Acura Reveals 345 Horsepower RDX GRP Concept To Kick Off SEMA 2018

Acura is celebrating the annual SEMA show in Las Vegas by rolling out an army of Acura products from the past and the present. While the NSX will certainly draw stares with its gorgeous physique and the unearthly levels of performance that is generated from its hybrid infused powertrain, one particular recruit could foreshadow an all new performance oriented trim for the venerable RDX SUV if it eventually makes its way into formal production. Dubbed the RDX GRP, Acura partnered with Graham Rahal Performance to craft this special SUV. Starting life as a stock A-Spec model, GRP made a number of improvements to help spice up the driving experience. A notable addition is the extensive suspension tweaks that the team made to make the RDX more composed in hard cornering. Eibach sport suspension lowers the RDX slightly, and the increased stiffness brings sharper reflexes to eager drivers looking for more …

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Road Test Review – 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec – By Carl Malek

When we first drove the 2019 Acura RDX in Whistler, British Columbia, we immediately fell in love with its bold exterior styling, tech laden interior, as well as its potent performance hardware. But could the love affair last? and does the RDX finally have what it takes to truly take its bat and swing with the established players in the segment? To find out, we went behind the wheel of a second RDX in Wisconsin, to see if it could indeed handle U.S. roads. Like before, the exterior styling is undoubtedly Acura, but since the 2019 RDX is one of the first offerings that aim to reinvent Acura’s “Precision Crafted Performance Philosophy” the motif here is one that leans towards futuristic cues, as well as a healthy dose of curves, creases, and a bold muscular stance. Acura designers were quick to point out the dragon tail inspired taillights, and there …

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2019 Acura MDX Debuts, Brings Nicer Interior, A-Spec Trim To Venerable Nameplate

Following a major refresh that took place back in 2017, Acura’s MDX once again goes under the knife for 2019, and this latest freshening brings several key upgrades to consumers. With the 2019 RDX showcasing Acura’s latest interior design language, the bigger MDX takes a few pages out of its playbook, with noticeably upgraded interior materials. These include higher quality plastics, better leather seats with contrast stitching, and new wood trim selections including Desert Olive Ash accents. Technology and Entertainment package models feature a revised second row, which allows easier access to the third row accommodations. Another key change is the addition of an all new A-Spec variant. Acura is aiming to broaden the appeal of the A-Spec line, and is adding this trim to its utility offerings for the first time ever. Like on the RDX, A-Spec MDXs boast a much more aggressive look that includes a revised front …

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2019 Acura RDX A-Spec – First Drive Review – By Josh Seaman

When I found out that Acura was going to release an all new RDX, redesigned from the ground up, powered by a new 2.0L turbo powerplant, I was cautiously optimistic. You see, I remember Acura’s glory days. I remember the Legend and Integra and Honda’s feverish devotion to prove that they could swing with the big boys. Even today, many of their vehicles from this era remain sought after by enthusiasts and commuters alike. [Ed’s note: Josh drove an early-1990s Legend in his youth!  The one with the shouty V6 howl!] But somewhere between then and now they seemed to have lost their way somewhat. Perhaps they were victims of their own success. Maybe after this golden age they didn’t feel like they had anything to prove anymore. Maybe they felt they could put the brand on cruise control and let styling and brand recognition alone carry them. I hoped …

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2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

There’s an interesting phenomenon in auto-dom. Lag time. A manufacturer will gain a certain reputation, and when it ups its game, it seems it takes a while for the buying public to find out about it. Which can be good for buyers (snag a deal0 , but a rough ride for carmakers. Acura is a perfect example of this. What do you think of the brand? Nice stuff. Not too exciting, but solid, well made. Right? WRONG! Acura has quietly been polishing its vehicles into some really exciting numbers, and it seems like the word hasn’t gotten out. We recently tested the TLX A-Spec SH-AWD, and found it an excellent sport sedan, with plenty of performance and eye candy to make it a desirable competitor to European machinery. But how about the RLX? The RLX evolved out of the RL, which was supposed to be the brand’s luxury flagship. It …

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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec V6 SH AWD – Road Test Review – By Ben Lewis

It’s about time Acura got some credit. After all, it was the first Japanese automaker (via parent company Honda) to enter the luxury division that was owned by Europeans. It created a supercar (NSX) that could hang with the world’s best, and still it was as reliable as a Prelude. Somehow along the way, though, the brand earned a reputation as nice, well turned-out cars, but a little bland for the enthusiast. Now if you want to point out the new NSX, that’s fine – but at a starting price of $156,000 it’s more of a dream car for most us than a real choice. How about something for the rest of us? How about an Acura TLX A-Spec? The TLX started in 2015, being the middle-child replacement for the smaller TSX and larger TL sedans. And it was a nice, well turned-out sedan (sound familiar?), that did little to …

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Acura Shapes Its Future With Stylish 2019 RDX Prototype

Like the recent spike of crypto-currency markets, the crossover segment has exploded in popularity with many of these entries forcing automakers to drastically rethink their offerings to help achieve maximum sales. Acura’s RDX crossover has emerged to be a leading force in this segment since it was introduced back in 2012 as a 2013 model. However, this beloved model is starting to show its age, and the 2019 model aims to not only breathe new life into the RDX, but also the very brand it represents. This is most evident in its exterior styling which continues to showcase Acura’s “Precision Crafted Performance” design language. This language has worked its magic on other Acura models, but Acura claims that the RDX will bring some new touches to this venerable design language. The front fascia features Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlights, and the lower front air intakes even borrow some styling cues …

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2018 Acura ARX-05 Endurance Racer Bringing V6TT To Track

  Acura racer… coming in hot! This new ARX-05 will race in 2018 for Team Penske in the DPi class of endurance racers — some of the fiercest competitors on US tracks. Acura’s motorsport V6TT serves here and will power the car for its Rolex 24 race premiere in Daytona. On to the design!~ It is mean.  Mean and fast. This nose tells cars in front: You’re About To Get Passed.   2017 Acura ARX-05   Acura Reveals Striking ARX-05 Prototype Race Car in Monterey; Debut Set for Daytona Aug 18, 2017 – MONTEREY, Calif. Acura to take on top WeatherTech SportsCar Championship category with renowned Team Penske running pair of Acura ARX-05s in 2018 ARX-05 will be displayed this week at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion; and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn Acura today unveiled the new Acura ARX-05 prototype race car at The …

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2018 Acura TLX A-Spec SH-AWD – First Drive Video + 42-Photo Flyaround

The new TLX A-Spec is the first affordable Acura to share the NSX’s halo coolness.  And this sport special is certainly macho in the flesh. The dark grey grille is menacing and its unique A-spec internals are fresh.  New LEDs up front bring LED indicators in a lit amber setting as normal plus LED fogs for good measure.  This A-Spec’s lower bumper is all-new and unique with a swirl of body-color intake above the contrasting front splitter.  Dark alloys and A-spec badges are cool, as is the dechromed exterior in general. The stance of the SH-AWD TLX is incredibly low and wide in person.  This is a seriously hot look! Dark spoiler and new rear bumper brings HUGE twin cans for the exhausts.  A dark rear bumper/diffuser piece adds visual intensity too. We took a quick spin the other week in the TLX A-Spec and loved its meaty handling feel …

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