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The Type S abstraction will heavily access the approaching architecture of Acura’s absolute portfolio.

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The Acura Type S abstraction is added than aloof a one-off appearance car congenital to woo the flush attendees of aftermost weekend’s Quail Motorsports Gathering and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Type S credibility the way advanced for a accomplished new calendar of performance-minded Acuras, and gives us a bright attending at the brand’s approaching architecture direction, as well.

“We’ve been evolving the cast into added youthful, added active designs,” Jon Ikeda, Acura’s carnality president, said at the Type S concept’s premiere aftermost week. “Everyone at Acura is accumbent about performance. This is the time for Type S.”

The 2016 Precision abstraction was about the forerunner to Acura as we apperceive it today. “The Precision abstraction was, ‘We charge to set a new administration for Acura,'” Dave Marek, the brand’s controlling artistic director, told Roadshow aftermost week. Transforming that angel to Type S was artlessly “morphing it into a added believable package.”

Marek said, “If we did addition Precision abstraction that’s aloof added sporty, that doesn’t get us anywhere.” That’s why the Type S abstraction takes the appearance of a added accepted midsize sedan, and in fact, carefully previews the architecture of the next-generation TLX.

“The abounding archetypal change of the TLX [is] advancing abutting year,” Ikeda confirmed, and a Type S alternative will be offered. “We’ll acquire two Type S models advancing in the abutting two years,” he said, and we’ll bet our basal dollar the additional one is a adaptation of either the RDX or MDX crossovers.

“The abutting time you see a Type S, it should be a absolute car,” Marek said.

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Many of the abstraction car’s architecture elements will accomplish their way to every artefact in the Acura portfolio. “The anatomy surfacing will be [applied to] all Acuras,” Marek said. “It’s the abutting [version of] every auto we do — alike the SUVs. They should all attending like Type S’s and assignment backwards.”

To that end, attending for things like the “chicane” daytime active lights and taillight signatures to accomplish their way to all approaching Acuras. Larger-scale elements like the best dash-to-axle arrangement and added attitude will be allotment of the brand’s architecture philosophy. Marek alike hopes the three-dimensional headlights will acquisition their way to production, admitting he addendum “the aero guys are activity to aberration out” about accomplishing a nonlens headlight cluster.

Acura’s architecture bang-up wants this 3D headlight array to appear to assembly as is.

Of course, some elements will be aloof accurately for Type S models. Up front, the accessible architecture cobweb grille is “a Type S exclusive,” according to the concept’s arch designer, Ben Davidson. “We’ll acquire cloister bankrupt on Type S [models],” Marek said. The aggregation is additionally attractive at bringing the abstraction car’s carbon trim to production, or ambience Type S variants afar with piano atramentous exoteric bits.

As for how this graceful auto will transform into an SUV, Marek said he believes it won’t be that difficult. “The grille can affectionate of morph into a SUV size,” he said. “The lighting and the grille [are] the identity.”

Overall, Marek says the Type S abstraction will let Acuras articles become added emotional. “If we can get alike a abject archetypal to feel like that, I feel like Acura can say we’re a achievement cast — and we are. The feel of it should consistently feel like, ‘That’s a cool-looking car.'”

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That architecture affect is additionally “what’s missing on our CUVs,” Marek said. Speaking accurately of the redesigned RDX, Marek said he “wanted it to be a little too far in agreement of surfacing” in adjustment to accomplish it angle out. “We bare it to be relevant.” It’s a bit of overstyling that’s allegedly formed in Acura’s favor — through July of this year, the RDX is up 6.1% compared with 2018, and is the brand’s strongest-selling vehicle.

Marek says the Type S grille can calmly “morph” for a crossover application.

Right now, Acura offers sporty-looking A-Spec trims of about all its models. These versions acquire blacked-out exoteric elements and added advancing wheel-and-tire packages, but don’t absolutely action any achievement accouterments upgrades. Back Type S versions launch, Acura thinks these two curve can calmly coexist.

“We appetite [A-Spec] to be a Type S after the drivetrain,” Marek said. “I still anticipate the Type S should go a little footfall up exteriorwise. In my mind, the Type S caster should be a plus-one on A-Spec.” Inside, Marek said he thinks Acura can differentiate the two trims with abstracts and colors, but really, the exoteric administration is the better abode to differentiate the two.

Still, Acura has been blessed with what its A-Spec band has done appropriately far. “We got the achievement angel up on these vehicles,” Ikeda said.

Quad bankrupt tips will be a allotment of the assembly Type S package.

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The Type S will acknowledgment “a lot of the questions bodies asked us back we initially came out with the A-Spec,” according to Ikeda. And while we don’t apperceive absolutely what’s in abundance for these new models, Ikeda promises “a absolute achievement upgrade, whether it’s brakes or administration or the engine.”

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At the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, Acura fabricated acknowledgment of a twin-turbocharged V6 agent that is said to be destined for Type S models. It’s cryptic if this is a de-electrified adaptation of the twin-turbo V6 acclimated in the Acura NSX or a new agent entirely, but regardless, it’ll absolutely action a advantageous addition in achievement over the artlessly aspirated, 3.5-liter V6 currently acclimated in the brand’s range-topping models.

“Acura will accompany a different powertrain action that underscores the brand’s applicable abode as the achievement analysis of Honda,” the company’s North American CEO, Toshiaki Mikoshiba, said in January 2018. And with the Type S abstraction pointing the way advanced in agreement of design, we’ve absolutely got absolutely a lot whetting our appetites.

The aboriginal appliance of these architecture cues will be on the next-generation TLX, which arrives in 2020.

Editors’ note: Travel costs accompanying to this affection were covered by the manufacturer. This is accepted in the auto industry, as it’s far added economical to address journalists to cars than to address cars to journalists. While Roadshow accepts multiday agent loans from manufacturers in adjustment to accommodate denticulate beat reviews, all denticulate agent reviews are completed on our accommodation and on our terms.

The judgments and opinions of Roadshow’s beat aggregation are our own and we do not acquire paid beat content.

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