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Video: A Look Inside Realtime Racing’s GTS Class Acura TSX

Posted by   on April 11th, 2013 No comments

Realtime Racing's GTS Class Acura TSX

Take a look inside Realtime Racing’s championship-winning Acura TSX and find out what it takes to compete in a rear-wheel drive dominated class that includes Nissan 370Zs, Porsche Caymans, and BMW M3s.

“We visited the Detroit Grand Prix to see the Pirelli World Challenge action and interview Realtime Racing driver/owner Peter Cunningham ahead of his race on the Belle Isle course. Peter showed off his GTS-class Acura TSX and talked about the difference between stock production cars and racing cars.” – Autoweek

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Edwin’s Grigio Metallic 2009 Acura TSX

Posted by   on March 1st, 2013 3 comments

Edwin’s Grigio Metallic 2009 Acura TSX

Go back a few years to the start of Edwin’s progression thread on AcuraZine, and you’ll find some photos of one bone stock Grigio Metallic 2009 Acura TSX. Not that there is anything wrong with a stock TSX, but when you compare it to some of Edwin’s recent photos above, the TSX just looks so much sweeter after it’s personalized with style and attitude.

Today Edwin’s thread is over 28 pages long, and after following his progress for the past few months I’ve been eagerly awaiting some fresh new shots to share. These recent photos come after the arrival of the latest piece of the puzzle, a rear aero bumper to compliment the Accord Type S lip up front. Another mod that stands out on Edwin’s TSX is one of my favourite aftermarket grilles for the 09-10 models: the ATLP Grille. To me it’s a throwback to the 1st generation TSX grille, but still retains an angular “V” shape that outlines the modern Acura shield grille.

Thanks goes out to Edwin for sharing the great shots, looking forward to future updates.

Edwin’s mod list:

Forgestar CF10 19×9.5 • Megan Coilover • ATLP Grille • JDM Type S Lip Rep • Sport Aero Rear Bumper • Injen Intake • Magnaflow Exhaust  •  Cleared Headlights w/ Black Housing • HID fogs 6000k • HID headlight 6000k • DRL/high beam nokya artic white  •  LED Switchback Turn Signal • interior LEDs

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Isi’s 2009 Honda Accord Type S

Posted by   on October 19th, 2012 2 comments

Isi’s 2009 Honda Accord Type S

Unless you come across one of the very rare examples of a conversion, the chances of you seeing an Acura TSX in Germany are slim to none. You might however run into the TSX’s very close cousin: the 2.4L European Honda Accord.

Isi and her 2009 Honda Accord Type S hail from Bavaria – that’s right, there’s love for the CU2 even in Germany. In fact there’s a community of CU2 owners, and even a German forum specifically for those interested in the eighth generation Honda Accord - accord2008.net.

There’s really nothing “Acura” about Isi’s white pearl Accord, but it has some really nice features that I think may inspire some TSX owners here in North America. All the mods should work and fit just as well on a TSX, at least in theory. In just a few years Isi’s Accord has been through several iterations, but the current black on white, or “panda” theme, adds a unique sporty/aggressive style that is definitely my favourite look so far.

Thanks goes out to Isi for sharing the gorgeous photos and for providing a current list of mods below.

Xenonlook Fogger • White LED license plate lights • U.S. sidelight • Climair wind deflector • 20″ Schmidt Phantom ceramic white (front axle 8,5×20 Et45 and rear axle 9,5×20 ET45) with 245/30 michelin pilot sport (Summer) • 18″ original Honda Type S wheels in black • Black foiled front grille with white logo • Silver painted brake calipers • Valve cover powder coated in red • Intake manifold cover and spark plug cover painted in Premium White Pearl • Mugen Oil Cab • Rear honda logo black painted • TSS F1 Cat Back Exhaust System • Black painted trunk lip • Black painted headlamps • Illuminated door sills • Modulo rear spoiler • Modulo front spoiler • Painted tail lights • Painted exterior mirrors in body color • Painted decor parts in the interior • Roof spoiler • Sprint booster • Hood, roof, roof spoiler, modulo front spoiler, foiled in matt black • Hood Deflector • H & R Monotube Coilover (currently 60/40 deep)

If you want more on Isi’s build, visit her thread on AcuraZine.

[Source: Isi via AcuraZine]

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Video: Inside the Car – BMC TSX Sport Wagon

Posted by   on October 7th, 2012 No comments
BMC Racing Team Acura TSX Sport Wagon

BMC Racing Team Acura TSX Sport Wagon

As the official vehicle sponsor of the BMC Racing Team, Acura has been providing specially-equipped TSX Sport Wagons as team cars at all North American races since 2011. Get an inside look at how the vehicle is used to accommodate the demands of a professional cycling team in the video below.

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Acura Announces Pricing for 2013 TSX Sedan

Posted by   on September 19th, 2012 1 comment
2013 Acura TSX

2013 Acura TSX

Official release from acuranews.com:

09/19/2012 – TORRANCE, Calif.

The 2013 TSX sedan goes on sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $30,510. Recently named “Best Upscale Small Car for Families” by US News and World Report, the TSX sedan offers a great mix of styling, sporty performance, luxury appointments and high fuel efficiency to offer remarkable value on a luxury scale.

The TSX sedan continues into the 2013 model year with two engine variants, a 2.4-liter inline-4 and a 3.5-liter V-6. The TSX with the 2.4-liter produces 201 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 variant, the TSX sedan produces 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque. A 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission is standard on both models.

A 6-speed manual transmission is available on the TSX Special Edition, powered by the 2.4-liter inline-4. Horsepower is unchanged, but torque output is increased to 172 lb-ft.

The 2013 TSX comes well-equipped with standard features such as Xenon HID headlights, halogen foglights, glass moonroof,  power-actuated and heated front seats, leather-wrapped sport-style steering wheel, perforated leather trimmed seating surfaces, and 360-watt premium audio system with 7-speakers and a subwoofer. Aluminum wheels come standard on the 2013 TSX sedan, measuring 17×7.5 inches for the 4-cylinder powered TSX and 18×8 inches for the TSX V-6.

The TSX Special Edition augments the exterior with sport-minded front, side and rear underbody spoilers, along with numerous interior enhancements features such as motorsports-inspired aluminum pedal covers, perforated black Lux Suede® seats and red stitching throughout the cabin.

The available Technology Package includes a 415-watt Acura/ELS Surround® Premium Audio System with 10 speakers, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, rearview camera and AcuraLink (including AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ with Traffic Rerouting™ and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™).

Standard safety equipment on all Acura models includes Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, anti-lock brakes, dual-stage/multiple-threshold front airbags, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags for all outboard seating positions, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).

The 2013 TSX is produced using domestically and globally sourced parts in Sayama, Japan.

TRIM MSRP* EPA** (city/highway/combined)
TSX $30,510 22/31/26
TSX Special Edition $31,510 22/31/26
TSX Special Edition with
6-Speed Manual
$31,510 21/29/24
TSX with Technology Package $33,610 22/31/26
TSX V-6 with Technology Package $39,150 19/28/23

[Source: Acura]

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2012 Acura TL, TSX and MDX TV Commercials

Posted by   on July 17th, 2012 2 comments

The Acura TL: Cornering at Speeds that Will Drain the Blood from your Head

A recent television spot for the Acura TL mentions a quote from Autoweek that said “this thing will corner at speeds that will drain the blood from your head.” They obviously don’t mean that literally, but I would have to say that is probably the most interesting way I’ve heard someone describe the TL equipped with SH-AWD.

Along with the popular split-screen TV commercials for the ILX, Acura has also been running a set of ads for the rest of their vehicle lineup this summer. The spots have a similar look and feel; an Acura model drives aggressively though dark streets made up of movie props and obstacles while a voice over describes some of the vehicle’s unique features.

Acura doesn’t often mention or show competitor vehicles in their ads, but as you can see in the above screenshot they weren’t afraid to call out some names this time. In a less noticeable manner, the TSX spot features cardboard cutouts of its competitors flopping over as it drives by.

Check out the three television spots from advertising agency rp& below.

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Mischa’s Acura TSX Conversion in Germany

Posted by   on June 29th, 2012 2 comments
Mischa's European Accord TSX

Mischa’s European Accord TSX Conversion

Conversions are nothing new here in North America, we’ve been swapping in JDM Honda parts onto Acuras since the early nineties. It’s not uncommon to see Acuras with their emblems, grilles and lights changed to look more like their counterparts in Japan.

While some second generation TSX owners look to alter the “shield” grille by painting it, others may go the JDM route and install the more conservative grille found on the Japanese/European Accord.

In a rare case found in the homeland of BMW, Audi and Mercedes, Accord owner Mischa decided to go the opposite way and convert his Honda with Acura style. Swapping the Honda grille with an Acura one might surprise a few who are “anti-shield”, I guess we can say that the grass is always greener?

With the OEM Honda kit already installed on his 2.4L European Accord, Mischa added USDM outer tail lights, as well as a painted white Acura grille and red emblems. After a few wheel changes, the Accord TSX now rides on the popular Vossen VVS-CV3s.

It’s a unique and stylish build, and is probably one, if not the only Acura conversions in Germany. See the evolution of Mischa’s European Honda Accord/Acura TSX conversion in the gallery below.

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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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