For those who didn’t like the Acura RLX Urban Luxury Sedan, Evasive Motorsports has an alternative and unveiled it at the 2013 SEMA Show. Dubbed Acura RLX VIP Sedan this new vehicle upgraded for an evening on the town. The first thing we see when looking at the car is the custom carbon fiber front bumper lip and vents, while the rear end shows the modified rear bumper and fabricated exhaust system with titanium tips.
Chargespeed delivered the side skirts, which are combined with a deck lid spoiler and splash guards from Acura Genuine Accessories. Nano-Fusion Film was used by Evasive Motorsports to protect the paint on the front end.
The vehicle also received 21-inch Advan F15 wheels wrapped in Continental ExtremeContact DW tires. Prototype Tein Street Flex coilovers allows the vehicle to get closer to the ground. Behind the wheels we find the four-pot Project Mu calipers and brake pads, and Evasive-spec brake rotors sit behind the front wheels. Inside, we find custom Jordan Brand-inspired elephant print neck pillows.
The all-new 2014 Acura RLX is flaunted by the Japanese luxury carmaker as its most powerful, most spacious, and most technologically advanced sedan so far. Aside from its all-new 310-hp direct-injected V-6 engine, the new RLX features Acura’s signature Precision All-Wheel Steer system, the next-generation AcuraLink connected car system and Jewel Eye LED headlights. With these new elements, Acura’s flagship sedan is all set to establish new standards of performance, comfort and convenience.
Furthermore, the Acura RLX is all set to lead its class in terms of interior space and EPA fuel economy ratings, which is pegged at 20 mpg city/ 31 mpg highway/ 24 mpg combined. These were achieved through smart packaging, lightweight body design and advanced aerodynamics, as well as the use of i-VTEC with Variable Cylinder Management engine technology.
Acura designed the RLX mid-size luxury sedan to offer a full-size interior through a longer wheelbase and wider passenger compartments. In fact, the new Acura RLX leads the mid-luxury class in terms of rear-seat legroom (at 38.8 inches), and front shoulder room (59.6 inches) and rear shoulder room (57.0 inches). Its advanced body design extensively employs high-strength steel and aluminum, allowing the new RLX to deliver impressive levels of fuel efficiency, straight-line performance as well as handling agility.
In addition, the new Acura RLX is laden with a huge collection of advanced safety, driver-assistive, and information and media technologies. These technologies include the standard next-generation AcuraLink connected car system, and the Multi-Angle Rearview Camera. Available features include Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI) system and Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) as well as Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW).
Acura expects the new Acura RLX to earn high safety ratings such as a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from NCAP and "TOP SAFETY PICK+" rating -- including a Good rating in the small overlap frontal collision test -- from IIHS. These expected ratings should be made possible by Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II) body structure, as well as seven airbags (including driver's knee airbag).
For the 2014 model year, the new RLX is served by an all-new 3.5-liter Direct Injection SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine as paired to a Sequential SportShift six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Amazingly, the RLX is the first Acura production model to employ "Earth Dreams Technology," a comprehensive package of next-generation engine advancements that significantly improves both performance and fuel efficiency.
This V6 engine is tuned to deliver 310 hp of max output and 272 lb.-ft. of peak torque (SAE net) – or around 10 hp and 1 lb.-ft. more powerful than the 3.7-liter mill found under the hood of the RL. This new 3.5-liter V6 engine could generate more than 90 percent of its peak torque from 2,000 rpm to 6,600 rpm.