The BMW X6 is a car that is hard for us to wrap our minds around. Combining the agility of an SUV with the interior space of a sports sedan isn’t something we’ve been begging for around the office. But that hasn’t stoped Acura from trying its hand at an impersonator. This spy image from the rear seems to show the the box-like dumpy back end of this Acura is a farce to throw off a much more sloped design.
Rumor is that Acura is working on a new V8, that will also power the new Crossover/SAV. We still have no information on the name. As Acura already has MDX, then this one might me called MSX.
Honda announced the company want a 10 cylinders engine for its future NSX: "This sort of discussion was made between the American Honda people and r&d people, and some people were questioning whether it’s really necessary to have a V-10," Kondo says. "But sports is a special category. We said if we’re going to do it, we’re going to go to the extreme," says Executive Vice President Koichi Kondo.
But better performance also means higher prices: the NSX will cost more than the Gt-R that is powered by a turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6.
The company hopes to sell 1,000 units a year of the NSX in the United States, where Honda plans to launch the sports car first, sometime in 2011.
The Acura TL has always been a nice luxury car for the money, but not usually considered a full performance alternative to the BMW 5-Series. Now it seems Honda’s luxury division is taking a step to change that by announcing that the 2010 TL will be offered with all-new 6-speed manual transmission.
Although this is not the first time a six-speed manual has been offered by Acura, there are two important distinctions. First, the new transmission has closer ratios for shorter shifts, while weighing approximately 110 lbs less than the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Second, this is the first time the manual will be available with the all-wheel drive system. The combination may not seem like much, but a true car enthusiasts never prefer full automatic transmissions, and Acura’s investment into a manual gearbox may signal the first sign of a serious war with the Germans.
Acura announced pricing on the 2009 TL, the performance luxury sedan that will go on sale at Acura dealerships nationwide on September 24th, with all-wheel-drive models planned for sale in November.
For the first time ever in an Acura vehicle, the newly redesigned TL will be available with a choice of two different VTEC® engines while also offering both front wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive (TL SH-AWD®) models. MSRP pricing for the 3.5-liter V-6 equipped TL is $34,955 and the TL with Technology Package is $38,685.
For TL models equipped with Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system, MSRP pricing for the 3.7-liter V-6 powered TL SH-AWD® is $38,505, while the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is $42,235. In addition, the TL SH-AWD® with Technology Package is also available with an exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels and high-performance summer tire package for an MSRP of $43,235. Destination and Handling of $760 remains unchanged and is not included in the MSRP.
Last time when Acura unveiled an all-new vehicle was back in 2006 when the RDX small crossover joined the lineup. But the company wants to become a "tier 1 luxury brand," so they need a little more help. And it seems they will get it from an all-new vehicle that will be unveiled by 2010, before the NSX will join line-up. With the new model, Acura wants to compete with models from BMW and Mercedes.
"We will look at smaller segments," said Acura’s Product Planning Manager John Watts . "There is potential for a coupe like the CL." Some sources say Acura will offer a four-seat sports coupe, priced in the $50,000 range that may also will come in a retractable hard top convertible version.
Acura today announced pricing for the 2009 MDX luxury SUV. Prices are as follows: MDX, $40,790; MDX with Technology Package, $44,840; MDX with Technology Package and Entertainment Package, $46,590; MDX with Sport Package, $46,940; and MDX with Sport and Entertainment Packages, $48,690.
The 2009 MDX is powered by a 3.7-liter VTEC V-6 engine that delivers a about 300 hp. The 2009 model is currently on sale.
“That new car smell” has been long been an underlying selling point of cars. It helps describe the joy of being the first to wear in a car. But now it may also be the way you describe how you got your latest health concern. Last week, the Ecology Center released its 2nd annual consumer guide to toxic chemicals in cars and children’s car seats (www.HealthyCar.org). Of the cars tested, the Mitsubishi Eclipse Spider GT scored the worst (highest contaminants), and the Acura RDX scored the best (lowest).
Chemicals of primary concern include: bromine (associated with brominated flame retardants); chlorine (indicating the presence of polyvinyl chloride, or PVC and phthalates); lead; and heavy metals. Such chemicals have been linked to a wide range of health problems such as allergies, birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and cancer.
The Ecology Center’s study breaks down results by make or car category. So, before you take a big whiff from your new automotive purchase, you may want to know what’s getting into you.
The Acura NSX is two years away from its official launch, but we can already imagine how it look like, and more than that what engine will get and what price will have.
Inside Line reports the car will have a price somewhere around $160,000, right on top of its rivals: Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Maserati Gran Turismo and Jaguar XKR.
The NSX will get a 5.5-liter V10 generating upwards of 600 horsepower and 433 pound-feet of torque. At low speed the V10 deactivates five cylinders to save fuel and lower emissions. The V10 is bolted to a quick-shifting six-speed dual-clutch transmission driving the rear wheels, while a revised version of Honda’s Super Handling AWD system generates the car’s prodigious grip levels, enabling such a quick ’Ring lap time.
Acura will unveil the 2009 TL this fall. After the car’s first official image, a very lucky guy caught it on the streets. Happily he posted the images on Flickr, so we can also enjoy them.
The 2009 TL will be offered in two distinct versions, icluding the first ever application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive on TL. Under the hood there will be the most powerful Acura engine ever, probably same 3,7 liter engine used in the RL that develops 300 hp.