Acura ILX

Acura ILX

The last time Acura made a compact luxury car based on the Civic we received the RSX, which had a cult-like following but ultimately didn’t fit what Acura was trying to be. After only five model years, Acura laid the RSX to rest and left the Civic alone for a few years. With the luxury compact sedan market as hot as it had ever been, Acura chose to meddle with the Civic again and released the 2013 ILX. Initially, the ILX had three drivetrains available: two gasoline drivetrains and one hybrid. As we head into the 2015 model year, Acura wisely cut the slow-selling hybrid model and left the two gasoline powertrains, which include a 150-horsepower 2.0-liter and a 201-horsepower 2.4-liter, to take on the likes of the Mercedes CLA250 and Buick Verano.

I got a crack at the ILX Premium with the 2.4-liter engine and six-speed manual transmission. Since I had already spent a week with the 2015 Honda Civic Si, I knew what the engine and transmission were all about. What I didn’t know was whether the throaty, high-revving i-VTEC engine was appropriate for a luxury car.

With my weeklong drive in the books, I was able to formulate an opinion on the ILX sedan. You can read all of my thoughts on it after the jump.

Click past the jump to read about my time with the 2015 Acura ILX 2.4L Premium.

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This week we have Justin back, and he has a new car for Weekly Wheels, so we let him start things off with a look at the Acura ILX . After that I get to talk about how the new 2015 Subaru Outback is a great SUV, but a terrible Subaru. Mark finishes us off with a look at the new Audi A3 . Small spoiler, I like it more than he does, even if it is missing a door.

For the news segment of the show I spend some time talking about my new review for Forza Horizon 2 . I think that is the only important part of our whole show really, but the other two figured that we should cover other news as well. In the end we talked about the Lamborghini Asterion , the death of the Lotus Evora, and Infiniti’s desire to build a car that it kind of already makes. We also have some truck talk with Mark as we discuss the fuel economy ratings of the new Canyon and Colorado trucks before we all get angry at GM’s latest “sport truck.”

We didn’t have any questions from last week’s show to answer, so we skipped the Question and Answer section to head straight to Own, Drive, Burn. Our own Ciprian provided us with a trio of the worst cars Ferrari ever made to choose from. I’ll be honest; it wasn’t a super great or entertaining ODB. Sorry about that.

As always, we all hope that everyone has a super great Friday and a wonderful weekend. We will be back next Thursday with another awesome episode. See you guys then.

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After revealing the ILX Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show in January, Acura has quickly followed it up with the production version at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show. Carrying the same ILX name, the new sedan will be offered with a choice of two different engines, as well as a Hybrid version for those with a particular love for the environment.

The Acura ILX addresses the young buyers that are looking for their first luxury vehicle. Acura has promised the ILX will be a cheaper alternative to models like the Buick Verano and the Audi A3 .

"First-time luxury buyers tend to place a high value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues, and that’s what we have created with the new Acura ILX Acura ILX ," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."

Updated 06/17/2014: Acura announced prices for the 2015 ILX which continues to be offered with the same features as the 2014 model year. The only change includes a new Modern Steel Metallic exterior paint that replaces the Polished Metal Metallic.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2013-2014 Acura ILX.

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The ILX is a recent addition to the Acura lineup, and the automaker wants to show off exactly what its resident entry-level sedan is capable of to help draw in the younger crowd. With this desire for youthful buyers, Acura took to task developing the Street Performance ILX for the 2013 SEMA Show .

Acura teamed up with MAD Industries to build this performance sedan, and it’s described as "a fun car that feels at home on city streets or a curvy mountain pass." Just like with all the other models Acura hauled to Las Vegas, the most important work on this concept ILX took place under its hood.

The 2.4-liter model was treated to a healthy dose of forced air by way of a supercharger kit and intake from CT Engineering. Acura and MAD then tossed in a Greddy SP Elite prototype exhaust system to allow the engine to exhale after that huge helping of extra air. These changes gave the ILX a modest bump of 49 horsepower to a total of 250 ponies — the stock ILX puts down 201 horses.

Click past the jump to read more about the Acura Street Performance ILX.

Next to the ILX "Street Build" Concept developed in cooperation with Evasive Motorsports, Acura has also unveiled the ILX Endurance Racer at the 2012 SEMA Show. This racer be will making its competition debut at next month’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race where it will compete against models like the Porsche GT3 and Mazda MX5 Miata .

The ILX Endurance Racer was built using a Acura ILX "body in white" bare chassis, with all the work done by Team Honda Honda Research- West. The main focus was to reduce the vehicle’s weight and improve overall performance numbers. The race car still needed to include all of the safety equipments required by NASA, so Acura added a full roll cage, a Bride Gardis III race seat, an OMP competition steering wheel, a Schroth safety harness, Brockway Engineering D Gauge digital OBD2 gauges, and a Braille lightweight battery.

Exterior updates include a new set of Baja Designs LED lighting system for long winter night-running, a THR-W-designed front splitter, and an APR GTC-200 rear spoiler.

The Endurance Racer is powered by a K24Z7 engine mated to a 6-speed transmission. The engine’s cooling is ensured by new AEM air intakes and the luscious exhaust note will be enjoyed because of the custom-built AEM/120 Racing exhaust. The Acura ILX will also be equipped with a new set of Enkei RPF1 wheels fitted with BF Goodrich R1 race tires. Other updates include an H&R suspension, limited-slip differential, motor mounts, anti-roll bars, and rear upper suspension control arms.

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Acura unveiled the 2013 ILX at the 2012 Chicago Auto Show and now, for the 2012 SEMA Show, they have come up with the very cool "Street Build" project car developed in cooperation with Evasive Motorsports. The new ILX Street Project represents Acura’s return to the SEMA Show after a six-year hiatus.

The Acura ILX "Street Build" Concept is based on the 2013 ILX 6-Speed Manual equipped with the vehicle’s Premium Package. It adds a supercharger kit from CT Engineering and an ECU tune that increases the 2.4-liter inline-4’s output up to an impressive 250 HP (up from the standard 201 HP). This special project also received a SP Elite exhaust from Greddy for a throatier engine sound.

The package continues with the Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit that adds a new front spoiler, new side skirts, a rear spoiler and deck lid spoiler, and body side molding. The car sits on a new set of 19" Volk G25 wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires.

The cool thing about an auto show like SEMA is that aftermarket companies from all over America - and sometimes from out of the country, too - all get the shine they deserve.

Team Honda Research West, in collaboration with Honda Performance Development and Solo Motorsports, will be presenting a pair of Acura ILX Race Cars that are both scheduled to compete later this year at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.

Apparently, the objective in bringing these two cars to SEMA is to give potential teams a chance to give the race cars a thorough look-around should they have interest in campaigning their own ILX racers in a racing series or two.

Full specs of the ILX Race Cars will be unveiled at SEMA so stay tuned for all of that when Las Vegas welcomes the automotive aftermarket world with open arms at the tail end of October.

SEMA’s coming, fellas. And if these ILX Racers are an indication of what we’re in store for, consider us pumped and ready to roll!

Special edition Acuras are a rare sight in itself. Special edition Acuras with 7,500 LED lights and 1,149 lines of interactive light programming?

Yep, we’ve never seen one before.

That is until Acura and Metric collaborated to build this completely insane ILX that comes with all those tricks. The car was built as a special marketing tool for Metric’s new "Synthetica" album and took 4,600 hours to build. Quite an achievement, if you ask us.

For a car that’s powered by a choice of three powertrains that include a 2.4-liter engine with 201 horsepower, the Acura ILX is one of those cars that won’t capture your attention off the bat. But something about this car shouts to the contrary.

Maybe it’s all those lights...

Check out the video to see what this Acura ILX is capable of. Trust us when we tell you; you’ve never seen anything quite like it out on the streets.

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Acura NSX Concept

Nearly every automotive brand has its own little gimmick. Ford has its blue oval, Chevy has its bow-tie, Buick has its shields, and on it goes. Acura , however, never really developed a gimmick until recently and it certainly made up for its lack of said gimmick by making one for the ages.

Acura’s newfound gimmick was what it dubbed “the shield” or as us automotive buffs have dubbed it “the beak.” As of late, Acura has received a good bit of flack regarding said beak, and even its own design head admits that it went “a little overboard at some points” when speaking about “the shield.”

According to multiple reports, however, Acura has no plans to drop the beak any time soon, but it may massage it a little on certain models. We already saw that the nose was slightly reduced on the ILX , though it was still pretty large. The NSX Concept was another that looked as if the beak was trimmed back a little bit, but it was also still very noticeable.

It’s one thing to have your own little niche carved out in automotive history, but it’s another thing when that niche suddenly becomes the focal point for your cars. We are willing to bet that “the shield” gets trimmed down over the next few years and the largest cut down just may happen when Acura finally releases the production NSX .

Then again, car companies can be a little stubborn when it comes to admitting failure and letting designs linger around for way too long, so we may be in for several decades of this massive beak. Only time will tell.

Acura has unveiled the new ILX concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. This concept is a preview of a luxury compact sedan scheduled for launch in Spring 2012. The production version will be offered with a choice of three different powertrains, including Acura’s first-ever gas-electric hybrid.

The Acura ILX is defined by a sleek, sporty, and aerodynamic design language with a smart, spacious, and sporty interior. Under the hood, Acura will place a choice of two engines a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine or a 2.4-liter inline 4-cylinder. A hybrid version will also be offered with a 1.5-liter gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain.

"First time luxury buyers place the highest value on exterior styling, affordability and environmental issues and that’s a virtual definition of what we have created with the new Acura ILX," said Jon Ikeda, head of the Acura Design Studio. "The strategy behind this new model is to position ILX as the first opportunity for many young buyers to enter the luxury market."

Hit the jump to read more about the 2012 Acura ILX Concept.


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