After being absent at the SEMA Show for 6 years, Acura now makes its comeback with the supercharged ILX "Street Build" project based on the all-new 2013 ILX luxury compact sedan. To create this supercharged 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car, Evasive Motorsports got an ILX luxury sedan and gave it an Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit and a series of aftermarket modifications meant to offer a fun, everyday vehicle that’s tastefully built.
Mike Accavitti, Vice President of National Marketing Operations for American Honda Motor Co., Inc., said that the ILX has premium standard features and sporty dynamics. Priced from $25,900, the 2013 Acura ILX "Street Build" project car is aimed at attracting younger buyers to the luxury market.
He added that the ILX project cars brought to SEMA illustrates how much appeal this platform has on fans, driving the new model’s momentum. Evasive Motorsports built the Acura ILX "Street Build" to attract a serious tuner by using only parts that improve the experience without compromising drivability.
The output of the 2.4-liter Inline-4 has been boosted to 250 wheel horsepower – the result of the use of a 2013 ILX 6-Speed Manual with Premium Package, a supercharger kit from CT Engineering and an ECU tune with Hondata’s FlashPro.
It gets a throaty exhaust note from a prototype SP Elite exhaust sourced from Greddy. The exterior of this vehicle is enhanced with the Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit accompanied with a set of 19-inch Volk G25 wheels covered in Pirelli P Zero tires. Due to the Tein Street Advance coilovers, the ILX gets an aggressive stance while providing damping force adjustability.
The 2013 Acura ILX compact sedan is the latest model of the brand being poised as the frontliner of the Acura trademark. The clients that Acura want to bring in using this model are the Gen Y - young professionals aged 20-30 who want to try out luxury cars but are looking for something that would fit their budget.
Acura Design Studio Head Jon Ikeda said that first-time luxury car buyers are more likely to prioritize the design of the exterior, cost-efficiency and environmental issues, and that is what they have made the latest Acura ILX. The method behind this latest release is to make it the first choice of the younger generation when wanting to purchase luxury vehicles.
Elegant and athletic, the Acura ILX mixes performance, luxury and efficiency. While still keeping a bold emphasis on sleek and aerodynamically efficient body design, the ILX showcases a huge and airy greenhouse that gives superb outward visibility. As a 5-passenger luxury car, the ILX puts together compact dimensions with a roomy passenger cabin and enough cargo space - perfect characteristics for yuppies always on the go.
Acura ILX will showcase three modern, athletic and efficient powertrain options, including Acura's first-ever hybrid car. The entry level ILX will have a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine making 150 HP at 6,500 rpm and 140 lb-ft of torque at 4,300 rpm. Matched with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, the ILX 2.0L will provide an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 24/32 mpg.
For those who look for a more active ride, the Acura ILX can be installed with a 2.4L engine with an output of 201 HP at 7,000 rpm and 170 lb-ft torque at 4,300 rpm. Paired to a close-ratio, six-speed manual transmission, the ILX 2.4L will give an EPA estimated city/highway fuel economy of 20/29 mpg.