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Acura Teases Booty of the New Turbo V6 AWD 2021 TLX

Darkened preview of the sedan's backside also appears to reveal quad-tip exhaust, wide stance, and low roofline.

Nick Yekikian
May 21, 2020
Photographer: Acura

We finally have a date for when Acura will show us the all-new TLX: Thursday, May 28, at 10:00 am PST. Bookmark this link if you want to watch the live reveal. Additionally, Acura was kind enough to give us our best look yet at the new TLX, even if it is just one dark image. According to Acura, the new TLX will "be the quickest, best-handling and most well-appointed sport sedan in Acura history, with the Type S being the model's performance pinnacle."

That's a big claim. Granted, the TLX doesn't have the lineage of something like the BMW M3.

The lone teaser image gives us a pretty good look at the new 2021 TLX Type S's rear end, and to our eyes, it looks focused, sporty, and ready to take the fight to competitors like the Lexus IS and BMW 3-Series. The teaser image also gives us a good look at the car's quad exhaust tips, wide stance, and low roofline.

Additionally, the picture includes the TLX's badging, which all but confirms that the high-performance Type S trim will include all-wheel drive (Super Handling All Wheel Drive in Acura parlance). The system delivers power from a new turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 engine to all four of the sedan's wheels.

From Honda Tuning: After a handful of years on the market, the replacement four-door for both the TSX and TL is probably still too new to trickle down in any significant numbers to modifiers, but the platform has potential. The real question is how much of a game changer will the new TLX's turbo V6 be? If it sees any kind of success similar to what the current CTR's K20C forced induction mill has seen, engine swappers may be on the threshold of something exciting.

The 2021 TLX's design will pull heavily from the Acura's Precision and Type S concepts and promises to reveal a new design direction for the Japanese luxury brand.

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