When Acura pulled the sheets off the new TLX sedan earlier this yr, it revealed key specs for the regular-grade mannequin—however not noted just a few particulars concerning the zestier Sort S trim, particularly, how a lot horsepower and torque its turbocharged V-6 kicks out. Nicely, Acura has lastly come out with these numbers, and they are much extra aggressive than something put forth by the previous TLX.
The 2021 Acura TLX Sort S’s 3.0-liter V-6 will make 355 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. That horsepower determine edges the Audi S4’s 349, however falls shy of the BMW M340i’s 382 horsepower. Different sport-focused six-cylinder stalwarts within the entry-luxury section are extra highly effective, too, together with Infiniti’s Q50 Purple Sport 400 and Mercedes-AMG’s C43. Nonetheless, the TLX has taken an enormous step ahead with the Sort S’s output—think about that essentially the most highly effective previous-generation TLX coughed out a mere 290 horsepower, a determine effectively off the tempo of six-cylinder rivals. So, whereas it is not the burliest in its class, the Acura TLX not is woefully behind, both.
Acura routes the TLX Sort S’s 355 ponies and 354 lb-ft of torque by a ten-speed computerized transmission to the model’s torque-vectoring Tremendous Dealing with All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. (The bottom 272-hp four-cylinder TLX is accessible with front-wheel drive or SH-AWD.) The remainder of the TLX Sort S method features a delicate physique equipment, particular wheels, and sportier tuning of the chassis and driveline.
Keen to point out off the TLX Sort S’s stuff, Acura is utilizing a growth prototype because the official tempo automotive for this yr’s Pikes Peak Hillclimb occasion. The automaker can also be working two race-prepped TLXs within the precise timed occasion. In both case, these TLXs are going to want all of their newly finalized horsepower to shove their method up Pikes Peak’s grueling mountainside climb—and possibly into sport sedan consumers’ conversations.