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Archive for the ‘Acura’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Take A Ride Around Laguna Seca In An Acura NSX GT3 Race Car: Video

When Acura revealed the second-generation NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, we were smitten. Sporting a hybrid 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbochargers and no less than three electric motors, the new NSX carries the torch of its predecessor as a high-tech ground-bound spaceship capable of warp speed on the track. As such, we think it made perfect sense for Acura to offer a competition-spec iteration. Honed by Honda Performance Development, the NSX GT3 builds on the baseline of its street-going sibling with more aggressive aerodynamics, a stripped down interior, hardcore suspension bits, and nearly 600 horsepower at the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission. The advanced AWD system was ditched to meet homologation standards, and the result is a car that’s more raw, more brutal, and more in your face than ever before. It’s the perfect fit for tackling a beast like California’s Laguna Seca race track, as evidenced by this onboard footage from our friends over at Racer.

Shot from the driver’s helmet point of view, the five-minute clip was taken during testing for the 8 Hours of California endurance race set to take place this weekend. At the helm is Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley, who wheels the NSX around the challenging circuit with precision and unflappable poise, blasting around slower traffic with relative ease. All very impressive stuff, and we can’t wait to see where the Acura team will end up when the checkered flag flies this weekend.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX GT3 race car.

PostHeaderIcon Take A Ride Around Laguna Seca In An Acura NSX GT3 Race Car: Video

When Acura revealed the second-generation NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, we were smitten. Sporting a hybrid 3.5-liter V-6 boosted by two turbochargers and no less than three electric motors, the new NSX carries the torch of its predecessor as a high-tech ground-bound spaceship capable of warp speed on the track. As such, we think it made perfect sense for Acura to offer a competition-spec iteration. Honed by Honda Performance Development, the NSX GT3 builds on the baseline of its street-going sibling with more aggressive aerodynamics, a stripped down interior, hardcore suspension bits, and nearly 600 horsepower at the rear axle via a six-speed sequential transmission. The advanced AWD system was ditched to meet homologation standards, and the result is a car that’s more raw, more brutal, and more in your face than ever before. It’s the perfect fit for tackling a beast like California’s Laguna Seca race track, as evidenced by this onboard footage from our friends over at Racer.

Shot from the driver’s helmet point of view, the five-minute clip was taken during testing for the 8 Hours of California endurance race set to take place this weekend. At the helm is Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley, who wheels the NSX around the challenging circuit with precision and unflappable poise, blasting around slower traffic with relative ease. All very impressive stuff, and we can’t wait to see where the Acura team will end up when the checkered flag flies this weekend.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX GT3 race car.

PostHeaderIcon Acura ILX Special Edition

First introduced in 2012, the Acura ILX is framed as the premium brand’s replacement for the Acura TSX, and continues the tradition as a premium compact sedan offered at a relatively affordable price. At the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura ushered in a refresh for the 2016 model year, bringing an updated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, an eight-speed transmission, and new LED headlights. Now, there’s a special edition model on the table, and it gets sportier exterior styling plus new premium goodies in the cabin.

The new special edition is in dealers now, and it gets styling components pulled from the sporty-looking A-Spec package, plus premium touches in the cabin that help to justify the model’s luxurious aspirations. However, in terms of actual performance, the ILX Special Edition is essentially unchanged. Making the go is a standard-spec 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, with direct fuel injection, dual overhead cams, and the i-VTEC variable valve timing system. Sending the power to the front axle is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which can be controlled via steering wheel paddle shifters if desired. Peak output is rated at 201 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque, while fuel mileage is rated at 25 mpg in the city, 35 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. Pricing for the Special Edition model is set at $28,900, which is an $800 premium over the standard model.

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What Makes The Acura ILX Special Edition Special

So What About Those Exterior Upgrades?


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“Upgrades include new aero components plucked from the popular A-Spec package, including a new rear spoiler and side skirts”

For starters, the ILX was already a rather sharp-looking piece of design, even in its standard specification. While no one is gonna confuse it for a high-end German luxury sedan, the ILX is still a cut above the more mundane commuters that reside just below its entry-level price.

The point is this – it’s a pretty solid starting point for this Special Edition. Luckily, Acura built on this (as opposed to diminished it) when going about upgrading the exterior. Upgrades include new aero components plucked from the popular A-Spec package, including a new rear spoiler and side skirts, plus 18-inch wheels in the corners and the requisite special edition badges scattered here and there. In the front fascia you’ll find Acura’s JewelEye headlights, complete with LEDs and an automatic on/off feature.

What Should I Expect From The Cabin?


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“Like the exterior, we find the ILX Special Edition equipped with exactly the sort of stuff you want inside”

Like the exterior, we find the ILX Special Edition equipped with exactly the sort of stuff you want inside. There’s an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, a multi-view rear-facing camera, a one-touch power moonroof, a Bluetooth hands-free feature, a 5.0-inch display, keyless smart entry, a push-button starter, a security system, and leather for the steering wheel and shift knob. Acura is also offering its AcuraWatch safety systems and driver assists as an available option.

Conclusion


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Normally, we aren’t the biggest fans of these sorts of special editions. We usually find them overpriced and promising far more than they can deliver.

This time around, we were pleasantly surprised. Given the ILX seeks a mix of performance and luxury amenities, we like the slightly sportier attitude and extra stuff in the cabin. True, there are more aggressive options out there, and there are more luxurious options out there as well, but this special edition finds a nice balance all the same. There aren’t too many gimmicks (no blacked-out trim, thank goodness), and rather, you get all the sort of stuff you actually want. Sure, we’d love more performance, but we’ll let it slide this time around.

References

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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura ILX.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Acura ILX Launches with New Special Edition Trim

If you are looking to buy a new sports sedan in America you may want to hold on a few days and check out the new 2018 Acura ILX. Arriving shortly at dealerships nationwide, the new ILX comes with sporty looks and features, and a wide range of trim levels to choose from including a new Special Edition.

Powering the 2018 Acura ILX in all trims is a 2.4-liter direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder with 200 horsepower and 180 lb.-ft. peak torque. Connected to a Sequential SportShift 8-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT), this engine returns EPA fuel economy rating of 25 mpg city/35 highway/29 combined which is pretty good considering the output. The ILX also looks refreshingly aggressive fora family car and that ought to justify the pricing to some extent, which kicks off at $28,100.

Acura ILX Special Edition starts at $28,900 but offers a lot of extras on top of the base model. Besides the A-Spec features, this version also gets Acura JewelEye LED headlights, an 8-way power driver’s seat, multi-view rearview camera, auto on/off headlights, one-touch power moonroof, Bluetooth HandsFree Link, 5-inch Multi-View Display, keyless smart entry with push-button start, security system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

The A-Spec treatment for the 2018 ILX itself includes such goodies as side sill garnishes, a decklid spoiler, front fog lights, 18-inch 10-spoke machined alloy wheels, and exterior A-Spec badging. Inside, you get Premium Black interior color scheme including a black headliner, perforated black Lux Suede seat inserts, red instrument illumination, exclusive gray interior stitching and aluminum brake and throttle pedals.









2018 ILX Pricing:

Trim MSRP
ILX $28,100
ILX Special Edition $28,900
ILX AcuraWatch™ Plus $29,400
ILX Premium $30,100
ILX Premium A-Spec $32,100
ILX Tech Plus $33,100
ILX Tech Plus A-Spec $35,100

 

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PostHeaderIcon Acura MDX

Around since the 2001 model year, the Acura MDX is a very hot commodity and has been a huge success, proving to be one of the best-selling three-row luxury crossovers of all time, and has historically sat below the Lexus RX as the best-selling luxury crossover. It’s been through two generational shifts with the third-gen model making its debut for the 2015 model year and was facelifted just a couple of years later, to bring about the new diamond pentagon grille, LED headlamps, LED taillights, and an updated AcuraWatch safety system that includes automatic collision braking, lane departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, all as standard equipment. Its exterior style to cues from the Acura Precision Concept and the Acura NSX, the latter of which also inspired the drivetrain found in the hybrid model.

The MDX has had pretty steady sales since the third-gen model was introduced, with 2014 accounting for 65,603 units sold, 2015 accounting for 58,208 units, and 2016 accounting for 55,495 units. Those are U.S. numbers only, and this is a global model so you can imagine the global sales are significantly higher. As we move into 2018, Acura continues to set the pace as a leader in the segment by bringing about an updated infotainment system, some new exterior colors, and a new pricing point that is a bit higher than it was for 2017, but not by much and well worth it considering what you get from a luxury brand like Acura. Check out our full review below to learn all about the facelifted, third-gen MDX.

Update 9/19/2017: Acura has released pricing for the 2018 model year, and there are a couple of updates to talk about as well. Check out our review below to learn all about it.

PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 DPi

Launched in 1986, Acura has come a long way in 30 years, evolving from a small two-car lineup into a full-fledged automaker with no fewer than six offerings in 2017. Acura also entered motorsport very early, hitting the race tracks in 1991, just five years after its launch. So far, it has raced in some of the most important motorsport series, including the SCCA, IMSA GT, and the American Le Mans, scoring class wins at Daytona and Sebring. In 2009, the brand produced its very first LMP1 prototype car, the Acura ARX-02a. Come 2017, and the Japanese firm is joining the IMSA SportsCar Championship with its latest DPi prototype, the ARX-05.

Developed for the 2018 season, the ARX-05 will join the top tier of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where it will go against Cadillac, Mazda, Ligier, and Nissan. A new team will bring together Acura Motorsports and Team Penske in an effort to win the championship against Cadillac, which has dominated the 2017 season. The multi-year DPi program will be headed by Honda Performance Development (HPD), the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America. The ARX-05’s official debut will take place at the season-opening Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2018.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 DPi Officially Unveiled

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Prior to its public debut at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the new Acura ARX-05 DPi race car stops by the internet to show off its cool new looks. The machine is a Daytona Prototype International (DPi) to be fielded by Team Penske in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  

Acura ARX-05 DPi also marks the return of the brand to endurance prototype racing, a field they have been active in on and off since 1991. The new car is built on the proven ORECA 07 chassis but gets a completely new look that reflects the design philosophy of Acura with highlights such as Jewel Eye headlights. It even gets a production-based engine, the race-proven AR35TT twin-turbocharged engine, based on the production 3.5-liter V-6 that powers the Acura MDX, RDX, TLX and RLX models.

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“Right from the start, Acura has raced – and done so successfully,” said Art St. Cyr, President of HPD and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve won with the Acura Integra Type R, the RSX, the first-generation NSX and with the Le Mans prototypes. Most recently, we’ve won with the new Acura NSX GT3. The ARX-05 is our fifth-generation prototype, and we expect great things from our partnership with Team Penske.”

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PostHeaderIcon Acura RLX

Introduced in 2013, the RLX is one of Acura’s newest nameplates. Designed to replace the severely outdated second-generation RL, the RLX was received with mixed reviews. While praised for its powerful V-6, hybrid drivetrains, and technology, the full-size sedan was criticized for its bland looks and relatively high prices compared to its rivals. This is probably why Acura is introducing a new styling for the RLX only four years after the original model hit the market. The redesigned sedan was just previewed ahead of the Monterey Car Week, where it will make its public debut on August 15.

Although a four-year-old vehicle usually gets a mild facelift, the RLX was redesigned from the ground up on the outside, now reflecting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language. Granted, the interior carries over unchanged save for additional equipment and the drivetrain options all have the same specifications, but Acura solved one of the RLX’s biggest issues: the dull design. Let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Official: 2018 Acura RLX

2018 Acura RLX-0

How cool it would be owning a family sedan that was inspired by the NSX supercar? Well, that is what this new 2018 Acura RLX facelift is all about. Powered by a 377 horsepower hybrid powertrain, performance all-wheel-drive and an aggressive new design put the new RLX in a class of its own, and it’s such a high class it warrants a Monterey debut. 

That’s right, 2018 Acura RLX will make its public debut during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week, August 15-19. If you are going you can see it at the Carmel-By-The Sea Concours on the Avenue on Tuesday, August 15 and The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, on Friday, August 18. Acura calls the new RLX the “most sophisticated and best performing Acura sedan ever,” which is what you would expect it to be what with those NSX-inspired specs.

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2018 RLX comes with a direct-injected V-6 with three electric motors and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive mated to a new 10-speed Automatic Transmission (10AT). That is a helluva recipe, but, as seen with the NSX, it could prove kind of too good for its own goodin the sense that it won’t offer much in the way of a sporty feel. But the performance will no doubt be mind-boggling. Acura is yet to reveal the performance figures for this car.

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As for the other highlights, 2018 Acura RLX facelift features Traffic Jam Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow, and AcuraWatch including Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS) with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 Prototype Set for Quail Debut

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Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura ARX-05 Prototype Set for Quail Debut

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Acura expands its motorsport activities further by returning to prototype racing with a new sports car to be introduced at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering later this month. The 2018 Acura ARX-05 Prototype race car will be fielded next season by Team Penske in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Following its debut at the Quail, Acura ARX-05 will then make guest appearances at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The first outing of the ARX as an official competition car will take place in January 2018 at Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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The ARX in Acura ARX-05 Prototype’s name stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, and the 5 refers to the fact that its the fifth generation of these car to hit the track. The return to prototype racing for Acura is on the line with the company’s plans for introducing new and increasingly sportier production car, which is probably why they trusted the design of the new ARX to the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, Calif. under the auspices of Dave Marek, Acura global creative director. The whole program is being conducted by Honda Performance Development, the racing arm for both Acura Motorsports and Honda Racing in North America.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura NSX GT3 To Be Sold Globally

In case you were somehow unaware, let me be the first to tell ya – GT3 racing is an awesome spectacle. Imagine a long line of production-based competition vehicles hailing from some of the biggest names in automotive performance. Forget the V-8-powered metal shells of NASCAR and the unobtanium spaceships of Formula 1 – GT cars are actually somewhat recognizable as iterations of their street-legal counterparts, plus the requisite aero enhancements, of course. For well-heeled individuals interested in playing race car driver, the GT3 class makes for a tempting adventure, especially with all the customer racing options now offered direct from the factory. Now, Acura is sweetening the pot with this – the NSX GT3 race car, available to anyone with an extra $500,000 to burn and an insatiable need for speed.

Offered for purchase globally in anticipation of the 2018 race season, the NSX GT3 is close in spec to the street machine, but with some notable differences – for example, the hybrid AWD system was replaced with RWD and gas-only power. Honda Performance Development is taking orders now, starting at 465,000 Euros, or $546,491 at current exchange rates (07/28/2017). North American buyers are directed to browse AcuraClientRacing.com, while MUGEN2 is handling sales in Japan. Buyers in the rest of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East are advised to contact JAS Motorsport. Acura and Honda are also offering customers access to “parts and service,” as well as “training and engineering services,” if needed. Read on for more info on the car.

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PostHeaderIcon Honda/Acura NSX GT3 Race Car Now on Sale

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Honda/Acura announced the highly anticipated 2018 NSX GT3 customer race car is now available to order by qualified customers for the 2018 Motorsport season. Sold through JAS Motorsport in Europe, HPD in North America and by Mugen in Japan at a base price of €465,000, the GT3 may not be the best car on the grid next year, but it’ll certainly be the best looking. 

Racing with the Honda/Acura NSX GT3, eligible to race in more than two dozen FIA-sanctioned race events around the world, will cost you around half a million Euro just to begin with. Then there is the parts and sales, training and engineering services you’ll have to pay for. But the good new is Honda supplies all of that so you don’t have to shop around.

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As for the technical specs, Honda/Acura NSX GT3 boasts a production-based 3.5-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 racing engine with the block, heads, valve train, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system changed for competition and mated to a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox and backed by racing chassis and aerodynamic package. The car’s development has been undertaken as a collaborative project over the past three years that has also included HPD since the end of 2015 with over 85,000km of race and test mileage completed. An initial batch of 12 cars will be produced in time for the start of the 2018 race season.

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The 2018 NSX GT3 will be eligible for:

  • The Blancpain GT Series, Nurburgring 24 Hour race in Europe;
  • The Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA SportsCar series in North America;
  • The Blancpain GT Asia Series and GT Asia championship
  • Super GT’s GT300 class in Japan
  • The Australian GT Championship
  • Intercontinental GT Challenge

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PostHeaderIcon What Do The New NSX Patents Tell Us?

Patent drawings of cars are always fun when they’re leaked because they, directly or indirectly, provide a window into an automaker’s plans for a specific model. It’s certainly no shock then that these new patent drawings from Honda have created quite a buzz in our circles, largely because it looks incredibly like the NSX sports car. First spotted by Autoguide, these patents have been registered and published by the European Union Intellectual Property Office and while they don’t reveal anything specific as to what Honda’s plans are, it does point us in a direction where we could be seeing another Honda sports car in the works. Could it be a smaller version of the NSX as many people seem to think it is? Or could it be something else entirely, perhaps even the long-rumored successor to the Honda S2000?

These are very interesting questions that only Honda can answer over time. What appears clear at this point though is that the automaker isn’t content with just having one full-spec sports car in its portfolio. It figures that there’s a move to add to the NSX given how rival automakers have made similar pushes to beef up their own sports car lineups. Add that to Honda admitting that its dealerships have become more demonstrative in their requests for more sports cars wearing the Honda badge and it’s clear that there’s a groundswell of support coming from all sides for a new Honda sports car to enter the fray. There are plenty of questions that need to be answered though before anything concrete can be laid out on the table. Join us then as we try to answer some of them.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura RDX

The Acura RDX was technically Acura’s first true compact SUV/crossover after the MDX completely outgrew the segment. The RDX came to be in 2007 and was replaced by a second-generation model in 2013. It took on a facelift in 2016, but for some reason, Acura stayed with its typical beak design – a big letdown for most – but it was at least brought up to speed with the rest of the models in the lineup. All of that is about to change in the near future, though, as Acura has been working on the third-gen RDX and we finally have proof thanks to this first round of spy shots that we have been blessed with.

Of course, Acura is trying to keep things as secretive as possible right now, so there’s so much camo and padding that we can’t make out much, but it should be quite revolutionary when taking into account the changes that have been brought forth with the new Civic, MDX, and the TLX. The most important aspect will be a new grille up front, but new engines should surface, and the interior should get a nice reworking as well.
And, while we can’t make out much of what the upcoming RDX has in store for us, it has to be something great because the competition in this segment isn’t a joke. We’re talking about names like the Audi Q5, the BMW X3, Land Rover Evoque, and the Mercedes GLC. So, we’re clearly talking about some heavy hitters, and Acura needs to come to the ring ready to box and go a full 15 if the third-gen RDX is going to have a fighting chance. So, with that said, let’s take a good look at this first round of spy shots, and speculate a little bit about what we’re going to see when the 2019 Acura RDX makes its debut next year.

PostHeaderIcon What’s The Best Upscale Performance Sedan You Can Get For Less Than $50K?

The sport sedan – talk about a hotly contested segment. Almost every major automaker out there has one, but as you might expect, not all are created equal. And that’s where we come in, armed with a boatload of facts and figures to help rank the various entries from best to worst. Of course, more attentive TopSpeed readers out there are sure to point out that this is a topic we’ve covered before, most recently in a comparison piece looking at the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, Chrysler 300, Infiniti Q50, Jaguar XE, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. But unlike that last article, which focused on luxury cars with a sporty flavor, this piece will instead focus on cars that place a greater emphasis on performance, with luxury as a secondary priority. As such, we’re picking apart the Acura TLX, Alfa Romeo Giulia, Cadillac ATS, Subaru WRX STI, and Volvo S60. Sure, there’s overlap, but in this crowd, the effort is made more for grins behind the wheel than backside coddling.

That isn’t to say these cars aren’t comfortable – indeed, each offers a fair amount of upscale treatment, some more so than others. That said, we weighed performance much more heavily this time around, giving otherwise more spartan models a shot at the top of the list. So how do we place these five four-doors? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Acura TLX Pricing and Specs

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Acura announced today the official pricing for the 2018 Acura TLX in the American market. The sporty sedan with its refreshed looks, upgraded equipment and new A-Spec trim level starts at $33,000 but depending on the engine and trim and optional package can go up to $45,750.

For the 33 grand 2018 Acura TLX you get a decently equipped car with a 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter. Going up to $36,200 will buy you a TLX with a 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower i-VTEC V6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4 liter models come with Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer, while V6 models can optioned with two or four wheel drive. TLX 2.4-liter models can be equipped with the Technology Package, while V6 models are available with the Technology, A-Spec or Advance Packages.

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As for what makes the S-Spec such as star with a $42,800 starting price, highlight include a matte-black diamond pentagon grille with dark chrome surround, an aggressive lower front fascia with broad center air opening flanked by round LED fog lights, and a dark appearance for the Jewel Eye LED headlights, 19 inch wheels in Shark Gray paint, gloss-black decklid spoiler, “smoked” LED taillights, and an exclusive fascia featuring a lower diffuser accented by 4-inch round dual exhaust finishers. Moving inside you get aggressively bolstered front seats with high-contrast stitching and piping; red LED ambient light piping; red driver’s meter highlights; black headliner and pillar treatment; brushed aluminum-look instrument panel garnish; and an exclusive, thick-rimmed steering wheel with A-Spec badging.

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2018 Acura TLX Pricing and EPA Ratings
Model Trim Name Trans EPA Ratings
(city, highway, combined)
MSRP
TLX

 

TLX 2.4L 8DCT3 23 / 33 / 27 $33,000
TLX 2.4L with Technology Package 8DCT 23 / 33/ 27 $36,700
TLX V6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TLX 3.5L 9AT 20 / 32 / 24 $36,200
TLX 3.5L with Technology Package 9AT 20 / 32 / 24 $39,900
TLX 3.5L A-Spec 9AT 20 / 30 / 23 $42,800
TLX 3.5L with Advance Package 9AT 20 / 32 / 24 $43,750
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD 9AT 21 / 30 / 24 $38,200
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package 9AT 21 / 30 / 24 $41,900
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD A-Spec 9AT 20 / 29 / 23 $44,800
TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Advance Package 9AT 21 / 30 / 24 $45,750

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Takes Aim at the Chinese Market by Showing Off a Prototype of the TLX-L at Shanghai

The Acura TLX fights for dominance in a tough segment with models like the BMW 3 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulia, and Mercedes C-Class, among others. It’s a war-torn battlefield where models must be updated frequently to keep up, and things are always changing. As such, Acura has stayed on top of its game with the TLX, and just a few years after being introduced, it has gone through a facelift that brought about a new look to the front and rear, including the new Precision grille, lots of LED lights, and some updated technology inside to help it stay relevant. The updated TLX debuted at the New York Auto show, and just days later, Acura pulled the sheet off of another TLX – this time in prototype form with a longer wheelbase.

Obviously, Acura is trying to judge public interest in a LWB TLX in the one market that glorifies long vehicles with excessive room in the rear. It’s a status symbol, really, and the TLX in longer form should be more than sufficient for the wealthy Chinese businessman who would rather be driven. Acura hasn’t said much about this prototype and has only released a couple of images. The exterior is identical to the model we saw here in the U.S., with the exception of it having an extra-long roof, kick panels, and rear door. How much longer is it? Well, Acura didn’t say, but judging its length by the pictures provided, I’m guessing it’s somewhere around 4.5-inches longer. That should boost rear legroom up to around 38.5-inches, up from 34.5-inches in the standard model. There’s no word on any interior changes outside of the potential for extra legroom, but I suspect Acura would cater to the Chinese market well and offer plenty of rear-seat amenities like reclining seats, leg rests, rear infotainment, etc…

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Takes Aim at the Chinese Market by Showing Off a Prototype of the TLX-L at Shanghai

The Acura TLX fights for dominance in a tough segment with models like the BMW 3 Series, Alfa Romeo Giulia, and Mercedes C-Class, among others. It’s a war-torn battlefield where models must be updated frequently to keep up, and things are always changing. As such, Acura has stayed on top of its game with the TLX, and just a few years after being introduced, it has gone through a facelift that brought about a new look to the front and rear, including the new Precision grille, lots of LED lights, and some updated technology inside to help it stay relevant. The updated TLX debuted at the New York Auto show, and just days later, Acura pulled the sheet off of another TLX – this time in prototype form with a longer wheelbase.

Obviously, Acura is trying to judge public interest in a LWB TLX in the one market that glorifies long vehicles with excessive room in the rear. It’s a status symbol, really, and the TLX in longer form should be more than sufficient for the wealthy Chinese businessman who would rather be driven. Acura hasn’t said much about this prototype and has only released a couple of images. The exterior is identical to the model we saw here in the U.S., with the exception of it having an extra-long roof, kick panels, and rear door. How much longer is it? Well, Acura didn’t say, but judging its length by the pictures provided, I’m guessing it’s somewhere around 4.5-inches longer. That should boost rear legroom up to around 38.5-inches, up from 34.5-inches in the standard model. There’s no word on any interior changes outside of the potential for extra legroom, but I suspect Acura would cater to the Chinese market well and offer plenty of rear-seat amenities like reclining seats, leg rests, rear infotainment, etc…

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon Acura TLX A-Spec Proves You Don't need an M or AMG Badge to Look Good

Acura debuted an updated TLX in New York today that featured a new precision grille, updated fascias, a new hood, and an updated infotainment system. The Technology and Advanced packages also bring even more value with new features. But, alongside that updated TLX, sits an all-new trim and it’s TLX you really want to pay attention to. It doesn’t offer any engine upgrades, but it comes standard with the 24-valve, 3.5-liter, V-6 that delivers 290 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 267 pound-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. It’s not the power delivery that sets the A-Spec apart from the bunch, though. See, the A-Spec can be had in two-wheel drive or with Acura’s SH-AWD system, and it gets its unique look – a look that will make you think twice about considering something with an M or AMG badge on it.

To start things off, the new A-Spec gets an updated front fascia that combines the TLX’s new look with deeply recessed corner vents and a sporty air dam up front. The corner vents, air dam, and that new precision grille are outlined with a gloss-black trim insert that helps assert a strikingly aggressive look that stands out in this segment. Round fog lights tie things together for the front, but as you move to the side, there’s even more. The fender gets its own unique A-spec badge, while the side view mirrors get gloss black arms. Down below, the A-spec has updated and mildly aggressive side skirts. The trim around the windows on the A-spec are also finished in gloss black. The real conversation piece here, however, are the dark-finish, 19-inch wheels that are exclusive to this model only and are wrapped in 245-series rubber.

Around back, a black spoiler graces the rear deck lid, while a new diffuser-like element in gloss-black adds a bit of aggression to the rear. Large, exhaust outlets can be found on each corner, with a slight angle toward the outer corners. There’s some modification under the metal and inside too, so keep reading to learn more about that.


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