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Acura Creative Director Dave Marek Hints at Future Performance Model

Posted by   on November 5th, 2014 No comments

Dave Marek - Global Creative Director of Acura Design_2014_11_05_01

Speaking with Car and Driver at SEMA 2014, Acura Global Creative Director Dave Marek hinted at the sportier direction Acura will take in the next few years.

“There are changes coming, and then there are more changes coming… There are lots of resources and activity going into making Acura back into what it was.”- Dave Marek

Unfortunately Marek wasn’t able to go into detail about the changes, but Car and Driver mentions a more affordable performance model coming after the launch of the NSX in 2015.

Oh and if you like the new “Andaro Blue” seen on the Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX, apparently it will be offered on future Acura models, including the NSX.

Read the full post on caranddriver.com – A New Acura Integra? “Just Wait,” We’re Told.

[Source: Car and Driver]

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Is This the Face of the 2016 Acura ILX?

Posted by   on October 31st, 2014 1 comment

2016 Acura ILX Teaser

It looks like a new teaser image of the 2016 Acura ILX has surfaced. The image was posted on AcuraZine and to my knowledge it has not yet been released by Acura’s official channels. All the design elements seem to match up with the spy shots we’ve seen so I would say this is the real deal. The original file dimensions suggest it’s ready to be posted on Instagram, so expect to see it officially from Acura soon.

The only other thing I can add is that so far it’s looking really good.

[Source: AcuraZine]

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Rumor: Acura Considering New All-wheel Drive Strategy

Posted by   on October 13th, 2014 No comments

Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Speaking with Honda Executive Koichi Fukuo in Japan, Automotive News has reported Acura is considering a new long-term plan, one that could see all-wheel drive as a standard feature on all future models.

Fukuo specifically mentions the success of Subaru, which offers AWD standard on all its models except the BRZ Coupe. “Looking at Subaru, I felt that we have to have a strong, clear direction as a brand… What’s important is to have the technology, styling and performance to evolve all together. Otherwise, I don’t think we can increase the number of loyal customers, so-called Acurists.” Fukuo told Automotive News.

Automotive News says the AWD plan is one of many ideas to “rethink the brand” and that nothing has been finalized. While a transition to an all-AWD Acura lineup could take a few years, the idea of having an AWD option for every model isn’t far away. Currently the only Acura model without AWD as an option is the ILX.

Read the full article at autonews.com – Acura takes page from Subaru.

[Source: Automotive News]

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Rumor: North American Acura NSX Launching in 2015, Europe to Follow

Posted by   on October 7th, 2014 No comments

Next Evolution Acura NSX Concept

UK website What Car? is reporting the next generation NSX is still on track for a 2015 launch, at least for North America. What Car? states the NSX will initially go on sale in North America next year in 2015, while Europe will see a delayed launch in early 2016.

What Car? also mentions the production NSX will be revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show in November, but this could be a reference to a Honda badged NSX for the Japanese and European markets. There have been rumors that we could see a production Acura NSX as early as January 2014 for a debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Read the full article at whatcar.com – New Honda NSX on sale in 2016.

[Source: What Car?]

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Spied: 2016 Acura ILX

Posted by   on September 18th, 2014 No comments

2016 Acura ILX

Edmunds.com has posted three photos listed as the 2016 Acura ILX. The images show a partially camouflaged vehicle with definite ILX design cues. Front and rear bumper updates are visible, as well as the addition of Jewel Eye Headlights and a new grille design. This could confirm a shift towards a new grille that was first seen on the Acura Concept SUV-X.

Also noted is the use of seemingly wider rear wheels, which might indicate the possibility of an AWD model for 2016. Earlier this year Autoguide.com reported that all Acura models will be getting an all-wheel-drive option by 2016.

See the rest of the photos on Edmunds.com – 2016 ILX Sedan Review.

[Source: Edmunds.com]

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Rumor: Acura TLX Sport Variant on the Way?

Posted by   on September 8th, 2014 4 comments

Acura TLX Type-S

Could a sportier Acura TLX model be in the works? At a recent TLX review session with an Acura team that included Chief Engineer Mat Hargett, Autoweek says a TLX sport variant was mentioned:

“A sportier version of the TLX was repeatedly hinted at by Acura personnel, but there’s no saying what might be under the hood of that. Honda’s rekindled interest in forced induction raises some interesting possibilities, though. Hey, the racing version of the TLX uses a twin-turbo V6, so we can dream.”

While this could mean a number of things, if a sportier TLX or Type-S model is indeed on the way, we hope it will be based more on performance rather than cosmetic changes.

Read the full post on autoweek.com – We drive the 2015 Acura TLX (again): All about Acura’s tech-laden mid-sizer

[Source: Autoweek]

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Spied: 2016 Acura ILX?

Posted by   on July 31st, 2014 No comments

 2016 Acura ILX

Spy Photographer Brenda Priddy & Company has posted 3 photos of a suspected 2016 Acura ILX test mule.

“2016 Acura ILX – Lots of camo for a last update before the next generation arrives for the 2018 model year.”- Brenda Priddy & Company

The vehicle’s visible greenhouse and tail lights identify it as an ILX, but there are notable changes to the front bumper, and possibly the front fenders and rear bumper. Along with exterior updates, there have been rumors of powertrain changes for the 2016 mid-cycle model change.

See the rest of the photos on Brenda Priddy & Company’s Facebook page,

[Source: Brenda Priddy & Company via Facebook]

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Rumor: 2015 Acura TLX Details Leaked

Posted by   on April 14th, 2014 3 comments

2015 Acura TLX

A few days before the official Acura TLX unveil at the New York International Auto Show, a TLX Forums member who recently attended a TLX training session shared his notes on the car. Keep in mind the information posted below has not been confirmed.

Two engines:

• 3.5L V6 with specs of 290 horsepower and 267 lb-ft. 9-speed automatic transmission is paired with this engine. Acura says that regular shifts will occur at a rate 25% faster than the TL, and paddle shift inputs will be realized up to five times faster than the TL. Regarding fuel economy, both the FWD and AWD models will see an increase of 5 mpg highway over the TL. For city fuel economy ratings, the FWD is up 1 mpg and the AWD model is up 3 mpg over the TL. The SH-AWD system weighs 75% of the weight of the TL’s system, and because it’s smaller, Acura engineers were able to add an under storage space in the trunk (like the RLX). The TLX V6 is about 0.5 seconds faster than the TL in the 0-60mph race.

• 2.4L inline-four cylinder with 206 horsepower and 182 lb-ft. This powertrain features an 8-speed torque converter automatic (the new ZF box?). Expect fuel economy to increase by 2 mpg in the city and by 4 mpg on the highway

More info:

• Internally, Acura is targeting a sales goal of 45,000 TLX models per year. I am confident this model will make targets – it’s quite impressive in person.
• The TLX has about the same wheelbase length as the TL, but the overhangs are 4 inches shorter.
• Auto start-stop is standard (if it’s like the BMW system, I’m turning it off every single time I get in)
• There’s a new sport mode feature called Integrated Dynamic System (IDS) with an optional Sport Plus mode. It changes throttle response and steering feel. It also has an economy mode for when you feel like driving like a grandma.
• Siri Eyes Free is standard. I’m really excited for this!
• Electronic parking brake
• Rear seats fold down for cargo
• TLX FWD model is 150 lbs lighter than the TL FWD!

[Source: TLX Forums]

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