Video: Black Acura NSX Prototype Spied at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

The first all-black Acura NSX Prototype was seen this week testing at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Chin Motorsports.com captured this short clip of the stealthy NSX pulling out of a garage.

NSX spy shot! Tuesday afternoon: we’re preparing for departure from Mid-Ohio, and some guys showed up for an evening test session. Some guys from Honda, driving this:

Black Acura NSX Prototype Spied at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Posted by Chin Motorsports.com on Friday, May 29, 2015

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Car and Driver: 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD Instrumented Test

How does the 2016 Acura MDX’s new ZF nine-speed transmission improve over the old 6-speed automatic? Car and Driver‘s recently published Instrumented Test results show improved fuel economy and quicker launch times:

The MDX storms out of the hole from rest using a 20.4:1 overall ratio and sprints to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds, half a second quicker than the 2014 model we tested with the six-speed automatic. It then continues on to a 95-mph quarter-mile trap speed in 14.6 seconds, three-tenths more rapid than the 2014.- Ron Sessions, Car and Driver

Car and Driver Test Results:
2016 Acura MDX
2014 Acura MDX
Transmission:
9-speed automatic
6-speed automatic
0-60 mph:
5.9 sec
6.4 sec
0-100 mph:
16.4 sec
17.1 sec
Standing ¼-mile:
14.6 sec @ 95 mph
14.9 sec @ 95 mph
Observed fuel economy:
21 mpg
19 mpg

See the full review and test results at caranddriver.com – 2016 Acura MDX SH-AWD with 9-Speed Automatic.

[Source: Car and Driver]

Video: Next Generation Acura NSX Spied at Gas Station

Now that the NSX nears production we’re seeing more of the prototypes out and about on city streets. This latest video catches the NSX at a gas station in close proximately as it fires up and drives off. The video capture is actually pretty good quality considering it was probably a camera phone, and it gives us a some good audio of the engine and exhaust note. See the 1-minute video clip below.

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Gallery: 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC in Bellanova White Pearl

Another Acura, another road trip to the Canadian Rockies. This time around I had the pleasure of shooting a Bellanova White Pearl 2016 Acura ILX with Technology Plus and A-SPEC Package.

Refreshed for the 2016 model year, the new ILX received some relatively significant exterior updates. It features a new Jewel Eye LED Headlight design which adds some nice chrome styling details and uses a lower LED strip as daytime running lights. It’s also the first production Acura model to wear the new, slimmer grille which to me resembles a contoured wing or boomerang.

The A-SPEC Package further adds to exterior styling with fog lights, side skirts, a deck lid spoiler, and some funky 18-inch wheels. My only wish is that it was equipped with the front and rear Aero Kit pieces for the full effect.

All the photos in the gallery were shot in one day, in and around Alberta’s Jasper National Park.

Gallery: 2016 Acura ILX on Vossen CVT Wheels

We finally get to see some high quality images of a 2016 Acura ILX with the A-SPEC Aero Kit thanks to Vossen Wheels and Acura of Pembroke Pines. But it’s not just about the kit, this Catalina Blue Pearl Acura ILX looks extra aggressive with a nice drop and some sleek 19″ Vossen CVT Wheels. A shout out to Mike Chan from Acura of Pembroke Pines for heading up this build.

[Source: Vossen Wheels]

Video: Honda “I Like Sports” Commercial

Honda’s competitive spirit is alive and well in this 60-second video titled “I Like Sports”.

Released by Honda Japan, the video is a thrilling montage of sport clips that showcases Honda’s dedication to innovate and perform on many levels of motorsport. Vehicle cameos include the NSX, S2000, , N-ONE, Civic Type R and NSX Protoype. Musically, I enjoyed the use of “Also sprach Zarathustra” of 2001: A Space Odyssey fame, and of course Beethoven’s classic “Ode to Joy” which closes out the video.

See the 60-second ad from Honda Japan below.

[Source: Honda Japan]