1991 Acura NSX vs. 2012 Audi R8

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]

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

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]

Motor Trend First Test: 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

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]

Driving Sports TV: Audi A7 vs. Acura TL Rematch

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]

RoadflyTV 2012 Acura TL Advance Video Review

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]

Autoblog Samples the New Electric SH-AWD

Honda’s Electric SH-AWD Mule

Autoblog’s Chris Paukert gives his first impressions of Honda’s new electric SH-AWD system from last week’s media event at the Twin-Ring Motegi track. Limited to just one lap with the new direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 powered test mule, it’s safe to assume the team is looking forward to spending more time testing a production model.

“Our time behind the wheel was extremely brief, consisting of little more than one lap of a handling course. Thus, we’ll have to withhold judgment, but we will say that the system shows genuine promise. Whirring away from the pits under electric power and having the V6 seamlessly come to life was an encouraging start, but we didn’t really get a feel for the SH-AWD until we started negotiating the corners and slalom. While carving through the orange pylons, the sedan felt significantly – and predictably – nimbler than a standard front-drive Accord, displaying genuine eagerness to change direction.” – Chris Paukert, Autoblog

Head over to autoblog.com to read the full post.

[Source: Autoblog]

Motor Trend Reviews Potential Future Acura Drivetrains

Honda's 2.4L Direct Injection "Earth Dreams Technology"

With the announcement of their next generation Earth Dreams Technology engines last week in Tokyo, Honda also presented working prototypes for the media to sample the new tech. At Honda’s Twin-Ring Motegi track, Motor Trend got the chance to test three potential Acura drivetrains: the 3.5-liter V6 with Hybrid SH-AWD, the direct injected 2.4-liter I4, and the 1.6-liter turbodiesel.

Here is what they had to say about the new 3.5-liter Hybrid SH-AWD:

“Relative to today’s mechanical SH-AWD, which relies upon planetary gears to multiply torque to one rear wheel or the other when accelerative force is being applied, the rear-mounted electric motors can accelerate or slow either wheel independent of throttle position, so they can apply torque-vectoring under steady-state cruising and deceleration as well as acceleration. Engineers claim it can also apply power regenerated from an inside wheel to accelerate the outside wheel, though we suspect those electrons get routed through the battery. We only got one brief lap, but it was enough to suggest the V-8-performance claims have merit and that the electrified rear axle does indeed enhance handling over a much wider set of driving circumstances. It also feels really green to be able to arrive at and depart a stoplight (or a Hollywood red carpet) silently in EV mode.”  - Frank Markus, Motor Trend

The new SH-AWD system sounds a bit complex but very promising if it can deliver the proposed performance. I haven’t heard any news of diesel engines coming to Acura, but the new 2.4L engine is the likely candidate for the future TSX or sub-TSX models.

Read Frank’s complete preview of the three vehicles at motortrend.com.

[Source: Motor Trend]