MARKHAM, ON (July 25, 2013) – Acura released an image of a prototype NSX supercar today, announcing that the running prototype will take to the racetrack just prior to the Honda Indy 200 IndyCar race at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio. The NSX prototype, in custom livery, will lap the road course in advance of the race on August 4, 2013, to be broadcast live by NBC Sports Network starting at 3:00 p.m. EDT. Global development of the NSX, slated for launch in 2015, is being led by engineers at Honda R&D Americas, Inc. in Raymond, Ohio. Additionally,
Acura provides first look at possible NSX interior design concept at 2013 NAIAS in Detroit DETROIT, Mich., Jan. 15, 2013– Acura today unveiled a new NSX Concept that showcases the evolution of the next-generation supercar’s styling and design, including a first-ever look at one possible direction for the next-generation NSX interior design. “This further evolution of the Acura NSX Concept design is remarkably true to the original concept styling,” said Mike Accavitti, vice president of national marketing operations. “We’re making great progress in delivering on the expectations we created a year ago, with advanced technology that will bring new levels of performance and a unique, dynamic experience to the exotic sports car market.”
“The all-new 2010 Acura ZDX is a crossover utility vehicle with the design of a personal sports coupe. With the appearance of a performance coupe and the four-door convenience of a sedan and the utility of a CUV.” That’s a quote directly from the press material.. and believe it or not, that’s exactly what the Acura ZDX is! Many times the press material is a bit off the mark, but the Acura people nailed it. Until I had the opportunity to actually drive the ZDX, I thought it was basically a CUV with less cargo room. It kinda is – but it’s far closer to a sports coupe than a sedan or CUV, albeit one on stilts.
Something happened this week that has never happened before… usually it takes many months and 30-35 cars before “my new favourite” is replaced by another “new favourite car.” Last week I drove the Acura RL and announced it was my new favourite car – it was even better than the out-going Mitsubishi Evo X. Now I spend a day with the Acura TL – with a manual and the wonderful SH-AWD system and wouldn’t you know it…IT is now my new favourite car!!! Two changes in the matter of one week – what is the world coming to?
When I last drove the Acura RL several years ago, I absolutely loved the styling, however, while I liked it, there were too many niggly things that left me somewhat disappointed. With an All-new RL for 2010 I just had to take a second look at Acura’s flagship sedan. What would be the final result? Let’s just say that it’s my new favourite car! Read on…
The TSX is the entry-level car in Acura’s stable in the U.S (in Canada the CSX is the entry-level Acura). Based on the smaller European Honda Accord, the TSX promises to be sporty, as well as good value for money in the sub-luxury department. Considering the TSX is up against the likes of the BMW 3-series and the Audi A4, it’s competing in a very cut-throat part of the food chain. As is customary of Acura, the TSX is thousands of dollars cheaper than the car/vehicle it’s up against in the marketplace. Acura have a knack of pricing themselves just between two levels of near-luxury or luxury vehicles and the TSX is no different. Sometimes the Acura is a bargain, and sometimes it’s over-reaching. Which one is the TSX? I’ve been waiting a while to drive the TSX and it was worth the wait…sort of. One downside was that I waited so long the all-new 2009 TSX came out shortly after I test drove this one – oh well.
Based on the present-generation Honda Civic, the Acura CSX is made in Canada for Canadians. Why Honda chose to design and build an entry-level Acura just for the Canadian market doesn’t make much sense to me, but who am I to question one of the most successful automotive companies in the world? Perhaps Acura wanted a car that was priced between the Honda Accord and the up-coming Acura TSX. I first drove the Canada-only Acura CSX back in December 2005. I sampled the 5-speed manual as well as the paddle-shift automatic in the middle of a snow storm, but came away thoroughly impressed by Acura’s entry-level cars. When I found out there was a Type S version available I just had to book one for a week to put it through its paces in the middle of summer.
To me, the present generation Acura TL is one of the best looking cars on the road today. There’s something about it that just makes me drool like a teething baby. I can’t explain it – it just does. Obviously, I’m not the only one out there that feels this way, because I see more TL’s than any other model of Acura on the road. I had the opportunity to take a 10-minute spin in one – in the middle of a snowstorm – last year and it made a lasting impression on me. I’ve had to wait almost a full year to get my hands on one for a full week of testing, and so with giddy nervousness, I took the key and went looking for it in the Honda parking lot. Too many times this year I’ve driven cars that were huge disappointments – enamored by them until I get to drive them and they just don’t manage to the expectations I’d conjured up in my mind. I really hoped the TL wouldn’t …
The Acura MDX is obviously a very close relative to the smaller RDX, but the added dimensions make it look so much better. Like the RDX, Acura are breaking away from the traditional SUV look, adding sharp lines and angles. I liked – but didn’t love – the first generation MDX, but the new second-generation is so much better in every way – it’s impossible not to love it. While the RDX looks a little awkward from certain angles, the MDX looks all grown up and has no ungainly sightlines. One thing that really stands out is the V theme of the MDX, it starts at the nose of the grill and continues inside and throughout the vehicle.
I first saw the RDX at the Toronto International Auto Show last February and thought it was a little odd-looking, but that it would be popular amongst the SUV/CUV buying public. Acura seem to be reaching out from the traditional SUV look with sharp lines and angles. The RDX will no doubt be compared to another breakout design – the Mazda CX-7. This vehicle is certainly not boxy like the majority of SUV’s on the roads today, and it definitely looks more Sporty than Utility for sure. From the front, the RDX looks like it’s designed to flatten pedestrians instead of throw them up and onto the hood. To me that’s a more logical option – why should I have to pay for damage on my car when some moron walks out in front of me without looking? His legs will get better eventually and he’ll remember to look the next time – won’t he? Once you get past the unique styling and sharp lines of the RDX from the front, a trip around to …