Chicago Auto Show: 2010 Acura TSX V6

Article by Christian A., on February 11, 2009

Scheduled to be available for sale in the middle of 2009, Honda’s luxury arm Acura has introduced its V6-powered variant of the Acura TSX sports sedan at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show. This version of the Acura TSX comes powered with the 3.5-liter V6 unit derived from the TL and RL which is tuned to deliver up to 280 hp (209 kW) of max motive power.

A stiffer suspension has been installed on the new 2010 Acura TSX V6 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 Formula One.

The wheels, which are wrapped with Michelin Pilot all-season rubber, are 18-inch aluminum. Besides bigger wheels, the 2010 Acura TSX V6 is made distinct from its 4-cylinder version by a slightly modified front face and V6 marking.

The new 2010 Acura TSX V6, like other Acura models, comes with a standard power monoroof, automatic climate control, high quality sound system with seven speakers and is equipped with SM Satellite Radio, Bluetooth hands-free and USB and aux ports.

Other options for the 2010 Acura TSX V6 include satellite navigation, rearview camera and high-end sound system all coming in the Acura Technology Package. Together with the introduction of the V6 TSX, 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 280-hp V6 engine in the new 2010 Acura TSX V6 provides the luxury sports sedan with better acceleration and handling, thereby making the already sporty car much 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.

The Acura TSX 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.

Based in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, Acura is the luxury vehicle marque and division of Japanese carmaker Honda. The Acura brand was introduced by Honda on March 27, 1986 in the United States as a division that would focus on designing, manufacturing and selling luxury vehicles. Acura was considered as an instant success in North America, prompting Nissan and Toyota to follow suit. In 1989, Nissan and Toyota launched their Infiniti and Lexus marques, respectively.

Press Release

2010 Acura TSX V-6 Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

Acura debuted an all-new V-6 model for its TSX sports sedan line-up at the Chicago Auto Show today. Scheduled to go on sale this summer, the 2010 TSX V-6 will be equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter engine, exclusive suspension tuning, larger diameter wheels and additional enhancements.

"The automotive market may be slowing down, but not Acura," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "With improved acceleration and handling, the new 280 horsepower V-6 adds even more sport to the already sporty nature of the popular TSX sports sedan."

Since its redesign last year, the TSX has shattered sales records to become one of Acura's best-selling sedans. As the entry point to the Acura brand, the four-cylinder TSX has won over customers with its nimble handling, agile driving feel and balanced performance. The V-6 model adds a new level of power on top of these winning traits for a more sporty and spirited driving experience. The V-6 will surely satisfy driving enthusiast's appetite for a fun-to-drive, yet refined sports sedan.

With the introduction of a V-6 powered TSX, Acura will fill a niche in its lineup between the four-cylinder TSX and the all-new TL performance luxury sedan. With the TL moving more upscale following its redesign in the 2009 model year, the TSX V-6 will be aimed squarely at youthful buyers who want a performance-oriented sports sedan in a more personal size.

Powertrain

A new TSX powertrain choice means performance luxury buyers can enjoy a 280 horsepower 3.5L V-6, with sophisticated VTEC® valvetrain control and a dual-stage induction system. For maximum performance and efficiency, the engine will be coupled to Acura's Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, with intelligent features such as Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control. If the driver desires, the Sequential SportShift transmission can also be operated manually, via steering-wheel mounted F1®-style paddle shifters.

Body/Chassis

The new TSX model will feature a state-of-the-art, double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension system to provide excellent ride, handling and control. To generate sportier handling, the V-6 model will also use exclusive suspension tuning along with 18-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels, fit with Michelin Pilot all-season tires. The larger wheels and tires will help distinguish this performance- minded TSX, as does the slightly revised front fascia and a V-6 badge on the trunk. 
The TSX V-6 model will be generously equipped with the latest advancements in safety technology and is anticipated to achieve the highest ratings in both government (NHTSA)* and independent (IIHS) crash testing - including garnering IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK.

Interior

Like all Acura models, the new TSX will feature an exceptional level of standard equipment, including leather-appointed interior, power moonroof, automatic climate control, a premium seven-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® , USB port and AUX jack music interface and more.

Similar to the four-cylinder TSX, the V-6 model will be available with the optional Technology Package that includes the Acuralink™ satellite navigation system with rear-view camera and the Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system for a top-in-class audio experience.

The introduction of the TSX V-6 at the Chicago Auto Show is the first step in a series of major advancements to the 2010 Acura lineup. Almost every Acura sedan and SUV will receive significant enhancements for the 2010 model year.

 

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