The A-Spec trim can be ordered on either the four-cylinder or the V6 equipped TLX - it's the latter that is how this weeks test car arrived.
Before we get into the A-Spec, it should be noted that all TLXs get a new five-sided mesh grille, new bumpers and new headlights — leaving the old Acura "beak" as a distant memory. The TLX continues to sit right between Acura's entry level car -the ILX and their flagship sedan - the RLX. In normal form, the TLX is handsome with graceful and mature lines to it. But like most Acura's, the styling is hardly exciting and doesn't stand out in a parking lot.
Along with the wider footprint and enhanced looks, the A-Spec also adds in a firmer sport-tuned suspension that includes firmer dampers and springs, a larger-diameter rear anti-roll bar, retuned electric power steering and sticker Michelin tires. Inside the TLX A-Spec, there are special sports seats with Alcantara inserts and contrast stitching, black headliner and A-Spec badges scattered around.
Most will be disappointed to hear that there are no engine enhancements. TLXs equipped with the 3.5 V6 makes do with 290 hp and an 9-speed transmission. The 2.4 liter four-cylinder versions gets by with 206 hp and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The TLX continues to be a great step up from the Honda Accord. The A-Spec package gives you even more reason to make the leap.