2018 Acura RDX A-Spec by Graham Rahal Performance
Redesigned for the 2019 model year, the Acura RDX looks sportier than ever and boasts enough luxury features and state-of-the-art tech to give the German competition a run for its money. Unfortunately, it’s only marginally more powerful than its predecessor, even in the new, sportier A-Spec trim. This is where the Graham Rahal Performance update comes in, adding some extra grunt for the 2018 SEMA Show.
Founded in 2017 by race-winning Honda IndyCar driver Graham Rahal, Graham Rahal Performance (GRP), which owns an Acura dealership, decided to meddle with compact luxury crossover. In an effort to add style, power, and performance to the RDX, GRP customized the SUV’s exterior and interior and upgraded the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. The end result is the most powerful third-generation RDX ever created, but it’s only for display purposes. At least for the time being.
2016 Acura MDX NSX GT3 Custom Trailer
the SEMA Show is the ultimate car show when it comes to modified vehicles and aftermarket parts and accessories, but it is also an opportunity to have some fun with various concepts. Acura is the latest firm to join this year’s event, but unlike other automakers that modified existing cars, it created a custom trailer for the NSX GT3 race car. The trailer is being towed by a matching, beefed-up MDX SUV, giving the NSX the perfect transportation vehicle for racing events across the United States.
A joint collaboration between Acura Design, led by Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director, and the Jimmy Shine Workshop, the trailer incorporates styling elements from both the NSX GT3 it’s supposed to carry and the MDX that provides the necessary motivation. The trailer is fully functional and was designed using the latest building techniques. But, even though it is promoted as a next-generation trailer, there’s no official word as to whether it will go into production. Most likely it won’t as Acura isn’t planning to offer such transportation assemblies anytime soon, but outsourcing the project to another firm in order to provide optional trailers to NSX GT3 customers could be on the table in the future.
But, until that happens, let’s have a closer look at this unique MDX and trailer combo and possibly the most advanced transportation platform we’ll see at SEMA this year.
Continue reading to find out more about the Acura MDX custom trailer.
With only three sedans and two SUVs to offer, Acura has been struggling to keep up with Lexus and Infiniti, the other two Japanese premium brands created specifically for the U.S. market. The fact that Acura committed to a rather bland corporate design, limited body styles, and a couple of engines didn’t help either. But, that may change soon, as the brand just previewed its next design language with a bold looking concept car at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show.
Dubbed Precision Concept, the vehicle in the photos hints toward a bolder, more distinctive future for Acura design. The show car was penned at the Acura Design Studio in California by the same people who crafted the NSX and is described as a model that "will literally shape the direction of all future Acura products."
The concept depicts a low-slung, sporty sedan with a fastback-like roof and features styling cues previously not seen on any Acura production car. There’s no word as to when the first model based on the Precision concept will hit showrooms, but the study has plenty of interesting features to talk about. Keep reading to find out more about it and make sure you access our gallery section for photos from the Detroit Auto Show.
Updated 08/23/2016: Acura decided to show its new Precision concept at the 2019 Pebble Beach Concours and we were there to take some shots. Check the picture gallery to check the new images.
Continue reading to learn more about the Acura Precision Concept.
2016 Acura EV Concept
Rumored ever since the first-generation model was discontinued in 2005, the new Acura NSX made its official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show after many delays. But, the wait was definitely worth it. Designed to modern standards with an aggressive exterior and sporty, yet classy interior, the second-gen NSX received a state-of-the-art drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 gasoline engine, three electric motors, and a nine-speed, dual-clutch transmission. Built almost entirely from lightweight materials, the NSX is both a high-profile sports car and a full-fledged track toy for speedy weekends at the track.
In production for only a couple of months as of June 2016, the NSX has already spawned a couple of race cars specifically modified for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. With the 2016 "Race to the Clouds" just around the corner, Acura has announced that it has used the NSX as a basis for an all-electric race car as well. Dubbed EV Concept, it will be campaigned in the Electric Modified Class of the 2016 Pikes Peak. Unlike the other NSX-based racers, the EV Concept uses a different drivetrain and a further evolution of the experimental four-motor Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system.
"We’ve been tuning the car for several weeks at Pikes and have advanced its performance significantly," said Tetsuya Yamano, who will be driving the NSX. "We’re honored to be running at Pikes in this historical, anniversary year – an event respected by racing fans all over the world," added the driver who campaigned last year’s CR-Z-based electric prototypes.
Continue reading to learn more about the Acura EV Concept.
If you haven’t heard about it yet, Acura recently has restored a 1993 Acura Legend that is owned by none other than Chris “Ludacris” Bridges. Ludacris took ownership of his Legend back in 1996 and had driven it daily up until last year when it was totaled in a car accident on the highway. Acura eventually got wind of Luda’s Legend and in turn offered to restore it for him. Along with the restoration, Acura also installed a new, Pioneer sound system a performance suspension system and even some fresh wheels.
OK, so this might not exactly be current news, but it does have ties to the 2015 SEMA Auto Show. No, Luda’s 1993 Acura Legend with 243,000 miles won’t be at SEMA, but a 2016 Acura ILX modified by Galpin Auto Sports will be – and it was built to complement the “Ludacris Legend.” The car has been modified extensively, but that isn’t the coolest part about this particular car. Once the SEMA conference comes to an end, the modified sports sedan, which is street-ready, will be donated to the Ludacris foundation.
As you can see from the pictures, the ILX has received a rather sporty and somewhat aggressive body kit, and a beautiful bright paint job, but we’re going to dig into it deeper to see just how far Galpin Auto sports went on Acura’s gateway sports sedan.
Continue reading to learn more about the Acura ILX By Galpin Auto Sports.
Acura is preparing to replace the lackluster TL with the new TLX performance luxury sedan. The first preview of the car — the TLX prototype — made its debut today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
The new TLX will feature a sportier look than the TL that it replaces, and it will be offered with two all-new engines that will deliver more power and improved fuel economy. Both engines will mate to an all-new advanced transmission that drives either two wheels or all four wheels.
On top of the new drivetrain, Acura also announced that the model will carry a new design language, a roomier cabin than the one offered in the TL and lots of new technology.
The new TLX will be put on sale in mid-2014, which also happens to be the same time that Acura will give the axe treatment to the unsuccessful TSX. This will leave company to motor on with just three sedans: ILX, TLX and RLX.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Acura TLX Prototype.
The official debut of the Acura NSX is still years away, but until then, Acura is offering you the chance to drive the NSX concept in Gran Turismo 6. According to Acura, the new "real driving simulator" will offer sports car enthusiasts their first opportunity to get behind the wheel of the next Acura NSX. Of course, the experience won’t be identical to actually driving the NSX, but it’ll still be tons of fun.
"Whether in the virtual world of Gran Turismo today, or on real-world roads and racing circuits less than two years from now, the Acura NSX will be an incredibly innovative and thrilling ride that delivers something entirely new to the world of super sports cars," said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president of Auto Operations at American
Gran Turismo 6 is available worldwide as of today, December 6th, 2013, so hurry up and get it, and get your opportunity to test the NSX.
Click past the jump to read more about the Acura NSX.
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.
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.
The end of this week will bring to our attention one of the most awaited shows of the summer: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. If you happen to be in Monterey County, California on August 18th you will have the chance to see the concept version of the upcoming Acura NSX sports car. Though we’ve already seen the concept several times, this is a great opportunity for anyone considering purchasing the NSX to get an idea of what it will look like in person.
August has been a pretty busy month for the NSX, as just a few days ago the first NSX prototype lapped the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The NSX lapped the 2.4-mile winding road course with a member of the Ohio-based engineering development team behind the wheel.
The production version will be put on sale in 2015, and Acura will produce it in nearby Marysville, Ohio at the newly established, state-of-the-art Performance Manufacturing Center now under construction.
Click past the jump to read more about the production version Acura NSX.
Sister companies Honda and Acura promised to present to distinctly different concept vehicles at the Shanghai Auto Show.
For its part, Honda delivered on that promise with the angry-looking 2013 Concept M MPV. Meanwhile, Acura unveiled its own concept, the SUV-X, and just like Honda’s Concept M, this one should have a future production model.
And by future, we mean “right now.”
The concept itself was designed to highlight the Japanese automaker’s emotional and sharp styling with driving performance, all while adhering to an environmental approach. The result is the SUV-X Concept, which combines all of that and wraps them all up in a body that looks downright stunning.
Acura has never had a reputation for building cars with cutting edge designs. But its recent offerings like the new 2013 NSX Concept and this one does paint a clear picture that the Japanese automaker is entering a new phase in its design philosophy.
Hopefully, the SUV-X Concept is one of the first in a long line of future models that adheres to this new edginess.
Click past the jump to read more about the Acura SUV-X Concept
The Shanghai Auto Show is the next auto event that a lot of people are already looking forward to. Scheduled to open in a few weeks, Shanghai is expected to be a largely attended event, particularly from the Asian automaker contingent.
Japanese brand, Acura, is one of the companies scheduled to go to Shanghai and its already gearing up for it with a new teaser of a concept that it’s scheduled to debut at the event.
Details surrounding the concept have not yet been revealed except for this teaser that shows the SUV’s side profile. Judging from what we’re looking at, the concept appears to be a completely new model that will complement the redesigned 2014 MDX. It’s got an aggressive headlight design that looks similar to the shape of the Toyota GT 86 with the rear end featuring a spoiler and an equally aggressive taillight setup that resembles what you can find in the Asian version of the new Honda CR-V.
Production is expected to commence after the concept’s unveiling and, for now, the only market that’s been confirmed to receive the model is the China, which explains why Acura decided to pull the concept’s covers off at Shanghai.
We’ll provide more details surrounding this concept when information becomes available.
The power of social media in today’s world appears to have no bounds. Somebody says something, others pick it up, and so on. Before you know it, we have a story to write about. Case in point: a seemingly harmless tweet by Matt Phenix (@mattphenix) suggesting that Acura’s NSX Concept looked a lot like a 22-year old concept from Audi was immediately re-tweeted by, you guessed it, Audi’s official Twitter account, @Audi.
Here’s the full text of Phenix’s tweet: "Is it rude to suggest that #Acura’s undeniably lovely #NSX looks a lot like @Audi’s 22-year-old Quattro Spyder?"
The tweet also came with a photo of the Quattro Spyder, which you can check out after the jump. But the point is, Audi saw Phenix’s tweet, retweeted it, AND sent a reply to Phenix saying: "@mattphenix is it rude to retweet? Cause we just did."
Those are fighting words, if we ever read one.
As far as we’re concerned, we’re taking Acura’s side on this one. The NSX Concept doesn’t look like the Quattro Spyder, in large part because the former is a new concept and the latter was built well over two decades ago. But we’ll leave the escalating Twitter war between fans of the two automaker’s to themselves.
At the end of the day, it just goes to show the reach Twitter has these days.
Previous rumors suggested that Acura could be finally unveiling the production version of theAcura NSX supercar at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. However, it looks like the company decided to tease us a little bit more, as the Detroit Show only yielded another evolution of the NSX Concept. Acura did, however, confirm that this new concept could offer "a first-ever look at one possible direction for the next-generation NSX interior design."
Translated this means that the production version will look pretty much similar to all those concepts we have seen in the past few years and that when the production version finally drops onto the market, it will offer no surprises.
Just like with the previous concept versions, the new one is defined by clean, modern and simple surfacing, and the interior was founded on a "Human Support Cockpit" theme.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 Acura NSX Concept.
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.
We saw the Acura NSX Concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show and we were all pretty much amazed by it. Unfortunately, at that time, Honda had no concrete idea of when the NSX would see production, and left us hanging by telling us that it would be in showrooms within three years. Since then, we have speculated about just as far as we can.
Well, according to Auto Express, that speculation may be over sooner than we expected, as it is reporting that a Honda rep said that the production NSX would debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. Oddly enough, this is the same exact show that the 2014 Corvette will debut at. Looks as if we are in for a new-sports-car showdown to launch 2013.
The exact details of the NSX are really unknown, but according to Auto Express’s report, the production NSX will be “identical” to the concept model we saw this past January. Additionally, the Acura NSX will wear a “Honda” badge in the UK, as is standard for many UK-sold Acuras. In the U.S., however, we expect it to retain the Acura name.
We’ll keep an eye out for more information on the upcoming NSX and we’ll watch out for any confirmation from Honda regarding this rumored unveiling.
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.
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!