What is the Difference Between Acura Type S vs. Type R?

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The fundamental difference between the Type S vs. Type R is that the Type S replaced the Type R, and Type S models provide more contemporary features. From 1997-2001, Acura utilized the Type R marque for its performance vehicles, like the Acura Integra Type R. Type R referred to the performance-tuned variant of each Acura model. That changed in 2001 when the Acura TL Type S was released. Acura models that bear the Type S marque are tweaked with turbocharged engine options and a variety of performance features, so you can hold your own at the track against your fellow gear heads in greater Manhasset. 


Let’s take a look at the design elements and performance features that make Type S models stand out. Then, once you’re done reading, fill out a pre-approval and contact Rallye Acura to arrange for a test drive in Roslyn!

What Features Set the Acura Type S Apart? 

Now that you know the difference between the Type S vs. Type R, let’s take a look at the features that set Type S models apart. Currently, there are three Type S models: the Acura TLX Type S, Acura MDX Type S, and Acura NSX Type S. While features vary across these three models, here are some common factors that class them together under the Types S umbrella: 

  • Unique performance paint colors 
  • Uniquely sporty upholstery options 
  • Turbocharged engine options 
  • Standard Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
  • Sport seats 
  • High performance tires
  • High performance Brembo® brakes
  • Splitters and rear diffusers 
  • Dynamic air suspensions 
  • Type S badging 
  • And more! 

Will There Be an Acura Integra Type S? 

Seeing as the Acura Integra Type R is one of the most legendary models of all time, and the brand has just brought back the Integra for the first time in years, many fans are hoping that Acura will release an updated Acura Integra Type S. Acura has not confirmed a Type S variant, although, they did recently trademark “Acura Integra Type S,” which is a good sign for hopeful Garden City Acura enthusiasts! With no official confirmation, however, your speculation is as good as ours. 

Test Drive an Acura Type S Model Near Glen Cove 

Now that you know the difference between Acura Type S vs. Type R, call Rallye Acura at 516-508-9147 to book some test drives in Roslyn. If you’re curious about an Acura Integra Type S, bear in mind that the brand has not confirmed that they are making one. In the meantime, take a moment to check out new vehicle specials to see how much you can save on your next Acura model! 


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