- acura has released pricing for the new type s version of the tlx sedan.
- it starts at $53,325 and offers a single option: summer tires.
- that starting price is higher than the audi s4's but lower than the bmw m34oi's.
those who want the added power, performance, and prestige of the 2021 acura tlx's type s version will have to pay a hefty premium for it. the v-6–powered type s starts at $53,325, which is around $13,000 more than a four-cylinder tlx with all-wheel drive.
the type s comes standard with a 355-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter v-6, a 10-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive. there's only a single option available: $800 for a set of pirelli p zero summer tires and lightweight five-spoke 20-inch wheels to replace the standard all-season rubber. the type s also comes standard with many features that are optional on the base tlx, such as navigation, a premium audio system, cooled front seats, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
acura says that the audi s4 and bmw m340i are the tlx type s's closest competitors, and the pricing bears that out. it fits in neatly between the cheaper s4, which starts at $50,945, and the more expensive m340i, which starts at $55,695 with rear-wheel drive or $57,695 with all-wheel drive. it's also between the two in terms of power output, as the audi's turbo v-6 provides 349 hp and the bmw's turbo inline-six provides 382 hp.
type s models will reach dealerships june 23, and acura says it will only produce 2000 units of the 2021 model year tlx type s. we assume the type s will be available more widely for the 2022 model year, which should arrive later this year.