Acura TLX GT Takes First Pirelli World Challenge Victory at St. Petersburg

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Pirelli World Challenge Race Report

Mar 29, 2015 – St. Petersburg, Fla.

Circuit: Streets of St. Petersburg (1.8-mile street course) St. Petersburg, Fla.
Weather: Sunny, mild, 67 degrees F

Acura TLX GT Earns First World Challenge Win on Streets of St. Petersburg

  • Ryan Eversley earns his first Pirelli World Challenge GT Victory
  • Acura’s first World Challenge GT win with All-Wheel Drive TLX
  • Eversley wins pole for Saturday’s race
  • RealTime Racing Claims 86th victory

Ryan Eversley backed up a pole-winning performance in the rain on Friday with a strong performance in Saturday’s sunshine to claim the first Pirelli World Challenge GT class win for the Acura TLX GT program.

Eversley carried the #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT from the top spot on the grid to the top step of podium Saturday, holding off a hard charge from Ryan Dalziel’s Porsche over a fierce mid-race period to win Saturday’s Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

“To win anywhere is awesome, but to win here in the Pirelli World Challenge Series is awesome and to be able to do it in the factory Acura team is literally a dream come true,” Eversley said. “Racing against factory drivers from so many manufacturers, to compete against those guys is amazing.”

The victory was the first for Eversley in the GT series and the 86th in the long history of RealTime Racing – 85 of which have come in Acura and Honda products. The win is the first in World Challenge GT competition for Acura since Cunningham claimed the 2012 event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Cunningham made up three spots from his grid position to finish 11th in Saturday’s race, and then followed that on Sunday by climbing from 22nd on the grid to place 14th. Eversley started eighth in the second race and ended up seventh.

“We’re pretty happy with the results,” Cunningham said. “We knew that it was going to be a tough track to pass on and there’d be a chance for some weird stuff to happen, but both cars made it through to the other side and moved up from their starting positions.”

The stage was set for Saturday’s win with a strong performance in qualifying, where Eversley fought through the rain to take his first series pole with a time of 1:23.434 – which was more than a half-second ahead of the second-placed McLaren 650S of Kevin Estre.

A four-car crash negated a great start by Eversley in Saturday’s race, forcing him to lead the field behind the Pace Car for the first 10 laps. Eversley was up to the task on the Lap 11 restart and kept the lead ahead of constant pressure from Dalziel, fending off numerous passing attempts through the next 10 laps. The race was sealed on Lap 21 when a crash necessitated a lengthy yellow flag and caused the race to being completed under caution.

The series will resume April 17-19, when the Pirelli World Challenge runs a doubleheader weekend as part of the Grand Prix of Long Beach event on the street course in Long Beach, California.

Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition.  It is powered by a direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, developed by HPD from the production TLX, and will utilize all-wheel drive, as found in Acura’s SH-AWD system.

Video News Releases from this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge events at  St. Petersburg are being posted on a specially created “Honda Racing/HPD Trackside” YouTube channel produced by the Carolinas Production Group. CPG will be providing video highlights packages following Honda Racing/HPD events during 2015. The video packages can be found at

Race Results Saturday:

Ps Class Driver Team Car Status
 1 GT Ryan Eversley RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT 26 Laps
 2 GT Ryan Dalziel EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3R Under Caution
 3 GT Mike Skeen CRP Racing Audi R8 LMS Ultra
 4 GT Johnny O’Connell Cadillac Racing Cadillac ATS-VR GT3R
5 GT Kevin Estre K-PAX Racing McLaren 650S GT3
11 GT Peter Cunningham RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT


Ryan Eversley (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT, started and finished first Saturday, started 8th, finished seventh in Sunday’s Pirelli World Challenge race): I can’t really believe how well the weekend went. To come home with a top seven and a win gets us some good points and good data for the guys to look over. PD [Cunningham] had a solid result today, as well. Great results for both cars, and we’re really looking forward to Long Beach.  

Peter Cunningham (owner/driver, #42 RealTime Racing Acura TLX GT; started 14th, finished 11th on Saturday, started 22nd, finished 14th on Sunday): “The cars are working really well. They’re not exactly where we need them to be, but we continue to work hard and are very pleased with where we are in this amazing group of cars. We’re pretty happy with the results.”

Lee Niffenegger (Team Leader, Acura Motorsports): “It’s really difficult to pass on this street course and Ryan [Eversley] did everything he needed to do to keep [Ryan] Dalziel behind him. Dalziel was trying a bunch of different things and couldn’t find a way by. We’ve been working with the car, making it better every session, and the guys did a great job during the race.”

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2015 Acura TLX Earns Top NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings

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2015 Acura TLX Achieves Highest Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Mar 4, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura TLX is third new Acura model to earn highest possible safety ratings from both the NHTSA and IIHS
  • TLX is one of only three new midsize luxury/near luxury vehicles to earn top NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings
  • Acura brand is positioned for safety leadership with all models expected to achieve an NCAP 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score and IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating for 2016

Acura continues to advance its reputation as a safety leader and innovator with the 2015 Acura TLX receiving a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score, the top available rating in the U.S. government’s New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), including 5-stars in all nine vehicle test modes. The Acura TLX performance luxury sedan, introduced in August 2014, has quickly become one of Acura’s best-selling vehicles and is one of only three 2015 model vehicles in the midsize luxury/near luxury category to earn both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating and the NHTSA 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score.

“The TLX exemplifies how advanced safety performance is an inherent part of how Acura delivers luxury,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Safety is a core value of the brand and all 2016 Acura models are expected to earn top safety scores. When you think of safety performance and luxury, you’ll think Acura.”

Acura anticipates earning top NCAP and IIHS ratings for every model in its lineup for the 2016 model year. The brand currently has four models earning an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score: the 2015 ILX, TLX, RDX and MDX. The Acura RLX sedan has yet to undergo NCAP testing.  Three models also earn a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS: the 2015 RLX, TLX and MDX.

Innovative Safety and Drive Assistive Technologies

The 2015 TLX was the first Acura model equipped with the exclusive AcuraWatch™, utilizing sensor fusion technology – the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera – to expand both the scope and fidelity of the vehicle’s sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to pedestrians in the roadway and numerous other road hazards. Acura is expanding the availability of its AcuraWatch™ suite of advance safety and driver-assistive technologies to all models for the 2016 model year.

Standard and available driver-assistive features in the AcuraWatch™ suite include:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Blind spot information (BSI)
  • Lane Keep Assist (LKAS) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

The TLX also utilizes its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) frontal body structure along with advanced supplemental restraint systems – including front, side and side-curtain airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

The award-winning TLX is one of Acura’s best-selling models. Designed to deliver a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan dynamic proportion, premium luxury refinement and super-handling performance, the TLX is appealing to a broad cross-section of luxury customers with three new powertrains and advanced chassis technologies that respond intelligently to the will of the driver. The TLX lineup features three distinct model offerings that deliver new levels of quietness and ride comfort for a luxurious driving experience.

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Acura USA February 2015 Sales Report

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Diverse Lineup of Light Trucks and Sub-Compacts Leads American Honda February 2015 Sales Increase

Mar 3, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura trucks set new February benchmark, with a 12.5 percent gain on sales of 8,415
  • Honda Fit sets new February record, rising 81 percent on sales of 5,652 units
  • Honda Pilot has February to remember, with sales up 82.7 percent

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported February Honda and Acura vehicle sales of 105,466 units, an increase of 5.0 percent versus February 2014. Sales of Acura light trucks set a new February record, rising 12.5 percent on sales of 8,415 vehicles. The Honda Division sold 92,474 vehicles in February—an increase of 4.1 percent for the month. The Acura brand posted sales of 12,992 units in February, rising 12.5 percent over the same period last year.


Acura trucks continue to light up the sales charts with RDX setting a new February best just ahead of the launch of the refreshed 2016 model. MDX also sold at near record levels during a transition month as the 2016 model became available at Acura dealers in early February. Combined, the RDX and MDX gave Acura trucks a new February sales record.

TLX sales remain strong, taking important share in the super-competitive mid-luxury sedan segment and spurring overall Acura car sales to 4,577 in February, an increase of 12.7 percent. And the significantly revised 2016 ILX went on sale mid-month, adding new power to a strengthening Acura sedan lineup.

  • RDX captured yet another monthly sales record with 3,862 units sold in February, up 32.7 percent for the month.
  • MDX maintained a strong pace as America’s 3-row luxury SUV sales leader easily surpassed 4,500 units again.
  • RDX and MDX combined for a February record of 8,415 Acura trucks sold in February, an increase of 12.5 percent for the month.

“While bone-chilling winter weather takes its toll on much of the country, Acura sales continue to reflect a strong warming trend,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura division senior vice president and general manager. “Our MDX and RDX luxury SUVs remain red hot—with refreshed 2016 models only adding fuel to the fire. And the substantially upgraded 2016 ILX sport sedan now in showrooms nationwide will burn brighter than ever.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for February 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
February February DSR** February February DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 12,992 11,545 12.5% 24,974 22,368 9.4%
ILX 959 1,301 -26.3% 1,951 2,458 -22.2%
RLX/RL 173 371 -53.4% 349 791 -56.8%
TL 22 1,480 -98.5% 40 2,848 -98.6%
TLX 3,419 0 0.0% 6,311 0 0.0%
TSX 4 911 -99.6% 10 1,804 -99.5%
MDX 4,553 4,563 -0.2% 8,934 8,804 -0.6%
RDX 3,862 2,911 32.7% 7,379 5,671 28.2%
ZDX 0 8 -100.0 0 22 -100.0
*** ILX Hybrid 5 42 -88.1% 8 69 -88.6%
*** RLX Hybrid 21 0 0.0% 35 0 0.0%
*** TSX Wagon 1 103 -99.0% 1 200 -99.5%
Selling Days 24 24 50 49
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

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2016 Acura RLX On Sale March 3rd

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

2016 Acura RLX Adds AcuraWatch™ and Other Enhancements to Elevate Premium Sophistication and Value

Mar 2, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • AcuraWatch™ expands scope and content of safety and driver assistive technologies
  • Chassis tuning enhances ride quality; 19-inch wheels with new bright finish standard on all trims
  • Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) unchanged

With the most comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies yet available on an Acura, the 2016 RLX luxury sedan goes on sale March 3 with manufacturer’s suggested retail prices (MSRP) unchanged from the previous model year. This price hold represents a significant value, especially for the Technology package due to the addition of AcuraWatch™ and Advance package which includes the first U.S. application of Acura’s Surround View Camera system3. Both RLX packages will also adopt the application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor.

The Acura RLX luxury sedan boasts an abundance of standard premium attributes and features. These include a powerful and smooth 310 horsepower, direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine that contributes to the RLX’s EPA fuel economy ratings of 20/31/24 mpg (city/highway/combined)2, agile and sporty handling with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), distinctive Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, 19-inch bright-finished wheels and next generation AcuraLink® connected car system.

Available on all trims and standard on the Technology and Advance packages, the RLX now includes AcuraWatch™, a comprehensive suite of safety and driver assistive technologies that help to improve the driver’s situational awareness and, in certain circumstances, intervene to help avoid a collision or mitigate its severity. The AcuraWatch™ suite of available features – depending upon trim – includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Cross Traffic Monitor


At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with superior vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the RLX from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision. These systems include Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Cross Traffic Monitor, both of which are new to the RLX.

Surround View Camera3

For 2016, the Acura RLX with Advance Package includes the first U.S. application of Acura’s Surround View Camera system3 that provides a 360-degree image of the area around the vehicle. The surround view camera system is designed to assist drivers during critical and precise maneuvers in snug parking situations. Using four separate cameras, views from behind, directly in front of, and both left and right sides of the vehicle can be displayed on the navigation screen. The system can also use all four cameras to seamlessly create a composite bird’s eye image, to provide the driver with information about the surroundings. In addition, dynamic on-screen guidelines help the driver see their projected path relative to the lines demarking parking spaces or other objects, allowing them to maneuver with greater confidence.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

New for the 2016 Acura RLX, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS, and braking force, via VSA, to help the RLX stay a detected lane.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the RLX is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott’s Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the RLX will use active steering force to return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Cross Traffic Monitor

Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch™, the Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the RLX’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver’s seat.

The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle’s direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.

Additional Enhancements for 2016 RLX

To improve overall ride and handling quality and reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), the chassis of the 2016 RLX has received multiple tuning refinements. Both the front and rear shock absorbers get an increase in piston rod diameter and the rear stabilizer bar’s stiffness is decreased. The front and rear spring rates and shock absorber damping force were all decreased to provide better shock absorption and road surface tracking. Furthermore, the front upper spring/shock mounts and rear bump stops were changed for improved action.

The 2016 Acura RLX is available in three trims, RLX with Navigation, RLX with Technology Package and RLX with Advance Package. The RLX with Navigation has been upgraded for 2016 with the same larger 19-inch wheels as standard on the other trims with a new bright finish The RLX with Technology Package has been enhanced with AcuraWatch™ as standard. The RLX with Advance Package has been improved with AcuraWatch™ including surround view camera and a bi-directional remote engine starter. Also for 2016 a new Acura Silver Metallic color is available.

RLX with Navigation $50,950 20/31/24
RLX with Technology Package $54,450 20/31/24
RLX with Advance Package $60,450 20/31/24

1MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.

2Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

3Visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up or parking. Certain conditions (such as weather, lighting and high temperatures) may also restrict the camera view. Do not rely on the camera displays as they may not give you all information about conditions, persons, objects or obstructions around your vehicle.

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2016 Acura RDX Brings the Heat in World Debut at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

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Hot-selling Acura RDX luxury crossover boosts its considerable market strength with significant upgrades to performance, luxury, styling and safety features

Feb 12, 2015 – CHICAGO

Coming off its best-ever year, the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, sporting a host of significant upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling. Launching at Acura dealerships nationwide this Spring, the 2016 Acura RDX receives  Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights, a new, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, an expanded list of AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including a new line-topping RDX with Advance Package.

The Acura RDX and MDX have formed a potent 1-2 punch in the luxury SUV game, posting record sales in 2014 well ahead of European rivals in their segments. With the 2016 MDX also getting significant new features and technologies, including a 9-speed automatic transmission, the new RDX and MDX stand as an even more formidable presence in the luxury SUV space.


Redesigned 2016 Acura ILX Now On Sale

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

The 2016 Acura ILX Redesigned, Reengineered and Reborn as an Even Stronger, More Athletic, and More Refined Sports Sedan

Feb 10, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • All new high-performance 2.4-liter, direct-injected i-VTEC engine with 8-speed DCT
  • Jewel Eye™ LED headlights highlight new sporty and elegant exterior design
  • Segment leading standard feature content including available AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive features

With more features, more leading-edge technology and a major injection of Acura DNA, the 2016 ILX goes on sale today as the Acura gateway sports sedan with the performance, technology and style desired by younger luxury buyers.


Upgraded 2016 Acura MDX On Sale February 4

2016 Acura MDX

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Best Selling Acura MDX Receives Powertrain Upgrades, AcuraWatch™ and Expanded Options for 2016, Enhancing Performance, Safety and Luxury

Feb 3, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX, America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV, launches next month with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The enhanced 2016 MDX provides even more advanced technology and exhilarating performance to complement the luxury, comfort and quietness inherent to Acura’s premium seven-passenger SUV. The 2016 Acura MDX launches at Acura dealerships nationwide on Feb. 4, with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,8651.

All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with an advanced new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities. The 2016 MDX and MDX with Technology Package models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the first application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor to the MDX model line. The MDX with Advance Package comes standard with AcuraWatch™.