Acura TLX GT Cards Class Win and Third Overall as Acura Sets Multiple Records at 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

•NSX earns Hybrid record, finishing fourth in Time Attack 1 Class
•TLX A-Spec establishes new FWD record in its sophomore year 
•Podium finish for 2019 Acura RDX in race debut

PIKES PEAK, Colo. June 25, 2018 – Acura once again showcased its performance credentials with a multiple record-setting campaign of the 2018 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, its seventh consecutive run to the mountain’s 14,115-foot summit. Acura’s “Race to the Clouds” was highlighted by the Acura TLX GT as the fastest production-based car, earning Acura an overall third-place finish; by the Acura NSX, which set a new Hybrid record; by the TLX A-Spec, posting a new course record for a front-wheel-drive car; and the 2019 RDX making its motorsports debut third-in-class. 

“We love Pikes Peak. It’s a tremendous test of Acura technology and of our performance capabilities,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “Congratulations to Peter Cunningham and the Realtime Racing team, along with our associates at Honda R&D and Honda Performance Development who helped make this another exciting year for Acura at Pikes Peak.”

The TLX GT, driven by Peter Cunningham, posted an impressive, record-setting time of 9:27.352, earning Acura its third straight Open Class victory and an overall third place finish, bested only by two bespoke, highly specialized racing machines. This year’s TLX GT featured a power-enhanced J35 twin-turbo V6 motor with new software mapping, new transmission gearing, revised suspension geometry and Pirelli racing slicks. Long-time Acura racing partner and owner of RealTime Racing, Peter Cunningham, was last year’s Pikes Peak Rookie of the Year. 
 
“I’m so proud of our Acura and Realtime Racing team, who, as usual, brought their A-game to the top of the mountain,” said Cunningham. “We had some incredible tough competition this year, but all of our hard work, building on the great fundamentals of the Acura TLX, paid off in a big way again this year.”
 
The production-based Acura NSX, piloted by Honda R&D engineer James Robinson, posted a new Hybrid record, besting its own 2017 record with a time of 10:02.448, finishing fourth in the Time Attack 1 Class. Building on the successful modifications from last year’s run, the TA1 NSX featured larger turbos, new software and new aerodynamic elements including a bigger wing and front splitter. 

The Acura TLX A-Spec, piloted by Honda R&D engineer and five-time Pikes Peak veteran Nick Robinson, set a new course record for a front-wheel-drive car with a time of 10:48.094. This year’s TLX A-Spec competed with an updated 500-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 turbo powerplant, a limited-slip differential and a revised aerodynamic package.  

Pikes Peak rookie, and Honda R&D engineer Jordan Guitar, debuted the all-new 2019 RDX on the Exhibition Class podium despite deteriorating weather that forced race officials to truncate the course in its closing hours. 

This is the seventh consecutive year that Acura has raced vehicles in the historic Pikes Peak event. Acura also served as the Official Pace Car sponsor of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, with a 2019 RDX A-Spec driven by Olympic figure skating bronze medalist Chris Knierim.

Acura adds hand-built flair to its TLX sedan

Source: Driving.ca

Acura is adding some serious bling to its TLX sedan, and will debut the TLX PMC Edition next week at the New York Auto Show.

The TLX PMC Edition – and the corresponding MDX PMC Edition that will follow it – will be customized at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where the Acura NSX is produced.

The special edition is based on the top-line TLX Tech A-Spec Package, and will go on sale this summer starting around US$50,000. By comparison, in Canada, a regular TLX with A-Spec Package starts at $42,390.

The TLX is built in Marysville, but the PMC models come off the line at the body-in-white stage, where they’re just a shell. At the centre, they’re finished in Valencia Red Pearl paint, previously used only on the NSX. Between multiple base coats, two clear coats and curing time, it takes five days to paint each car.

Final assembly then takes place by craftsmen at the centre, and each car receives a numbered serial plaque on the centre console. Each one is also wrapped in a special cover, and delivered to the dealership in an enclosed car carrier.

So what are you getting for your cash, besides that paint? The package also includes gloss black wheels and trim, dark-chrome exhaust finishers, leather and Alcantara seats, perforated leather steering wheel and red interior stitching.

Acura said that it designed the PMC facility not just for the NSX, but to “explore handcrafted production of limited-edition models,” and that the TLX and MDX models “are just the beginning.”

Acura adds hand-built flair to its TLX sedan

It’s the first in a line of customized cars coming from the home of the NSX supercar

by JIL MCINTOSH  | APRIL 11, 2019

Acura is adding some serious bling to its TLX sedan, and will debut the TLX PMC Edition next week at the New York Auto Show.

The TLX PMC Edition – and the corresponding MDX PMC Edition that will follow it – will be customized at the company’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where the Acura NSX is produced.

The special edition is based on the top-line TLX Tech A-Spec Package, and will go on sale this summer starting around US$50,000. By comparison, in Canada, a regular TLX with A-Spec Package starts at $42,390.

The TLX is built in Marysville, but the PMC models come off the line at the body-in-white stage, where they’re just a shell. At the centre, they’re finished in Valencia Red Pearl paint, previously used only on the NSX. Between multiple base coats, two clear coats and curing time, it takes five days to paint each car.

Final assembly then takes place by craftsmen at the centre, and each car receives a numbered serial plaque on the centre console. Each one is also wrapped in a special cover, and delivered to the dealership in an enclosed car carrier.

So what are you getting for your cash, besides that paint? The package also includes gloss black wheels and trim, dark-chrome exhaust finishers, leather and Alcantara seats, perforated leather steering wheel and red interior stitching.

Acura said that it designed the PMC facility not just for the NSX, but to “explore handcrafted production of limited-edition models,” and that the TLX and MDX models “are just the beginning.”

Article reference: https://driving.ca/acura/auto-shows/new-york-auto-show/acura-adds-hand-built-flair-to-its-tlx-sedan

Acura Canada Inc. Celebrates Record Core Model Sales in 2018

MARKHAM, ONJan. 3, 2019 /CNW/ – Honda Canada Inc. (HCI) today reported annual sales of 195,379 units by the Honda and Acura divisions combined.

The Acura Division topped last year’s sales with 20,337 units sold, surpassing the 20,000-unit sold threshold for the fourth consecutive year.

“The next chapter of Acura’s storied history was written in 2018 as we applied our Precision Crafted Performance principles across our entire lineup and topped 20,000 units sold for the fourth consecutive year,” said Emile KorkorBrand Leader for Acura Canada. “The refreshed lineup, led by our fully redesigned, record-setting Acura RDX, injected enthusiasm for the brand that overwhelmingly resonated with Canadians.”

Acura:

  • Acura brand posts fourth consecutive year of more than 20,000 unit sales
  • Acura RDX had its best year ever with 8,890 units sold versus the previous best in 2017, marking seven years of consecutive sales growth for the luxury SUV

Exceptional Performance from the Acura MDX

Most three-row crossover SUVs have one thing in common: poor handling. They’re big, ungainly beasts that lumber along the road like a bus headed to the football game. Then there’s the 2018 Acura MDX, a vehicle that should be in a class by itself. Unlike it’s brethren, the MDX grabs corners and dominates straightaways. It doesn’t stop with handling, as there is plenty to love about the MDX.

Technology

 

Acura understands luxury automobiles, and they put everything they know into the MDX. With two display screens, 7 inch upper and 8 inch lower, you have access to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay at your fingertips. Upgraded you gain the 12 speaker sound system and a 16.2 inch ultrawide panel with split screen capabilities. Acura’s navigation suite with HD Digital Traffic will guide you around delays, while navigating with optional 3D viewing.

 

Safety

 

It can’t always be fun and games, which is why the MDX includes safety features to help you feel secure. With AcuraWatch, adaptive cruise control and the Collision Mitigation Braking System keeps everyone on the road safe. Additionally, a surround view camera system and blind spot alert makes sure you know what’s coming from any direction.

 

Power

 

The real draw of the MDX is its power and performance. A nine-speed transmission controls the 3.9 liter V6, producing 290 horsepower and over 260 lb-feet of torque. Couple that with Acura’s Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SW-AWD), which transfers power to the necessary wheels during turning, and you’ve got a three-row vehicle that can take aggressive corners and hit zero to sixty in under six seconds.

 

If you’re looking for an expansive SUV that can seat up to seven but drives like a sports car, let Acura of Barrie introduce you to the 2018 Acura MDX. It delivers the kind of performance that good things also come in big packages.

4 Noteworthy Features of the 2018 Acura ILX

Here at Acura of Barrie, we enjoy making sure that Acura’s compact sport sedans are always on your radar. The all-new 2018 Acura ILX naturally fits the mold, as it features bold, aggressively styled interior and exterior design, fantastic fuel economy, and a precision-happy powertrain. After careful consideration, we’ve come up with what we believe are the top three noteworthy features of the 2018 Acura ILX below.

New Special Edition Trim

 

2018’s Acura ILX has added yet another trim into its collection. The Special Edition trim features refined aerodynamic details that heighten the sporty look and feel of the car, as well as custom 18-inch alloy wheels with built-in resonators that add that much more fun and style to your driving experience.

 

Supreme Power

 

The new Acura ILX is a model to beat. Featuring a 2.4-liter DI four-cylinder engine, an 8-speed dual clutch transmission with 201 horsepower, 180 pound-foot torque, and drive-by-wire throttle control, the ILX is a worthy example of a car that doesn’t skimp on power. As long as you use the recommended premium fuel, your 2018 ILX should remain as powerful as the day you brought it.

 

Sleek Interior Styling

 

Thanks to leatherette-trimmed seating options that can be upgraded to either perforated Milano premium leather or Lux Suede® seating with contrast color stitching, the 2018 ILX gets off to a great start in the world of luxury auto interiors. The car also features 8-way powered driver’s seats, ensuring that your drive is always as comfortable as possible. Additionally, all trims feature seats with a two-level heating system, making the ILX ideal for those cold winter days on the road.

 

Unparalleled Audio

 

Acura’s 2018 ILX contains an audio system comparable to that of high-end luxury car brands. While less expensive models feature the Acura six-speaker audio system, upgraded trims can enjoy the perks of a Premium Seven-Speaker Audio System that includes a subwoofer, or an ELS Studio®32 Premium Audio System with 10 speakers.

Live the Luxurious Lifestyle While Driving a 2018 Acura TLX

When purchasing vehicles, people often choose cars that fit their ideals. Deciding to own a 2018 Acura TLX makes a clear statement that you love traveling in luxury and want to feel both pampered and excited every time you get behind the wheel.

 

Engineered for Excellence

 

As soon as you sit inside the 2018 Acura TLX to prepare for a test drive, you’ll notice it’s an extraordinary vehicle made with a detail-oriented approach. Some of the car’s features aren’t immediately visible, but you’ll know they’re working during a journey. For example, each wheel has a sensor that monitors things such as the rotation speed and G forces, helping the car momentarily adjust as driving conditions change.

 

There are also features that adjust the rear wheel angles to help you maintain stability when changing lanes or going around curves. Regardless of whether you’re driving across town or in the middle of an all-day trip to visit relatives, the 2018 Acura TLX makes driving hassle-free and fun for the driver and passengers alike.

 

Ready to Assist With All Your Acura Needs

 

At Acura of Barrie, we’re proud to help customers with every aspect of the car-buying process and more. Maybe you already own another Acura and want to bring it in for an annual service appointment. On the other hand, we can get you on a regular service schedule for a vehicle you buy from us, ensuring it runs as expected for as long as you own it. Depend on us for genuine Acura parts, too.

 

If you need financing for the 2018 Acura TLX, talk to our on-site professionals about your needs. We look forward to using all our resources to make your vehicle purchase as affordable as possible while keeping your financial situation in mind. Plan to visit us soon and start enjoying our service-centric approach as soon as you arrive.

The 2018 Acura RDX Delivers Value And Luxury

If you’re in the market for a compact luxury SUV at a reasonable value, then the 2018 Acura RDX is just what you need. True to the Acura legacy, the 2018 RDX delivers on its high expectations.

 

Here’s what we at Acura Of Barrie think you should expect from the RDX.

 

Interior

The interior quality of the RDX is just about what you would want from a luxury SUV. You can expect a quiet, smooth ride and comfortable seating for 5 adults. Leather seats come standard and you can add leather upholstery and ventilated front seats in the Advance Package.

 

Utility

The RDX provides more than enough cargo space. With the back seats up, you’ll have access to 26.1 cubic feet, and with the seats folded, you get 61.3, which is one of the best in this class.

 

How It Drives

The RDX provides a quiet ride with smooth acceleration and braking performance on par with other in its class.  Steering is precise and adequately responsive.

 

Comfort

The level of comfort included in the RDX makes it perfect for your everyday drive as well as weekend activities. The seats provide ample room and the cabin is very quiet. It uses Active Noise Control to cancel out unwanted sound frequencies.

 

Features & Trims

Among its included standard features are 18-inch wheels, cruise control, rearview camera, sunroof, Bluetooth phone and audio.

 

There are no trims to the RDX, but it does come in three different options packages – Technology, which adds sports seats and navigation; AcuraWatch Plus, provides driver assist features; and Advance, which includes the features of the other two plus features such as remote start and ventilated seats.

 

Our Recommendation

For your everyday drive, you can’t go wrong with the 2018 Acura RDX as it sits perfectly at the intersection of value and luxury.

 

Feel free to contact us should you have any additional questions. We’re here to help you find the car of your dreams.