Acura Tops Luxury Brands in Edmunds.com 2015 Best Retained Value Awards

For the fourth year in a row, Edmunds.com has placed Acura as the top Luxury brand in its Best Retained Value® Awards.

“The awards recognize the brands and models that have the highest projected private party residual value five years after their launch, expressed as a percentage of their average True Market Value®.”

Acura won the luxury division in 2015 with a projected five-year residual value of 46.9 percent. The Acura ILX and Acura RDX both received segment awards, winning the Entry Luxury Car and Entry Luxury SUV segments respectively. The Acura MDX was an Honorable Mention in the Midrange Luxury SUV segment.

Read more at edmunds.com – 2015 Best Retained Value® Awards

[Source: Edmunds.com]

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]

Acura ILX Endurance Racer and Acura NSX Coming to New York Auto Show

Official release from Acura Media Newsroom:

Acura Speeding Toward the Big Apple with NSX Supercar and ILX Endurance Racer

Mar 30, 2015 – NEW YORK

Fresh from its first victory with the Acura TLX GT in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge racing series, Acura will showcase an audacious new ILX endurance race car alongside the new Acura NSX supercar in a display of Acura ultra performance on April 1-12 at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

Developed to compete head-to-head with other high-performance cars in round-the-clock endurance road racing, the ILX endurance racer features a specially modified engine, chassis, suspension and interior, all wrapped in near stock-appearing bodywork.

“Road racing is an excellent proving ground for our performance cars and the size, weight, performance and durability of the Acura ILX make a great basis for a racer with high ambitions,” said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. “It also demonstrates the maximum-performance mindset inherent to the Acura brand.”

Making its first appearance in New York, the production version of the new NSX twin-turbo hybrid supercar will grace center stage in Acura’s booth, flanked by the recently-revealed 2016 RDX SUV and the reimagined 2016 ILX sport sedan along with the freshened 2016 MDX SUV and updated 2016 RLX luxury sedan. The 2015 TLX, Acura’s hot-selling luxury sport sedan introduced just last summer and already making major inroads in the smoldering mid-luxury segment, rounds out one of the strongest lineups in Acura history. In fact, every one of these quick, luxurious, precision-crafted performance vehicles is either all new or has been notably refreshed within the last eight months.

The ILX endurance racer was developed in-house with the primary goal of outright victory in the 25 Hours of Thunder Hill race. This is no small task, as the ILX team will face the likes of Porsche, BMW, and other strong competitors. Key features of the ILX racer include:

Racing Series NASA Endurance Series
Class ES
Major powertrain modifications
  • HPD engine mounts
  • HPD lightened flywheel and racing clutch
  • Forged pistons and connecting rods
  • Racing cams
  • Low restriction intake & exhaust systems
  • Blueprinted fuel injectors
Major chassis modifications
  • HPD camber plates and rear anti-roll bar
  • Racing suspension kit
  • Racing tires and wheels
Exterior modifications
  • Custom front splitter and rear spoiler
  • Supplemental LED lighting system
  • Low-profile door mirrors
Interior modifications
  • Custom safety cage
  • Racing seats and harnesses
  • Racing steering wheel with quick disconnect
  • Racing gauge package
  • Lightweight battery
  • Fuel cell
  • Air jacks

In another motorsports development, the new NSX has been tapped to be the official pace car for the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Fans of the long-running “race to the clouds” will be among the first to see the next-generation NSX on the road as it streaks up the storied hill to check the course during the June 28 event in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Acura NSX Supercar

Riding a wave of approval and anticipation from its North American International Auto Show debut in January, the production version of the next-generation Acura NSX mid-engine supercar will anchor Acura’s New York Auto Show presence. Sporting a bespoke dry-sump, twin-turbocharged V6 engine with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission, plus a three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) system, the NSX delivers a scintillating “New Sports Experience,” with output exceeding 550 horsepower, coupled with the instant torque of three-motor electric drive delivering zero-delay acceleration and intuitive SH-AWD driving dynamics.

2016 ILX Sport Sedan

Fresh from its official launch in February, the redesigned 2016 ILX sport sedan also joins this performance-focused pair. It brings the super-responsive direct-injected 2.4-liter i-VTEC engine and 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (8DCT) with torque converter from the TLX to the party, along with chassis, safety, refinement and design improvements to sharpen its mission. New available features, including the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies, further enhance the ILX for 2016.

2016 RDX SUV

Introduced at the Chicago Auto Show in February, the Acura RDX SUV has also received numerous improvements for 2016. The new RDX delivers forceful new front and rear body styling and several interior design updates, plus a new V6 engine with enhanced mid-range torque and body/suspension upgrades to improve ride, handling and noise. Like the new ILX, RDX is available with important new AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies. With sales of the 2015 model already outpacing European rivals, the more responsive and luxurious 2016 RDX is slated to go on sale this spring.

2016 MDX 7-Passenger SUV

America’s best-selling 3-row luxury SUV, the Acura MDX has also received a shot of adrenaline for 2016, gaining a sophisticated 9-speed automatic transmission with push-button electronic shift and an even more advanced Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (SH-AWD). The 2016 MDX now offers available AcuraWatch™ features and receives several interior convenience additions designed to make the MDX driving and ownership experience better than ever.

2016 RLX Flagship Sedan

Finally, Acura’s RLX flagship luxury sedan benefits from several important suspension refinements to improve ride comfort, handling and noise, as well as a comprehensive suite of AcuraWatch™ technologies for 2016, including the first U.S. application of Acura’s new Surround View Camera system. Despite the upgrades and enhanced feature content, RLX prices remain unchanged from 2015.

All of the Acura products will be on display at the New York International Auto Show media days April 1-2 in the Jacob Javitz Center, as well as the public days through April 12. Additional information about Acura products plus high-resolution images can be found at www.acuranews.com.

[Source: Acura]

Snapshots of the 2016 Acura ILX A-SPEC Aero Kit

Have a closer look at the new Aero Kit (A-SPEC) available for the 2016 Acura ILX. Images courtesy Acura Sherway.

[Source: Acura Sherway]

Video: 2016 Acura ILX Detailed Review and Road Test

Alex on Autos is back with one of the most detailed and complete reviews of the 2016 Acura ILX:

“For 2016 Acura didn’t reinvent the wheel but the changes are just as dramatic. We have a new more powerful engine and 8-speed dual clutch transmission under the hood, revised bumpers, standard LED headlamps, a tweaked interior and the same infotainment systems as the Acura TLX, MDX, RDX and RLX. In addition Acura jams Radar Cruise Control, Collision Mitigating Braking, Pre-Collision Warning, Lane Keep Assist and electric pre-tensioning seat belts into almost every ILX on the dealer lot. The seemingly simple changes have managed to transform the ILX into exactly the small Acura I was looking for.”- Alex on Autos

Check out the 29-minute “detailed” review and the bonus “child seat” review below.

[Source: Alex on Autos via YouTube]

A Look at the 2016 Acura ILX Aero Kit

Based on these images of a fully accessorized 2016 Acura ILX, I’d have to say this Aero Kit is one of the most aggressive designs Acura has ever offered.

What makes this kit unique is the addition of black, or “carbon fiber” sections on the front and rear underbody spoilers. It’s the first time Acura has used these type of dark accents so prominently, and on lighter colored cars the contrast will be striking. I’m doubtful that the pieces will actually be carbon fiber, but they do seem to have a different texture or pattern that is distinguishable from the rest of the body-colored attachments. To me the front bumper styling is very BMW M3ish, and that’s a good thing for those looking for an aggressive sporty look.

View all 2016 Acura ILX Accessories on acura.com.

[Source: Acura]