When you bring two wicked photographers together with a pair of modified NSXs, the result is one sweet set of photos. Ginash George(Synth19 Photo) and Mike Maravilla(Unscene Media) of JDM Chicago recently posted some images from their Norcal photoshoot with NSX owners Mike Cruz and Brian Lee.
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]
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.
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]
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).
|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|
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.