Posted by on April 2nd, 2014
It’s hard to believe the first generation NSX is now twenty-four years old. Although it may not qualify as a true “classic car” just yet, Automobile Magazine explains why it makes their “Collectible Classic” for the month of April 2014:
“The NSX would be sold under the premium Acura sales channel in the United States, a shot-in-the-arm for a brand fighting to carve its niche in the crowded marketplace. Launching as a 1991 model, the supercar wasn’t just a landmark event for Honda, it was an engineering breakthrough for the industry, and the first production car to use an all-aluminum chassis and body. Hand-built in Tochigi, Japan, the NSX cost about $65,000, making it the most expensive Japanese car ever to that point.” Greg Migliore, Automobile Magazine
Check out the full feature at automobilemag.com: Collectible Classic: 1991-2005 Acura NSX.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]
Filed under: Acura History, NSX Tags: Acura History, Automobile Magazine
Posted by on March 21st, 2014
Did you notice today’s Ayrton Senna Google Doodle? The graphic honors the Brazilian Formula One Legend on what would have been his 54th birthday. Almost 20 years ago Senna suffered fatal injuries at the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix where his life was cut short at the age of 34.
Senna rose to fame piloting the Honda powered McLaren MP4 to three Formula One World Championships, and it was because of that connection, Honda engineers were able to tap into his racing expertise to help improve NSX, forever imprinting his legacy onto the car.
“In February of 1989, right around the same time the demonstration car was dropping jaws with its svelte, mid-engined looks, a gaggle of Honda engineers were waiting with polite expectation to hear a positive verdict on one of the company’s most ambitious projects ever. It was called the New Sportscar Experimental, and the engineers were confident that the newly-minted Formula 1 champion driving their creation could not fail to be impressed. The team had just completed an entire month at the Suzuka Circuit, and considered their all-aluminum machine to be as forged and honed as a katana. They were about to be disappointed.” Brendan McAleer, Road & Track
Read the rest of this feature from Road & Track: How Ayrton Senna made the Acura NSX exceptional.
[Source: Road & Track]
Filed under: Acura History, NSX Tags: Acura History, Ayrton Senna, Flashback Friday, Road & Track
Posted by on January 1st, 2014
2013 brought us more of the NSX Concept, a new MDX, and the debut of the most advanced Acura sedan to date. Find out what Acura chose as their top 5 Moments of 2013 in the gallery above.
[Source: Acura via Facebook]
Filed under: Acura Galleries, Acura History, Acura News Tags: Acura History
Posted by on December 14th, 2012
With news of the 2014 MDX Prototype heading to North American International Auto Show next month, I think it’s fitting that I feature a past iteration of the MDX for this Flashback Friday. Let’s dip into the Acura archive and take a look at a prelude to the second generation MDX.
Referred to as the MD-X Concept, the above sketch was teased ahead of its debut at the 2006 New York International Auto Show.
“The MD-X Concept is fashioned as a true driver’s SUV, with its low, wide stance and aggressive design. Its sleek surface lines are modeled after a high-powered megayacht.”
For the most part, many of the styling cues from the concept carried over to the production model 2007 MDX, including the grille. The “shield” styled grille lasted three model years on the MDX, until it was updated to the “Power Plenum” grille for 2010.
Steady sales of the second generation MDX has kept it as Acura’s top selling model in recent years.
Filed under: Acura Galleries, Acura History, MDX, Renderings Tags: 2007 Acura MDX, Acura History, Flashback Friday
Posted by on November 23rd, 2012
After seventeen years and two model generations, the RL officially comes to a quiet end in 2012. Reborn as the RLX for the 2014 model year, it’s a small name change for Acura’s new flagship sedan, but it signals the beginning of some exciting new technologies that should eventually trickle down into the rest of the Acura’s future models.
In essence, Acura’s flagship sedan has always been a progressive evolution since the 1986 Acura Legend, but for nostalgic purposes, let’s take a visual look back at the last seventeen years starting with the first generation Acura 3.5RL in 1996.
Filed under: Acura Galleries, Acura History, RL, RLX Tags: 2014 Acura RLX, Acura History
Posted by on November 9th, 2012
Introducing the 1986 Acura Integra
For this Flashback Friday lets max out the time machine and go way back to the introduction of Acura in North America. In 1986 Honda launched Acura as the first ever Japanese automobile luxury brand with just two models, the Legend and the Integra.
In what could be one of the earliest Acura TV commercials ever created, a sporty red 3-door Integra was used to showcase what Honda claimed, “maybe the best result we’ve ever had”. Although the Integra/RSX was discontinued twenty years later in 2006, Acura lives on going into its 27th year with a lineup of seven models strong.
Check out the 1986 Acura Integra commercial in the clip below.
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Filed under: Acura History, Integra, Videos Tags: 1986 Acura Integra, Acura History, Flashback Friday
Posted by on September 7th, 2012
SH-AWD: It’s the Most Thrilling Way to Carve a Corner
Pop quiz: Name all turbocharged Honda and Acura production-models that have ever been sold in North America.
Having trouble? That’s because there was only one: the Acura RDX.
The first generation Acura RDX debuted in the summer of 2006 as a 2007 model and became Acura’s first compact crossover SUV. Fitted with a 2.3L turbocharged engine pumping out 240 hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque, it was less powerful and smaller in size than its older sibling the MDX. But, when you throw in Acura’s torque vectoring SH-AWD system into the mix, it became a rare, fun-to-drive SUV that appealed to many enthusiasts.
This TV ad from 2007 tries to capture just how entertaining the SH-AWD equipped RDX can be. Because nothing says fun like riding a giant wave of asphalt!
Check out the thrilling ad from Acura in the video below.
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Filed under: Acura History, RDX Tags: Acura Commercial, Acura History, Flashback Friday
Posted by on August 24th, 2012
The 2005 Acura RSX Type-S – You’ll Know It When You Hear It
For this Flashback Friday we won’t go too far back, just a couple of years to when Acura had two, 2-door coupes in their lineup. The year was 2004 and Acura offered a few sporty options, the NSX and the sport-compact RSX being the most obvious choices.
At four years old, the 2005 model year RSX was refreshed with improved tuning, new features and styling updates. The most distinguishable changes from the previous year were new headlights and taillights as well as a revised front bumper. The Type-S model also got a 10 hp power boost, bringing it to 210 hp.
In this TV commercial from 2004 we have two men who look to be pilots or aviation experts sitting at a coffee shop. They play a little game of “name that jet” as they hear planes zoom by overhead. Then, from a distance they hear a new machine rip through but can’t seem to match the tune to an aircraft.
No, it’s not a jet. “The Acura RSX Type-S, now with 210 horsepower. You’ll know it when you hear it.”
See the classic Acura ad below.
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Filed under: Acura History, RSX, Videos Tags: 2005 Acura RSX, Acura Commercial, Acura History, Flashback Friday