Acura Type S: Electric Crossover Debut & Pikes Peak Role

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Acura Type S
Acura Type S

In August 2023, Acura brought back this moniker for the 2024 model, which isn’t really a Honda. Using the Cadillac Lyriq and Chevrolet Blazer EV platforms, it is produced in Spring Hill, Tennessee, by General Motors. Acura is quite optimistic about this new model and is even pushing for a performance variant.

Called Type S, this dual-motor crossover is essentially the Acura-styled twin of the Chevrolet Blazer EV SS. They share the same wheelbase, but the Chevy has 557 horsepower and 648 lb-ft (879 Nm) of torque, compared to the Acura’s 500 horsepower and 544 lb-ft (738 Nm).

Despite having less power than the Chevrolet Blazer EV SS, the ZDX Type S will be the first electric pace car at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Interestingly, Acura isn’t listed as a sponsor on the PPIHC website.

The ZDX Type S is Acura’s most powerful SUV ever. However, the most powerful road-going vehicle remains the 600-horsepower NSX Type S, with only 350 units produced, 315 of which were for the US and 15 for Canada.

Acura Type S
Acura Type S

The ZDX Type S makes sense as a safety car at Pikes Peak because its GM-developed electric motors perform well at high altitudes. Naturally, aspirated engines like the 3.5-liter V6 in the Honda Pilot and Acura MDX lose power at high altitudes, while turbocharged engines fare better.

Starting at $73,500, the ZDX Type S includes six-piston Brembo brakes up front, but Acura hasn’t disclosed the rear brake supplier, which seems disrespectful considering the price and GM underpinnings.

The 102nd Race to the Clouds takes place on June 23, covering 156 turns and climbing from 9,390 feet (2,862 meters) to 14,115 feet (4,302 meters) over 12.42 miles (almost 20 kilometers).

Acura and Honda Racing Corporation USA will also enter two Acura Integras in the race: an Integra Type S and an Integra A-Spec. Both are heavily modified, with the Integra Type S boasting over 360 horsepower and a paddle-shift sequential transmission instead of the standard six-speed manual.


By Park-Shin Jung

I am Park-Shin Jung. I am a professional content writer for cars.

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