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Acura Teases Updated TLX Ahead of New York

With the New York Auto Show fast approaching, Acura has revealed the first teaser image of its updated TLX luxury sedan.

While the lone image does not reveal too much at first glance, it does showcase Acura’s new diamond pentagon grille which originally made its debut on the Precision Concept, and later on the 2017 MDX.

Acura claims that the revised TLX will be much more aggressive than before, while also bringing newfound sportiness to the car at the same time. This newfound aggression could also help reverse the TLX’s lagging sales, which have taken a pounding in the wake of increased CUV demand the past few years.

“The 2018 TLX will receive new styling elements that ratchet up its emotion and reflect Acura’s focus on Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, Acura vice president and general manager. “Acura customers embraced the MDX when we raised its game with bold, new styling, and we’re pumped to show how we’re elevating the TLX experience.”

Look for the updated TLX to make its debut at the New York Auto Show on April 11th, and stay tuned to Autoinfoquest for live coverage of the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Acura Reveals 2016 Acura NSX, Brings Over 550 Horsepower To Supercar Party

Prior to its unveiling late yesterday, Acura had teased the world with a pair of concepts as well as a several year wait for the return of its iconic supercar. The Japanese luxury brand decided to end the teasing, and formally unveiled the eagerly anticipated 2016 Acura NSX at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

The production version is a near duplicate of the highly acclaimed concept car, and retains many of the bold and aggressive styling cues that helped it strike a positive chord with IMG_9211automotive enthusiasts a few years back. This is evident in the front fascia where it is a balanced mix of futuristic style as well as bold aggression. The fastback silhouette that leads seductively into the tapered rear end  is also a near match for the concept car and balances out the profile quite nicely.

Acura executives billed the 2016 NSX as a “human-centered super car” and on that front the interior of the NSX features a fully digital configurable instrument cluster as well as a center console that is a function over form affair (something that many supercar makers get backwards when building their models). The radically reduced button count that comes as a result of the sensible design allows the driver to focus on the task at hand, be it navigating the twists and turns of a local driving road, or sticking the apex at a local track day. It is also a subtle homage to the original NSX which also boasted an ergonomically friendly interior design during its time in production.

Performance for the 2016 Acura NSX is derived from a mid mounted Vtec V6 engine which is paired with three electric motors with one positioned between the engine and the nine speed dual clutch transmission, and two at the front wheels. The fore-mentioned electric motors power the front wheels while the V6 and the lone remaining electric motor provide motivation to the rear wheels.  A modified version of Acura’s familiar Sport-Hybrid Super-Handling-All-Wheel-Drive system also arrives as standard equipment, and allows the NSX to deliver near instantaneous levels of performance while also scaling back on the festivities if the driving situation requires swift handling maneuvers.

The NSX also benefits from lightweight materials such as a specially designed carbon fiber floor, as well as body panels that are made out of a lightweight combination of aluminium and sheet molding composite (SMC) which both work together to help offset some of the weight gain that occurred when the hybrid drive system was added toIMG_9213 the car. The NSX also comes equipped with a dial operated Integrated Dynamic System which comes equipped with Quiet, Sport, Sport+, and Track modes. As you can guess Quiet mode allows the driver to run the NSX on electric power alone for short distances, with the fun factor gradually increasing until Track mode is selected where the NSX and its full range of abilities can come out and shine. The NSX also features a revamped launch mode that claims to provide “zero delay” launching behavior thanks to the three electric motors working together with the V6.

“Consistent with the ‘human-centered supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”

Executive Vice President of the Acura Buisness Office Erik Berkman highlighted the NSX’s key role in reshaping the future of Acura as a whole stating “The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,”

With its original design being a product of U.S. designers, it should come as no surprise that the NSX will also be assembled in the U.S. as well with the model spearheading production at Acura’s new Performance Manufacturing center in Marysville Ohio. The company will begin taking the initial orders for the NSX late next summer with the first round of deliveries expected to take place later in the year. Pricing details have not been announced, but expect the NSX to wield a base MSRP of at least $150,000.

 

Acura NSX To Debut In Detroit, The Wait Is Almost Over

With the 2015 North American International Auto Show only a few weeks away, the long and plot twist filled development of the second generation Acura NSX will finally near its conclusion when the production version of this reborn classic makes its debut under the bright lights of Detroit’s Cobo Center.

The exterior styling of the NSX has been teased multiple times, but based on prior spy photos of prototypes out on the Nurburgring in recent months, it looks like it has not radically changed which should please fans that first fell in love with the futuristic themed styling when it originally debuted in concept form several years ago. While the video does obscure some of the NSX’s finer details, the front fascia is still a tasteful blend of futurism and bold aggression which is aimed at putting rivals such as the Audi R8 and the Ferrari 458 on notice when it comes to visually appealing to customers. The rear fascia also looks similar to the concepts though it appears the tail lights have been revamped for production duty.  Look for the interior to continue this modernistic blend of styles while also coddling occupants with world class luxury as well.

The NSX’s debut will help kick off what Executive President of Honda John Mendell has called “The Year of Honda” which is expected to be a major product offensive that will be launched by the company during the next few years. Revealing this plan in a statement to members of the media assembled in Detroit on Tuesday, Mendel claims that in addition to the NSX, Honda will begin development of the next generation Pilot SUV as well as a redesigned Honda Ridgeline with that particular move striking a puzzling chord with us given the Ridgeline’s relatively sluggish sales record, and lack of overall utility when viewed against competitors. In addition to those models, Honda will also begin work on small turbocharged engines that will eventually find their way into production vehicles.

As for Acura, the Asian luxury brand will debut a new and improved ILX later this year with Mendel revealing that a pair of updates are in the works for the RDX and MDX crossovers which will help them remain fresh and relevant in their respective segments. Overall it sounds like the coming year will be a very active and very busy time for Honda and the NSX will serve as a compelling glimpse into Honda’s future. In the meantime, Acura has released a short teaser video for the NSX which can be seen below.