The RLX is an all-new model for the 2014 model year, as it takes the place of the discontinued RL sedan. In its debut, it arrived in dealers with a 310-horsepower V-6 engine and later in 2013, the SH-AWD model will arrive and bump the power to 370 horsepower. Its similarities to the RL are striking, but so are its differences, like the stacked-LED headlights.
The replacement for the Acura RL was unveiled at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, and it went on sale in early 2013. Now, after just a few months, Acura is already at the 2013 SEMA Show with a special-edition RLX VIP developed in cooperation with Evasive Motorsports.
The update started under the hood where Evasive installed a new exhaust system that includes four titanium exhaust tips. The RLX also received a new Prototype Tein Street Flex coil-over suspension system that brings the RLX body closer to the ground. A new set of wheels combined with a high-performance brake system round out the performance upgrades offered for the sedan.
The exterior received an update by way of an aggressive body kit, and the interior gets custom neck pillows wrapped in Jordan Brand-inspired elephant print.
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The new Acura RLX , which recently replaced the old Acura RL — was quite a presence at this year’s SEMA Show . There were two specially prepared RLX sedans unveiled Vegas, and one of them, dubbed the RLX Urban Luxury, coming from the talented designers at MAD Industries.
Acura described this RLX as "a performance luxury sedan for every day needs." The model includes exterior and interior upgrades, MAD Industries left the 310-horsepower, V-6 engine untouched.
The RLX Urban Luxury gets a new deck-lid spoiler from Acura Genuine Accessory and a set of sporty rims. The windows received a 3M Color Stable treatment too, which adds some style to the luxury sedan and gives its occupants a little added privacy
The interior is highlighted by a new 3M 1080 Scotchprint wrap in brushed black metallic and gloss-black accents.
For the most part, this modification is a little disappointing, as the RLX is ripe for some upgrades. Even a light tuning program could easily push its V-6 powerplant over 400 horsepower.
Click past the jump to read more about Acura RLX Urban Luxury Sedan.
Phew, let’s take a short break from all of the SEMA craziness to focus on another important auto show: the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
This is where Acura will debut a Sport Hybrid version of the 2014 RLX sedan . The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will hit showrooms in 2014, and Acura will release prices soon.
The model will boast Acura’s Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain that helps the flagship pound out V-8 performance and deliver the fuel economy of a four-pot. This SH-AWD system combines a 3.5-liter, i-VTEC V-6 engine with three electric motors and a seven-cog, dual-clutch auto transmission to deliver an outstanding 377 horsepower. Thanks to its amazing output and all-wheel-drive system, this new model promises to deliver "outstanding handling and all-weather performance capabilities."
On top of the nearly 400 ponies, this RLX Sport Hybrid delivers a combined fuel economy of 30 mpg.
No other details were offered on this RLX SH, but the first image reveals that it will look nearly identical to the standard version. We’re sure there will be a few differences that Acura will reveal at a later date, but we only have one image to go off of for now.
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The anticipated reveal of the replacement for the Acura RL has finally made its debut at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. The all-new Acura RLX will make its production debut in early-2013, as a 2014 model year, giving Honda’s luxury lineup a head start for 2014.
We were all starting to wonder exactly what was in store for the RLX, since Acura announced its debut. Some of the questions that arose were around its power plant and whether or not this would simply be a restyled RL with an “X” on the end of its nameplate.
Acura answered all of those pertinent questions and then some at the auto show, as it pulled the sheet off of the new RLX and surprised everyone with a vehicle that bears little to no resemblance to its predecessor, something Honda Motor Company does not typically do. For the most part, Hondas tend to evolve rather slowly, with the exception of the latest Civic model, and rarely do we see big-time changes.
This all-new sedan is set to do battle with two newly redesigned imports, both of which debuted at the same auto show. On one side, you have the completely refreshed Toyota Avalon and on the other side, you have the redesigned Lexus ES 300h .
Can the RLX possibly fend off these two sister vehicles?
UPDATE 02/20/2013: Acura announced today pricing list for the 2014 RLX set to go on sale at a starting price of $48,450. Still, the car can get pretty expensive when adding an Advance Package; in this case price will start from $60,450.
Patent filings are sometimes the bane of secretive automaker’s existence. They try to sneak up and surprise the buyer by holding their cards close to their chest and not letting any information out about a new car. Well, the problem is that they need to patent these ideas to prevent other manufacturers from catching wind of their designs and stealing them. Then, you have savvy media folk that scour patent filings and dig up dirt on them, a la the Chevy SS, Cadillac ELR , Buick Electra , and so on.
We caught a glimpse of the 2014 Acura RLX concept car and its glorious beak in April and we were somewhat underwhelmed by it. Well, the savvy folk at Car and Driver recently dug up a patent from Europe showing what they are claiming to be the official production model 2014 RLX. Surprisingly, Acura’s production patent, or so it’s claimed to be, looks very much like the concept car. It appears that the only things that are different are the front lip design and the way the exhaust integrates into the bumper, which was far and away the coolest feature on the Concept RLX.
Unfortunately, the production RLX looks like it will retain the goofy looking “Jewel Eye” headlights, which are the two stacks of five LED lights making up the front headlights. On first glance, the “Jewel Eye” headlights did look a little neat, but it was definitely more of a novelty deal, as they now just look odd.
For those in favor of the ginormic Acura schnoz, don’t fear, as it appears to be in the same massive form as it was in at the NY International Auto Show.
Again, the true question is whether these actually are production images or just Acura patenting the basic RLX concept. Only time will tell, as we expect to see the real deal 2014 RLX in L.A. in November.