Acura enthusiasts rejoice. After more than a decade away, the Type S performance line returns to North America. The Acura TLX Type S is the best performing sedan Acura has ever offered.
We had the opportunity of taking this eye-catching Tiger Eye Pearl (CAD $500 option) 4-door to the race track at the 2.8 kilometre, 1.8 mile, Driver Development Track road course at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, about an hour east of Toronto, Ontario.
ON THE TRACK
To help make this car sound like a performance machine, the 2022 Acura TLX Type S features an Active Exhaust which was also adapted from the NSX. The Active Exhaust opens butterfly vales in each exhaust increasing the rumble from the quad tailpipes by 5 to 7 decibels, according to Acura. The valves open and close at various times in Comfort, Normal and Sport modes, but stay fully open in Sport+ mode. It provided us with a satisfying performance soundtrack out on the track. As you would expect from an all-wheel drive car, especially one with a badge on the back indicating that it is equipped with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, planting your right foot deep into the carpet while exiting the corners on the race track is free of drama. The well sorted drivetrain seamlessly claws its way out of the corners utilizing the 255/35 R20 performance rubber on the aggressive looking 20 inch grey rims.
The 2022 Acura TLX Type S is a lot of fun to drive on the track with its predictable handling, solid braking and its smooth and controlled acceleration. On the back roads near the track, the TLX Type S nestles the driver, and its occupants, in a really civilized environment. Living with this car on a daily basis, winter, spring, summer and fall, would be a pleasure. Having the opportunity of taking it out onto a race track is an added bonus. The 2022 Acura TLX Type S starts at just over CAD $60,500. Complete Canadian and US pricing and model details can be found at the Acura Canada and Acura USA websites.