Acura Type S Concept Debuts in Monterey

– Concept sets the stage for the return of Type S performance variants and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S
– Design team set out to shape a striking expression of Acura performance with a powerful stance and expressive silhouette

– Acura to debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years

MONTEREY, CALIF., AUG 13, 2019—Acura returns to Monterey Car Week, one of the world’s top gatherings of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts, to debut the Type S Concept. Representing a fundamental step toward fulfilling Acura’s return to Precision Crafted Performance, which started with the debut of the second-generation NSX, the Type S Concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S.

The Acura design team set out to expresses the essence of Precision Crafted Performance through stance and proportion, crafting a silhouette that is powerful and expressive, yet clean and cohesive. Building on the foundational beauty and style of the Acura Precision Concept, the Type S Concept’s powerful form is characterized by a wide track and low stance, with an expansive hood that stretches forward from the A-pillars.


“Acura was born with a passion of bringing extraordinary performance through an unprecedented connection between driver and machine. The ultimate expression of this is the NSX,” explains Emile Korkor, Assistant Vice President of Acura Sales and Marketing. “The Type-S line of products is also an integral part of our DNA and with their return we are fulfilling a commitment to returning to our roots. We are confident in our mission as we build our products and refine our technologies based on the learnings from our very successful racing program.” 

Performance at the Core
“We’ve been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept car since the Precision Concept debuted,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director. “The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design.” 

The Type S Concept showcases new elements of Acura design including next-generation, four-lamp Jewel Eye® LED headlights, an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and “Chicane” daytime running lights and taillights, both drawing inspiration from the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car. 

Refined Style Meets Raw Emotion
Building off its powerful stance, the Type S Concept’s front fascia reflects both form and function. Large center and side intakes are capable of supplying required airflow to a high-performance engine and brake package, with fascia detailing evolved from the NSX and Acura Precision Concept. The headlights are underscored, literally, by translucent white “Chicane” LEDs that serve double duty as running lights and turn signals. 

The front fascia transitions to a side profile that communicates both power and elegance. Sheer surfaces and continually shifting angles are balanced by sharp, intersecting lines that create the impression that every surface is changing shape as it flows front to rear. Sheer side surfaces gradually open-up to muscular rear wheel arches, emphasizing the concept’s wide track.

A sharp and distinctive tail features an upswept decklid with a sharply creased centerline (drawn from the hood) and integrated forged carbon spoiler. “Chicane” LED taillights, a large rear diffuser and quad chrome exhaust outlets complete the look.

In addition to the rear decklid spoiler, forged carbon – created by bonding layers of carbon on top of one another to exceed the strength of traditional interwoven carbon – is applied to the front and rear splitters, side sills, rear decklid spoiler and multi-spoke 21-inch wheels. 

A “square” 285-series summer tire setup ensures high levels of grip in the most dynamic of driving situations. All four corners feature slotted and drilled Brembo™ high-performance brakes with four-piston calipers, providing ample stopping power and an aggressive appearance. 

The Concept’s bespoke “Double Apex Blue Pearl” paint reflects a liquid and electric hue that pays homage to blue Type S heritage models, including the acclaimed 2007-2008 TL Type S. “Double Apex Blue Pearl” employs Nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat that impart a sense of fluidity and motion, and enhance the paint’s luster and brilliance.

The Acura Type S Concept was conceived by the Acura Design Studio in California, led by executive creative director, Dave Marek, and chief designer, Ben Davidson and will be showcased throughout Monterey Car Week. After its private debut at an Acura hosted event Aug. 15, it will make its public debut at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 16, with a press conference scheduled for 12:30 p.m. EDT. The Type S Concept will also be on display at the historic Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 18.

Acura Type S Heritage 
A fundamental step in fulfilling the promise of Precision Crafted Performance, Acura will debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years, starting with the second-generation TLX Type S. Type S models will deliver a high performance driving experience with quicker acceleration, nimbler handling and stronger braking performance than conventional Acura models. From 2001 through 2008, four Type S models set the standard for Acura performance in North America: 

o 2001-2003 Acura 3.2CL Type S: The Type S performance line debuted with the 2001 Acura 3.2CL Type S. It featured a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower (upgraded from 225 hp), a 5-speed automatic with a manual shift function, quicker steering, 17-inch wheels and tires and a sport-tuned suspension. In its final model year, a 6-speed manual transmission was available. 

o 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL Type S: Debuting a year after the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S featured the same performance-tuned engine and transmission, and similar suspension, wheel and tire upgrades. Unlike the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S was not available with a manual transmission. 

o 2002-2006 Acura RSX Type S: The RSX Type S joined the family in 2002, powered by a new 2.0-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower (upgraded from 160 hp) connected exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission. In 2005, the RSX Type S received a power increase to 210 horsepower, along with styling changes that included an eye-catching larger rear wing.

o 2007-2008 Acura TL Type S: The third-generation Acura TL rejoined the Type S lineup in 2007 and was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 making 286 horsepower (upgraded from 3.2-liter V6 with 258 hp), a 6-speed manual transmission, 4-piston Brembo brakes, sport suspension, upgraded wheels and tires and distinctive quad exhaust. 

Precision Crafted Performance: Reborn
Coinciding with its 30th anniversary in 2016, Acura set a new course for its future, turning its focus back to its original and authentic roots as a performance-focused luxury brand. The second-generation Acura NSX launched as the pinnacle expression of Precision Crafted Performance kicking off the brand’s determined focus on a future that was first and foremost about performance. 

In 2016, the foundations for a new design language were set with the debut of the Acura Precision Concept. Drawing inspiration from NSX, the Precision Concept adopted a supercar stance and sheer, alluring surfaces that pointed to a bolder more distinctive future for Acura design. The Concept also showcased key new production styling cues, including edgier lines and Acura’s signature new Diamond Pentagon grille, which were quickly adopted across the entire lineup, most recently on the 2019 ILX compact sports sedan. 

Acura also expanded its sporty A-Spec package to all core models, attracting younger, more enthusiast-oriented customers in the process. In early 2018, the brand announced its intention to re-establish Type S performance variants in its line-up, and the development of a new, Acura-exclusive, turbocharged V6 engine. In June of last year, Acura launched the 2019 RDX as the first in a new generation of Acura models designed from the ground up around Precision Crafted Performance. In its first year, the third-generation RDX has become the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment, setting multiple consecutive all-time monthly sales records. 

The brand has also seen a highly successful return to sports car racing in North America. Acura teams and drivers fielding the NSX GT3 Evo and ARX-05 Daytona Prototype currently lead both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD and DPi classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

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 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.