2017 Acura TLX receives sporty GT Package

Article by Christian A., on October 31, 2016

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.

All versions of the TLX may get these upgrades. A 2.4-liter 206-horsepower (154-kW) four-cylinder sedan with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission can be currently purchased and so is a 290-horsepower nine-speed automatic 3.5-liter V6. The former is offered with only a front-wheel drive while the six-cylinder model comes with a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive.

The Acura TLX GT first wowed the world at the Pirelli World Challenge GT Class in 2014. This motorsports version is powered by a biturbo 3.5-liter V6 engine which is also based on the road car version’s engine.

Although Acura announced that a GT Package will be made available, it hasn’t announced when this will come out in the market. It may be available after the 2017 model year is released or could be a sort of “major refresh” for 2018. Either way, it has been raising the anticipation of TLX owners for a better and upgraded version.

There are already spy shots circulating in the internet of an upgraded sedan during hot-weather testing. It looks like it’s wearing a mesh grille like that on an Acura Precision Concept car. Other than that, there are no obvious aesthetic changes and neither has there been any news of any mechanical upgrades. It looks like Acura is carefully hiding its secret before the great reveal.

Press Release

Acura Gives TLX Racing Spirit with New GT Package

Marking Acura's racing heritage, the TLX luxury sports sedan can now be customized to deliver an even more aggressive and sporty appearance with the new TLX GT Package, available on all 2016 and 2017 TLX models at Acura dealers nationwide. The TLX GT package vehicle will be on display at Acura's booth at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 1-4.

Reflecting Acura's rich legacy in sports car racing, including its just completed campaign of the TLX GT car in the Pirelli World Challenge, the TLX GT Package includes a rear decklid spoiler, front spoiler, side sill garnishes and rear underbody spoiler, along with an optional 19-inch Diamond Cut wheel and tire kit.

The spacious five-passenger TLX delivers a blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium luxury refinement. TLX models deliver the latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA).

The TLX is available with a range of powertrain and drivetrain options and three distinct model offerings:

The TLX with 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower i-VTEC inline-4 with 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, and P-AWS;
the TLX with 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower i-VTEC V-6 with 9-speed automatic transmission and P-AWS;
and the TLX SH-AWD with next-generation SH-AWD, powered by a 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower3 V-6 and 9-speed automatic.
All three TLX models offer a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine can be upgraded to the Technology Package and models with the 3.5-liter engine are available with the Technology or the line-topping Advance Package.

Acura's rich heritage in sports car racing includes the 2009 American LeMans manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. Acura Motorsports just completed its campaign of the TLX GT in Pirelli World Challenge competition with its longtime racing partner RealTime Racing, having achieved 10 Manufacturers' Championships, 14 Drivers' Championships and 78 race victories.

In addition, fresh off a near production NSX winning its North American racing debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Time Attack 2 class, Acura has begun homologation testing of the NSX GT3 car with plans to campaign the newest addition to Acura Motorsports in North America beginning in 2017.

To view, build and price a 2017 Acura TLX with GT Package visit www.acura.com/TLX and see your local, authorized dealer for special lease pricing and current offers.

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