Acura MDX Type S 2022 is being positioning as the performance-oriented member of the MDX range. In fact, the midsize luxury SUV has gained a turbocharged V6, Brembo brakes and an air suspension. Plus a long list of the standard features.
Acura Engine and Power
Acura is taking the heritage-laced “Type S” designation seriously. The badge also does appear on the NSX and on the TLX. In fact, the power does come from a new 3.0-liter V6 that’s turbocharging 355 horsepower. Plus 354 pound-feet of torque. Acura does point out these figures make the MDX Type S the most powerful crossover. Plus SUV it has ever released. The six-cylinder spins all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission that has been redesigning to provide quicker shifts. The Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) system is programming to send up to 70% of the engine’s torque to the rear wheels. As it always has for Acura’s SH-AWD, 100% of that torque can, in fact, be sending to the left. Also to the right wheel (aka the torque vectoring).
Air Suspension System
The Acura’s first air suspension system does appear on the MDX Type S. Adaptive and adjustable, the setup relies on data sent by a fleet of sensors. Plus on the user input to make the ride sporty, comfortable, plus anything in between. There are air springs that also allow the Acura to give the Type S a lift mode. Moreover, it also increases the ground clearance by about two inches. That is when users need to drive in deep snow or on rough terrain.
That is when the engineers do turn their attention to the brakes. In fact, Brembo has provided four-piston front calipers. They are designed to work with rotors that are about half an inch bigger than the standard MDX’s. In fact, Acura does point out that it tuning the electric-servo system to give the Type S a pedal stroke. It is similar to the NSX’s. However, the red calipers are fitting to both axles which are visible through the 21-inch wheels wrapping by Continental ContiSeal self-sealing tires.