Acura RL Prototype (2004)

Acura RL Prototype (2004)
Acura TL 25 Hours of Thunderhill (2004)

Acura TL 25 Hours of Thunderhill (2004)
Acura TL with ASPEC Performance Package (2004)

Acura TL with ASPEC Performance Package (2004)
Acura MDX (2005)


Acura MDX

Torrance, Calif. 09/01/2004

OVERVIEW

The 2001 Acura MDX(TM) was launched in 2000 to define a new era in the evolution of luxury sport utility vehicles, treading beyond the limits of existing SUVs in terms of handling, packaging efficiency and environmental impact. It was developed with the overriding goal of setting new benchmarks for luxury SUV performance. That performance goal applies to the three main themes of the development concept; to establish new performance benchmarks in the SUV category for versatility, responsibility and dynamic performance. As the development process progressed, an additional development goal was added - furnishing the vehicle with an array of cutting edge features that effectively "defeat winter" for its driver and passengers - limiting the harsh effects of the cold winter months on MDX occupants.

After a stellar first year, in which the MDX established itself as the #1 SUV by capturing both the Motor Trend Sport Utility of the Year and the North American Truck of the Year awards, Acura set out to make it even better, increasing its already formidable performance and further refining the MDX inside and out. For 2003, a new engine boosted horsepower from 240 to 260, a new 5-speed automatic transmission was added and the chassis and suspension were enhanced to take advantage of the additional power. A new drive-by-wire throttle system was included and the state-of-the art VTM-4(R) four-wheel drive system was revised to provide enhanced vehicle control during acceleration, cornering and braking.

Acura NSX (2005)


Acura NSX

Torrance, Calif. 09/01/2004

The NSX supercar exemplifies the precision crafted performance that lies at the heart of every Acura vehicle. Developed out of years of racing experience, the NSX sets the benchmark for Acura, combining world-class performance and styling with exceptional drivability and refinement.

"The NSX is the benchmark to which we compare all our other models in terms of performance and quality," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, auto sales. "Our lineup is stronger than it has ever been and the NSX is a crucial component of that lineup. To many of our customers, it's an icon of our brand."

The NSX offers two distinct, mid-ship mounted powertrains. The first is a lightweight, all-aluminum 3.2 liter, DOHC, 24-valve, 90-degree V-6 engine coupled with a 6-speed, close-ratio manual transmission producing 290 horsepower and 224 lb-ft of torque. The second is a 3.0-liter DOHC, 24-valve V-6 engine with a 4-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission that generates 252 horsepower and 210 lb.-ft. of torque.

Both NSX engines are equipped with Acura's patented Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC(TM) ), a Variable Volume Induction System, direct ignition and a computerized Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) system pioneered in Formula One racing. The NSX engine also features titanium connecting rods, which are stronger and lighter than comparable steel connecting rods.

To complement these innovative powertrains, the NSX chassis features an all-aluminum unit body construction that is 40 percent lighter, yet has the rigidity of a steel structure. The 4-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension features aluminum-alloy control arms and hub carriers that minimize unsprung weight and provide optimum handling. The suspension also features aluminum subframes for the front and rear suspension to further reduce weight. Forged-aluminum alloy wheels reduce unsprung weight while super high performance tires - 215/40 R17 in front and 255/40 R17 in the rear - provide maximum traction and handling.

Acura RDX Concept (2005)


Acura RDX Concept

Detroit 01/09/2005

The Acura RD-X Concept SUV debuted today at the North American International Auto Show. The RD-X features Acura's new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive' system and combines the performance of a sports sedan with the all-wheel drive capability and functional utility of an SUV. Acura displayed a previous design study of the RD-X two years ago at the Detroit show, and this latest concept hints strongly at the production vehicle, which the division has announced will go on sale in 2006.

The RD-X powertrain features the groundbreaking SH-AWD' all-wheel drive system that debuted on the 2005 Acura RL luxury performance sedan. This system distributes torque not only between the front and rear wheels, but also between the left and right rear wheels. The result is superior traction on all surfaces and in all weather conditions, as well as increased cornering precision.

To complement the SH-AWD system, designers gave the RD-X a highly-refined chassis with fully independent front and rear suspension. Large Brembo disc brakes with slotted rotors, 19-inch, 5-spoke alloy wheels and 255/50R19 tires combine for strong grip and an aggressive look.

At 181.5 inches long, the RD-X fits squarely in the small SUV segment. Its chiseled exterior styling provides both excellent visibility for driving in city traffic or on twisty mountain roads. The RD-X employs a compact upper body with an aggressively raked belt line, ample wheel flares and a substantial hood that flows down from the windshield to a brushed aluminum Acura signature five-sided grill. Generous side sills and fender garnish, dual integrated exhaust tips, wrap-around LED headlights and taillights, and a rear spoiler add to the strong look of the vehicle.

Acura RL (2005)

Acura RL (2005)
Acura RL ASPEC Concept (2005)

Acura RL ASPEC Concept (2005)
Acura RL with ASPEC Performance Package (2005)

Acura RL with ASPEC Performance Package (2005)
Acura RSX (2005)


Acura RSX

Torrance, Calif. 09/01/2004

2005 OVERVIEW

Since its debut in 2002, the RSX has carved a solid niche in the sports coupe segment, and with the important "tuner" market. Available in two distinct models-the sporty RSX and the high-performance RSX Type-S-this sports coupe serves as an important point of entry for the brand, introducing youthful performance enthusiasts to the Acura line-up of precision-crafted performance luxury vehicles.

The RSX has won an assortment of industry awards including being named to Car and Driver's "10 Best" and Ward's 10 Best Engine's lists. With their high-performance engines, abundant luxury features, advanced safety and security systems, and innovative cockpit and body designs, the RSX and RSX Type-S have set a bold standard of driving excitement and refinement in the sports coupe segment.

For 2005, significant enhancements were made to both the RSX and RSX Type-S to reset that standard to an even higher level. These enhancements were designed with three specific objectives in mind:

  1. To boost the already formidable performance of the Type-S model by increasing horsepower and optimizing the 6-speed manual transmission
  2. To provide more precise handling and better ride comfort for both models by optimizing the suspension, steering and braking systems
  3. To highlight the aggressive, yet refined nature of the RSX with enhanced styling inside and out

The RSX is powered by a 16-valve, DOHC i-VTEC 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 160 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 141 lb-ft. of torque at 4000 rpm. The RSX features either a 5-speed manual transmission or an available 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission.