2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD goes on sale, starts at $59,950

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 27, 2014

After having some technical issues, Acura has finally released the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, its most advanced sedan ever created. For those who don’t know, Acura was supposed to introduce the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD this sprint but the vehicle didn’t meet the company’s expectation, according to senior vice president and general manager Mike Accavitti.

Still, Accavitti declined to give any details regarding the issue with the vehicle. As you may know already, the new vehicle is powered by a direct injected 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 310 hp, combined with a new three-motor hybrid system, while power is delivered to the road via the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

The motor-integrated 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) features a built-in 47 hp (35 kW) electroc motor, while the rear-mounted twin motor unit features two 27 kW (36 hp) electric motors. Moreover, the 72-cell, 1.3 kWh, 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack is located in the trunk. The total output of the hybrid system is 377 hp and 341 lb-ft of torque.

According to Acura, the RLX Sport Hybrid will offer a 32 mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating. Pricing starts at $59,950 for the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Technology Package, while the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD with Advance Package costs $65,950. Prices do not include the $895 destination charge.

The Technology Package incldeus the Acura/ELS Studio Premium Audio System with an advanced 14-speaker array, while the Advance Package gets 14-speaker Krell system, which is one of the most respected audio companies in the world.

Besides the impressive design, the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD features Jewel Eye LED headlights, LED taillights, a large 8-inch screen for the interior that combines audio, information and navigation functions as well as an additional 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touchscreen that controls the audio system and other features.

Press Release

Acura Releases RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD – the Most Powerful and Technologically Advanced Acura Sedan Ever Created

Acura has unleashed its most advanced vehicle to date with the 377 horsepower1 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD now on sale. This all-new Acura flagship sedan brings to market a unique blend of exhilarating all-weather, any-road dynamic performance, V8-class acceleration and 4-cylinder fuel efficiency in a luxury performance sedan, the first vehicle of its kind with electrically powered torque vectoring all-wheel drive.

"The RLX Sport Hybrid is the most technologically advanced vehicle in Acura history and we are excited it is now in the hands of our dealers who have been eagerly awaiting its release." said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura division. "We know customers will appreciate the technological sophistication the RLX Sport Hybrid offers and the effort it took to perfect this cutting edge system."

Producing a combined 377 horsepower and 341 lb-ft of torque1, the RLX Sport Hybrid is powered by a direct injected 3.5-liter V6 engine and new three-motor hybrid system with the latest incarnation of Acura's signature Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system. This unique and highly effective combination delivers powerful and efficient performance, with a 32 mpg EPA highway fuel economy rating2. RLX Sport Hybrid delivers all of this in a luxurious and comprehensively-equipped package with class-leading rear seat legroom.

Priced at $59,9503 for the smartly equipped Technology Package, and $65,9503 for the Advance Package, both trim levels come equipped with luxurious, leather-trimmed interiors and state-of-the-art technology. Standard features include the Acura Head-Up display, a 7-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with electronic gear selector, Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and advanced, driver-assistive technologies such as Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist, and Blind Spot Information system.  

Powertrain and Drivetrain

The RLX Sport Hybrid's 3.5-liter, 310-horsepower4, i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™) includes an idle-stop feature to help maximize fuel efficiency. The engine is mated to an all-new, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor. In automatic mode, the transmission provides highly responsive and intuitive gear selection, including matching engine revs during downshifts; in manual mode, the Sequential SportShift paddle shifters give the driver gear selection control to make virtually seamless ratio changes.

The electric SH-AWD system on the RLX Sport Hybrid eliminates the conventional drive shaft and rear differential, replacing them with two high-output 27-kilowatt electric motors. The rear motors dynamically distribute both positive (drive) and negative (regenerative braking) electric-motor torque, depending on driving conditions, and which torque vectoring assists in cornering. The system is further aided by the 35-kilowatt front electric motor that supplements engine torque to the front wheels and provides regenerative brake torque to charge the vehicle's 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

Body and Chassis

With a longer wheelbase and wider greenhouse than competing mid-luxury sedans, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler, mid-size luxury sedan package. The RLX boasts the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), and best front (59.6 inches) and rear (57.0 inches) shoulder room in the mid-luxury class. The RLX advanced body design makes extensive use of high-strength steel and aluminum, further aiding its outstanding fuel efficiency, straight-line performance and superior handling agility.

In front, the RLX's double-wishbone, lower double-joint front suspension with Amplitude Reactive Dampers significantly improves handling agility, driver confidence and security, and ride sophistication. In back, the RLX's multi-link rear suspension is optimized for a flat ride during cornering, confident turning capability, and a smooth ride in a variety of urban, highway and open road scenarios.


Acura advanced technology features on the Sport Hybrid include the Acura electronic gear selector and Acura Head-Up Display System. The Acura electronic gear selector replaces the conventional, center console-mounted shift lever with an efficiently packaged push-button array that allows the driver to easily select the desired drive mode—Park, Drive and Reverse, as well as Sport and Normal driving modes. The Acura Head-Up Display System provides the driver with at-a-glance access to key driving information projected on the windshield. Display modes include Sport Hybrid system operation, turn-by-turn navigation, speedometer and compass, as well as alerts from various driver-assistive systems.

The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD features Acura's signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, which offer outstanding light distribution and excellent down-the-road illumination performance and light characteristics. The RLX taillights utilize periphery LED illumination that is both effective and highly distinctive.

With the expanded range of standard and available technology features built into the RLX, substantial engineering effort was put into making each feature intuitive and easy-to-use. The focal point of the new instrument panel is a large, 8-inch color screen that combines audio/information and navigation functions and provides access to an array of customizable features. An additional 7-inch color On Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD) touchscreen is positioned within easy reach and controls the audio system and many other features.

Audio and Connectivity

Exceptional audio performance has long been an Acura hallmark, and in the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, two audio systems are offered. The Technology package includes the Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System with an advanced 14-speaker array. In the Advance package, the 14-speaker Krell system — with speakers and amplifiers engineered by Krell, one of the most respected audio companies in world — sets a new benchmark in automotive audio performance.

The RLX is equipped with the next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system, delivering a comprehensive array of media, convenience, and security services via embedded two-way communications and web-enabled devices. AcuraLink® leverages Pandora® interface for streaming audio and the Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface to provide users with thousands of customizable cloud-based news, information and media feeds. The next-generation AcuraLink® also delivers an array of available, subscription-based, security and convenience features, such as AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface street traffic information.


The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD offers an extensive array of advanced safety, visibility and driver-assistive technologies that put the RLX on the leading edge of collision avoidance and assisted driving capability. Standard and available features include a Multi-Angle Rearview Camera, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Forward Collision Warning (FCW) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), along with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

Utilizing Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, along with seven airbags (including a driver's knee airbag), the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a 5-Star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score and an IIHS "TOP SAFETY PICK+" rating, plus a GOOD rating in the IIHS small overlap front collision test.

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