Type S vehicle might be, or indeed whether it will be another sedan or one of Acura's SUVs. Designed at the Acura Design Studio in California under the direction of Executive Creative Director Dave Marek and Chief Designer Ben Davidson, the auto likely features a preview of an evolved, open-surface version of the brand's "Diamond Pentagon" grille. Based on how this thing looks, we can't wait. It is flanked by Jewel Eye LED headlights with "Chicane" daytime running lights that draw inspiration from the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype.

While it looks like a beefy rear-wheel-drive sedan, that's not the case.

Acura shods them in a 285-series summer tyre setup, and then throws on drilled Brembo high-performance brakes. It resides above LED taillights and a sporty rear fascia. It's more likely that the next TLX will continue on the Honda Accord's front-drive architecture.

To highlight the car's sporty intent, the Type S concept is also fitted with a carbon-fibre boot-lid spoiler, four exhaust tips, large air intakes, and a rear diffuser. The spoiler is made from forged carbon, which Acura says is made from bonding together layers of carbon that creates a stronger part than woven carbon fiber. That uses nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat, the automaker says, for more luster and brilliance.