The Acura TLX received a significant redesign for the 2018 model-year, with a revised exterior design and many new premium features. Acura also introduced a new trim to the TLX lineup: the 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec. It takes the sportiness and performance of the TLX up a notch, while offering some unique exterior and interior design elements and some enhancements to the chassis tuning, wheels and tires.
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Exterior Features
At the front of the 2018 Acura TLX, there’s a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with dark chrome surround, an aggressive lower front fascia with broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights and a dark appearance for the Jewel Eye LED headlights. The A-Spec exterior upgrades continue at the rear with a gloss-black decklid spoiler, “smoked” LED taillights and an exclusive fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers. A-Spec exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels finished in Shark Gray paint are shod with 245-series tires and combine with aggressively flared side sills for a more athletic and planted stance. Putting the finishing touches on the stylish design are matte-black side window surround and A-Spec badging on the front fenders and rear decklid.
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Interior Features
The interior of the TLX offers some unique design elements as well. It features more aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping, red LED ambient light piping, red driver’s meter highlights, black headliner and pillar treatment, brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish and an exclusive, thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging.
2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Performance
The driving character of the new TLX A-Spec is aided by improved lateral grip and responsiveness offered by Michelin Primacy 245/40R19 tires (225/50R18 on other V6 models). It also benefits from a retuned electric power steering system and damper settings. A-Spec models equipped with Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) also get a quicker steering ratio for increased response and a stiffer spring rate and rear stabilizer bar for improved body control. Under the hood of the 2018 TLX A-Spec is a i-VTEC 3.5-liter V6 engine, which delivers 290 horsepower.