Motor Trend 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Update 7

Posted by  on February 28th, 2012 No comments
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon
2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon © Motor Trend

In Motor Trend’s latest Long Term Review entry, News Editor Ed Sanchez takes to the California freeways to test out the TSX Sport Wagon’s “people hauling” capabilities.

“This clever hatchback seems like a wagon enthusiast’s dream come true, especially in a market where so few manufactures are willing to bring over their Euro-market ‘estates.’ Many of my fellow staffers have gushed with praise for Acura’s entry-level hauler, and as an unabashed fan of wagons and hatches, I was prepared to heap more praise on the pile.”

Visit motortrend.com for the full entry and gallery.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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RealTime Readies V6 Acura TSX for 2012 World Challenge

Posted by  on February 28th, 2012 No comments
RealTime Racing TSX

RealTime Racing TSX

Press release from realtimerl.com:

RealTime Readies V6 Acura TSX for 2012 World Challenge
Drivers Cunningham and Esayian return with eyes on GTS Championship

SAUKVILLE, Wis. (February 28, 2012) – RealTime Racing will enter the 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Championships with renewed vigor, as the Wisconsin-based team revealed plans to field a pair of V6-powered Acura TSXs in the GTS category.Peter Cunningham, of Milwaukee, Wis., and Nick Esayian, of Encinitas, Calif., both return to pilot the No. 42 and No. 34 Acuras.

After winning the inaugural GTS Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in 2010, RealTime went head-to-head with a GTS field predominated by V8-powered Boss 302 Ford Mustangs in 2011. The team took home one win, two pole positions and eight podium finishes en route to a runner-up finish for Acura in the manufacturer standings. For 2012, the upgrade to a V6 power plant will play a key role in RealTime’s quest to return the GTS manufacturer trophy to Acura.

“Acura’s four-cylinder TSX engine served us well for eight seasons, winning the Touring Car Manufacturers’ Championship in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the first-ever GTS title in 2010,” Cunningham said. “With the GTS class growing in popularity and diversity, it’s become necessary for us to take a step up in Acura’s range of TSX options.”

Acura’s 3.5-liter VTEC® V6 combined with the TSX’s nimble handling will provide RealTime with the perfect weapon to take on the larger displacement and forced-induction machinery of GTS and pursue a record-10th World Challenge Manufacturers’ title for Acura. A slew of Mustangs and Chevrolet Camaros dominate the 2012 World Challenge GTS entry list, but the diverse category also sees Acura up against the BMW M3, Nissan 370Z, Mitsubishi Evo, Audi TT, Porsche Cayman S and 996, plus a pair of factory-backed turbocharged Kia Optimas.

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Cass’s Crystal Black Pearl 2010 Acura TL

Posted by  on February 26th, 2012 11 comments
Cass's 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD

Cass's 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD 6-Speed manual

This sleek black fourth generation TL has recently caught my eye as well as the attention of many others on AcuraZine. Cass’s 2010 Acura TL SH-AWD is a forum favorite for its long list of stylish exterior mods and performance upgrades.

Here’s a quick rundown from Cass: ”It has a lowered suspension, upgraded brakes, modified front grill and a newly designed wheel from Work Wheels called the Varianza(A6S) with step lips measuring 20×9.5 front and 20×10.5 rear. Tight wheel fitment and design that really flows with the body lines on the car. ”

Enjoy a few photos below or visit AcuraZine for more on Cass’s TL.

[Source: Cass, Work Wheels]

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Acura Announces Pricing for 2013 RDX

Posted by  on February 23rd, 2012 3 comments
2013 Acura RDX
2013 Acura RDX

Official release from www.acuranews.com:

02/23/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.,

The all-new 2013 RDX crossover SUV will go on-sale at Acura dealerships in early Spring with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $34,320 Acura announced today.

“The right-sized 2013 RDX adds increased comfort, utility and power, along with class-leading fuel economy,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales.”Based on changing consumer preference, small is becoming big in the eyes of today’s consumers.”

The 2013 RDX significantly ups the game with its all new looks, increased comfort and new technology. In addition the RDX features a new 3.5L V-6 engine with 33 more horsepower than the outgoing model, a new 6-speed automatic transmission and a new all-wheel-drive system (available as a $1,400 option). The RDX exterior incorporates a sleek (more aerodynamically efficient) body and chassis updates abound in the form of a longer wheelbase with increased track, all-new Amplitude Reactive Dampers and a new motion adaptive electronic power steering system.

Inside the 2013 RDX, occupants will appreciate a new interior design with increased utility, rich interior materials and generous use of noise insulation. Standard features on RDX include leather seating surfaces, heated power front seats, a power moonroof and a 360watt audio system. New technologies such as Pandora® internet radio interface, an SMS text messaging function, a Keyless Access System with pushbutton start, an Active Noise Control system and a rear view camera system with three unique viewing angles are also standard on all RDX models.

Available for $3,700, a Technology Package brings the RDX owner even more high tech appointments including items such as the AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, a GPS-linked solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system, Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Sound System, a power actuated rear tailgate, projector beam headlights with Bi-Xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs and front fog lights.

The 2013 RDX will be produced (using U.S. and globally sourced parts) exclusively by the company’s East Liberty, Ohio plant— home to one of four Honda plants ranked among the top five-rated assembly lines in North America in the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 Initial Quality Study (IQS).

TRIM MSRP* EPA**
RDX $34,320 20/28/23
RDX with Technology Package $38,020 20/28/23
RDX with AWD $35,720 19/27/22
RDX with AWD and Technology Package $39,420 19/27/22

[Source: Acura]

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ILX Coupe in the Works?

Posted by  on February 21st, 2012 2 comments
Acura ILX Coupe
Acura ILX Coupe Rendered by Jon Sibal via AutoGuide.com

Could there be an Earth Dreams powered ILX Coupe in Acura’s future lineup? The idea doesn’t seem too far fetched. It would certainly make a worthy successor to the discontinued RSX.

Head over to www.autoguide.com for more.

[Source: AutoGuide, Jon Sibal]

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RDX and ZDX Make Top 10 List of Least Toxic Vehicles

Posted by  on February 20th, 2012 No comments
Acura ZDX Interior

Acura ZDX Interior

Most potential car buyers probably don’t have toxic chemicals on their mind when searching for that next new vehicle. Maybe it’s something to consider, because according to HealthyStuff.org, the toxic chemicals given off by parts in a car’s interior could be a danger to your long-term health. Those chemicals have been linked to health problems such as allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.

“Research shows that vehicle interiors contain a unique cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that off-gas in small, confined spaces,” said Jeff Gearhart, Research Director at the Ecology Center. “Since these chemicals are not regulated, consumers have no way of knowing the dangers they face. Our testing is intended to expose those dangers and encourage manufacturers to use safer alternatives.”

In the Ecology Center’s fourth consumer guide to toxic chemicals, the 2012 RDX and ZDX both tested very low for toxins and were tied for 5th place in HealthyStuff.org’s ”Ten Best Picks” list. The 2012 TL and 2011 TSX models also received low ratings, making Acura one of the leaders when it comes to “healthy” interiors. The 2011 MDX received a “medium” rating which is considered average, while a recent model of the RL was not tested. Visit HealthyStuff.org for the full press release.

HealthyStuff.org Ten Best Picks

[Source: HealthyStuff.org]

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Video: Acura at the Canadian International Auto Show

Posted by  on February 17th, 2012 1 comment
NSX Concept Canada

Acura NSX Concept at the Canadian International Auto Show

After making a visit to the Land of the Rising Sun, the globetrotting NSX Concept had landed in Toronto this week to make its Canadian debut at the 2012 Canadian International Auto Show. It brought some added hype for Acura, anticipating some of that extra attention would carry over to the all-new 2013 Acura ILX and RDX. Acura Canada released a video today, with Sr. Product Planner Emile Korkor introducing the new models and the NSX Concept:

The actual NSX Concept unveiling is shown below, captured in a YouTube video from MOTRface.com.

See the Acura lineup at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto which runs from February 17 – 26.

[Source: Acura Canada via YouTube, MOTRface.com]

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Acura Unveils NSX Concept, ILX and RDX in Canada

Posted by  on February 16th, 2012 No comments
NSX Concept Debuts in Canada
NSX Concept at the Canadian International Auto Show

Official release from hondanews.ca:

Acura Unveils NSX Concept, All-New 2013 Acura ILX Sedan and Re-designed 2013 Acura RDX at Canadian International Auto Show

TORONTO (February 16, 2012) – Today, Acura unveiled three new vehicles that are central to the future direction of Acura. The NSX Concept, a first glimpse at the direction for Acura’s next-generation supercar, made its Canadian debut alongside the all-new ILX luxury compact sedan, designed as the new “gateway” to the Acura brand for consumers interested in moving up from mass-market vehicles. These two “bookends” of the Acura brand were joined by the totally redesigned 2013 RDX crossover sport utility vehicle.

“Today is an important day for Acura in Canada,” said Jerry Chenkin, executive vice president, Honda Canada. “We are introducing two vehicles that will have an immediate impact on the luxury market this spring and one that will redefine what a supercar is. With beautiful designs and innovative technology that will improve the driving experience for everyone, I’m proud to introduce the vehicles that will be the foundation of our next 25 years in Canada.”

About the Acura NSX Concept

The dynamically styled NSX Concept gives an indication of the next great performance vehicle from Acura. Making use of lightweight materials and a mid-mounted V-6 engine, the NSX Concept employs several new technologies for Acura, including a new, innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® (Super Handling All Wheel Drive™) hybrid system.

Utilizing a unique two Electric Motor Drive Unit with a bilateral torque adjustable control system, the all-new hybrid all-wheel-drive system can instantly generate negative or positive torque to the front wheels during cornering. Acura anticipates the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will deliver handling performance unmatched by previous AWD systems. In addition to the handling benefits of the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, a powerful next-generation VTEC® V-6 engine with direct injection works in concert with a dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor to create supercar acceleration while offering outstanding fuel efficiency.

“The new NSX Concept is the ultimate expression of Acura’s vision to create a true synergy between driver and machine,” said Mr. Chenkin. “With innovative technologies like the new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, the NSX will make the driver at one with the car to enhance dynamic driving abilities without getting in the way.”

While most supercars opt for brute force delivered from a large engine, the NSX Concept champions the true racing philosophy of an extremely favorable power-to-weight ratio.

“Like the original NSX, we will once again achieve high performance through engineering efficiency,” added Mr. Chenkin. “We the fun-to-drive spirit of the NSX will be a primary focus; we believe that a supercar must respond positively to environmental responsibilities, too.”

The new Acura supercar, expected to debut in the next three years, will be developed by an engineering team led by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., and manufactured in Ohio.

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