The New TSX SE – Pure Acura

Posted by  on August 31st, 2011 No comments

2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Starting 25 years ago with the very first Integra, Acura has always been known for high-revving, fuel efficient 4-cylinder cars that are a blast to drive. In fact, as many of our luxury competitors re-introduce 4-cylinder models into their line-ups, Acura stands alone as the only luxury brand in America that has always offered a 4 cylinder and a manual transmission option in its product line.

And for 2012, we will take our fun-quotient up a notch by introducing a new installment to the sporty TSX series. The TSX Special Edition adds new attitude to the TSX lineup, thanks to exterior and interior upgrades to the popular model.

Along with Acura’s acclaimed K24 4-cylinder engine and a choice of the close-ratio 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, it features a more aggressive front spoiler and rear bumper fascia, unique side sills and a Special Edition badge on the trunklid. It also boasts 17 x 17.5-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels, featuring a polished finish with a unique dark grey background.

Inside, the TSX SE has sporty appointments, including exclusive seating surfaces, straight from a JDM Type-S model, with perforated black Lux Suede® inserts and red backing. Unique red stitching graces the seats, armrest, steering wheel and shift knob, complementing the red lighting for the instrument cluster gauges, overhead lighting and footwell lighting. And the driver’s footwell has brushed aluminum pedal covers with a race-inspired look. There’s also bright silver plating for the steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters along with black headliner material for a cool appearance.

The TSX Special Edition will go on sale in the fall. In the meantime, visit the Future Vehicles section on to see photos.

Until next time,

Acura Insider

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Acura Announces Special Edition Model for TSX Sports Sedan

Posted by  on August 29th, 2011 2 comments

2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

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Exterior and Interior Upgrades Make for an Even Sportier TSX 

08/29/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif. 

Continuing the celebration of its 25th anniversary, Acura today announced the availability of a new version of the popular TSX sports sedan for the 2012 model year. Designed to evoke the fun-to-drive 4-cylinder Acuras of the past, the TSX Special Edition will add even more sportiness to the TSX lineup thanks to numerous exterior and interior upgrades for Acura’s entry-level sedan. 

“The Acura TSX has long been known for its high-revving 4-cylinder engines and sporty driving nature,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “With the new Special Edition, the TSX becomes even more youthful and sporty in character, furthering its appeal to performance-minded buyers.” 

The 2012 TSX Special Edition package consists of numerous upgrades to the exterior including a more aggressive front spoiler, a new rear bumper fascia, unique side sills and an exclusive “Special Edition” badge on the trunklid. Finally, the TSX’s 17×7.5-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels will feature a polished finish with dark grey background, unique to the Special Edition model. 

Inside, the TSX Special Edition makes use of sport-minded appointments including exclusive seating surfaces with perforated black Lux Suede® inserts with red backing. Unique red stitching, used for the seats, steering wheel and the shift knob, combines with red lighting for the instrument cluster gauges, overhead lighting and footwell lighting. Adding more appeal to the driver’s footwell are aluminum pedal covers with a race-inspired look. Rounding out the Special Edition’s interior upgrades is the use of bright silver plating for the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters along with black headliner material (standard TSX have grey headliner material). 

The TSX Special Edition package makes use of Acura’s acclaimed K24 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and will be available with either the close-ratio 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmissions. The TSX Special Edition will go on sale in late September and will make its public debut at the Orange County International Auto Show on September 22nd. 


Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 271 dealers within the United States. The 2012 Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan and Sport Wagon, the turbocharged RDX luxury crossover SUV, the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle and the ZDX four-door sports coupe. 

Along with every new Acura, the 2012 TSX is covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Additional benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing. 

For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit For additional media information, please go to Also available at is a new En Español section with Acura press releases translated to Spanish. 

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Video: Chasing the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in a Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Posted by  on August 27th, 2011 No comments

The Fast Lane Car took a ride with cycling journalist James Raia as they followed the riders of  the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike race.

“The 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon may be the perfect car for a cross country trip chasing a professional bike race. In this video we check in with veteran cycling journalist James Raia in Vail Colorado as he drives from Colorado mountain town to mountain town in the 2011 Acura Sport Wagon chasing the riders of the 2011 USA Pro Cycling Challenge bike race” - The Fast Lane Car

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Video: 25th Anniversary Acura Enthusiast Event

Posted by  on August 26th, 2011 No comments

“We recently invited some of the most active Acura enthusiasts to spend the day with us at our headquarters in Torrance, California. We shared our vision, our private car collection, and our current line-up. In turn, they shared their enthusiasm and love for Acura. Check out this video for an inside look at the day’s events.” – Acura

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Acura Celebrates Five Years in China

Posted by  on August 23rd, 2011 2 comments

Acura China

While Acura celebrates its 25th year anniversary as a brand in North America, it has only been 5 years since Acura was introduced to the Chinese market.

Acura China first launched in 2006 and has experienced steady growth with dealerships now present in major cities and core areas all over the country. Originally launching with the TL and RL, its lineup has since expanded to include the MDX and soon the ZDX by the end of 2011.

Have a look at Acura’s 5 years in China with a mini timeline of model history:

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Acuras Make the List – The 100 Greatest Cars of All Time

Posted by  on August 18th, 2011 No comments

Acura Integra Type-R

The editors over at Edmunds Inside Line recently posted  ”the definitive list to end all 100 Greatest Cars lists”.

A list that would be impossible for all automotive enthusiasts to absolutely agree on considering the many different criteria a vehicle’s greatness(or lack of) could be measured on. While the eternal debate will undoubtingly continue, the list was created and three Acuras made the cut:

“100. 1997 Acura Integra Type-R: Hand-ported heads, 8,000-rpm redline, and the best-handling front-drive chassis ever. It’s still the ultimate sport compact.”

“93. 1986 Acura Legend: It’s the car that proved the Japanese could build a true luxury machine and had to be taken seriously.”

“27. 1990 Acura NSX: An all-aluminum, midengine sports car so good it forced Ferrari to build better Ferraris. Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing system would be universally adopted. Honda at its peak.”

Head over to for the complete list.

[Source: Edmunds Inside Line]

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2012 Acura RDX – Official Release

Posted by  on August 16th, 2011 No comments

2012 Acura RDX

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The Acura RDX Continues to be the Right “Right Sized” SUV for Today’s World
Smart Looks, Advanced Technology and Two DrivetrainChoices Offer Plenty of Appeal for the 2012 RDX

08/16/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif.

In tough economic times, choosing the right vehicle has never been more important. Blending a smart balance of sport and utility, the 2012 Acura RDX offers a “right sized” package matched with a turbocharged powertrain and the available sure-footedness of Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™— all wrapped in supple luxury.

The evolution of the luxury performance SUV took a significant leap forward with the arrival of the Acura RDX turbocharged crossover vehicle. The quick response of power from Acura’s first-ever turbocharged engine along with the breakthrough technology of SH-AWD™ combine to deliver excellent performance in an efficient SUV package.

“The RDX has always offered a unique mix of great performance, good utility, lots owner relevant technology and sharp looks,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “The availability of a 2WD model with improved fuel economy and a lower price also makes the 2012 RDX an exceptionally smart choice.”

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2012 Acura ZDX – Official Release

Posted by  on August 16th, 2011 No comments

2012 Acura ZDX

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2012 Acura ZDX Four-Door Sports Coupe Delivers Style, Performance, Luxury and Refinement

08/16/2011 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The all-new Acura ZDX four-door sports coupe burst on the scene for 2010 and immediately garnered positive accolades from top media thanks to its dramatic styling, excellent performance and the latest in advanced technology. The ZDX features stunning coupe-like styling with the added benefit of a commanding presence and flexible utility. Staying true to the original design prototype, the ZDX features the forward thinking design elements consisting of a panoramic glass roof, hidden rear door handles and bold fender flares.

“The ZDX is like nothing you have ever seen before from Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “It combines the best attributes of a coupe, a sedan and a sport utility – all wrapped in a beautifully sculpted package – that will attract an entirely new luxury customer to the Acura brand.”

Designed, developed and manufactured entirely in North America, the ZDX broke new ground for Acura in many ways. The ZDX was the first vehicle to be styled from start to finish in the new Acura Design Studio in Torrance, CA, allowing exterior and interior designers to work closely together throughout the entire design process. Staying true to the original sketch from Acura’s first female designer, Michelle Christensen, the ZDX features sensuous curves, deeply sculpted shoulders and strong character lines.

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