Acura’s entry-level TSX sedan gains a new Special Edition trim that adds sportier appearance add-ons inside and out for 2012 four-cylinder models. The TSX’s actual performance doesn’t get any sportier, as this Special Edition is strictly an appearance package.
Acura says it added a more aggressive front spoiler, though at a quick glance it’s hard to differentiate it from the non-SE models. The side and rear changes look more dramatic, with unique side sills and a rear bumper with a little more flare. The SE’s 17-inch wheel design is shared with the regular TSX but features a unique finish with polished spokes and a gray background. Topping off the exterior is a “Special Edition” badge.
The inside gains black suede seating inserts with red stitching. Red stitching also weaves through the steering wheel and shift knob. The red theme continues with a red-illuminated instrument cluster and red overhead and footwell lighting. Inside the footwell are aluminum pedal covers for a race-inspired look.
Acura says the SE will cost less than $31,000 and will be available with a five-speed automatic or six-speed-manual transmission teamed only to a four-cylinder engine. An entry-level 2011 TSX with four-cylinder starts at $29,610, not including destination charge, but pricing typically increases with the model year change, and 2012’s pricing hasn’t been announced. Expect to see final pricing for the SE closer to when it goes on sale in late September.