Acura

Acura cars

Acura unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show the 2009 RL, a new generation featuring bold, sleek exterior styling, an upgraded interior, advanced technologies and powerful new engine.

Acura RL

The 2009 RL will be powered by a a new, larger 3.7-liter V-6 that incorporates the first ever SOHC use of VTEC valvetrain actuation for both the intake and exhaust valves. The engine develops 300 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a new version of the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission.

The RL will be offered in three different trim levels including RL, RL with Technology Package and RL with Technology Package Plus CMBS™. All RL’s receive a potent new 3.7-liter V-6 engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, a Bose Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity and a GPS-based solar-sensing climate control system.

Acura RL

The 2009 RL’s new exterior styling is not only more aggressive, but delivers excellent aerodynamics and reduced rear lift at higher speeds. The RL’s more athletic style foreshadows the power concealed by the new power plenum front grille and blow-formed aluminum hood. The RL’s shape is taut and athletic, and its acceleration and cornering performance allow it to challenge the most capable German and Japanese sports sedans.

Press release after the jump.

Posted on by Terence 9

We all know that due to the global economy many automakers have canceled or at least put on hold many of their high performance intentions. But that doesn’t mean we can’t dream a little. This video comes courtesy of the folks at Edmund’s Inside Line showing a their next generation V10 powered Honda NSX prototype running around the Green Hell. Hopefully when all this recession mumbo jumbo is over car makers can get back to work on those vehicles that make us flock to their showrooms.

Acura unveiled today at the New York Auto Show the all-new second-generation TSX sports sedan. Featuring a dynamic design with a bold new signature Acura grille, the 2009 TSX is more distinctive and sporty. Due to its greater length and width, wider track, and longer wheelbase, the new TSX provides additional interior room while new fully independent front and rear suspension with dual-stage dampers provides more agile handling.

Acura TSX

The 2009 TSX has improved fuel economy, lower emissions, added safety features, and more technology than ever before. Producing 201 hp from a 2.4-liter engine, the DOHC VTEC® in-line 4-cylinder now delivers its power across a much wider rpm range. Along with more torque, the new 2.4L is also cleaner as it meets EPA TIER 2-BIN 5 and CARB LEV II Ultra Low Emission Vehicle standards.

Acura TSX

The TSX is equipped with an impressive list of standard equipment which includes a power glass moonroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, leather seats, power windows/mirrors/locks, a premium 7-speaker sound system (with CD, AM/FM and XM Radio), Bluetooth HandsFreeLink, and USB port and AUX jack music interface.

Acura had something new to show off in New York. It’s the BMW X6 and Infiniti FX fighter, the ZDX.

Acura ZDX

This SUV/sedan/coupe goes for the idea of making everything smooth. The body has the look of an SUV made out of stretched taffy (Acura’s new front “nose” gets even longer). The rear door handles don’t protrude and are hidden under the c-pillar. The interior has the look of a few flowing waves of black and white. The six-speed automatic transmission is even referred to as “smooth shifting”.

Acura ZDX

While the design is clear, the mechanical elements are not. We do know that the ZDX will use Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, but all the other parts bin pieces have not been accounted for yet. Acura mentions that it will be using a V6 engine, whether its the 300 hp 3.6-liter V6 from the TL /MDX , or the 280 hp 3.5-liter V6 unit from the TSX V6 /Accord V6 has not been announced. We’re not too worried about what’s underneath the skin, because we know no matter what arrives in dealerships this fall, it’s still a good ’ol reliable Honda.

Full details and more pics in the press release after the jump.

A couple of weeks ago dropped a few teaser images of its BMW X6 fighter. Now we have a name to go with the silhouette lurking in the shadows: ZDX.

“The ZDX prototype is unlike anything you have ever seen before from Acura,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president, Acura sales. While that may be true, underneath the skin we expect the mechanical bits to be a mixture from the ’ol reliable Honda/Acura parts bin.

We’ll get our first glimpse of the sedan/coupe/SUV next week at the New York Auto Show.

Press release after the jump.

We knew Acura has been working on a vehicle to compete with the BMW X6 and and Infinity FX , for some time now. But in the automotive melee that has resulted in the death of many good cars, we’ve forgotten about this sedan/coupe/SUV.

Acura, on the other hand, seems to have been running full steam ahead with the CUV project . This should not be too hard of a car to assemble for Acura. It just needs to rummage through the Honda Honda spare parts bin, and it should find everything but the bodywork. By the time the production car hits the streets in 2010 we would guess that it would be using the 300 hp 3.6-liter V6 from the TL /MDX , or the 200 hp 3.5-liter V6 unit from the TSX V6 /Accord V6. The suspension may not even be changed much from the MDX, considering it is one of the most car-like SUVs on the market.

While a vehicle that doesn’t fully excel at being a sedan, coupe or SUV doesn’t have huge appeal to us, Acura knows its customers. This will be the company’s big new thing to show off, and may even have a concept version ready for the New York Auto Show next month.

Source: Acurazine

The gap between the European Accord and the Acura TSX is getting wider. Although they are basically the same car, the horsepower is very different on the two sides of the pond. The European Accord just came out with a Type-S version that uses a 2.2-liter diesel to make 177 hp, and now the hottest Acura TSX will come with a 280 hp 3.5-liter V6 (gas powered) for the 2010 model year.

Acura TSX V6

The engine will be coupled to Acura’s Sequential SportShift automatic transmission that includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel. The new V6 engine, which is likely lifted from the North American Accord , puts the TSX within range of the larger TL sedan ’s 300 hp 3.7-liter V6.

The TSX V6 will also get its own suspension tuning and five-spoke alloy wheels. Sales should begin this summer.

Press release after the jump.

The 2009 TL enters the competitive luxury market at an ideal time as the segment in which it competes is expected to remain strong into the next decade. The new TL is forecast to share substantially in this success with a projected sales increase to about 70,000 units per year, an increase of 5.8-percent through 2012. Available with the largest and most powerful engine in TL history, along with the sport-driving focused SH-AWD® system (the world’s first torque-vectoring AWD system when introduced in 2000), the new TL arrives ready to compete with vehicles like the Audi A4 and A6, BMW 3-Series and 5-Series, Infiniti G35 and M35, Lexus ES, GS and IS sedans, and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and E-Class.

Acura TL

For the first time ever in an Acura vehicle, the 2009 TL is available in a choice of front-wheel-drive TL or all-wheel-drive TL SH-AWD® configurations. The new TL is a powerful and precise performance luxury sedan that is as confident and composed on a mountain road as it is in the city center. Replacing the previous TL Type-S is the TL SH-AWD® model, built exclusively for the enthusiast driver and featuring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, special suspension and steering tuning, and the most powerful engine from Acura ever.

Acura TL

Unlike some competitors, who add all-wheel drive to their vehicles primarily to help in winter conditions, the TL’s available SH-AWD® was designed to dramatically enhance sporty handling in addition to further enhancing the vehicle’s winter-driving capability.

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.

2010 Acura NSX will be priced around $160,000

Honda is an efficient company. It likes to get the most out of its investments, and that’s what kept us hopeful when we first heard the news of the cancelation of the Acura NSX . Dick Colliver, executive VP for American Honda Motor Co., recently helped emphasize our hopes. According to him the NSX could be revived at any time, and even more "development is mostly done." We already knew this but its good to know that people inside Honda are ready to dust off the NSX project when the world’s economy recovers.

But Colliver isn’t completely convinced NSX-like luxury/performance is needed to make Acura a Tier 1 luxury brand - the area of rare air that is currently occupied by the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, etc. Colliver told Automotive News, "Being a premium luxury brand is not just about product. It’s the way dealers handle customers. You’ve got to earn your way into the segment. You don’t necessarily have to have a $90,000 sedan to get there."

What is even worse is that if Honda does finally come around and bring the NSX back from the dead, will new regulations make its 550+ hp V10 illegal?

Think you were crushed by the cancelation of the 2010 Acura NSX , imagine how Honda supertuner Mugen must feel. But unlike the rest of us who are pouting about how we’ll have to settle for the Nissan GT-R , Mugen looking to the past to show that the old dog still has a few tricks left.

Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR Concept

At the Tokyo Auto Salon is the Honda (Acura) NSX Mugen RR, a concept car inspired by the old NSX . All we know is that this is a very cool body kit with a red interior and red brake calipers.

Mugen is being very tight lipped about the performance specifications. We can’t even confirm that there is an engine in this car. So, if the NSX Mugen RR can run under its own power, we doubt its anything more than the 3.2-liter V6 making 290 hp.


Back to top