Scheduled to be available for sale in the middle of 2009, Acura has introduced its V6-powered variant of the TSX sports sedan at today's Chicago Auto Show. It comes with the 3.5-liter V6 derived from the TL and RL which yields 280hp (209kW).
A stiffer suspension has been installed to compensate for the additional power yield together with new control setting for Acura's Sequential SportsShift 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters derived from the F1.
The wheels, which are wrapped with Michelin Pilot all-season rubber, are 18-inch aluminum. Besides bigger wheels, the TSX is made distinct from its 4-cylinder version by a slightly modified front face and V6 marking.
The new TSX, like other Acura models, comes with a standard power monoroof, automatic climate control, high quality sound system with 7 speakers and is equipped with SM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth hands-free and USB and aux ports.
Other options include satellite navigation, rearview camera and high-end sound system all coming in the Acura Technology Package. Together with the introduction of the V6 TS6, it was announced by Acura that most of their sedans and SUVs for the 2010 model year will receive updates.
Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales, remarked that while the auto market may be slowing down, the brand is not. He quipped that the 280hp V6 engine provides the Acura TSX with better acceleration and handling, thereby making the sports sedan sportier.
In its base version, the Acura TSX is powered by a four-cylinder, providing enough muscle to seamlessly fuse with its agile driving feel and deft handling.
It has been attracting customers, especially when it was redesigned last year, even breaking sales records. With the addition of the V6 model to the TSX range, the sporty has now more power to offer to its waiting customers, particularly those who wanted a sportier ride from Acura.