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.