Acura to Unveil Restored Legend and Custom ILX at 2015 SEMA Show

Acura to Showcase Legendary Performance Heritage and Personalization at 2015 SEMA Show

Oct 12, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Acura to unveil rapper, actor Ludacris’ custom-restored 1993 Legend
  • Highly modified 2016 ILX by Galpin Auto Sports will also debut at SEMA during the Acura press conference on Nov. 3

Acura’s 2015 SEMA showcase will be highlighted by a custom-restored 1993 Acura Legend sedan owned by actor and rap artist Ludacris. Stepping up its game from the 2014 SEMA Show – where the performance-oriented Galpin Auto Sports Acura TLX was unveiled – the luxury brand will also feature a wide variety of vehicles showcasing its performance heritage and its products’ customization potential at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

Following a collision that severely damaged Ludacris’ cherished 1993 Legend, Team Acura set about to artfully restore and modify the vehicle under the guidance of Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles and under the watchful eye of Acura Global Creative Director, Dave Marek. Fans can follow the build progress leading up to SEMA on Acura (@Acura) and Ludacris’ (@Ludacris) social media channels and by using the hashtag #LegendaryDuo.

“Working with a real car guy and a passionate Acura owner like Ludacris has made the processes of bringing his Legend back to its original glory a fun and unique experience,” said Marek. “We wanted to put our own stamp on the Legend while retaining the essence of the original that Ludacris has worked so hard to maintain over the years and we look forward to unveiling the sedan for the first time at the SEMA Show.”

Also making its SEMA debut is a highly modified ILX from Galpin Auto Sports, which is inspired by the Legend rebuild. Both vehicles will be featured at the Acura press conference Nov. 3 at 1:00 p.m. PT and will be joined by the next-generation NSX supercar and a 2016 ILX outfitted with the Genuine Acura Accessory package.

[Source: Acura]

Gallery: NSXPO 2015 Day 2

It was an early start for day two of NSXPO at the very exclusive Thermal Club motorsports facility. Track activities included autocross/skid pad sessions, an optional High Performance Driver Education program, and an NSX parade lap.

The new NSX also hit the track, driven by chief engineer Ted Klaus and RealTime Racing’s Peter Cunningham.

Attached are a few snapshots sent in by Tyson Hugie.

[Source: Tyson Hugie – Drive to Five]

Snapshot: New NSX at NSXPO 2015

Here’s a shot from Acura that’s too epic not to repost:

Kicking off #NSXPO 2015 with the new #NSX at the Palm Springs Air Museum.

Click here to see more photos from day 1 of NSXPO 2015.

[Source: Acura via Facebook]

Gallery: NSXPO 2015 Day 1

We now shift the NSX festivities from Japan all the way across the Pacific to Palm Springs California where NSXPO 2015 is now underway. Day 1 of NSXPO welcomed the attendees to the Palm Springs Air Museum where the huge fleet of NSXs, and the second generation NSX, have taken over the tarmac.

Tyson Hugie who is part of the NSXPO 2015 Planning Committee, and NSX owner Jhae Pfenning have sent over a few snapshots of the action at Palm Springs Air Museum. More to come!

[Source: Tyson Hugie – Drive to Five, Jhae Pfenning via Instagram]

Gallery: NSX 25th Anniversary Tour

It’s been an exciting few days for the NSX aficionados who gathered in Japan to take part in the NSX 25th Anniversary Tour. Some of the tour highlights included the NSX 25th Anniversary party at Honda headquarters in Tokyo, visits to famous Japanese tuning shops such as Advance and TYPE ONE, and of course the annual NSX Fiesta at Suzuka Circuit.

Acura NSX owner and photographer Paul Brylek was on hand for the events and has graciously allowed us to share some of of his photos below.

For more of Paul’s photos visit his Flickr photostream.

[Source: Paul Brylek via Flickr]

Snapshot: New Acura NSX at Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

A Nouvelle Blue Pearl Acura NSX was at the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing headquarters in Ohio last week, and according to IndyCar driver Graham Rahal it was a blast to drive:

“Needless to say, my morning was pretty awesome! This car is perfection, extremely fun to drive in all conditions. Great work @acura” – Graham Rahal via Instagram

Graham knows a thing or two about driving, as Honda’s top driver this 2015 IndyCar season he took two wins and was a championship contender until the final race at Sonoma where he ultimately finished 4th overall in the standings.

[Source: Graham Rahal via Instagram]

Acura USA September 2015 Sales Report

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Trucks Drive Numerous American Honda September Sales Records

Oct 1, 2015 – TORRANCE, Calif.

  • Total American Honda sales rise 13.1 percent on sales of 133,750 for a new September record
  • Overall American Honda truck sales also set a new September mark, increasing 26.9 percent on sales of 63,635
  • Honda brand sets new September record, rising 14 percent on sales of 119,046
  • Honda trucks also have best September, up 31.9 percent with 55,474 units sold
  • Acura trucks have best-ever September, gaining 0.8 percent on sales of 8,161 vehicles
  • Acura RDX records best September sales, rising 19.1 percent on sales of 3,848 units

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. today reported a robust 13.1 percent September 2015 sales increase on total sales of 133,750 Honda and Acura vehicles for a new September benchmark. Honda Division sales totaled 119,046, up 14 percent for a new September record, with car sales reaching 63,572 for a 2 percent gain and truck sales rising 31.9 percent on sales of 55,474 for another September record. Acura reported 14,704 vehicle sales for a solid 6.3 percent gain, with cars capturing 6,543 sales (up 14.1 percent) and trucks setting a new September record, reaching 8,161 sales (up 0.8 percent).


Acura cars continued strong momentum in a light truck-dominated market with TLX easily surpassing the 4,500-unit mark, while ILX enjoyed a double-digit increase for the month. RDX also gained sharply in a hotly competitive market segment, setting a new September record to boost total Acura truck sales into record territory. Overall, Acura sales were up 6.3 percent.

  • RDX sales shot up 19.1 percent on sales of 3,848 in September to help Acura trucks to a 0.8 percent increase.
  • MDX posted a strong month with sales of 4,313 for the month, despite supply constraints.
  • Anchored by the TLX, Acura cars gained 14.1 percent on sales of 6,543 for the month:
    • TLX sales totaled 4,753 for an increase of 22.4 percent
    • ILX was up 10.2 percent on sales of 1,614 units

“In addition to strong demand for our lineup of luxury performance products what we are seeing is the growing stature of the Acura brand,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “With the reborn NSX on the horizon, Acura is poised for great things in the luxury automotive marketplace.”

American Acura Vehicle Sales for September 2015
Month-to-Date Year-to-Date
September September DSR** September September DSR**
2015 2014 % Chg. 2015 2014 % Chg.
Acura Division Total 14,704 13,832 2.1% 132,019 119,750 10.2%
ILX 1,614 1,464 5.8% 13,358 12,854 3.9%
RLX/RL 174 187 -10.7% 1,774 2,695 -34.2%
TL 1 142 -99.3% 86 10,357 -99.2%
TLX 4,753 3,884 17.5% 34,808 6,170 464.1%
TSX 1 58 -98.3% 32 6,202 -99.5%
MDX 4,313 4,864 -14.9% 43,457 48,308 -10.0%
RDX 3,848 3,230 14.4% 38,502 33,095 16.3%
ZDX 0 3 -100.0% 2 69 -97.1%
*** ILX Hybrid 2 15 -87.2% 22 345 -93.6%
*** RLX Hybrid 26 31 -19.5% 207 31 567.7%
*** TSX Wagon 0 6 -100.0% 2 630 -99.7%
Selling Days 25 24 229 229
* Honda and Acura vehicles are made of domestic & global sourced parts
** Daily Selling Rate
*** Memo line items are included in the respective model total

[Source: Acura]