2016 Acura RDX On Sale April 16th

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Ready for Liftoff: 2016 Acura RDX Launching with More Performance, Luxury Appointments and Advanced Safety Technology than Ever Before

Apr 15, 2015- TORRANCE, Calif.

In a major commitment to advance what is already one of its most successful models, Acura is launching a more powerful, fuel efficient and luxuriously appointed 2016 RDX luxury SUV at dealerships nationwide tomorrow with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $35,270 – an increase of just $175 over the 2015 model, despite the additional performance, features and capability.

Coming off an all-time record sales year in 2014, the refreshed 5-passenger RDX now packs an even stronger punch in the compact luxury SUV class for 2016 with a more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, ride and handling refinements, an expanded list of available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, restyled exterior and interior elements and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including standard Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights. A new line-topping Advance grade ties the improvements and new features together in one comprehensive package.

“The new RDX is another great example of how we are continuing to advance our Acura lineup with a focus on prestige, performance and dynamic proportion,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “With the all-new TLX and upgraded MDX, RDX and ILX all getting a major injection of Acura DNA, we have one of the strongest Acura lineups in a decade.”

The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up to 279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response—right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of three of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the more powerful 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28mpg for AWD models and 20/29mpg for FWD models (city/highway).1 Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active front and rear engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX’s available all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fascia, including the addition of Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. All models also receive new wheel designs.

Inside, the new RDX gets a freshened look with a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. The RDX with Technology Package adds a new 8-way adjustable power passenger’s front seat (4-way power in base models), Acura’s intuitive dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI), Multi-view Rear Camera with dynamic guidelines and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

A new line-topping Advance Package for the 2016 RDX features unique machined alloy wheels (18″ x 7.5″) with painted gray inserts and adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and the full suite of AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Both the Technology and Advance packages can be equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation prompts (when equipped with navigation).

While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all RDX models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Forward Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning, along with the Expanded View driver’s side mirror.

In addition to the available AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced crash safety design with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX targets top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The RDX continues to be produced at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio, plant, using domestic and globally sourced parts. In January, Acura marked the sale of its two-millionth North American-made vehicle in America. Last year, approximately 94 percent of all Acura models sold in America were made in the company’s plants in Ohio and Alabama.

[Source: Acura]

Gallery: PASMAG Edition 2015 Acura TLX

With the new NSX making limited appearances at only the biggest events, this matte gray 2015 Acura TLX by Performance Auto & Sound Magazine (PASMAG) has been used as a centrepiece for Acura Canada at the Canadian auto shows. Here’s some info from PASMAG:

Arlon Graphics provided our TLX with a unique color for the vehicle wrap, “Gunpowder”, and GTA Wrapz helped us out with the application. The stance of the vehicle was accomplished with the help of Medel Service Center (Mississauga, ON) and a D2 Racing RS Series coilover system with Vossen VFS2 gloss graphite wheels wrapped in Nitto INVO tires. A Wilwood big break setup was installed on the front and rear of the TLX by Defcon Racing.

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