The new Acura MDX debuted in December 2020 with the promise that the sporty Type S would follow in 2021. In fact, Acura even gave us a sneak peek at its powertrain stats when it debuted, but stopped before that. details and photos. With Acura on the way to Pikes Peak for the legendary hill climb in late June, the Type S makes a stealth appearance as a tow vehicle for one of two new TLX Type S race cars.
We say stealthy because Acura only offers a few exterior photos of the sporty MDX for us to browse. Plus, there’s no new information to share yet, although Acura promises full disclosure later this year when the MDX Type S goes on sale. As a reminder, the S-Type uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that develops 355 horsepower (264 kilowatts) and 354 pound-feet (479 Newton-meters) of torque. Naturally, it shifts to all four wheels via Acura’s SH-AWD system via a 10-speed automatic transmission. Brembo brakes are installed at the front and the Type S benefits from a special Sport + driving mode.
In the photos we get our first clear glimpse of the updated S-type front fairing which replaces the narrow vertical corner vents with much larger irregular pentagons. At the rear there is a new lower fairing with a diffuser and space for the four tailpipes, although this was also announced in December 2020. The red Brembo brakes are clearly visible behind wheels which are almost certainly exclusive to Type S.
As for racing cars, Acura returns to world famous hillclimb racing with two TLX Type S vehicles, one modified to race in the open division with the other competing in the Exhibition division. A pair of NSX racers will also return to the hill, one in the Time Attack 1 division and the other competing with the TLX Type S in the Exhibition division.
Expect more from Acura on the 2022 MDX Type S later in the year.