The Reviews Are In, 2016 ILX Is Fresh, Hot And Here!

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The refreshed 2016 Acura ILX is here and the time to get excited is now. We could tell you about all the incredible features and impressive numbers on this vehicle (and we probably will), but instead of us telling you about it, why don’t we let the experts in the industry? We’re sure you’re more likely to trust an independent journalist, and having a whole lot of independent journalists saying the same thing should be doubly convincing. Lucky for us, the automotive world is already amassing a pretty large amount of praise. Let’s take a look at what some of the most respected publications in the country are saying about the 2016 ILX.

Autoblog

“Acura says the ILX already leads sales in the 16-to-35-year-old demographic; if the updated model is any indication, the Japanese carmaker should expect a new crop of brand enthusiasts to join the family.”

Autoweek

“If you’re looking for an entry-level sports sedan, you’ll definitely want to consider the 2016 ILX now. The new drivetrain has done wonders for Acura’s gateway vehicle, giving it adequate muscle to make a stand against the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA.”

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Torque News

“No other brand in North America can touch ILX for standard added value features and baseline performance.”

SlashGear

“What you get from the 2016 ILX for your less-than-$30k is, then, pretty astonishing. The… Premium package is enough to put German rivals several steps up the pay ladder to shame, and AcuraWatch’s various collision warnings and such not only work well together, but legitimately improve the everyday experience behind the wheel.”

Auto World News

“The ILX exceeds our expectations as a driver’s car, making hours of back roads fly by—and that isn’t light praise”

DigitalTrends.com

“It’s fun, refined, and well priced. It’s good-looking, but not gaudy. And unlike the 2015 car, it has an impressive array of driver aid and safety tech. It’s without a doubt a step in the right direction.”

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Hopefully all this has given you an idea of just how exciting this new ILX is. If you’re thinking you want the 2016 ILX to be your next vehicle, then come see us at Rosenthal Acura today. Our friendly sales team will sit down with you to help decide which model is going to best fit your lifestyle, and find the perfect finance plan for your budget. Visit us today and set yourself up to be one of the first to enjoy the exciting new 2016 Acura ILX!

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 19 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 19 years in a row.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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2016 Acura RDX arrives with freshened styling, powertrain enhancements

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Launched in 2012 for the 2013 model year, the second-generation RDX is hardly an old vehicle, and the luxury crossover is coming off its best sales year ever, according to Acura. Still, three years after the debut, the Japanese automaker is giving the CUV a thorough refresh with a facelift and bountiful new tech at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show, with sales set to kick off this spring.

The most obvious update at the front for the 2016 RDX is Acura’sJewel Eye LED headlight array already found on some of its other models, but the improvements go a lot further than just the lighting. All of the fascia’s lines appear just a little sharper and the added chrome helps grab the eye. The refinements are similar at the rear, where there are now LED taillights. While not obvious on the surface, the structure underneath is supposed to offer better frontal crash performance, too.

Acura’s engineers turned their attention to the RDX’s powertrain for some tweaks, as well. The crossover now benefits from a nine-speed automatic gearbox to replace the previous six-speed. The 3.5-liter V6 with cylinder deactivation also gets a slight upgrade to make 279 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque – up 6 hp and 1 lb-ft over the 2015 model. The changes benefit fuel economy by one-mile-per-gallon on the highway with ratings of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway for the front-wheel drive version and 19/28 with all-wheel drive.

The 2016 RDX is also packed with new tech to improve drivability and safety. Active front and rear engine mounts should improve NVH, and the all-wheel-drive system has more rear bias. Inside, the cabin trim sees an update, and heated front seats are standard. The optional Technology Package now gets an eight-way power front passenger seat, the company’s dual-screen multi-info display and both blind spot and rear cross traffic monitoring. However, for those looking for a ton of gadgets to brag about, the new Advance Package option is the place to be. It includes rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, remote engine start, ventilated front seats, front and rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror and the full suite of the AcuraWatch safety assist functions.

2016 Acura RDX Brings the Heat in World Debut at 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Hot-selling Acura RDX luxury crossover boosts its considerable market strength with significant upgrades to performance, luxury, styling and safety features

CHICAGO, Feb. 12, 2015 – Coming off its best-ever year, the newly refreshed and energized 2016 Acura RDX luxury sport-utility made its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show, sporting a host of significant upgrades to performance, luxury prestige and styling. Launching at Acura dealerships nationwide this Spring, the 2016 Acura RDX receives Jewel Eye™ LED projector headlamps and LED taillights, a new, more powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC® V-6 engine, an expanded list of AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technologies, and a host of new luxury features and technologies, including a new line-topping RDX with Advance Package.

The Acura RDX and MDX have formed a potent 1-2 punch in the luxury SUV game, posting record sales in 2014 well ahead of European rivals in their segments. With the 2016 MDX also getting significant new features and technologies, including a 9-speed automatic transmission, the new RDX and MDX stand as an even more formidable presence in the luxury SUV space.

“The RDX ended on a high note in 2014, posting its best sales year ever, but at Acura, we are not content in resting on our laurels,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of Acura. “The 2016 RDX gets a major infusion of Acura brand DNA including enhancements to styling, driving performance, and exciting new luxury feature-content, further solidifying its place as the one to beat in the entry luxury SUV segment.”

The 2016 RDX gets an important performance boost courtesy of its new 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) cylinder deactivation technology. Peak horsepower and torque output are up-279 (+6 hp) and 252 lb.-ft. (+1 lb.-ft.), respectively, while sporting a broader torque curve for more immediate and powerful acceleration response-right where it counts. Variable Cylinder Management™ allows for deactivation of two of the engine’s six cylinders under light engine loads, helping the more powerful 2016 RDX increase its highway EPA fuel-economy ratings by 1 mpg, rising to 19/28mpg for AWD models and 20/29mpg for FWD models (city/highway). Driving refinement is further enhanced by new active front and rear engine mounts, updates to the steering control system and increased suspension mount stiffness. Additionally, the RDX’s all-wheel-drive system – AWD with Intelligent Control – has been tuned for greater rear torque bias to further enhance dynamic stability and all-weather performance.

The 2016 RDX also gets key elements of Acura design DNA with restyled front and rear fasciae, including the addition of Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights with light-pipe design on all models and a new three-dimensional grille treatment. The lower front and rear fascia areas also support the new look with fresh luxury details while all models receive new wheel designs.

Inside, the new RDX gets a fresh look with a high-contrast silver and black trim plus significant upgrades to both standard and available luxury features and technology, including standard heated front seats and new second-row air-conditioning vents. The RDX with Technology Package adds a new 8-way adjustable power passenger’s front seat (4-way power in base models), Acura’s intuitive dual-screen On-Demand Multi-Information Display (ODMD), HD Radio®, blind spot information (BSI) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor.

A new Advance Package for the 2016 RDX adds rain-sensing wipers, front fog lights, Bi-Directional Keyless remote engine start, front and rear parking sensors, ventilated front seats, an auto-dimming driver’s side mirror, and AcuraWatch™ advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. Both the Technology and Advance packages can be equipped with the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™. All RDX models with AcuraWatch™ also get a new 4.2-inch full-color TFT Multi-Information Display with expanded, customizable information readouts such as average vehicle speed, fuel economy, fuel range, tire pressure monitoring system (TMPS) and turn-by-turn navigation.

While offered as standard equipment on the new Advance Package, all RDX models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ and Lane Keeping Assist, along with a standard Multi-View Rear Camera and Expanded View driver’s side mirror. AcuraWatch™ uses sensor fusion technology, the cooperative operation of a millimeter wave radar system and a windshield-mounted monocular camera to expand both the scope and fidelity of its sensing capabilities, including the ability to sense and respond to numerous road hazards, including a pedestrian detected in the roadway.

In addition to the available AcuraWatch™ technologies, the 2016 RDX offers enhanced collision performance with numerous changes to its Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure that further improve frontal collision performance. The 2016 RDX targets top-in-class safety ratings – a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The RDX is produced at the company’s award-winning East Liberty, Ohio, plant, using domestic and globally sources parts. In January, Acura marked the sale of its two-millionth North American-made vehicle in America. Today, approximately 94 percent of all Acura models sold in America are made in the company’s plants in Ohio and Alabama.

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2015 Acura MDX, RDX and TLX Named Best Cars for the Money from U.S. News & World Report

Three of Acura’s luxury performance vehicles have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Cars for the Money awards: the 2015 MDX was lauded the Best Luxury 3-Row SUV for the Money, the 2015 RDX took the Best Luxury Compact SUV for the Money award and the 2015 TLX won the Upscale Midsize Car category.

The MDX, the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV in the U.S., is a Best Cars for the Money recipient for the third consecutive year while the RDX was named Best Compact SUV for the second straight year. The TLX, which was introduced as a new model in August 2014, is one of the brand’s best-selling models and it continues to rack up industry nods at a comparable pace.

“Receiving accolades for our best-selling SUVs and our new performance sedan speaks to the powerful momentum that continues to drive the Acura brand forward,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “Acura’s unique combination of performance, proportion and prestige is delivering value to the customer and the marketplace is taking notice. We’re proud and honored to receive these awards from U.S. News Best Cars.”

The Best Cars for the Money methodology combines quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of 21 categories, the vehicle with the highest score is named the Best Car for the Money in that category. Quality is measured by the overall score achieved in the U.S. News car rankings at the time the awards are published. Value is measured by five-year total cost of ownership and the average price paid for the vehicle at the time the awards are published. The 2015 Acura MDX, RDX and TLX and other winners can be found at usnews.com/cars-money.

About Rosenthal Acura

Since 1986 Rosenthal Acura has provided top of the line vehicles with exceptional service. We have received Acura’s highly coveted Precision Team Award for customer service for 18 consecutive years. We are proud to be the only Acura dealership to achieve this honor 18 years in a row.

Our dealership was founded on the principle that the customer always comes first. This means that we do not simply sell cars, our professionals help you choose a vehicle that fits your needs and after the sale we will help you keep it running like new. We attend to every detail and accommodate your personal preferences. We always go the extra mile as the premier Acura dealership in the Washington DC Metropolitan Region.

Contact us to find out more about Rosenthal Acura’s Personal Approach at 1-877-300-4226.

To visit our dealership, check our Map and Location and Department Hours – we would like to meet you in person and help you with your car ownership needs. Our dealership is conveniently located in the Gaithersburg area and worth the drive.

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Best Selling Acura MDX Receives Powertrain Upgrades, AcuraWatch™ and Expanded Options for 2016, Enhancing Performance, Safety and Luxury

- 9-speed automatic transmission with electronic gear selector

– New twin-clutch SH-AWD system

– AcuraWatch™suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies

– Model range adds more options

TORRANCE, Calif., Feb. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — The significantly upgraded 2016 Acura MDX, America’s best-selling three-row luxury SUV, launches next month with multiple new features and technologies, a more advanced powertrain and an expanded model range. The enhanced 2016 MDX provides even more advanced technology and exhilarating performance to complement the luxury, comfort and quietness inherent to Acura’s premium eight-passenger SUV. The 2016 Acura MDX launches at Acura dealerships nationwide on Feb. 4, with the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $42,8651.

All 2016 MDX models will come equipped with an advanced new 9-speed automatic transmission, a push-button electronic gear selector that frees up room above the center console, and a new Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system with a twin-clutch design that delivers enhanced torque transfer and handling capabilities. The 2016 MDX and MDX with Technology Package models can now be equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the first application of Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor to the MDX model line. The MDX with Advance Package comes standard with AcuraWatch™.

The 2016 MDX adds numerous other luxury upgrades including a frameless rearview mirror, Siri™ Eyes Free voice recognition, an easy-entry/exit driver’s seat that moves 35 mm rearward when the driver’s door is opened and TPMS fill assist that sounds an audible alert when the driver inflates the tire to the correct pressure. Additional upgrades, depending on trim, include a Multi-View Angle Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines (standard on all models), a bi-directional remote engine starter, idle stop and head up warning.

Doubling the model offerings, the 2016 MDX is now available with AcuraWatch™ on all trims (standard on the Advance Package), while the Technology and Advance packages are available with or without the Rear Entertainment System (RES).

Now in its third generation, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2. This sales history is backed up by the current generation MDX, which has received multiple awards including a KBB.com Best Buy award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category for the 2015 model year. With the numerous enhancements made for 2016, the Acura MDX is primed to again impress customers and critics alike. Customers can view, build and price a 2016 Acura MDX at acura.com/MDX.

2016 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim

MSRP1

EPA MPG3 (city/highway/combined)

MDX

$42,865

19/27/22

MDX with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package

$44,365

19/27/22

MDX with Technology Package

$47,290

19/27/22

2016 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings (continued)

Trim

MSRP1

EPA MPG3 (city/highway/combined)

MDX with Technology & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$48,490

19/27/22

MDX with Technology & Entertainment Packages

$49,290

19/27/22

MDX with Technology Package, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$50,490

19/27/22

MDX with Advance & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$53,080

20/27/23 (with idle stop)

MDX with Advance, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$55,080

20/27/23 (with idle stop)

MDX SH-AWD

$44,865

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with AcuraWatch™ Plus Package

$46,365

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package

$49,290

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology & AcuraWatch™ Plus Package

$50,490

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology & Entertainment Packages

$51,290

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Technology Package, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$52,490

18/26/21

MDX SH-AWD with Advance & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$55,080

19/26/22 (with idle stop)

MDX SH-AWD with Advance, Entertainment & AcuraWatch™ Plus Packages

$57,080

19/26/22 (with idle stop)

Powertrain
The 2016 Acura MDX’s 3.5-liter, 24-valve i-VTEC direct-injected V-6 engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission featuring Sequential SportShift. The new transmission is 66 lbs. lighter than the 6-speed automatic it replaces, with more closely spaced gear ratios and 25 percent faster gear shifts that enhance acceleration performance. The weight reduction also improves front-to-rear weight distribution for better handling characteristics.

The console-mounted shift lever is replaced with a fully electronic, shift-by-wire gear selector. Park, Neutral and Drive are selected with the push of a button. Reverse is selected by pulling back on a dedicated switch. Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters let the driver manually select gears. The low-profile gear selector also creates more “working space” in the center console area, making it more convenient to use.

The next generation of Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD™) utilizes a new, lighter weight (by 19 lbs.) twin-clutch rear differential. SH-AWD progressively distributes torque not only between the front and rear axles, but also between the left and right rear wheels. Using torque vectoring to create a yaw moment that helps turn the vehicle, SH-AWD enables more responsive, neutral and predictable handling characteristics while providing outstanding all-weather confidence and control. In the MDX, torque-vectoring effectiveness has been greatly enhanced, benefiting responsiveness, agility and stability.

AcuraWatch™
AcuraWatch is available as a standalone package on every 2016 MDX and is standard on the Advance Package. Certain features, including Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, are offered as standard equipment on the MDX with Technology Package. All MDX models come equipped with a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines. The AcuraWatch™ suite of variously available features – depending upon trim – includes:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (standard on Tech Package)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
  • Blind Spot Information (BSI) (Technology and Advance)
  • Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines
  • Rear Cross Traffic Monitor

At the heart of AcuraWatch™ is the fusion of camera and radar technology that can sense the roadway and objects within it, including other vehicles and pedestrians. This technology underpins the systems that help provide the driver with superior vision around the vehicle, can alert the driver of potential issues and, if necessary, intervene to help keep the MDX from departing a lane, departing the road, or help to avoid or mitigate the severity of a collision.

Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
New for the 2016 Acura MDX, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) uses a Monocular Camera (mounted on the upper portion of the windshield) to identify solid or dashed painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers. RDM uses both steering force, via EPS,and braking force, via VSA, to help the MDX stay a detected lane.

The monocular camera can recognize lane features and identify a lane or roadway edge. If the RDM system determines that the MDX is about to leave a detected lane or roadway defined by solid lines, it will provide steering assist (primary) and, in rare occasions when steering is not sufficient, braking assist to help the driver stay on the road. If a lane only identified by dashed lines, Bott’s Dots or Cat Eye markers and the system determines that there is an unintended departure, no braking assist will be provided. Instead, the MDX will use active steering force to return to the detected lane. RDM is integrated with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system to provide moderate braking, and with the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system to provide steering input.

Multiple visual and audible warnings alert the driver when the RDM system is taking corrective action. These include a lane departure warning on the driver’s Multi Information Display (MID) along with an audible warning. RDM also has a customizable initial warning of either a steering wheel shake/vibration and/or an audible alert. This can be customized in the vehicle settings.

Rear Cross Traffic Monitor
Another new driver assistive technology included with AcuraWatch™, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor works in conjunction with the MDX’s Blind Spot Information (BSI) radar sensors to enhance driver confidence when backing up. The system is especially useful when reversing in congested parking lots with an obstructed view from the driver’s seat.

The system utilizes a pair of blind-spot radar units located in the rear bumper corners. When Reverse is selected and an approaching vehicle is detected, arrows indicating the approaching vehicle’s direction are shown on the center display’s rear camera image. An audible warning is simultaneously emitted.4

2016 MDX Feature Upgrade Summary

Trim

New 2016 Features

MDX/

w/RES

- 9-speed automatic transmission

- Electronic gear selector

- Frameless rearview mirror

- Siri voice recognition

- Easy Entry driver’s seat

MDX

Tech/

w/RES

Changed or added from MDX:

- Multi-View Rear camera with Cross Traffic Monitor

- Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) + Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

- Forward Collision Warning (FCW), car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian

MDX

Adv/

w/RES

Changed or added from MDX with Technology Package:

- Bi-directional remote engine starter

- Idle stop

- Head Up Warning

- AcuraWatch™ (components listed below)

Acura-

Watch™

When added to MDX and MDX with Technology Package:

- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed Follow (LSF)

- Forward Collision Warning (FCW), car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian

- Collision Mitigating Braking System (CMBS),

   car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian

- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) + Lane Departure Warning

  (LDW)

- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)

For More Information
Consumer information is available at acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at hondanews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/mdx.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.

2 Sales numbers based on Automotive News Sales Database 1999-2014; manufacturer data for prior to 1994.

3 Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

4 Visually confirm that it is safe to drive before backing up or parking. Certain conditions (such as weather, lighting and high temperatures) may also restrict the camera view. Do not rely on the camera displays as they may not give you all information about conditions, persons, objects or obstructions around your vehicle.

Rosenthal Acura has been serving the local communities of Montgomery County, D.C. and NOVA since 1987. Conveniently located in Gaithersburg, Maryland right off I-270. We are committed to providing an experience that exceeds our guests and clients expectations. If you are thinking about a new Acura MDX give us a call or stop by and allow us to show you why Rosenthal Acura has won Acuras Precision Team Award for guest loyalty and satisfaction for the past 18 years in a row, no other Acura dealer has done this.

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Next Generation Acura NSX Unveiled

Acura takes the wraps off its highly anticipated next-generation NSX supercar, designed to deliver a groundbreaking “New Sports eXperience”

2016 Acura NSX

2016 Acura NSX

Twenty-five years after the debut of the original, paradigm-shifting NSX supercar, Acura revealed the production version of its highly anticipated successor—the next-generation Acura NSX, developed and produced in the U.S.—to the world’s auto media at the 2015 North American International Auto Show today. The production model, in a scintillating NSX Red finish, took the stage with a growl from its twin-turbocharged engine.

The next generation NSX showcases the production styling, design and specifications of Acura’s mid-engine sports hybrid supercar, and Acura announced key details of the all-new vehicle’s design and performance. The company will begin accepting custom orders for the new NSX starting in the summer, with customer deliveries expected later in the year.

Specifically created to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar segment, the NSX challenges conventional beliefs about supercars — much as the first generation did a quarter century ago. The approach is realized through an all-new power unit—a twin-turbocharged 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and three-electric motor Sport Hybrid system—integrated with an ultra-rigid and lightweight multi-material body with world’s-first material applications and manufacturing processes. Developed under the concept of a “human-centered supercar,” a car that puts the driver first in every aspect of its design, the next-generation NSX will leverage its state-of-the-art hybrid supercar power unit, body and chassis to deliver exceptionally intuitive and immediate response to driver inputs.

“Our commitment was to create an all-new NSX that is true to the heritage of NSX—a supercar that delivers a new driving experience, one where every part of the vehicle is respectful of the smartest part of the car, the driver,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura division. “The soul of a car is the emotional connection it makes with the driver. With the NSX, that connection will be intense and immediate.”

As the pinnacle representation of Acura performance and prestige, the NSX was introduced at the auto show under the theme of “Precision Crafted Performance.” The theme was the original tagline for the Acura brand, a guiding force behind the development of the original NSX and a critical component of its launch.

The development of next-generation NSX, driven by precision crafted performance, has resulted in a clean-sheet design, which involved nearly three years of intensive development effort by a global design and engineering team led by engineers at the company’s development center in Raymond, Ohio.

“The NSX reflects Acura’s American roots and makes a powerful statement about the strong role being played by our North American operations in envisioning and building the future of Acura,” said Erik Berkman, executive vice president of the Acura Business Planning Office.

“Our global team embraced the challenge to create a new sports car experience, leveraging new technology to deliver incredibly vivid performance in a vehicle that responds intuitively and immediately to the will of the driver,” said Ted Klaus, chief engineer and global development leader of the new NSX. “The NSX delivers pinnacle supercar performance, with zero-delay acceleration and exhilarating, confidence-inspiring driving dynamics.”

Interwoven Dynamic Exterior Design

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“The new NSX is a product of what we term ‘Interwoven Dynamic’ design,” said Michelle Christensen, NSX exterior design project leader. “It represents the ideal blending of exotic sports car form and supercar function.”

The NSX body features classic low and wide proportions married to modern and alluring surfacing, an aggressive front design, and tail lights that pays homage to the original NSX. The signature side intake and floating C-pillar collects air to feed the mid-mounted engine and directs airflow over the rear deck to increase downforce. To accommodate the new longitudinally mounted twin-turbo V6 and 9-speed DCT, the production vehicle was lengthened (+3 inches) and widened (+1 inch) with a slightly more cab-forward package, compared with the proportions of the NSX Concept shown in 2012.

Every element of the exterior body design has been carefully fashioned for total airflow management for both stability-enhancing downforce and vehicle systems cooling. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at the company’s state-of-the-art wind tunnel in Raymond, Ohio, leading to a number of significant changes from concept to final body design, including modified hood vents, new front fender vents, modified side air intakes, and an optimized deck spoiler.

Dimensions:

NEW NSX 2013 NSX Concept Diff (in.) 2005 NSX Diff (in.)
Length 176 in.
(4470 mm)
172.8 in. (4390mm) +3.1 174.2 in.
(4425 mm)
+1.8
Width 76.4 in.
(1940 mm)
75.4 in
(1915 mm)
+1.0 71.3 in.
(1810 mm)
+5.1
Height 47.8 in.
(1215 mm)
47.2 in.
(1200 mm)
+0.6 46.1 in
(1170 mm)
+1.8
Wheelbase 103.5 in. (2630 mm) 102.8 in.
(2610 mm)
+0.8 99.6 in.
(2350 mm)
+11.0
Front track 65.2 in.
(1655 mm)
- - - - 59.5 in.
(1510 mm)
+5.7
Rear track 63.6 in.
(1615 mm) 
- - - - 60.7 in.
(1540 mm)
+3.0

Human Support Cockpit

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“Consistent with the ‘human-centered supercar’ development concept, the NSX was designed from the inside out with an uncompromising focus on the driver,” said Johnathan Norman, NSX interior design project leader. “Like the original NSX, we created a ‘Human Support Cockpit’ that provides exceptional driver control, visibility and packaging, but further advanced to meet the extreme performance expectations of a modern supercar.”

The NSX interior boasts exceptional forward visibility, simple and intuitive controls, and class-leading ergonomics—most notably the seat, which features top-class holding performance with outstanding comfort and easy ingress/egress.

The NSX’s instrument cluster features a dynamic TFT display that responds to changes in the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System with pertinent graphics and information. The center console holds the Power button that readies the sport hybrid powertrain, nested in the center of the new Integrated Dynamics System dial control. Interwoven under the handcrafted leather dash panel is the exposed midframe—a functioning chassis structural member that reflects the design aesthetic of a naked sport bike. An ultra-thin, yet super strong A-pillar design and low-mounted instrument panel minimize obstructions to the driver’s view of the road.

Sport Hybrid Power Unit
In keeping with the foundational philosophy of the original NSX, the next-generation NSX is designed to provide a new sports car experience that maximizes the capabilities of the driver, delivering exceptionally intuitive and confidence-inspiring response “at the will of the driver.”

Acura engineers leveraged the company’s expertise both with high-performance engine and hybrid electric-drive technologies, as well as its two decades of experience with industry-leading dynamic torque-vectoring technologies, including Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), to create the most sophisticated, technologically advanced and intelligent powertrain in the supercar universe.

At the heart of the NSX’s performance capabilities is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to an Acura-developed 9-speed DCT. The V6 engine employs a race-inspired compact valve train and dry sump lubrication system to help lower the center of gravity. The all-new 9-speed DCT delivers synapse-quick gear changes and rev-matching downshifts. The rear direct-drive electric motor, housed between the engine and transmission, supports acceleration, braking and transmission shifting performance. The NSX’s front wheels are driven by twin independent high-output electric motors which deliver instantaneous torque response and dynamic left-to-right torque distribution.

The NSX uses its front electric motors for dynamic torque vectoring in addition to enhancing acceleration and braking performance. The result is an instantaneous “zero delay” launch performance and handling response that seems to anticipate the driver’s desire. The NSX has undergone extensive testing at some of the world’s most challenging race circuits, including the famed Nurburgring.

Advanced Multi-Material Body
Also in keeping with the legacy of NSX—the world’s first all-aluminum supercar—the new NSX features an innovative new multi-material body design with world’s-first material applications and construction processes.

The NSX body utilizes a space frame design—an internal frame constructed of aluminum, ultra-high strength steel and other advanced materials. Anchored by a carbon fiber floor, torsional and bending forces are taken up entirely by this ultra-rigid structure which also utilizes advanced joining technologies.

The NSX features world’s-first casting technology that combines the design and manufacturing flexibility of a casting process with the strength and elongation properties of a forged material, enabling significant weight reduction. The body panels are composed of a combination of aluminum and sheet molding composite (SMC).

Advanced Sport Package
The NSX features an “Advanced Sports Package” with placement of key powertrain components –the mid-mounted engine, twin front motors and Sport Hybrid battery pack and power control unit – optimized to concentrate vehicle mass low and toward the center of the vehicle, to further enhance dynamic response.  The combination of this packaging concept and the lightweight body give the NSX the lowest center of gravity in its class.

The NSX utilizes a fully independent, all-aluminum front and rear suspension and puts its considerable power down through ContiSportContact™ high-performance tires—245/35Z R19 front and 295/30Z R20 rear—mounted on 19×8.5 inch front and 20×11 inch rear aluminum alloy wheels. Powerful, natural and confident braking performance is provided by 6-piston front and 4-piston rear monoblock calipers squeezing ultra-high performance carbon-ceramic brake discs.

Handling is greatly enhanced by Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD), enabling lightning-quick response to all driver inputs—steering, braking and throttle—along with the stability, control and launch performance of all-wheel drive. Agile Handling Assist (AHA) uses the subtle application of brake torque to further enhance yaw response and dynamic stability.

The NSX’s dial-operated Integrated Dynamic System features Quiet, Sport, Sport+ and Track modes. The system adjusts engine, motor, transmission and chassis response, as well as the engine sound level, based on the needs of the driver and driving environment. Quiet mode enables electric-only driving at lower speeds for short durations. Dynamic vehicle responses become increasingly sharp as the driver moves from Sport to Sport+ mode and, finally, to Track mode, where the NSX reveals the full spectrum of its performance capabilities.

The NSX also features a “launch” function to achieve the ultimate in “zero delay” launch performance, aided by both the engine and three electric motors.

New Production Facility
The NSX will be manufactured exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio, where approximately 100 highly-skilled associates will conduct full body construction, paint, and final assembly using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

The PMC and its processes have been developed to perfectly blend associate craftsmanship and technology in a new approach to manufacturing. By in-housing the body construction, Acura maintains complete control over total body quality, including critical strength, suspension accuracy, and fit and finish—from initial construction all the way to final assembly.

Associates will utilize innovative techniques to deliver next-generation craftsmanship and world-class quality in the realm of specialized, supercar vehicle production.

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2015 Acura MDX Named KBB.com Best Buy: Luxury SUV/Crossover

The 2015 Acura MDX (www.Acura.com/MDX) has been honored with the prestigious Best Buy Award in the Luxury SUV/Crossover category by the industry experts at Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. One of twelve 2015 vehicles selected as the ‘cream of the crop’ in their respective categories, the 2015 Acura MDX earned Best Buy honors following expert evaluation and testing by KBB.com experts, along with analysis of a broad range of vehicle-related data, including cost of ownership information, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information.

“The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award is significant to the brand as it is combines both expert evaluations and comprehensive data, reaffirming the MDX as a clear sales leader in its segment and the best-selling 3-row luxury SUV of all time,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura division. “MDX is the benchmark in its class, consistently delivering the best combination of features, function and performance that luxury buyers are after.”

The 2015 Acura MDX delivers an exceptional blend of luxury, technology, performance and advanced safety. Designed and developed in America for three generations, the third-generation MDX is manufactured exclusively at the company’s Lincoln, Alabama automobile and engine production facility, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

“The 2015 Acura MDX is loaded with virtually everything buyers seek in a  contemporary luxury SUV, and the MDX is a true standout when it comes to value-for-the-money,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com.

Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy: Luxury SUV/Crossover honor adds to the 2014 accolades awarded to the Acura MDX including Autoguide.com’s “Utility Vehicle of the Year”, a Top Rating from Edmunds.com, U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Luxury 3-row SUV for Families” and “#1 Luxury Crossover SUV,” plus Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s “Best Value Award.”

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance-luxury vehicles through a network of approximately 270 U.S. Acura dealers. The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Acura was recently recognized by Edmunds.com for the third consecutive year as leading all luxury brands in retained value after five years of ownership. More than 90 percent of the Acura vehicles sold in America are produced at the company’s manufacturing facilities in America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

For More Information
Consumer information about Acura is available at RosenthalAcura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including detailed features, pricing and high-resolution photography of the Acura model line is available at acuranews.com.

About Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards
The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards are designed to provide a significant service to American new-car buyers by identifying the cream of the crop of all available 2015 model-year vehicles. The all-new awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America, along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, 5-Year Cost to Own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information. Of more than 300 new-car models available for 2015, Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors initially narrowed the field to 49 Best Buy Award Finalists in 12 major vehicle categories, and then spent several weeks testing and evaluating all of the finalists head-to-head to ultimately determine the winners. For more information, visit http://www.kbb.com/car-news/all-the-latest/best-buy-awards/.

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Acura’s 2015 TLX Makes a Quiet Statement

Maybe, for whatever reason, you don’t want a high-tone European sedan. With that in mind, writes Dan Neil, the Acura 2015 TLX might just hit your sweet spot

2015 Acura TLX
2015 Acura TLX HONDA NORTH AMERICA

THERE ARE A LOT of lovely sedans you can buy for between $30,000 and $50,000. Indeed, so many that I can imagine car shoppers, especially couples, reaching an impasse over the decision. This is a chink of daylight for the new Acura TLX.

It’s the upscale midsize family sedan you buy when you can’t make up your mind. Not too spendy, not too speedy, not too gassy (although the four-cylinder version drinks premium gasoline, which stings a bit), and not too pushy. The new TLX is pleasantly rounded and averaged and harmonized in a way that could be catnip for suburban un-deciders.

This is not a trivial position in the market. As any car dealer will tell you, consumers are blithering idiots in showrooms. They don’t know what they want. Not only that, the products in the TLX’s competitive segment—call it premium/entry luxury, including Cadillac ATS, Lexus ES 350, Volvo S60—are photo-finish close in many metrics. Who can decide?

2015 ACURA TLX 3.5L SH-AWD (ADVANCE PACKAGE)

Price, as tested: $44,700

Powertrain: Naturally aspirated direct-injection 3.5-liter DOHC V6 with variable valve timing; nine-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode; full-time all-wheel drive with torque vectoring

Horsepower/torque: 290 hp at 6,200 rpm/267 pound-feet at 4,500 rpm

Length/weight: 190.3 inches/3,774 pounds

Wheelbase: 109.3

EPA fuel economy: 21/31/25 mpg, city/highway/combined

Luggage capacity: 13.2 cubic feet

Common sense suggests if competitive cars are materially and functionally equal—and market forces would almost guarantee they are, big picture—what people buy is the image, the brand, the styling. This is no earthshaking insight.

But has anyone given any thought to upscale consumers who don’t particularly care to make a statement? These consumers would like to abstain, if it’s all the same to you, from the sweaty exertions of Cadillac’s and Lexus’s styling departments. They don’t want a car that looks like a filter feeder or a spaceship. Maybe they don’t like Volvos because Sweden has Obamacare.

Maybe you like the German cars in the 2- and 3-liter class—BMW 3 and 5 sedans, Mercedes-Benz C and E class, Audi A4 and A6—but you just can’t bring yourself to pay the brand premium that you know in your heart is baked into the price. I feel you. Some ancient Scottishness roils my guts when I think about paying that kind of ransom to the Hun. Arr!

2015 Acura TLX V6.ENLARGE
2015 Acura TLX V6. HONDA NORTH AMERICA

(An aside: It may make you feel better to know German car makers take a beating on price in the U.S.)

Maybe, for whatever reason, you resist the optics of owning a high-tone European sedan. Perhaps you are in public service or a member of a religious community. Suddenly, from binders full of possible cars, you’re reduced to one.

Built for Americans by Americans, in Marysville, Ohio, the TLX is a new car for Honda’s premium Acura brand, which discontinued the TSX (smaller) and TL (larger) for model year 2015 and split the difference with the TLX, a close relative of the Honda Accord. But the two cars feel quite a bit different. Among the TLX’s soothing attributes is a deep quietude across a range of frequencies. This thing punches way above its weight class in cabin refinement.

They wanted this car bloody smooth, and it sure is. My cellphone has more vibration.

The nice man from Honda explained that, seizing a competitive advantage in NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), the TLX is stuffed to the gills with sound-deadening foams and panels; the 3.5-liter V6 is mounted to the chassis with computer-controlled active engine mounts to quell transient rocking during gear shifts or, in the case of the V6, the cycling of the idle stop. Also on the menu: Active noise cancellation in the cabin.

The sum acoustical effect is persuasive, if just a bit too much like a decompression chamber for me.

You still have a few choices to make, Sophie. The four-cylinder comes with a sporty eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, a tricky bit of hardware enclosing a torque converter, in play at initial acceleration—say, dead stop to the first through second shift—before it hands off mechanical load to the dual-clutch gear packs at higher speeds. This combines a converter’s torque multiplication and the many gears’ optimization of ratios.

If you want the “Super Handling All-Wheel Drive” system ($2,200), you also have to get the V6 ($41,450), and that means forsaking the trick eight-speed transmission in favor of another cybernetic gear-shifter, the ZF-sourced nine-speed automatic transmission.

In either car—I drove both the 2.4- and 3.5-liter sedans, with eight- and nine-speed transmissions—the operation of these units is largely a matter of speculation, so isolated and uneventful are the powertrains. Again, nothing about this is unintentional for Honda/Acura. They wanted this car bloody smooth, and it sure is. My cellphone has more vibration.

The following passage about driving dynamics and performance is both true and irrelevant to just about anybody who would buy this car. The TLX with the V6 and SH-AWD is actually a fairly sporty driver. It’s willing, it’s trilling, it’s got more forward gears than you can shake a stick at. It also has what you might call a temper button: the Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), with settings for Econ, Normal, Sport and Sport+. With the wick turned up the TLX will absolutely rupture itself trying to please. Zero-to 60 mph isn’t disgraceful at 6.8 seconds. But, to be sure, the naturally aspirated six doesn’t have the cammy edge and bite of the German competitors’ turbo engines, and the TLX steering mechanism feels connected to the wheels by way of a seance.

The latest evolution of Acura’s SH-AWD hardware and software is lighter, more responsive and more authoritative in cornering than in previous vehicles—again, according to the Honda field agents who arrived with the cars. Among the talking points: uniquely articulate torque vectoring at the rear axle, able to overdrive the outside wheel in a corner as much as 2.7% to help turn the car, like a paddle stroke turns a canoe. The application in the TLX provides a subtle but worthwhile tug toward the corner.

And all of that is great, if police detective John McClane commandeers your vehicle for a high-speed chase through a bad movie. Otherwise, it’s actually pretty hard to invoke SH-AWD on dry pavement. Nothing about the car’s all-season radials and 60/40 front/rear weight distribution make you want to explore its dynamic limits.

For most consumers, the TLX’s motor sports glory will remain heroically hidden.

Actually, the knowing consumer would go right to the four-cylinder, front-drive TLX with Technology Package, $35,920, as the best buy. Way better fuel economy—an average 28 mpg for the four-cylinder, 3 better than the V6—and 102 pounds lighter. Front-drive TLX’s are equipped with an active rear-steer system—P-AWS—that is able to subtly deflect the rear wheels’ toe angle in concert to improve straight-line tracking, stability under braking, as well as turn-in and cornering at speed. At low speeds, the system allows the wheels to track opposite the front wheels, to improve ease of parking.

The TLX offers the full complement of electronic driving nannies, including the dire-sounding Forward Collision Mitigation Braking System (part of the Advance package, $3,250), Lane Keeping Assist System and the Road Departure Mitigation System. Alas, the worthwhile gadgetry is mixed in with Acura’s stale and weirdly busy console layout. The split displays, the double binnacles, the ranks of controls, Honda/Acura’s whole interface is the work of bifocal-wearing button fetishists.

In the end, the TLX represents your nonaffiliated choice, your principled silence in upscale consumerism. When brought to the microphone of automotive posterity, TLX buyers solemnly intone, “No comment.”

Well put.

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