2014 Acura RLX – Reviewed

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2014 Acura RLX

During a mid-year speech being delivered in Japan, Honda Motor Co., Ltd. President and CEO Takanobu Ito stated that the production 2014 Acura RLX sedan will be revealed at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show in late November. The RLX Concept (pictured) first debuted at the New York Auto Show this past April.

The most significant part about the RLX package will be its use of Honda’s new Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, which is essentially a through-the-road electric all-wheel-drive system. This new technology uses three individual motors, and combined output is said to be somewhere around 370 horsepower, the bulk of which comes from a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6. When the RLX Concept debuted, there was talk of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, but we’ll see if that actually flows through to production.

A less-powerful, 310-horsepower, front-wheel-drive version of the RLX is also said to be in the cards. Acura initially stated that the RLX would be capable of achieving at least 30 miles per gallon in both the city and highway driving cycles.

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Two Acura ILXs to take on the 25 Hours of Thunderhill

The new Acura ILX will try to find its racing spirit in an appearance at this year’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Honda Performance Development and Team Honda Research West(THR-W) announced today that they are preparing two Acura ILX race cars to compete in the gruelling endurance race.

“In 2011, THR-W approached Gary Robinson (Acura Public Relations Manager) with a proposal to campaign two Acura ILXs in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, as a way of showcasing Acura racing spirit and durability. THR-W focuses on endurance racing because of the teamwork, strategy and durability that is required to succeed. The team aspect of endurance racing gives many associates an opportunity to work together outside of their normal development roles.”

Team Honda Research is no stranger to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, having previously entered an Acura TL, RSX, and various Honda models with success.

Details on the two ILXs(HPDTX7001 and HPDTX7002) are limited so far, but based on the results of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, I would think development with a hybrid powertrain would be the way to go.

Have a look at some concept renderings and progress photos below, then follow along on Honda Racing/HPD’s blog for future updates.’

-ACURAconnected

 

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