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Acura MDX

The next generation Acura MDX was first caught testing back in May 2012, but since then, nothing much has been heard about it or its new features. That is, until today, when our spy photographers were able to grab a few images of the future generation SUV as it rounded out a bit more testing. As you can see, the car is still heavily camouflaged, hiding just about everything, but we still expect to see big changes in the design of the future MDX , including some design elements from the RLX Concept .

The future Acura MDX will also be borrowing the engine line-up from the RLX, meaning customers will choose between two engines. The standard model will be powered by a V6 engine with about 300 HP, while a new hybrid model will feature the Acura Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system. In the RLX, this version delivers a total of 370 HP.

The Acura MDX will be out on the market in late 2013 as a 2014 model.

The history of the ZDX began back in 2009 when Acura wanted to unveil a model that would take on the BMW X6. Unfortunately for Acura, the ZDX was far from the successful model they were hoping for and so they company announced that the 2013 model year would be the final year for the ZDX.

In hopes of bringing in a few more sales than they are accustomed to, Acura has gone all out to modify the ZDX with a redesigned front grille, new front and rear parking sensors, power folding side mirrors, and new safety features. These features will join the only engine ever to be offered on the ZDX: an all-aluminum 3.7-liter V-6 engine that develops 300 HP and 270 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to a Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission.

The 2013 ZDX goes on sale on October 19, 2012, with prices starting at $50,920.

Hit the jump to read more about the Acura ZDX.

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!

Acura NSX Concept

The NSX project was on and off like a bad high school fling all throughout the mid-2000s and finally, after mulling around, Honda Honda decided it was time to let the NSX breathe. In the midst of all of that on-and-off movement, Honda planned, then scrapped, a smaller version of the NSX. This entry-level sports car was slated to go into the slot once owned by the now-defunct S2000 , but when the NSX was axed, so was its baby brother.

Reports out of Japan, via Motor Trend, are pointing to the chances that this sub-NSX model is, in fact, a reality and will be chauffeured into the Acura lineup. According to the report, the baby NSX will essentially look like its full-size brother and even share a lot of its parts. The only real difference will be the overall size of this low-level NSX and its drivetrain.

The drivetrain is really a mystery on this compact, mid-engine sports car, as there are many directions that Honda can take it. With the NSX boasting a nasty V-10 setup, Honda could use either a V-6 or 4-cylinder option without intruding into the area reserved for its upcoming flagship sports car. Rumor has it that this smaller NSX will feature a turbocharged, direct-injected version of an existing engine, likely either the 3.5-liter V-6 or 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine.

With the NSX’s release date still not concrete - we anticipate it being in showrooms sometime in the 2015 model year - we can only guess that the smaller NSX would be a 2016 model year vehicle. If Acura does release this baby NSX, we assume that his would extinguish any talk of releasing a replacement for the S2000 in Honda’s lineup.

We’ll keep our eyes out for any additional news on this possible baby NSX and pass on whatever we can to you.

Source: Motor Trend
Acura NSX Concept

We are all patiently awaiting the release of the Acura NSX , which we all anticipate launching in 2015 featuring a hybrid-drive system of some sort. If you consider trying to dig up any little bit of information possible to satisfy our cravings as being ”patient.” As we wait, a report from Speed points toward Honda working on motorsport plans for its upcoming supercar as early as 2014.

Speed interviewed Steve Erickson, the vice president of Honda Performance Development (HPD), about this potential and he said “In America, there’s only a couple of sports car options for us. But certainly, I think Le Mans is ultimately where it make great sense to have a car to show its prowess. But I think it all depends on where the regulations go in the future.”

From that quote, we can only think that he is talking about entering the NSX into the American Le Man Series (ALMS), which recently announced a merger with Grand Am. The issue with the regulations is the fact that ALMS does not allow hybrid drive in its GTE class, but Grand Am had already announced that it would launch a GX class for hybrids in 2013.

So the final decision on that depends on whether the new merger adopts the GX class plans of Grand Am, or retains the ALMS ban on hybrid drive.

Another point that HPD is trying to hammer out is whether this will be a full-factory endeavor or if HPD will simply develop the cars and sell them to private customers for racing.

According to Erickson, the decision is “down to internal discussions” and they are trying to figure out “where does it make the most sense to race it?” From those two excerpts we can tell that the new NSX will see time on the race track, it’s just a matter of which race track we’ll see it on and when it will show up.

Source: Speed

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.

Source: Acura

When the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was postponed last month because of the Colorado wildfires, it was met with understanding from a lot of people given the circumstances, but also with hints of disappointment from fans of the event.

But all’s about to be forgiven when the 90th installment of the event kicks off on August 12 . One vehicle that comes as a late entry into the party is this insane Acura NSX from the guys over at LoveFab in Traverse, Michigan. We say that word "insane" because the car features a ridiculous engine under its hood in the make of a twin-turbo C96S engine that produces a whopping 850 horsepower.

Needless to say, those numbers are tantamount to what you’d expect from cars that will be participating at Pikes Peak. Will the LoveFab NSX have what it takes to steal the show?

That remains to be seen, but it sure wouldn’t hurt that it has 850 horsepower to lean on to.

Check out videos of LoveFab’s Acura NSX by clicking on the photo above!

Acura NSX Concept

The NSX Concept unveiled by Acura at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show is powered by a VTEC 3.5-liter V6 with direct-injection combined with a built-in electric motor. The production version will be offered with exactly the same powertrain, but other versions may be coming out of the woodwork. In an interview with Autoguide, an individual involved in Honda’s motorsports efforts announced that Acura is also taking an NSX supercar under consideration and this version could be powered by a conventional gasoline engine. Before you get too excited, know that this model may only be built for racing competitions.

The same Acura insider announced that the company is aiming for a possible competition in North America, highlighting the Grand Am series as one option. However, if the company wants to race in this competition, they will have to come equipped with a gasoline engine because hybrids are not allowed to race in the series.

Acura PR manager Gary Robinson said: "we do intend to race the new NSX… it is much too early to discuss where or what the specifications might be." Robinson did, however, rather decisively shoot down the rumor, commenting that, "You can expect that any plans we make will be consistent with the concept and purpose of the car."

Source: AutoGuide
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.

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.

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