Gallery: 2015 World Challenge Rounds 3 and 4

Photos of the Acura TLX GT and the RealTime Racing team at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge. See the full gallery at Pirelli World Challenge‘s Facebook page.

[Source: Pirelli World Challenge via Facebook]

Gallery: Production NSX Debuts in Europe

The new NSX made its European debut at an exclusive Honda preview event on the eve of the 2015 Geneva Motor Show:

“Hot from its global debut in Detroit, the much-anticipated production Honda NSX was displayed ahead of its European show debut. Designed from a clean sheet, featuring an all-wheel drive hybrid powertrain, multi-material space frame chassis and sophisticated dynamic set-up, new NSX will be the most technologically advanced supercar in the world. After driving it silently onto the stage in full electric mode, chief development engineer, Ted Klaus, said: ‘We have strained every ounce of our engineering capability to ensure Honda captivates the inner driving hero in us all. With NSX, Honda has a new top-of-the-class, technologically innovative supercar for the modern era that is helping reignite Honda as an exciting brand.’ “ – Honda Europe

Along with the NSX, Honda previewed the all-new Civic Type R and the 2015 McLaren-Honda Formula 1 car presented by McLaren-Honda F1 Driver Jenson Button. Check out more highlights from the event in the video below.

[Source: Honda Europe]

A Look at the 2016 Acura ILX Aero Kit

Based on these images of a fully accessorized 2016 Acura ILX, I’d have to say this Aero Kit is one of the most aggressive designs Acura has ever offered.

What makes this kit unique is the addition of black, or “carbon fiber” sections on the front and rear underbody spoilers. It’s the first time Acura has used these type of dark accents so prominently, and on lighter colored cars the contrast will be striking. I’m doubtful that the pieces will actually be carbon fiber, but they do seem to have a different texture or pattern that is distinguishable from the rest of the body-colored attachments. To me the front bumper styling is very BMW M3ish, and that’s a good thing for those looking for an aggressive sporty look.

View all 2016 Acura ILX Accessories on acura.com.

[Source: Acura]

Luis’ Fathom Blue Pearl 2015 Acura TLX

It’s probably safe to assume blue isn’t the most popular color choice for the TLX. In fact if you do an image search, you won’t find many “real world” photos of Fathom Blue Pearl TLXs. At least, not yet. I think after seeing these shots of Luis’ modded TLX in Fathom Blue Pearl, prospective TLX buyers might just have to rethink their color preference.

Luis’ 2.4L TLX Tech is accessorized with the OEM Aero Kit, Decklid Spoiler and fog lights, and rides on Vossen CVT wheels 20×9 in the front and 20×10 in the rear. Other mods include a D2 Racing RS Series suspension kit and K&N drop-in filter.

Luis tells me he’s got some new mods coming up, so if you want to follow his progress or if you’re looking for more photos, check out @civichbdx on Instagram.

[Source: Luis R. – @civichbdx]

2016 Acura NSX Render Compilation

Acura NSX Le Mans Race Car

It didn’t take long for digital artists and photoshoppers to have their way with the new Acura NSX. If you knew where to search, you could probably find the 2016 NSX rendered in the color of your choice shortly after the debut. But the customizations didn’t end with just a few color changes or wheel swaps, visions of different NSX variations started to appear within the week, from a simple targa top model to the extreme GT racer featured above.

From Facebook, Instagram and around the web, I compiled a few of my favorite 2016 Acura NSX renders and added them to the gallery above. For more info on the artists, see the list below:

• GT500 NSX – Khyzyl Saleem
• Super Widebody Kit – HugoSilva Designs
• 2016 Acura NSX Widebody – Carlifestyle
• Liberty Walk NSX – Top Tier Imports/@shaunjeroski
• Acura NSX Type-R – X-Tomi Design 
• Acura NSX Type-R in Championship White – Sinh-Truong

Acura Sedan Design Study at the Honda Heritage Center

Acura Sedan Design Study - Honda Heritage Center

You’ll find a handful of Acuras at the newly opened Honda Heritage Center in Marysville Ohio, but the one car you’ve probably never seen or heard of before is the mysterious Acura Sedan Design Study.

Created in early 2011, the Acura Sedan Design Study looks like a sleek sedan version of the Acura NSX Roadster that appeared in The Avengers from 2012. While the rear of the car is lacking and begging for details, other design elements like the long sloping roofline and short front overhangs are things I would be excited to see in future Acura sedans. Check out that side profile and tell me you don’t agree.

We reached out to our contact at Acura and she provided a few extra photos and the description which appears alongside the vehicle at the Honda Heritage Center:

Acura Sedan Design Study

Most concept cars are never seen outside the walls of Honda R&D Americas’ California design studios.

This never-before-seen concept, the Acura Sedan Design Study, was created by stylists at the Acura Design Studio in early 2011 to set the direction for future Acura luxury performance sedans.

The Acura Sedan Design Study exterior styling pursued a modern design with classic luxury sedan proportions – low and wide, with a longer dash-to-axle ratio (the distance between the leading edge of the dash and the front axle). The styling is accented by ceramic- type headlights and chrome trim that runs the length of the body, finishing as rear taillights.

A customizable interior was designed to achieve a new HMI (human-machine interface) experience with an elegant and intuitive layout, a three-dimensional meter design and a navigation system where the user will feel immersed in the decision-making.

With the Acura Sedan Design Study, the styling team created a road map for Acura design – a direction that has since been eclipsed by further styling concepts that will lead to future Acura luxury sedans.

[Source: Acura]

Snapshots from Tyson Hugie at NAIAS 2015

Jerry Seinfeld, Acura NSX

Check out some snapshots from Tyson Hugie at the 2015 North American International Auto Show for the Acura NSX debut. He ended up with seats right behind comedian Jerry Seinfeld who later posed for a quick photo. There’s also a preview of some NSX merchandise that will be available from Acura later this year.

And if you want to see how the NSX reveal was like from the second row behind Jerry Seinfeld, watch the clip from Tyson below.

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