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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid Priced Just Over $53K

The days in which SUVs were symbols of high fuel consumption and air pollution are long gone thanks to cars such as 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid. These offer the same practicality and performance of a regular SUV, but with a frugal-ish engine. Of course, this much goodness is going to cost you. 

2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is priced from $52,100 MSRP to which you will have to add a $995 destination and handling fee. Still, considering the badge and how much kit you receive in return for your cash, that sounds like good value. The biggest highlight of this model is the three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system which is basically the same powertrain they use in the NSX supercar. Here it generates 321 hp and 289 lb.-ft. of torque. The EPA rating for this system is 26 / 27 / 27 mpg City/Highway/Combined. Now, that doesn’t sound particularly brilliant, but you have to realize it’s 45 percent better than a non-hybrid MDX.

Features-wise, 2018 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is as luxurious and well-equipped as any Acura. You can choose between Technology Package ($53,095) and Advance Package ($59,145) trims, with both model benefiting from unique interior trim, stainless steel sport pedals and wood interior accents. The Technology is a 7-seater while the Advance sits 6. All models also feature infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, plus safety equipment such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

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PostHeaderIcon 2019 Acura RDX Prototype Debuts in Detroit

They call it a prototype, but this is to all intents and purposes the new 2019 Acura RDX. It’s a nice SUV, but in an old-fashioned sort of way. Not that it lacks tech features. On the contrary, the new RDX is brimming with geeky gadgets. But the whole thing looks and feels not entirely modern somehow.

This is most evident inside the cabin where designers have tried to give 2019 Acura RDX a crisp modern look by compromising on convenience and logic. And they still haven’t pull it off. But hey, there are certain characteristics that come with an Acura and those who buy them actually like them. To be fair the new RDX does look luxurious and expensive, especially with those headlights that look like the eyes of an overconfident, self-involvement middle-aged woman.

The main features and highlights of 2019 Acura RDX include a lighter and dramatically stiffened body, a sophisticated new chassis and a new 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC Turbo engine mated to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission. There is also Super-Handling All Wheel Drive, so in terms of overall capabilities you don’t have much to complain about. In terms of tech features, Acura True Touchpad Interface takes the cake as the biggest innovation in this car, although the available new Adaptive Damper Systemis pretty cool as well.






All 2019 RDX models will come equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Additional available connected-car and driver-assistive features include next-generation AcuraLink with 4G LTE Wi-Fi, Hill Start Assist, Surround-View Camera System, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and Blind Spot Information system.

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PostHeaderIcon Acura Swings For The Fences With 2019 RDX – New Look, New Tech, Extra SUV

The 2018 Detroit Auto Show is now officially hitting its stride, and amid a flurry of high-riding utility vehicle debuts, Acura is joining the fray with its brand-new third-generation RDX compact luxury SUV. The Japanese automaker is calling it the “most extensive Acura redesign in more than a decade,” unveiling the five-passenger in “prototype” form, even though this thing looks pretty much good to go in terms of production status. Overall, the updates cater to American buyers in a big way, adding in extra inches for the size, as well as new technology like a True Touchpad Interface, and new styling to boot. Inspiration comes from Acura’s latest Precision Concepts in terms of exterior aesthetics and interior layout, which is sure to get the attention of stateside buyers, and Acura boasts the 2019 model year is the “quickest, best-handling RDX ever.” The updated RDX will hit dealers by mid-2018, but until then, read on for more info.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story

What Does It Look Like?


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“The new RDX offers much more of that classic SUV character thanks to its bigger, bolder features, especially in the fascia”

With the continued growth and popularity of the SUV and crossover segment here in the States, it’s no surprise Acura has gone to such great lengths to keep the RDX feeling fresh, especially when you consider the solid sales numbers the nameplate has posted over the last five years or so.

So what makes the 2019 RDX standout in the segment? For starters, the styling just got a major improvement. This is the first model to “fully embody Acura’s new design language as envisioned in the Acura Precision Concept,” and overall, we think it offers much more of that classic SUV character thanks to its bigger, bolder features, especially in the fascia. Up front, we also find Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights and a diamond pentagon grille insert.

On the subject of looks, Acura is offering customers a new A-Spec trim level, and although it doesn’t actually affect, you know, performance, it does give the SUV extra regression in the styling department. Going forward, Acura says each of its core models will come with the option for A-Spec gear.

What’s Under The Skin?


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“The 2019 RDX comes packing with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which features a mono-scroll turbocharger, double overhead cams, and a VTEC variable valve system”

Behind the restyled grille, the 2019 RDX comes packing with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which features a mono-scroll turbocharger, double overhead cams, and a VTEC variable valve system. The ’four replaces the outgoing model’s SOHC 3.5-liter V-6, and despite its smaller displacement, it manages to create roughly 40 percent more low-end twist.

Once again, FWD is standard, while AWD is optional. Go for the extra grip, and you’ll also get a handling-enhancing torque vectoring system, complete with a new rear diff with a big upgrade in torque capacity. The gearbox is also new, with Acura replacing the older six-speed unit with a segment-first 10-speed automatic.

Complementing the oily bits is a lighter, stiffer body. The exterior dimensions have grown as well, measuring in with an extra 1.2 inches overall, 2.5 inches more wheelbase, and a shorter front overhang. Managing it all is a new, optional adaptive suspension system that takes cues from the Acura NSX with multiple drive modes, including several sport modes.

What’s It Like In The Cabin?


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“The big news inside the cabin is a fresh infotainment system Acura calls the True Touchpad Interface”

The big news inside the cabin is a fresh infotainment system Acura calls the True Touchpad Interface. Basically, this system mates touchscreen and remote interface elements into a single unit via a 10.2-inch high-definition display, a new operating system, sharper graphics, and a new voice recognition system as well. Look for the system to eventually find its way into the rest of the Acura stable.

More broadly speaking, the RDX’s interior was redesigned to reflect the Acura Precision Cockpit concept seen previously, and best characterized by the large, vertically oriented center console controls.

Up top, there’s a huge panoramic sliding moonroof as standard across the line, which Acura boasts as the biggest in its class. There’s also more space inside thanks to the longer wheelbase, while front-seated passengers get to enjoy heated and ventilated front seats and 16-way power adjustment. Finally, a host of premium materials solidify the RDX’s claims to opulence, and include Napa leather, brushed aluminum, and open-pore Olive Ash wood.

Clearly Aimed At The States


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With the popularity of the SUV and crossover segment continuing unabated here in the U.S., this extensive update for the 2019 RDX makes a lot of sense. Indeed, the automaker says it was “designed, developed and manufactured in America,” and it shows, touching each of the areas U.S. consumers care about the most.

All told, we’re predicting a good amount of success with this one.

References

Acura RDX


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Read our full review on the 2019 Acura RDX.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura Precision Concept.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura RDX.


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PostHeaderIcon All-New 2019 Acura RDX to Debut at NAIAS

An intriguing teaser released by Acura announced the debut of an all-new version of their premium SUV at the Detroit Motor Show (NAIAS) next month. The 2019 Acura RDX, to be revealed in prototype form at the show, boasts expressive exterior design and a completely new interior. 

In creating the new 2019 Acura RDX the company has utilized the recently developed concept of “Precision Crafted Performance” which you may heard before, about the NSX supercar. This tells us the new RDX SUV, the third-generation of the car, will have a cool and sporty look about it. The teaser video, though not very revealing, seems to confirm this:

Another highlight of the 2019 Acura RDX is that will be built on a new, Acura-exclusive platform. the luxury SUV benefits from Acura Precision Concept and Acura Precision Cockpit concepts. In plain words, the first concept lends to RDX a low, wide and sleek appearance on the outside, while the latter give it new interior design, user interface and operating system exclusive to this model.

It is not yet known what sort of engines the best-selling SUV will feature in its entirely new generation, but chances are an improved version of the 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology wil be part of the options list. We could also see an intelligent hybrid system offered for this model. As before, you can choose between front- and all-wheel-drive configurations for the drivetrain.

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PostHeaderIcon What Can We Expect From The Third-Generation Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX burst onto the scene in 2006, taking the reigns from the MDX as the brand’s entry-level crossover. 11 years and two generations later, the RDX is still a presence in its segment. The third-generation model is scheduled to make its debut at the 108 North American International Auto Show, and it’s entering a more competitive segment that now includes high-value offerings from the likes of Jaguar, Infiniti, and Volvo. The third-gen RDX needs to step up its game to compete in this segment, so ahead of its unveiling, we’ve pieced together a few of our expectations for one of Acura’s most important models.

A new design

“The introduction of the third-generation RDX is a big deal for Acura, especially in today’s competitive entry-level crossover segment”

This isn’t so much a prediction as it is a sign of things to come. With the new versions of the RLX sedan and MDX SUV getting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language, I expect the RDX to follow suit. That includes getting rid of the old model’s boring front grille and introducing a far better pentagon grille that’s shaped a lot like Superman’s crest. The new RDX should also receive more aggressive styling that’s similar to the presentation of both the RLX and MDX models. The introduction of the third-generation RDX is a big deal for Acura, especially in today’s competitive entry-level crossover segment. The luxury automaker needs to put its best foot forward. That starts with presenting a new RDX that can stylistically compete against the Jaguar F-Pace and the Volvo XC60.

Space shouldn’t be an issue


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“The second-generation RDX never won any design awards, but one thing owners could always count on from the crossover was its interior space”

The second-generation RDX never won any design awards, but one thing owners could always count on from the crossover was its interior space. It’s one of the RDX’s best features, and with the third-generation model on the horizon, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. If Acura adds a few creature comforts like reclining rear seats into the mix, that could elevate the status of the next-gen crossover. Given the public’s expectations, I don’t think Acura is going to move away from a formula that has worked in the past.

Turbos and hybrids

“The engine output should stay in the vicinity of 280 to 300 horsepower, but the return of the turbo should be useful in giving the crossover improved efficiency.”

The first-generation Acura RDX featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Curiously, Acura veered away from giving the second-gen model any turbos, opting instead to use a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 that pumped out 273 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. It’s still a mystery to me why Acura made that move, but with the arrival of the third-generation model, I think the automaker will revert back to a turbocharged engine, specifically the 2.0-liter turbo four that’s already sitting under the hood of the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T. The engine output should stay in the vicinity of 280 to 300 horsepower, but the return of the turbo should be useful in giving the crossover improved efficiency.

Speaking of efficiency, I’d be very surprised if Acura doesn’t offer a hybrid variant of the RDX. Hybrid crossovers have become popular in recent years, and Acura already has one on the table for the MDX SUV, and I can’t find a scenario where the MDX gets a hybrid variant and the new RDX doesn’t.

Plenty of tech


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“Automakers have become very aggressive in fitting new-age technology into their cars”

Automakers have become very aggressive in fitting new-age technology into their cars. Acura has made great strides in that regard, fitting the MDX with a version of its Integrated Dynamics system. The IDS system is responsible for a myriad of driving settings available to the SUV. Depending on the settings, the system can manipulate the MDX’s steering, transmission, throttle sensitivity, and engine sound. Considering how important the RDX is, I think Acura will find a way to get the IDS system into its third-generation entry-level crossover.

Value for money

Pricing for the current Acura RDX starts at $35,800. Depending on the variant and the accompanying options, that price could go up to $44,000. No matter how you look at it, the RDX always provided tremendous value compared to some of its rivals. I don’t expect Acura to veer away from that strategy with the third-generation model. It may be priced a little higher than the crossover’s current price range, but it should remain competitive in a market that includes a Volvo XC60 that starts at just under $43,000 and a Jaguar F-Pace that’s priced from $42,000 to $54,000.

References

Acura RDX


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Acura RDX.


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura RDX.


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Read more Detroit Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon What Can We Expect From The Third-Generation Acura RDX?

The Acura RDX burst onto the scene in 2006, taking the reigns from the MDX as the brand’s entry-level crossover. 11 years and two generations later, the RDX is still a presence in its segment. The third-generation model is scheduled to make its debut at the 108 North American International Auto Show, and it’s entering a more competitive segment that now includes high-value offerings from the likes of Jaguar, Infiniti, and Volvo. The third-gen RDX needs to step up its game to compete in this segment, so ahead of its unveiling, we’ve pieced together a few of our expectations for one of Acura’s most important models.

A new design

“The introduction of the third-generation RDX is a big deal for Acura, especially in today’s competitive entry-level crossover segment”

This isn’t so much a prediction as it is a sign of things to come. With the new versions of the RLX sedan and MDX SUV getting the company’s new Precision Crafted Performance styling language, I expect the RDX to follow suit. That includes getting rid of the old model’s boring front grille and introducing a far better pentagon grille that’s shaped a lot like Superman’s crest. The new RDX should also receive more aggressive styling that’s similar to the presentation of both the RLX and MDX models. The introduction of the third-generation RDX is a big deal for Acura, especially in today’s competitive entry-level crossover segment. The luxury automaker needs to put its best foot forward. That starts with presenting a new RDX that can stylistically compete against the Jaguar F-Pace and the Volvo XC60.

Space shouldn’t be an issue


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“The second-generation RDX never won any design awards, but one thing owners could always count on from the crossover was its interior space”

The second-generation RDX never won any design awards, but one thing owners could always count on from the crossover was its interior space. It’s one of the RDX’s best features, and with the third-generation model on the horizon, I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. If Acura adds a few creature comforts like reclining rear seats into the mix, that could elevate the status of the next-gen crossover. Given the public’s expectations, I don’t think Acura is going to move away from a formula that has worked in the past.

Turbos and hybrids

“The engine output should stay in the vicinity of 280 to 300 horsepower, but the return of the turbo should be useful in giving the crossover improved efficiency.”

The first-generation Acura RDX featured a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produced 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Curiously, Acura veered away from giving the second-gen model any turbos, opting instead to use a 3.5-liter SOHC V-6 that pumped out 273 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. It’s still a mystery to me why Acura made that move, but with the arrival of the third-generation model, I think the automaker will revert back to a turbocharged engine, specifically the 2.0-liter turbo four that’s already sitting under the hood of the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T. The engine output should stay in the vicinity of 280 to 300 horsepower, but the return of the turbo should be useful in giving the crossover improved efficiency.

Speaking of efficiency, I’d be very surprised if Acura doesn’t offer a hybrid variant of the RDX. Hybrid crossovers have become popular in recent years, and Acura already has one on the table for the MDX SUV, and I can’t find a scenario where the MDX gets a hybrid variant and the new RDX doesn’t.

Plenty of tech


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“Automakers have become very aggressive in fitting new-age technology into their cars”

Automakers have become very aggressive in fitting new-age technology into their cars. Acura has made great strides in that regard, fitting the MDX with a version of its Integrated Dynamics system. The IDS system is responsible for a myriad of driving settings available to the SUV. Depending on the settings, the system can manipulate the MDX’s steering, transmission, throttle sensitivity, and engine sound. Considering how important the RDX is, I think Acura will find a way to get the IDS system into its third-generation entry-level crossover.

Value for money

Pricing for the current Acura RDX starts at $35,800. Depending on the variant and the accompanying options, that price could go up to $44,000. No matter how you look at it, the RDX always provided tremendous value compared to some of its rivals. I don’t expect Acura to veer away from that strategy with the third-generation model. It may be priced a little higher than the crossover’s current price range, but it should remain competitive in a market that includes a Volvo XC60 that starts at just under $43,000 and a Jaguar F-Pace that’s priced from $42,000 to $54,000.

References

Acura RDX


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Acura RDX.


2016 Acura RDX - image 616649

Read our full review on the 2017 Acura RDX.


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Read more Detroit Auto Show news.

PostHeaderIcon The Tesla Roadster Looks like a Blurry Version of the Honda NSX

When the new Aston Martin Vantage came out, I criticized the brand for producing a car that looked like a serious rip off of the Mazda MX-5 Miata. Now, as I was looking over the news from the past week, I see that there’s another look-alike out there, and this time, it looks like Tesla decided to copy the Honda NSX and slap a Tesla Roadster badge on it. Now, it isn’t a blatant and condemning rip-off, and maybe not even as bad as the Vantage vs. MX-5 copying scheme, but it’s pretty bad. I would say the Roadster looks like a blurry version of the NSX – almost like cars in 128-bit video games used to look compared to their real-life counterparts. Don’t believe me? Check out the quick comparison below.

Tesla Roadster vs Acura NSX

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“Even the lines below the headlights appear remarkably similar to the outer and lower edge of the corner vents”

As much as I hate to say it, as I usually give Tesla the benefit of the doubt, it really does look like the brand took the blueprints for the NSX, dulled them down a bit, and made some minor alterations. Now, it doesn’t have the fancy radiator grille (not like it needs it, anyway) but it has the same general body line. Even the lines below the headlights appear remarkably similar to the outer and lower edge of the corner vents. And, take a look at the hood (or where the hood would be on the Roadster) the swooping lines aren’t quite as muscular but there are there and even at the same pitch. The wheel arches at the front fenders – near identical for three-quarters of their length, at which points Tesla’s bodyline continues toward the headlights. Speak of which, the headlights are different shapes, but the recess for the roadsters headlight is the same shape as the NSX’s headlights. It’s so similar; it almost looks as if the NSX’s headlights would fit right in there if they didn’t come to such flat point at the inner edge.

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“The rear quarts are nearly identical save for the air intake that the NSX requires for the engine to breath”

Moving to the side, look at the opening behind the rear quarter glass – it’s painfully obvious that it’s identical. What about the shape, pitch, and curve of the A-Pillar? Yup, it’s the same too. The rear quarts are nearly identical save for the air intake that the NSX requires for the engine to breath. The lower body line on the side is nearly the same, with the only difference being the variance in grade of about one percent. Even the wheels look almost Identical as do the little vents in the fender between the door and the front wheel well. Even in the rear. Take a look at the rear spoilers. The Roadster’s is a little flatter, but it’s nearly the same. The taillights are almost identical too, but because of their design, they are a little blurrier at a distance. The Roadster may not have the rear vents in the corners, but if you look at the diffuser-like element, it’s quite similar to the NSX’s opening in the rear fascia. Even the rear glass features the same general grade from top to rear.

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“Even the rear glass features the same general grade from top to rear.”

As I said, I normally give Musk and Tesla the benefit of the doubt, but there sure are a lot of similarities here, and I’m not the only one that is noticing them. What do you think? Did Tesla, which is burning through money like it’s going out of style, (link recent article) borrow its design from Honda to save a little cheddar on R&D or is it just a wild coincidence paired with my paranoia and annoyance that almost every car out there looks like a copy of one another, effectively killing the uniqueness that once made the automotive world so great? Let me know in the comments section below.

References

Tesla Roadster


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Read our full review on the 2020 Tesla Roadster.

Acura NSX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura NSX.

PostHeaderIcon ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX Is Ready for SEMA 2017

Yes, it is possible for one of SEMA cars not to be all flamboyant and chintzy. This discreetly beautiful ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX is built by an Arizona-based tuner who in this car have realized their “dream Project.” Inspired by GT3 racing cars, the SoS NSX benefits from a thorough upgrade. 

It is possible that SoS found the hybrid system that powers the NSX a bit too complicated – or too perfect – to be messed with. So they have been content with a few basic mods here concerning exhaust and cooling system. The handling meanwhile has been improved via a lowering treatment for the suspension complete with lift system, Brembo ceramic brakes and a set of high-performance wheels and tires. Visually, the main highlight is Nouvelle Blue Pearl paint work, complemented with a host of carbon fiber aero parts. As for the interior, black leather Recaro Pole Position racing seats with blue stitching and accents on the doors, dash and seats count as the coolest features.











ScienceofSpeed Acura NSX Specs:

Power:

  • 610 (+37) Horsepower   
  • 507 (+31) lb.-ft. of Torque 

Engine:

  • ScienceofSpeed Sport Downpipes
  • ScienceofSpeed Sport+ Exhaust
  • ScienceofSpeed Liquid Injection Intercooling System

Exterior:

  • ScienceofSpeed Sport Aero Kit Front Strakes
  • ScienceofSpeed Sport Ducted Carbon Fiber Rocker Panels
  • ScienceofSpeed Carbon Fiber Diffuser
  • ScienceofSpeed Carbon Fiber Mid-height GT Spoiler
  • Andaro Nouvelle Blue Paint with Gloss Black roof
  • Gold Powdercoated Carbon Ceramic Brembo Brakes

Interior:

  • Recaro Pole Position ABE Racing Seats
  • ScienceofSpeed Sliding Seat Rails
  • gaugeART Multi-function OLED Gauge
  • Custom Upholstery with Black Leather, Blue Stitching and Fabric Accents

Suspension:

  • ScienceofSpeed Lowering Kit
  • iLIFT Pneumatic Suspension Lift System

Wheels & Tires:

  • Advan GT Premium Forged Wheels (F: 20×9, R: 21×12)
  • Pirelli Trofeo R tires

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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

Acura NSX


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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.

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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

Acura NSX


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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

Acura ILX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura ILX.

Acura TSX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura TSX.

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.

Updated 11/06/2017: Acura announced prices for the 2018 RLX which is now on sale at dealer nationwide. Check the “Prices” section for the full details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Acura RLX.

Exterior


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“The RLX's new exterior design is familiar if you've seen the new TLX and MDX, but it's a significant departure from the current sedan.”

The RLX’s new exterior design is familiar if you’ve seen the new TLX and MDX, but it’s a significant departure from the current sedan. Up front, the most notable change is the new “beak” grille with sharper corners and a wider center section. The mesh grille design is also new, and it appears to combine elements seen on Lexus and Mercedes-Benz models. I’m not saying that Acura took inspiration from those cars, but it’s the best way I can describe it. My other option is that it looks as if tiny UFOs shoot out of the Acura badge toward the headlamps. How’s that for PR, Acura?

Speaking of the headlamps, their sharp inner corners have been reversed, so the car gets a more aggressive, frowning appearance. The outer corners are also sharper than before, while a new, L-shaped LED strip adds a unique look. Below, we have large chrome inserts at each corner, a significantly wider lower intake with integrated daytime running lights, and a larger splitter. The engine hood also looks more muscular thanks to the extra creases on each side.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase (Inches) 112.2
Length (Inches) 196.1
Height (Inches) 57.7
Width (Inches) 74.4
Track front/rear (Inches) 64.3 / 64.2

Interior


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“Unlike the exterior, the interior design remains largely unchanged.”

Unlike the exterior, the interior design remains largely unchanged. This isn’t a bad thing, but the cluttered center stack with the two small displays and HVAC control above the center console needs a redesign. I’m also not a fan of the A/C vents placed all over the dashboard, but other than that, the current RLX still feels fresh on the inside.


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“The seats have been revised for improved comfort, while both the gasoline and hybrid models now come with the enhanced AcuraWatch.”

There are few changes to talk about it though. The seats have been revised for improved comfort, while both the gasoline and hybrid models now come with the enhanced AcuraWatch suite of technologies as standard. The package includes Traffic Jam Assist, a first for Acura, Collision Mitigation Braking System with automatic emergency braking, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation. AcuraWatch uses a millimeter wave radar and monocular camera sensing technology to detect other vehicles as well as lane markings.

The Sport Hybrid models also includes a premium Krell audio system, Surround View Camera, parking sensors, remote engine start, ventilated and heated front seats, heated rear seats, and heated steering wheel as standard. Acura upgraded the materials too, including high-contrast piping and stitching for the seats and a new Espresso upholstery color option with light wood veneer.

Interior Dimensions

Headroom front/rear (Inches) 37.6 / 36.9
Legroom front/rear (Inches) 42.3 / 38.8
Shoulder Room front/rear (Inches) 59.6 / 57.0
Hiproom front/rear (Inches) 55.9 / 54.5
EPA Passenger Volume (cu ft) 102.1
EPA Cargo Volume (cu ft, w/o Krell / with Krell) 14.9 / 14.7

Drivetrain


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“While V-6 engine cranks out the same 310 horsepower, it now mates to a 10-speed automatic.”

Under that sexy shell, there’s a blend of old and new. While the 3.5-liter V-6 in the gasoline model cranks out the same 310 horsepower as in the outgoing car, it now mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission that improves acceleration. Unfortunately, there are no performance figures to back this claim yet. The sedan also gained rear-axle steering for improved stability.

The Sport Hybrid model returns too, with a 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine and three electric motors, just like the NSX supercar. However, the configuration is a bit different, as two of the three motors are on the rear axle, giving the sedan all-wheel drive. Ouput is rated at 377 horsepower and Acura claims that the Sport Hybrid is its best performing sedan to sedan. We’re still waiting for performance figures on this model too.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine Type Direct Injection V-6
Displacement (liters) 3.5
Horsepower 310 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 272 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM
EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (City/Highway/Combined) 20/30/23
Curb Weight (lbs without/with AcuraWatch Plus) 3,955 / 3,962
Transmission 10-speed automatic

Prices


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Pricing for the new RLX starts from $54,900 for the P-AWS model. This sticker makes it only $450 more expensive than the outgoing model. Opt for the RLX Sport Hybrid and the sticker jumps to $61,900 before options. The price gap compared to the old model is bigger here, translating to a $1,950 increase. All told, the new RLX is some $4,000 more expensive than its main competitors. But more about that below.

Trim MSRP MSRP Including $965 Destination Charge EPA MPG Rating City/Highway/Combined
RLX P-AWS $54,900 $55,865 20 / 29 / 23
RLX Sport Hybrid $61,900 $62,865 28 / 29 / 28

Competition

Lincoln MKZ


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Acura’s goal for the RLX is to compete against the big German three and give cars like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A6 a run for their money. However, the general consensus is that the RLX compete with vehicles that usually bridge the gap between affordable and premium. The Lincoln MKZ is one of them. Introduced in 2012, the current MKZ has been revised in 2016, when much like the RLX, it received a significant overhaul on the outside. Now sharing styling cues with the larger Continental, the MKZ sports a similarly rich interior, but benefits from a larger infotainment display. It’s also doing well in the technology department, being equipped with everything one needs in a big sedan, including navigation, smartphone connectivity, and an instrument cluster packed with information. Drivetrain options include a 2.0-liter EcoBoost with 188 horsepower, a 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle hybrid with 240 horses, and a new 3.0-liter turbo V-6 rated at 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. Pricing starts from $35,170, but in order to get a model that matches the RLX’s output, you’ll have to go with the V-6-powered Black Label model, which retails from $50,580. The good news is that you pay some $4,000 less and you get 90 extra horsepower.

Read our full review of the Lincoln MKZ.

Infiniti Q70


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The Q70 is yet another Japanese full-size aimed at the big German sedan that so far has yet to make a big impression. Launched in 2013, it has already gained a few updates, and much like the RLX, it has a sporty yet styling exterior that’s not as understated as the MKZ. Technology is abundant inside the cabin, which in my opinion has the best looking design of the three. The leather and contrast stitching is combined with loads of wood veneer, which adorns large portions of the dashboard, center stack, and center console. The drivetrain is as diverse as they get and includes only high-output engines. The range begins with the 3.7-liter V-6 rated at 330 horsepower and 270 pound-feet, but Infiniti also offers a 5.6-liter V-8 good for a whopping 420 horsepower and 417 pound-feet. Finally, we have the hybrid version that combines a 3.5-liter V-6 with electric power for a total output of 302 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. The Q70 retails from $50,100, which makes it a bit more affordable than the Acura RLX.

Read our full review of the Infiniti Q70.

Conclusion


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The RLX was never a high seller compared to other offerings in this niche, but it did pretty good compared to other vehicles in Acura’s lineup. But, things have gone really stale in recent months, and it was very obvious that Acura had to do something about it. While a redesign is definitely the better option, Acura did the right thing to turn this mid-cycle facelift into a styling overhaul. The sedan’s exterior was rather dull, while the cabin and the drivetrains remain competitive with both German and Japanese rivals. It’s safe to assume that the RLX will stay fresh for a few more years, but it remains to be seen how customers will react to the slightly revised drivetrain and the performance gains that come with them.

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    • Still more expensive than the competition
    • Needs a new interior soon

Exterior Side-by-side Comparison


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“Overall, the RLX is a big improvement design-wise. Not only stylish and sportier at the same time, it also exudes a premium look.”

Moving onto the sides, not much has changed save for the chrome trim on the side skirts, the chrome door handles, and the new wheel design. However, we can see more modifications around back, starting with the crisper taillights and the thicker chrome trim on the trunk lid. Both elements give the RLX a more premium look, as do the larger exhaust tips and the chrome bumper inserts below. The new exterior is rounded off by three new colors choices, including two premium paint offerings: Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl.

Overall, the RLX is a big improvement design-wise. Not only stylish and sportier at the same time, it also exudes that premium look Acura has struggled to achieve for many years.


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References

2017 Acura MDX


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Read our full review on the 2017 Acura MDX.

2017 Acura TLX


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Read our full review on the 2018 Acura TLX.

2014 Acura RLX


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Read our full review on the 2014 Acura RLX.

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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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End Date: Monday Feb-26-2018 18:53:53 PST
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