Acura TL Type-S

From Acura press: The Acura TL stormed into the performance luxury sedan market with impressive styling, best-in-class horsepower, and a luxurious and technology-packed interior. It was an immediate hit with the motoring press and public alike, and quickly became Acura's best-selling model-a title it holds to this day.

As part of its comprehensive performance package, the TL Type-S builds on the already impressive performance of the TL with the addition of an enhanced powertrain and more upgraded chassis components. The TL Type-S engine is a 3.5-liter VTEC® V-6 that delivers 286-horsepower. It is connected to either a 6-speed manual transmission or an all-new Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic with F1®-style paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control.

The TL Type-S isn't just a more powerful TL; it's a complete performance package that features a re-tuned suspension, heavy-duty Brembo disc brakes, unique exterior styling, and interior trim that distinguishes it from the TL. Just one drive proves that the TL Type-S delivers the emotional thrill of a high performance luxury sedan without sacrificing the comfort and convenience expected from it.

The standard transmission for both the TL and TL Type-S is a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and Grade Logic Control. Similar to the transmission in the RL luxury sedan, this front wheel drive version features larger gears to handle the high torque output of the engine, yet remains compact. However, despite being more heavy-duty, the transmission is more compact than the previous 5-speed automatic. TL Type-S models have a more aggressive shift program than the TL, as well as have F1-style paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. The Sequential SportShift feature is programmed to provide smooth downshifts by "blipping" the throttle between gears, matching revs and significantly improving overall driving smoothness.

Optional only on the TL Type-S is a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission that is coupled to a limited-slip differential to help enhance traction and dynamic performance.

The TL Type-S is powered by a modified version of the 3.5-liter SOHC VTEC® V-6 found in the Acura RL. With more displacement than the standard TL's 3.2-liter engine and a high-flow exhaust system, the TL Type-S boasts 286 horsepower with 256 lb-ft of torque.

The 3.5-liter V-6 in the TL Type-S is based on the engine in the groundbreaking RL and it incorporates many of the refinements and improvements that have been developed in other Acura powerplants. The 3.5-liter shares the 3.2-liter V-6's 60-degree V angle, compact dimensions, weight saving use of magnesium, and also uses hollow camshafts to further save weight.

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