The 2021 Acura TLX Type S will go on sale this May and will serve as a direct rival to the Cadillac CT5-V, offering a similar level of performance at a comparable price point.
The Acura TLX Type S is based on the second-generation of Acura’s popular compact executive sedan, which rides on an all-new front-wheel-drive based platform with an aluminum subframe, double-wishbone front suspension and forged aluminum lower control arms. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 engine, which produces 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque.
A sport-tuned 10-speed automatic transmission sends power to all four wheels via Acura’s torque-vectoring Sport Handling AWD system, enabling the Japanese luxury sedan to hustle from zero to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds. Other performance-enhancing equipment includes a variable-ratio electric power steering rack, Brembo four-piston front brakes and Acura NSX-inspired 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in available Pirelli P Zero summer tires.
All 2021 Acura TLX Type S models will come standard with 16-way power seats with adjustable side bolstering and a chunky flat-bottom sport steering wheel. The available TLX Advance Package will enable customers to inject a bit more luxury into the vehicle if they so please, adding high-end features like an ELS Studio 3D audio system. Acura says more information on the sport sedan’s standard and available interior features will be released closer to its on-sale date this spring.
Acura has not confirmed pricing for the 2021 TLX Type S, only saying it will start in the low $50,000 range. The 2021 Cadillac CT5-V, for reference, starts at $48,790 including destination.
The CT5-V rides on GM’s rear-wheel-drive based Alpha 2 platform and features the twin-turbocharged 3.0L LGY V6 engine, which makes 360 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque. A GM-speed automatic transmission and RWD come standard, helping the sedan hustle from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. These two sedans have comparable pricing and performance, then, but we’ll have to wait for the TLX Type S to come out to see which of these sedans win over more buyers.