Acura Announces Special Edition Model for TSX Sports Sedan

2012 Acura TSX Special Edition

Official release from www.acuranews.com

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 

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 www.acura.com. For additional media information, please go to www.acuranews.com. Also available at www.acuranews.com is a new En Español section with Acura press releases translated to Spanish. 

[Source: Acura]

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

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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Motor Trend 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon Long Term Update

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon © Motor Trend

It would seem the Editors over at Motor Trend have grown quite fond of their 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon after just four months of testing.

In the second update of their Long Term Road Test there is much praise for the TSX, one editor even had to remind himself it was an Acura he was driving and not a BMW.

“First, after hopping in the TSX Sport Wagon for the first time since we’ve had it in fleet, after driving for a few miles, I momentarily lost track of what vehicle I was driving. With the texture and quality of the leather, the size and feel of the steering wheel (Lieberman calls it “hefty without being overly meaty”), the weight of the steering, and the comfort and luxury of the seats, I thought I was driving a BMW. I had to look at the badge on the steering wheel to remind myself I was driving the Acura.” – Motor Trend

Head over to www.motortrend.com to read the full update.

[Source: Motor Trend]

TSX Sport Wagon makes Forbes 7 Best of 2011 List

2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon

Introduced to the Acura lineup just this year, the Acura TSX Sport Wagon also makes its way onto Forbes 7 Best Luxury Station Wagons of 2011 List.

“The 2011 Acura TSX Wagon rides on the same 106.4″ wheelbase as the TSX sedan, and weighs just 129 lbs. more (3,599 lbs. vs. 3,470 lbs.). The compact wagon is equipped with a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine that sends a modest 201 hp and 170 lb-ft of torque to the front wheels. Fuel economy is rated at 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway, just a tick less than the sedan’s 22/31. Space is generous, with 25.8 cubic feet of luggage room and 60.5 cubic feet of cargo room with the second row folded. Base prices start at $30,960.” - Forbes

See which vehicles complete the list at Forbes.com.

[Source: Forbes]

2011 Honda Accord Saloon UK Images

2011 Honda Accord Saloon UK

Though the new 2011 Honda Accord Saloon has not yet made its appearance on Honda UK‘s main site, I was able to gather some great photos through their media site. 

Just looking at the exterior shots there doesn’t seem to be much difference from the refreshed 2011 JDM Accord. The vehicles in the gallery all feature the aero kit which comes standard on the Type S and higher models. Both UK and JDM 2011 Accords benefit from upgrades in headlight technology not found on the 2011 Acura TSX. 

“One of the most visible changes to the top of the range Accords is the addition of Active Cornering Lights, which provide enhanced illumination when the vehicle is turning. The light unit on the relevant side will be illuminated when the driver activates the indicators in that direction or turns the steering wheel more than 90 degrees. When the vehicle is in reverse, both lights will be activated to give a good view to either side of the driver.
Another new lighting technology for Honda is the High Beam Support system, which is fitted on vehicles with the bi-xenon headlights. This system is controlled by a camera fitted to the windscreen in the area of the driver rear view mirror. The camera detects oncoming headlights or the taillights of a vehicle in front and automatically dips the headlights onto their normal setting if they are on high-beam. ” – Honda UK For more info on the The 2011 Honda Accord Saloon and Tourer visit Honda UK.

[Source: Honda UK]

Being released first of the group, it’s possible the 2011 Acura TSX missed out and the newer headlights. Hopefully the newer lighting tech finds it’s way to the 2012 TSX.

2011 Honda Accord Japan Type S Images

2011 Honda Accord Japan

Here are some detailed photos of the JDM 2011 Honda Accord Type-S compiled from the Honda Japan website.

[Source: Honda Japan]