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Facelifted 2018 Acura RLX starts at $54,900

2018 Acura RLX sports sedan is scheduled to come out in U.S. showrooms on November 7. The lineup only consists of two models, both featuring a new simplified style.

The lower trim would be the RLX P-AWS which has a $54,900 price tag, including an extra $965 destination charge. The flagship RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, on the other hand, starts at $61,900, minus the destination fee. If you remember the price of the outgoing model, the latter actually costs $4,050 less than the current model with the Advance Package.

For the 2018 model year, customers could get the sports sedan in two new colour options including the Brilliant Red Metallic and Majestic Black Pearl, both of which are new hues for the RLX. In the cabin are redesigned Milano leather seats, which are finished in a rich Espresso hue, and matched with high-contrast piping and stitching. A black headliner is also available.

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Acura gives the ILX the A-Spec Special Edition trim

As we all know, the Acura ILX has been out in the market for quite some time now - since 2012 to be more specific. And of course, to keep it alive, Acura had to come up with a unique trim they call the A-Spec Special Edition trim. This new trim will cost you $28,900, and includes a number of new features. It is already available in the United States.

Some of the upgrades include side sills, a deckled spoiler, unique badging all over and a new set of 18-inch A-Spec wheels. Apart from the new upgrades, the Acura ILX offers the same standard features including the Acura JewelEye LED headlights, an eight-way power driver’s seat, a multi-view rear view camera, five-inch multi-view display, keyless smart entry with push button start, security system and a leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. There is also the AcuraWatch, which features a number of safety features as well as driver assistive technologies, among others, but this costs an additional $1,300 when added to the base model.

Under the hood, there is a 2.4 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with an output of 201 horsepower and 180 pound feet (244 Newton metres) of torque. The whole ILX lineup has a fuel economy of 25 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 29 mpg combined. All in all, there are seven unique trim options for the ILX, that already include the Special Edition. As for pricing, customers could get the entry level ILX for $28,100, $28,900 for the Special Edition, and $29,400 for the AcuraWatch Plus. For the ILX Premium, it would cost $30,100, while the Premium A-Spec can be had for $32,100. For an even higher trim, the ILX Tech Plus starts at $33,100, and the range topping ILX Tech Plus A-Spec is priced at $35,100.

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Acura introduces fifth-generation race car prototype, the ARX-05

Earlier in August, Acura gave us teasers of the ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car. And last Thursday night in Monterey, they have decided to finally reveal it to the public.

What the company has confirmed so far is that the Acura ARX-05 will be competing at next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The race car is going to have the same chassis as the ORECA 07 while featuring a typical Acura specific bodywork. It will also be getting a pair of Jewel Eye headlights.

The ARX-05 race car is going to be powered by a twin-turbo AR35TT engine according to the company. This engine is similar to that of the 3.5 liter V6 from models like the MDX, TLX, and RLX.

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2018 Acura RLX has been given a facelift

The 2018 Acura RLX will be unveiled in Monterey next week, but the company has already shared more photos and details of the new sedan. With its new look, the company hopes that sales of the full-size four-door will speed up.

At first glance, the lines will remind you of the Precision Concept combined with the refreshed TLX. As I have mentioned earlier, most upgrades on the 2018 model year would be based on the sedan’s look, as it has been made more aggressive compared to its predecessor. It has a completely new front fascia, with the brand’s diamond pentagon grille up on the center, with a sculpted hood. Moving on to the rear of the RLX, there are now a pair of LED tail lights with dual exhaust tips that have been positioned lower, paired with a shiny black rear diffuser. The new upgrades indicate that the Acura is serious about giving the car more attitude.

By looking at the exterior changes, you would think that Acura has given the RLX a performance upgrade under its hood, but you are wrong. The 2018 model still has the same 3.5 liter V6 that can produce 310 horsepower, giving power to the front wheels through the 10-speed automatic gearbox. Though there isn’t an engine upgrade, the RLX now features all-wheel steering with the extra cogs. This means that there still is some improvement when it comes to acceleration and passing times.

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The refreshed 2018 Acura TLX will be hitting the showrooms next month with a starting price of $33,000 for the TLX 2.4L and $36,200 for the V6. Coming out with a new A-Spec variant and the latest premium features, Acura is also equipping all its TLX models with AcuraWatch technology inspired by Acura Precision Concept.

By bringing the “precision crafted performance” on the exterior design, the already impressive performance of the Acura TLX is highlighted even further, explains Acura VP & GM John Ikeda. That said, the addition of a sportier A-Spec in the segment raises the TLX a notch higher as it also appeals to those in search of a performance-oriented model.

Regarding its new features, all V6 engine variants will come with a new rear diffuser with dual exhausts while the Technology Package consists of a power-operated height extension on the driver’s seat. In addition to this, the package features leather seats with high contrast stitching and piping with chrome side sills to match.

Read the entire article 2018 Acura TLX to arrive this June with $33,000 starting price

Acura first introduced the CDX at the 2016 Auto China, and today it is being sold exclusively across their showrooms in China. But recent news from all over the web is saying that Acura is considering bringing the CDX to the United States.

What’s with the change of heart? John Ikeda, Vice President and General Manager of Acura US told Wards Auto in an interview (during a ’18 TLX media event) that the CDX seems like “a model that interests a lot of our people, so we have our R&D guys looking into the possibility”. He then added that it won’t be that simple as the CDX was designed especially for the Chinese market and this may not pass the United States regulatory standards. So it isn’t shipping that may cause problems but more of the regulatory requirements. However, this matter is currently under discussion.

The CDX is a small luxury CUV based on the Honda HR-V. Under the hood, the CDX has a turbocharged 1.5 liter four cylinder engine (the same engine found in a Civic and the CR-V) that produces 180 horsepower and 177 pound feet of torque, powered by an eight speed dual clutch transmission and an all-wheel-drive system.

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It is not a big secret that premium customers in China have a strong penchant for luxury cars with a spacious interior. In particular, premium customers in China purchase luxury cars not for them to drive it but to be chauffeured in it. And thus, they are more likely to choose vehicles with an expanded rear passenger cabin. Meeting this demand are luxury cars with long wheelbases.

This is the main reason why Acura is targeting these affluent Chinese customers, and to that effect, the Japanese premium carmaker is unveiling the new Acura TLX-L Prototype at the 17th International Automobile & Manufacturing Technology Exhibition in Shanghai, China (Auto Shanghai 2017). It looks pretty much the recently unveiled 2018 Acura TLX, and although the Acura TLX-L Prototype isn’t the final version, the production model should more or less appear like the one being displayed at the Auto Shanghai 2017.

Also on display at the Auto Shanghai 2017 is the new MDX and a special model of the China-exclusive Acura CDX sports utility vehicle. Likewise, the Japanese premium brand is displaying the Acura NSX at the event. When the final production version of the Acura TLX-L Prototype arrives, it would only be sold in China starting this year.

Read the entire article Acura unveils China-only long-wheelbase TLX-L Prototype at Auto Shanghai 2017

Acura, a Japanese based company founded 31 years ago, has been building luxurious and high performance cars. Many share the opinion that the brand has been attempting a balance between luxury and output and not really succeeding every time. At times, it may seem ambiguous where the company wants to focus.

Out with the old, and in with the new. At the recent 2017 New York Auto Show, Acura unveiled the 2018 TLX, just the second car after the MDX to adopt the “Precision Crafted Performance Design”. This model actually made its debut in a private event days before its official launch at the auto show.

The premium sedan comes with a more functional dashboard software similar to the recent Honda Accord. Apart from the having a quicker response, the new TLX is equipped with a dual screen new interface that includes a seven-inch central touchscreen, instead of the confusing design that the old model had. The software is also compatible with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and AcuraWatch.

Read the entire article 2018 Acura TLX officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show

Acura has come out with a teaser of the new TLX before having it launched officially at the 2017 New York Auto Show. One of the spy photos reveal what seemed to look like the entry-level variant while the other one could be the sport or luxury version of the upcoming TLX model.

It does look like Acura is replacing its iconic grille design with Precision concept’s diamond pentagon signature grille. The image also reveals a performance-oriented A-spec version of the sedan which includes a meaner body kit, bigger set of wheels and dark accents.

According to a recent press release, Acura mentioned that the newly updated TLX will have the latest premium and enhanced technology features that will place it among the most well equipped and highly advanced vehicles in its class. So more likely it will have a new infotainment system with up-to-the-minute driver assist features.

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Acura is starting a new campaign titled NSX Originals. With this, customers who have purchased the 2017 NSX will get a digital and customized film showcasing their highly distinct and made-to-order supercar. The brand revealed that customers in the U.S. have been sent their own customized film. Through this particular campaign, the brand hopes to celebrate how original the concept was for the New Sports eXperience or NSX.

In total, there are 7 unique film versions with each one exhibiting not only the power offered by the NSX but the beauty and dynamism as well. Indeed, each film sent to the owners has been personalized to meet the exact specifications and the various options of their own NSX. Each film even contains the unique serial number of each of the models. The film also shows both the manufacturing process and the technology involved in bringing the NSX to life. Specifically, 7 processes are shown. These are the space frame construction, advanced paint robotics, NSX Rolling Dynamometer, NSX custom hand assembly, Precision Robotic Weld technology, Three-Motor Sport Hybrid power unit, and Zirconium Bath.

All of the NSX Originals can be seen on www.nsxoriginals.com. This includes not only those who already own the models but even those who have had their NSX recently delivered. We suggest that you take a look at the customized model made for Jay Leno which has the serial number 3. This can be viewed at https://www.nsxoriginals.com/acura/en/explore/0003/

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The second-generation Acura NSX certainly no longer looks much like the first design. After all, this is what you’d normally expect as many generations have passed before the new Acura NSX was finally introduced.

But there may be a number of iconic features from the first gen that some of you might be wishing were still there. Let’s picture that for a moment. What if Honda had not replaced them? Do you think the new Acura NSX would be just like the original? Perhaps this is also what rendering artist Peisert Design had in mind when they came up with their latest project.

Obviously, Peisert Design rendered the new Acura NSX closer to the image of the first-generation model. As you can see right here, the rendering artist had almost changed the rear end entirely back to its original form. Since the new model has a curved blade air intake along the edge of the greenhouse that goes down to the beltline and extends all the way to the door panel, Peisert needed to remove most of these parts for him to achieve the old look.

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It looks like famous rap artist Ludacris has finally replaced his 1993 Acura Legend with a new one. The rapper recently received his freshly delivered supercar--- over six months after the new Acura NSX was initially launched. The new Acura NSX comes with a $156,000 starting price and is powered by a 573 hp, 3.5litre V6 twin turbo engine. Mated to a 9-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, it can deliver up to 476lb-ft of torque, allowing it to go from 0-60mph under 2.7 seconds with a top speed reaching 191 mph.

Christopher Brian Bridges aka Ludacris is also known for his role as Tej Parker in the Fast & the Furious. Just last December, the rapper’s social media account revealed the new NSX complete with red interior. So this must be the Christmas present he bought for himself. All these years, the dude has been driving Acura Legend’s 1993 model. That was even before he became a recording star.

Given his style and type of genre, Ludacris is often seen in music videos driving supercars. It only makes sense that he’s got one for personal use. In fact, he’s so open about his 1993 Acura Legend and has always been proud to drive it around. Only last year, the rapper met a minor accident while driving his now famous supercar. But since Ludacris loves his car to death, he had it fully restored by Acura. To set the record straight, he’s clearly not getting rid of the Legend for its sentimental value.

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Acura fans and customers rejoice! Sales have begun for the flagship model of Acura’s RLX top-of-the-range sedan – the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid. Described by Acura as its most powerful and technologically advanced sedan in history, the RLX Sport Hybrid for the 2017 model year doesn’t come cheap.

As Honda’s luxury vehicle marque, Acura produces premium vehicles that command premium prices. So, if you’re expecting the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid to be offered cheap, better get rid of that expectation. After all, even the base grade of the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid – the version with Technology Package – comes to dealerships with a Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $59,950. That doesn’t include shipping or destination charges, which amount to around $920. This means that a base version of the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has a total price of $60,870. Now, for Acura customers who believe they deserve better, they could pick the top-of-the-line Acura RLX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package. It commands a $6,000 premium over the RLX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package, but should further satisfy the cravings of discerning Acura customers.

The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is essentially the marque’s most luxurious and technology-laden executive sedan, boasting of the innovatively advanced Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD). This system employs not just one or two, but three electric motors working hand-in-hand with a direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 engine that could provide 310 hp. One of the motors – also serving as generator -- powers the front wheels while the other two take care of the rear wheels. In total, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system provides a total of 377 hp (281 kW) of output and 341 lb.-ft. (462 Nm) of torque. With this powertrain, the 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has fuel economy ratings of 29 mpg city, 30 mpg highway and 29 mpg combined.

Read the entire article 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid now up for grabs starting at $59,950 MSRP

Only this year, the auto show in Detroit gave us a sneak preview of the Acura Precision sedan’s exterior concept. And now, Acura is presenting a cockpit version of the concept sedan at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. With the new cabin's enhanced technologies, the Precision Cockpit will bring us one step ahead into the future.

Because of the infotainment system’s complex digital instrument panels, controlling the navigation app, weather information or even the audio control tend to bring more challenge. Most especially for the driver. This is why Acura developed an independent touch pad with “Absolute Positioning” plus two separate zones for the viewing screen. Okay. So Audi is the number one when it comes to premium infotainment technology, but we think Acura also deserves a chance.

Other brands have similar infotainment clusters anyway. There is Lexus, Cadillac, Land Rover and Jaguar just to name a few. Going back to the subject, Acura’s Precision Cockpit features a 12.3-inch monitor. The different display of information can be found either on the dashboard or at the instrument cluster. The very intuitive screen technology can sense the surrounding and displays information in case there are pedestrians or cars.

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You will likely see two new models for the NSX going around the racing circuits this 2017. One of which is the Acura NSX-GT, which will be joining the Supercar GT Series in Japan. The other variant, which is the NSX GT3 will probably take part in the Pirelli World Challenge or the IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship. But there is something about the monstrous NSX-GT that will scare the hell out of any car in the series. Yes, including Nissan’s GT-R and Lexus’ latest LC500.

Honda’s NSX-GT is probably the most over-the-top version of the regular coupe’s design. While the NSX GT3 racecar looks insanely gorgeous, the NSX-GT we think, is “dressed to kill”. However, we know it’s too early to tell if it will win the race. Still, the Acura NSX-GT is destined to get most of the attention. Well, that’s because the larger than life front splitter, wide fenders, side sills and rear diffuser are just too hard to overlook.

This monster comes with a huge 2L turbo-charged 4 cylinder with direct injection capable of producing as much as 590hp. This will be mated with a paddle shifted constant mesh gearbox that keeps on revolving. Instead of the usual mid-mounted V6 biturbo hybrid, the NSX powerplant was redesigned to comply with the Super GT specifications.

Read the entire article Honda gets ready for 2017 season with furious-looking NSX-GT race car

Cars being displayed at different auto shows are usually displayed on the floor just by themselves. However, since the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show or 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosts the unusual, we can expect some carmakers or tuners to make use of bizarre methods display their show cars. And that is just what Acura is doing at the 2016 SEMA Show for its highly anticipated Acura NSX GT3.

Instead of sitting by itself ever lonely, Acura NSX GT3 sits on a custom trailer seemingly towed by a 2017 Acura MDX. Both are customized works and so is the trailer. Initially developed by Acura’s Japanese race engineering team, the NSX GT3 has been developed to prove that the NSX – while serving as the pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance – could perform basically as well as in GT3 racing.

The new Acura NSX GT3 and the NSX actually have a number of similarities, although the race car has been made distinct enough to enable it to compete in the GT3 class. For instance, both have the same overall design with similar fascias. Both have the same headlights as well as the same precision crafted front grille.

Read the entire article 2017 Acura MDX tows new Acura NSX GT3 at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]

Auto shows are hosted every year to showcase various products from automakers and aftermarket specialists alike. These events are the best outlets to market creations ranging from concept cars, to production models, and even to upgraded version of previous models. One particular event is the SEMA Show, an aftermarket trade show that has been annually held in Las Vegas.

For those who do not know, SEMA is an acronym for Specialty Equipment Market Association which consists of more than 6,000 companies worldwide including aftermarket specialists, original equipment manufacturers (OEM), media, car dealers, specialty equipment distributors, installers, retailers and restoration specialists.

An annual SEMA Show is held during the first week of November, in line with the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. This is where automotive aftermarket trade groups display their newest creations along with educational seminars, networking opportunities and product demonstrations.

Read the entire article 2017 Acura MDX arrives as with custom NSX GT3 Trailer at the 2016 SEMA Show

Acura TLX buyers are getting an early Christmas treat – a choice of just a new body kit or a new set of wheels. Acura is offering a sporty GT appearance package for its avid TLX customers.

Acura will be unveiling the new GT Package of accessories for the TLX sedan at the upcoming SEMA Show. Acura customers must now be extremely giddy as this package contains so much to bring out the TLX’s racing prowess right into their garage. The GT Package is available for both the 2016 and 2017 model years. Acura assures that the upgrades will not affect its performance but instead, will make it even more race-worthy than it already is.

There are two versions of the package. One is the basic version which will be sold for $1,717 and is inclusive of a subtle rear trunk lid spoiler, a hint of garnish on the lower portion of the rear bumper, more aggressive side sills, and an updated front splitter. Now for the extravagant bit. The other version is called the GT Package Plus Wheel and Tire kit, and as its name suggests, it comes with a set of 19-inch wheels above its other accessories. This version is more expensive though, and will cost $4,810, almost four times that of the basic version.

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Carbon fiber has become a trend for cars nowadays. It is like the “diet pill” for cars. The car’s weight can be reduced greatly when certain parts or even entire bodies are made of carbon fiber. Other than that, it just simply makes cars look stunning and enhances those that already boast a stunning physique. Sprinkling a little bit of raw carbon on road cars adds an extra bit of kick. This dash of magic has been seen on the door sills of the BMW i3 as well as the entirety of a Ferrari Enzo. Even Honda’s luxury line Acura is following this trend on their all new Acura NSX GT3.

Earlier this year, the most awaited Acura NSX went on sale and we thought it couldn’t get any better than that. But Acura still had a powerful card up its sleeve that even when the NSX was still good as new they just had to release an even better and faster version. Lo and behold, the Acura NSX GT3 made its first appearance at the 2016 New York Auto Show.

The NSX GT3 will be Acura’s entry to the FIA GT3 class this year. It was tested in several race circuits in Europe as well as Japan and was recently tested in California under the supervision of Honda Performance Development race engineering group. The NSX GT3 has a lot in common with the road-legal NSX in terms of overall design, the fascia and headlights as well as its “ultra rigid” and lightweight body. It is slightly different from the standard NSX in terms of features, i.e. new hood with larger vent and taller air dam to assist engine cooling, and larger spoilers are a few of those, while sporting an extensive roll cage and a carbon fiber racing seat. It uses the same engine design as the standard NSX and is powered by the same twin-turbo 3.5-liter DOHC V6. Unlike the standard NSX, power will be sent on the rear wheels of the NSX GT3 using a six-speed, sequential-shift racing transmission. Expect the performance figures to change for the NSX GT3 and for the prices to be significantly higher than the standard NSX, somewhere near the $479,216 base price for the Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Read the entire article Acura NSX GT3 is pure madness in bare carbon fiber

The new Acura EV Concept will be fielded in the Electric Modified Class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, as powered by an evolved version of the all-electric, four-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain that made a dominating case in the 2015 Pikes Peak Challenge Exhibition class.

Inspired by the NSX supercar, the Acura EV Concept will be piloted by Tetsuya Yamano at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Yamano remarked that the team has been working on the Acura EV Concept for several weeks at Pikes, thereby significantly advancing the prototype’s performance. He said it will be an honor to pilot the Acura EV Concept at the 100th year of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Yamano piloted the CR-Z-based electric prototype in 2015.

The Acura EV Concept is regarded as a definitive personification of the all-wheel-drive Electric SH-AWD powertrain that features the first technology in the world that allows for four-wheel independent torque allocation. As a point of interest, the Electric SH-AWD powertrain in the Acura EV Concept could provide three times the total system output of 2015 electric prototype. Honda’s "super handling" technology has been in development for over two decades as the carmaker’s R&D seeks to achieve ideal vehicle handling.

Read the entire article Acura EV Concept debuts at 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
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