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First Photos from Chicago Auto Show – Autoblog

Posted by   on February 7th, 2012 No comments

2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura ILX

Autoblog has posted some of the first photos from the 2012 Chicago Auto Show a few hours before tomorrow’s media preview. Visit autoblog.com for a closer look at the 2013 Acura ILX and RDX.

· 2013 Acura RDX Photos
· 2013 Acura ILX Photos

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Future Shock: 2015 Acura NSX – Motor Trend

Posted by   on February 6th, 2012 25 comments

2015 Acura NSX

Motor Trend takes ”A Closer Look at Honda’s Coming New Mid-Engine Supercar.” The article dives into some of the new tech and provides some details and estimates on the 2015 Acura NSX specifications.

See the full article along with some images of the concept with a fiery red paint job at motortrend.com.

2015 ACURA NSX SPECIFICATIONS
BASE PRICE $130,000*
VEHICLE LAYOUT Mid-engine, AWD, 2-pass, 2-door coupe
ENGINE 3.7L DOHC 24-valve V-6 + 2 front and 1 rear electric motors; 480 hp comb*
TRANSMISSION 7-speed twin-cl auto
CURB WEIGHT 3100 lb*
WHEELBASE 101.4 in
LENGTH X WIDTH X HEIGHT 170.5 x 74.6 x 45.7 in
0-60 MPH 3.0 sec*
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON Not yet rated
ON SALE IN U.S. 2015
*MT est

 

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Acura NSX steals show in Detroit

Posted by   on January 25th, 2012 No comments

Acura NSX Concept

As the 2012 North American International Auto Show came to a close last week, I think it’s fair to say Acura succeeded with their intentions to “shock and awe” the masses in Detroit. I’d like to share great article from Kelly Taylor of The Chronicle Hearld which pretty much sums up the effect Acura had at the event. I particularly like this excerpt:

“in a crowd of automotive cynics, where journalists rarely applause anything, the hoots and hollers weren’t coming from the Acura staff, they were coming from the journalists. Lamborghini would be lucky to design a car like this. Yes, that’s how good it is. Indeed, a conspiracy theorist might propose the reason Lambo and Ferrari were not at this year’s show was that they had seen the NSX and did not want to be upstaged.”

The claim about the “hoots and hollers” were indeed true. It’s something that rarely happens at these unveilings, and it surprised many that were there, myself included. The overwhelming response was both welcomed and encouraging for Acura, which hopes to revitalize and reestablish itself in the luxury market for 2012.

See the short clip and the full article at thechronicleherald.ca.

[Source: The Chronicle Hearld]

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1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8

Posted by   on January 19th, 2012 1 comment

1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8

The title you see is not a typo. Edmunds’ Inside Line compares the 1991 Acura NSX and the 2012 Audi R8, two models which are separated by nearly two decades of design and technology. It would be like pitting today’s 48-year-old Micheal Jordan up against the 27-year-old Labron James, who are in fact also separated by 21 years. The comparison however isn’t just a numbers game, it’s about what each vehicle represents and how well it will stand the test of time.

“Following, in no particular order, are some things most NSXs never did: leak, stall, stink, burn, ventilate their crankcase, cook their clutch, experience catastrophic electrical failure, overheat or simply strand their driver. The NSX, for all its hype, sprang from a time when mixing some mundane Honda Accord into the supercar stew, rolling it up in an aluminum body and dropping it into a market ripe for a real driver’s car was a stupendously good idea. Good enough, in fact, to last for 15 years.

Next to Porsche’s ubiquitous 911, the NSX might just be the most practical, reliable real-world supercar ever built. But in 1990 there was something more exotic about a low-slung, midengine, aluminum-bodied supercar than there was about any Porsche. And there’s still truth in that statement today. Which is why we think Audi’s R8 might be the best spiritual successor the NSX could have.” - Josh Jacquot, Inside Line

The fact that this article even exists is more than enough for me to declare the NSX the winner, but then again I am a bit biased. There is one thing I’m sure we can all agree on – the next generation NSX has got some big shoes to fill.

If you’re an NSX fan you won’t want to miss this read.

Check it out at insideline.com – 1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8.

[Source: Edmunds' Inside Line]

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Cars.com Video Review: 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-Speed

Posted by   on January 4th, 2012 3 comments
2012 Acura TL SH-AWD

Cars.com Video Review: 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD

Joe Bruzek of Cars.com reviews the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Technology Package. The 3 minute video review doesn’t get too in-depth, but it does offer a quick summary of what’s new with the 2012 model.

See the video below or visit Cars.com for the full review.

[Source: Cars.com]

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Motor Trend First Test: 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Posted by   on December 30th, 2011 No comments
2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Motor Trend First Test: 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Motor Trend Editor Nate Martinez gives his take on the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition 6-speed in this First Test review. While Nate is not totally convinced it’s “special” enough, the extra interior and exterior upgrades as well as the optional 6-speed manual transmission are welcome additions to an already solid vehicle.

“Torque can be hard to find at the bottom half of the 7100 rpm spectrum, so calling on lower gears during a hasty canyon charge usually is the norm. Be they calm rows or under-pressure yanks, the short-throw six-speed gearbox consistently proves its mettle — it’s as smooth and clearly gated as they come, with engagements met by assured metallic clicks.” - Nate Martinez, Motor Trend

For the full review and gallery, head over to www.motortrend.com.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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Driving Sports TV: Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch

Posted by   on December 28th, 2011 4 comments
Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch
Driving Sports TV: Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch

In a rematch from a previous Driving Sports episode, round two of Acura vs. Audi brings us an AWD duel between the 2012 Acura TL SH-AWD and the 2012 Audi A7 Quattro. In the first episode we saw the 2011 Acura TL with a slightly quicker time over the 2011 Audi S4; but with a newer TL and an Audi A7 being used instead of the S4, we may get different results on a smaller, more technical road course. 

Here is the breakdown from MSN Autos:

2012 Acura TL 6-Spd MT SH-AWD w/Technology Pkg

Base Retail Price(MSRP): $42,885
Standard Engine: 3.7L 305 hp V6
Horsepower: 305 @ 6300 RPM
Torque (lb-ft): 273 @ 5000 RPM
Transmission: 6-Speed Manual Overdrive
Curb Weight – Manual (lb.): 3889

2012 Audi A7 3.0T Premium Sedan quattro

Base Retail Price(MSRP): $59,250
Standard Engine: 3.0L 310 hp V6
Horsepower: 310 @ 5500 RPM
Torque (lb-ft): 325 @ 2900 RPM
Transmission: 8-Speed Automatic Overdrive
Curb Weight – Automatic (lb.): 4210 

Can the Acura TL offer competitive AWD performance at its price point when compared to the Audi A7? Watch the video below to find out.   

[Source: Driving Sports]

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RoadflyTV 2012 Acura TL Advance Video Review

Posted by   on December 18th, 2011 1 comment

RoadflyTV Reviews the 2012 Acura TL Advance

RoadflyTV‘s Ross Rapoport shares his thoughts on the 2012 Acura TL Advance in this latest video review. While not the 305-hp SH-AWD 6-Speed Manual that he wanted to test, the base 280-hp engine turned out to be “a lot hairier and nastier” than he expected. The interior also impressed, which brought Ross to go through and show us all the neat storage compartments found up front. It’s not something we usually see in a review, but I actually found it was kind of interesting.

Watch the video below, and check out more from RoadflyTV at roadfly.com

[Source: RoadflyTV]

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