Acura has updated and completely redesigned its TLX for 2021, and the new model will compete in Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the exhibition class, on August 30th.
The TLXs, competing against each other in the 2020 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, are equipped with a 2.0L inline-4 engine. A TLX Type S prototype equipped with a 3.0L V6 engine will also be used as a pace car.
According to Acura, having their new vehicles race competitively has been the best way to improve their skills and test their new technologies.
The 2.0L inline-four engine is enhanced with a larger turbocharger, intercooler, and improved braking system. These pieces of equipment are taken from the prototype TLX Type S along with 19-inch Pirelli racing wheels, high-performance racing pads, and a retuned suspension. And of course, all that power will be managed by Acura’s Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive SH-AWD system to ensure equal power distribution to each of the tires.
The 2 pilots driving the TLX and competing against each other are Jordan Guitar and Justin Lumbard. Acura did not disclose how much power the modified TLX would precisely churn out, but the stock models already produce a significant 272 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque.
On the other hand, the TLX Type S Prototype is a pre-release model that was used for circuit trials, and it will be driven by Nick Robinson in the Pikes Peak Hill climb.
The TLX Type S is supposed to hit the market next spring. It’s equipped with a 3.0L V6 motor with a power output of 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque and also fitted with the Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive SH-AWD system. Surprisingly, this one is also equipped with a roll-cage and a fire suppression system.
According to the pilots, the new TLX might not exactly look like your typical race car, but it’s nimble, super quick, extra light, and sounds fantastic.
If you are a fan of Pikes Peak, you don’t want to miss this one!