• Aug 10th 2006 at 8:57AM
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Over the weekend, the Boston Globe let loose with the first details on the new Acura TL Type-S. We didn't expect to hear any more on the subject until 9/1, when Acura was set to officially pull off the wraps, but Autoweek has accelerated things a bit by publishing official pictures and additional details.

We already told you about the car's 286-horse 3.5L V6, which is connected to either a 6-speed manual or a 5-speed auto with paddles. Also covered was the new stiffer suspension for the Type-S, so let's move on to how the car looks.

Appearance-wise, the Type-S has adopted the former TL A-Spec's bodywork. The lower side skirts, the fender bulges, and the decklid spoiler that all first appeared on that package are now part of the Type-S trimmings. All TL models receive revised front fascias featuring integrated foglamps, new head and taillight assemblies, and an updated interior. The TL Type-S also gets a slightly different rear-end treatment that incorporates a new bumper cover and a pair of dual-tipped exhaust outlets (very BMW "M" if you ask us). Both the TL and TL Type-S get new wheels, too, with the Type-S rims reminding us of the ones found on the Nissan Altima SE-R. Frankly, we're a bit surprised they didn't go with a more original design. No complaints about the base TL's new 5-spokes, which look great.

The interior incorporates new gauges, a new steering wheel, and colored ambient lighting (blue for TL, red for Type-S). The available nav system has a real-time traffic feature and also acts as the display for the car's reverse camera. The now-expected-by-everyone iPod jack is hidden in the center console.

The Acura TL was and remains a sharp-looking car that's been made even more attractive thanks to the availability of the performance-oriented Type S package. Aside from the additional fun now available via the loud pedal, Acura wisely left well enough alone. We're ok with that. Now, how soon can we drive one?

Thanks to Rob C. for the tip!

(More pics after the jump)

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that everyone putting down the TL Type S are ridiculous. It is a unique vehicle that drives great. I only get compliments and nothing else. Everyone watches as the car passes by. AND The new exhaust is very attractive and finishs off the car. It is amazing that so many of you have to put the car down because you want to make your cars better as well as making yourself feel better. Stop talking bad about other vehicles that llok sharp on the road. It hurts to read some of these things that are written. :-( If you have nothing nice to say maybe everyone should keep their mouth shut!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      Oh, speaking of Acura fanchildren with a penchant for nasty personal attacks...

      Hello again Rob. *waves* If your TL gets you to locations as fast as you pop up in an Acura thread I seriously underestimated it's capabilities.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Hate the new wheels, they look cheap and gosh who would want to wash them, it would take all day. They are just plain ugly. Don't like the cheap looks of the rear lights either and I think the front fog lights take away from the sleek look of the front. I have a 2006 Acura and absolutely love everything about it. I have gorgeous rims, love my rear lights and like the sleek look of my front. I get tons of stares and am so glad to have bought my 2006, because the 2007 is just horrible looking. Definitely need go go back to the drawing board.
      • 9 Years Ago
      sorry about the typo at the end, i meant type-s.
      • 9 Years Ago
      that is not the TL a-spec kit, but that would have been a good idea for them. the body work looks much too similar to the base TL. it should stand out more. slightly bigger wheels and a smaller wheel gap would help a lot, too.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Democrats, Buicks, 02 Maximas! just for starters, how the hell did these get in the mix. Idiots with lots of free time I guess. ok im neither a foreign nor a domestic consumer, I keep an open mind when it comes to my car buying. Unlike some of you haters out there, HOWEVER I do believe in buying American made but now these days who knows what’s really American made any more (sarcasm). I own an 05 toyota X-runner and a 06 hummer h3. Asia vs USA = = = Asia 2 USA 0, h3 has been in shop twice, 1.paint peeling 2. AC unit had to be serviced. And the lettering on the seek button on the stereo was fading, get the picture here. Don’t get me wrong I love the H3 but common on here. It’s an 06 and less then 10000 miles. now back to the TL, it’s a nice car, it’s a good performer. But for my money I rather go with something else a few thousand more, or just about the same price range. I would rather go for the IS350. bottom line, TL needs a swift kick in the trunk to par up against the other heavy hitters out there, and please one dare say Cady ctsV I test drove that car and that thing does not feel like 400hp, I was disappointed, I’ll give you the Charger. Now that’s a beast
      • 9 Years Ago
      maybe i should start carrying around a pocket thesaurus, too? :D
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yes, I agree with Oscar and oshaba forever.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The rear is as knock-off of BMW and Buick Lucerne. It has reached the point where there is very little new in auto design, now all the imports look alike. Oh for the days when cars had destinct designs. I can remember when you could identify an automobile from blocks away, now you have to look at the nameplate.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a nice looking care thats a bit old compared to its competition. It should be the last FWD TL. The next model will have style cues from the RDX/MDX and be AWD.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Is it just me or do the wheels look really small?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Rob and Epilonious,
      Both of you hush. I don't like either of your cars.

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