Gallery: Acura China’s 2016 Acura RDX

Here are some images of the refreshed 2016 Acura RDX that recently debuted in China. Exterior differences from the American RDX are minimal – the Chinese spec gets clear headlight corners, standard headlamp washers, and a rear fog lamp. There’s also an accessory option for extra chrome trim around the front fog lights.

Check out the gallery and a dramatic debut video below.

[Source: Acura China]

Gallery: Acura at the 2015 LA Auto Show

The 2017 Acura NSX made its Southern California debut today at the LA Auto Show wearing a new color,”130R White”. We’ve already seen a few street snapshots of the new NSX in white, but it has never been officially displayed until today.

Tyson Hugie is at the 2015 LA Auto Show this morning and has sent in some photos of the white Acura NSX and the rest of Acura’s offerings.

[Source: Tyson Hugie – Drive to Five]

Gallery: Acura at the 2015 SEMA Show

Tyson Hugie is on the SEMA Show floor in Las Vegas and has sent over some shots of Acura’s vehicles – the restored 1993 “Ludacris Legend” sedan, a sport-modified 2016 Acura ILX by Galpin Auto Sports, the next-generation Acura NSX supercar, and a 2016 ILX with the Acura Genuine Accessory package. Check out the snapshots in the gallery below.


A Trip to the Honda Welcome Plaza in Aoyama, Tokyo

If you’re a Honda fan, the Honda Welcome Plaza should be on your list of things of things to see while in Tokyo. Located on the first floor of the Honda Aoyama Building, it consists of a small showroom, a cafe, a demonstration stage, and a store with Honda merchandise and collectibles.

It’s easily accessible from the Aoyama-itchome subway station and the entrance and demonstrations are free to the public.

When I visited last week, Honda vehicles were lined up around the outside of the building with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD Honda Legend(Acura RLX) front and center.

Inside, the showroom display theme can change regularly, switching between cars, motorcycles, racing, or other special themes. I was fortunate to catch the TYPE-R exhibition last week which coincided with the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. A 1995 Honda Integra Type-R, a 2002 Honda NSX-R, a 1997 Civic Type R, and the all-new Civic Type R were featured.

Honda Robotics also puts on a daily demonstration with their robot ASIMO and for their “Personal Mobility Device” called UNI-CUB. Check the schedule for times. After the demo you can line up for a free photo on stage with ASIMO taken by one of the Honda assistants with your camera/phone.

Lastly, you can take home some souvenirs from the shop which carries a small selection of items ranging from ASIMO toys to officially licensed McLaren-Honda merchandise.

[Source: Chris Tobias – Acura Connected]

Rendered: Widebody NSX by Jon Sibal

Check out the latest NSX widebody rendering by popular automotive Graphic Designer and Illustrator Jon Sibal. According to Jon, the silver Honda NSX is featured in a double page spread in the November issue of Super Street magazine.

It’s only one of three renders that Jon has crafted for the new NSX. Have a peek at his previous two renders in the gallery above.

[Source: Jon Sibal via Instagram]

11th Annual National Acura Legend Meet

By Tyson Hugie. Photos by Dani Stir.

The Lone Star State welcomed a few dozen enthusiastic Acura Legend owners from all across the country for the 11th Annual National Acura Legend Meet (NALM) in late September. Hosted by Event Director TJ Vetrone, the 5-day event gave Legend owners a chance to interact with others who share their similar passion for the Acura flagship model which was discontinued after the 1995 model year. “Legends Never Die,” seems to be the name of the game for these people who continue to keep their old cars on the road, year after year. Houston, Texas was the host city for this year’s event.

NALM kicked off with a full-day event at MSR Raceway where Legend owners were given the opportunity to participate in performance driving. The following day, the Legend convoy headed for the rolling, green landscape of the Sam Houston Forest and pit-stopped along the way for scenic photoshoots in small towns like Richards and Anderson. No NALM would be complete without fine dining, and attendees were treated to some of the tastiest grub in region: Yankee Tavern in Anderson served up the best patty melt some of the NALM-goers had ever savored.

Another traditional part of NALM festivities is a dealership visit, and it just so happened that the host hotel on the Interstate 10 “Katy Freeway” was located right next to Texas’ largest-volume Acura dealership: John Eagle Acura. The Sales & Service teams there were most welcoming and even participated in the Legend car show judging later that same afternoon. The event capstone was an awards ceremony and raffle before these die-hard Legend fans returned to their respective homes. Long-haul Legend fan Sergey Goncharov made the longest trek to this year’s NALM, coming all the way from Seattle. Other Legend fans made the trip from places like Florida, Maryland, and California.

Bidding will open in November for the 2016 event. The National Acura Legend meet was founded “by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts” and lives on as a testament to the loyalty and dedication of Acura fans who keep their Legends alive. For a day-by-day recap of the NALM activities, see Drive to Five. Special thanks to event photographer Dani Stir for the use of his photographs.

[Source: Tyson Hugie, Photos by Dani Stir]

NSXPO 2015 – Palm Springs, California

By Tyson Hugie. Photos by Jhae Pfenning.

The unsuspecting residents of Southern California’s Coachella Valley were swarmed over Columbus Day weekend by upwards of 200 Acura NSXs participating on a 4-day convention. The event, called NSXPO, is an annual tradition of the NSX Club of America (NSXCA) that has been held in cities across the United States for over a decade. With each passing year, the scope and size of the event grow, and this 2015 program marked the largest single gathering in all known history of NSXs in North America.

Palm Springs made the perfect host location for this multi-faceted event which drew attendees from as far east as Manhattan and as far north as Edmonton, Alberta. Event Director Chris Willson, who is a long-time NSX enthusiast whose line of work at ScienceofSpeed specifically involves NSX performance, took the reins in assembling a team and acting as the face of NSXPO. The event kicked off on Thursday, October 8th at the Palm Springs Air Museum where the aircraft were moved aside and the NSXs took over on the tarmac just outside the hangar door. Event Photographer Bob Ondrovic braved the heights of a scissor lift to capture a sunset photo of the cars & their owners at just the right angle.

Best of all, the centerpiece for the group photo was the all-new Acura NSX – back after a 10-year hiatus as a halo car that embodies Acura’s capabilities in styling, performance, and handling. Acura representatives were present throughout NSXPO to share insights on the new car, including Project Leader Ted Klaus and Lead Interior Designer Michael Cao. Judging took place that same evening for the NSXPO Concours d’Elegance, with winners to be selected in a total of 10 categories.

On Friday, a members-only racetrack called The Thermal Club opened its doors in a rare and exclusive opportunity for all credentialed NSXPO attendees. HPDE Director Jim Cozzollino had arranged for club members to participate in performance driving on the South Palm Circuit, as well as the autocross & skidpad facilities. The late summer’s heat cranked up, but that didn’t stop attendees from pushing their cars to the limits. Capping off the track event was a special ride-along for 3 lucky attendees in the new Berlina Black NSX as part of a charity raffle. Over $2,000 was raised for Rides for Kids in connection with this activity. Seasoned racecar driver Peter Cunningham from RealTime Racing was the pilot in command during those ride-alongs. All NSXs were allowed on the track for a couple of low-speed parade laps. It was a surreal experience for NSX enthusiasts to see the sheer volume of cars. That evening, The Living Desert botanical garden provided club members with a catered meal under the stars.

The NSX has always received accolades for its handling, so it was only fitting that NSXPO incorporated a real-world driving experience and for that, a 103-mile drive route was planned for Saturday morning that would take club members from the desert floor to over 6,000 feet in elevation on some of the best twisties in Southern California on Highways 243 and 74 through the beautiful San Jacinto Mountains.

The final event at NSXPO was a world-class closing ceremony at “The Show” – an advanced and luxurious auditorium at the Agua Caliente Resort. Capable of seating several thousand, The Show was configured for a more intimate setting with individually spot-lit banquet tables and special custom-built centerpieces by Planning Committee member JC Converse. On stage were a 1999 Zanardi NSX, the new NSX, Peter Cunningham’s RealTime Racing NSX, and a NY-based club member’s pristine 1993 NSX. The wait staff served up fine dining while presenters took the stage for the night’s program.  Keynote speakers were Michael Cao, Ted Klaus, and Peter Cunningham. Finally, over $30,000 in donated prizes were raffled off at the end of the night to many lucky winners. Some of the prizes were high-dollar items like an Exedy clutch and a full set of Rays Wheels.

The overall sense of “family” throughout the event was what made NSXPO so special. No matter the demographic background, all attendees shared a common love and passion for the NSX and many new friendships were made. Having the all-new NSX present at this year’s event was a real treat, and it was a fitting celebration for the original car’s 25th anniversary. The NSXPO Planning Committee’s hard work and dedication paid off in a big way, but they couldn’t have done it without the tireless work of the many sponsors, volunteers, and exceptional venues that made it happen.  Thanks to everyone who was involved in making this New Sports eXperience one of the best ever.

[Source: Tyson Hugie, Photos by Jhae Pfenning]