This is the new 2021 Acura TLX. More importantly, this is your first clear look at the TLX Type S. Acura is getting serious with its sedan, and this all-new version looks the business.

The standard car gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s good for an impressive 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Acura is still mum on output for the Type S, but expect a car that should rival the performance of the current Audi S4. And I do mean rival, as the Type S comes standard with all-wheel-drive. Acura’s SH-AWD is a more engaging system than Audi’s Quattro, at least in my recent experiences. The Type S will be able to send up 70% of the available power to the rear wheels. Once there, the power can be split up to 100% in either direction.

Also… they’re making this kick-ass gold color available:

A gold 2021 Acura TLX Type S

Watch the video I shot above (for Autotrader) to learn more about this one. I think Acura has a potential hit on its hands, even in a world where no one buys sedans anymore. Knowing how past sporty Acura sedans have driven, I’d happily take this over the German offerings from the same competitive set.