Five Questions with Acura: A Brand on the Brink of Revival

Acura is in the midst of rediscovering itself. For the past several years, Honda’s luxury division has had decent offerings, but nothing that set the world on fire the way names like NSX, Integra and Legend did during Acura’s heyday in the 1990s. But Acura promises things are about to change.

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During the 2015 SEMA show, we had a chance to sit down with Jon Ikeda, vice-president and general manager of the Acura division to discuss the NSX, Ludacris and where Acura is heading in the future.


Q: Why restore Ludacris’ Acura Legend?

A: The guy is obviously so passionate about the brand and the car. When we talked to him, it became very clear to us that he was very attached to this car. I can relate to that, being a car guy myself. I’m sure a lot of people understand the emotional attachment that can build up with a car.

At that point, whether we fixed the car or not, he wasn’t going to throw it away, so I said, “C’mon, it’s the right thing to do. Let’s fix this guy’s car.”


Q: Acura always has a strong presence at SEMA. What is it about this show that’s important for Acura as a brand?

A: Our brand’s heritage goes back to precision-crafted performance, and I’m sure there are a lot of fans out there, whether it’s a new Acura or original Integra, who understand tuning and having fun with your vehicle.

I really feel strongly that it’s part of our heritage, this whole scene, and as long as we’re in it, we should be a big part of it.


Q: It must feel pretty good having the NSX on display at SEMA. How long until we start to see modified NSXs all over SEMA?

A: I have no idea exactly on when that will be, but I’m sure it will start to happen. To just get this car out in the hands of people who want to drive this vehicle, is an exciting time for the brand. It’s the epitome of precision-crafted performance for us.


Q: And speaking of the NSX, can you give us any details on the rumored baby NSX?

A: (laughs) We just got this NSX out, so I can’t talk about a baby NSX. We’re focusing on this [2016] NSX right now.

I will say this though. It’s really important to tie and leverage this vehicle and its performance to all the other core [Acura] models. Like the ILX on display here, with future sport variants and things, we want to really leverage what [the NSX] brings. That’s how we did it in the past, and I think Acura really needs to do that now.


Q: Honda is beginning to utilize turbocharging on its products in North America and Acura is with the NSX. Will we see more turbocharges from Acura in the future?

A: We can’t talk about specific engine layouts and things, but performance is what our brand is about. If it needs [turbochargers] to get the right performance for vehicles, then yeah, I could see that happening.

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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Acura Has Some Awesome Plans For The New NSX

Originally posted by Jay Traugott
Time to get down to business.
It’s been less than a year since the all-new, second generation Acura NSX debuted at Detroit, and sales are set to begin shortly. With demand expected to be high, at least initially, we’ve been hearing about plans to not only keep the NSX fresh but also more competitive against a growing number of rivals. The latest bit of news comes to us today from Australia’s CarAdvice who, speaking with NSX project leader Ted Klaus, confirmed that two more NSX variants are in the pipeline.

Expect an open top NSX to arrive fairly soon and it’ll likely pay homage to the original NSX with a targa style removable roof. But what ought to be really quite something is the even more powerful NSX Type R. According to Klaus, the NSX’s “chassis has way more capability, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we take advantage of that in the future as well.” If any NSX fans recall, the original NSX Type R, put more of an emphasis on weight reduction as opposed to added power. This time, however, Acura/Honda is intent on doing both. The “base” NSX is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that’s paired to three electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack for a combined output of 573 hp.

The state-of-the-art Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive System, according to Honda, provides superior handling and Ferrari 458-matching acceleration but with far greater fuel efficiency. So when will that NSX targa and Type R appear? No timetable for either has been announced just yet but we’re guessing the targa will come along first.

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Acura Restoring a Legend, That’s Ludacris!

You might remember Christopher Brian “Ludacris” Bridges as the best haircut in the early Fast & Furious franchise. He’s also a famous rapper and who apparently keeps it real in a 1993 Acura Legend which just got wrecked. Don’t worry! Good Guy Acura will bring it back to life.

But seriously, Ludacris is calling the Legend his favorite car and after being in what looks like enough of an accident to total the 22-year-old near-luxury sedan Acura’s Global Creative Director Dave Marek will personally oversee the car’s restoration just in time for the SEMA aftermarket show next month.

Luda’ wants somebody to take his repair seriously, Acura needs any excuse to get a little youth-marketing edge in, everybody wins! In case you were questioning the legitimacy of how much the rapper digs his mid-sized Japanese sedan, here it is on the cover of Ludaversal, his ninth album which came out a few months ago.

Ludacris Is Getting His Favorite Car Restored: A 1993 Acura Legend

Marek says “Working with a real car guy and a passionate Acura owner like Ludacris has made the processes of bringing his Legend back to its original glory a fun and unique experience. We wanted to put our own stamp on the Legend while retaining the essence of the original that Ludacris has worked so hard to maintain over the years and we look forward to unveiling the sedan for the first time at the SEMA Show.”

The idea that a famous and wealthy rapper has been actively preserving an ancient and generally unremarkable car is totally dope. I’m a little less excited about Acura feeling obligated to work some in-dash TVs or quilted leather into this thing, but it’s great that the car’s being spared from the scrap yard.

Apparently build updates will be going up on @Acura and @Ludacris’s social media channels under #LegendaryDuo [sigh] so you can check in with them there until the thing’s trotted out at the SEMA show in early November.

If you think this whole thing sounds familiar, you’re remembering that Redskins running back Alfred Morris had a similar resurrection performed on his beloved Mazda 626 two years ago.

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 TLX – Hot-Selling Luxury Sports Sedan Returns with Unique Blend of Athleticism and Premium Luxury Refinement

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

Fast on the heels of a very successful first year, the Acura TLX will enter 2016 with great momentum when it goes on sale September 24 with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $31,6951for the TLX with 8-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and $35,750 for the same model with the Technology Package. The MSRPs for all five models with the 9-speed automatic transmission are unchanged from mid-model year 2015. The TLX garnered the admiration of luxury sports sedan drivers and critics alike with its combination of proportion, prestige, performance and luxury, leading to robust sales and industry awards.

The 2015 Acura TLX was recognized for its successful blend of style, performance and advanced technology with a 2015 Best Cars for the Money award from U.S. News & World Report, topping the Upscale Midsize Car category, and with a 2015 Best Value award from Kiplinger’s Personal Finance in the Best New/Redesigned Car in the $40,000-$50,000 category. The Acura brand was also named the 2015 Best Retained Value® Luxury Brand by Edmunds.com for its outstanding projected resale value after five years of ownership.

“The success of TLX in its initial year on the market has been instrumental in Acura’s resurgence as a luxury sedan manufacturer,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager, Acura Division. “The unique combination of proportion, prestige and performance is a hallmark of all Acura vehicles, from the gateway ILX luxury sedan to the MDX three-row luxury SUV and, of course, the upcoming next-generation NSX supercar.”

Developed under the theme of Red Carpet Athlete, the TLX delivers a unique and compelling blend of sports-sedan athleticism and premium (red-carpet) luxury refinement. On the performance side, TLX models are powered by two high-output direct-injected i-VTEC engines; two advanced transmissions, including a Dual Clutch Transmission with torque converter; and the latest iterations of Acura precision-handling technologies – Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™), next-generation Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), and Agile Handling Assist (AHA).

The TLX also was designed to appeal to a broader cross-section of luxury sports-sedan customers, with a wider range of powertrain and drivetrain options.  There are three distinct TLX model offerings:

  • The TLX with 2.4-liter, 206-horsepower2 i-VTEC inline-4 with 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter, and P-AWS;
  • The TLX with 3.5-liter, 290-horsepower3 i-VTEC V-6 with 9-speed automatic transmission and P-AWS;
  • And the TLX SH-AWD with next-generation SH-AWD, available with the 3.5-liter, 290 horsepower3 V-6 and 9-speed automatic.

All three TLX models carry a long list of standard luxury comfort, convenience and safety features. TLX models with the 2.4-liter engine can be upgraded to the Technology package and models with the 3.5-liter engine are available with Technology or the line-topping Advance Package. View, build and price a 2016 Acura TLX at RosenthalAcura.com/tlx.

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MSRP1

Anticipated EPA

 MPG Rating 4

(city/highway/combined)

TLX 2.4L

$31,695

24/35/28

TLX 2.4L with Technology Package

$35,750

24/35/28

TLX 3.5L

$35,320

21/34/25

TLX 3.5L with Technology Package

$39,375

21/34/25

TLX 3.5L with Advance Package

$42,600

21/34/25

TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Technology Package

$41,575

21/31/25

TLX 3.5L SH-AWD with Advance Package

$44,800

21/31/25

Design and Packaging
The TLX’s chassis, powertrains and precision-handling technologies are wrapped in a lithe exterior design with taut body surfaces, dynamically sculpted fender arches, and purposeful character lines. Its sporting character is emphasized by compact sports-sedan proportions.

Acura’s signature Jewel Eye™ LED headlights, standard on all models, lend the TLX an advanced and bright-eyed appearance while producing superior down-the-road illumination. Its LED lighting theme carries through to the LED-accented side mirrors, LED taillights and LED license plate illumination.

The TLX also features a 60/40-split folding rear seatback for greater cargo-carrying flexibility and a trunk design featuring a wide and deep opening, a low lift-over height, a fully flat cargo floor, and two optional underfloor storage compartments.

Interior
The TLX’s spacious five-passenger interior is designed and engineered to provide a high degree of refinement, luxury comfort and technological sophistication while supporting an exhilarating driving experience. High-end premium elements include a soft-touch, one-piece instrument panel upper cover, alloy and wood-grain design accents, and available Milano leather seat trim.

The TLX offers an abundance of available luxury features and technologies, including heated and ventilated front seats, HomeLink®,Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Smart Entry/Push Button Start keyless access system, Acura Navigation System with 3D view, and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting. A 7-inch On Demand Multi-Use Display (ODMD) touch screen, located in the center console, controls these and other features, and, with its contextual menus, displays relevant items while minimizing instrument panel clutter.

The TLX also features the next generation of AcuraLink®, Acura’s cloud-based connected car system, offering Acura owners a broad range of cloud-based and embedded convenience, connectivity and available security features. All TLX models come equipped with Siri Eyes Free technology that, when paired with a compatible iPhone, allows the driver to use the features of Siri using familiar voice commands. Additional standard and available luxury features includes one-touch turn-signals and power windows, power driver and front passenger seats, GPS-linked automatic climate control, color Multi-Information Display (MID) with turn-by-turn guidance, LED accent lighting, HD Radio®, Pandora® and Aha integration, and HDMI and USB connectivity.

In keeping with Acura’s commitment to delivering a world-class audio experience, the TLX in Technology and Advance trims come equipped with a 490-watt, 10-speaker Acura/ELS Studio® Premium Audio System, engineered specifically for the TLX by legendary recording engineer Elliot Scheiner.

TLX models featuring the 3.5-liter V-6 engine utilize an advanced Electronic Gear Selector, using an intuitive push-button array in place of a traditional gear lever, freeing up center-console space while presenting an advanced and futuristic appearance. All TLX models incorporate an Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold that, when activated, retains brake pressure when the vehicle is stopped, simplifying driving in heavy traffic or on steep hills.

Powertrains
At the heart of the TLX’s athletic sports-sedan performance capabilities are its two powertrains, both utilizing direct-injection, i-VTEC valvetrains with variable cam phasing, and low-friction technologies to deliver higher output and linear and responsive power delivery, as well as to garner class-leading fuel-economy ratings.

The direct-injected 2.4-liter DOHC i-VTEC in-line 4, producing a peak 206 horsepower and 182 lb.-ft. of torque, is mated to an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with torque converter. Featuring Sequential SportShift, closely spaced ratios, ultra-quick shifts and automatic rev-matching downshifts, the 8DCT gives the 2.4-liter TLX an aggressively sporting yet refined feel. The torque converter provides exceptionally smooth operation in stop-and-go situations, plus it offers off-the-line torque multiplication for substantially improved initial acceleration that a DCT alone cannot equal.

The direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC i-VTEC V-6 incorporates Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), with the ability to deactivate three of the engine’s six cylinders, for improved fuel efficiency. The aluminum-alloy 24-valve engine produces a peak 290 horsepower and 267 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission with wide gear ratios featuring Sequential SportShift.

TLX models featuring the 3.5-liter V-6 engine and 9AT also utilize an advanced Electronic Gear Selector that replaces the traditional gear lever with an intuitive and easy-to-operate push-button array. The interface frees up center-console space while presenting an advanced and sophisticated appearance.

The TLX SH-AWD also incorporates an idle-stop capability for improved fuel efficiency.  A 28-volt Active Control engine mount significantly reduces engine vibration during restarts.

The TLX equipped with the 2.4-liter engine has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 24/35/281 mpg city/hwy/combined, among the highest for any vehicle in its class. The TLX with the 3.5-liter V-6 with P-AWS has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/34/251 mpg. The TLX SH-AWD has an anticipated EPA fuel-economy rating of 21/31/251.

Acura Precision-Handling Technologies
Two-wheel-drive TLX models, with either the 2.4-liter or 3.5-liter engine, come equipped with the latest iteration of Acura P-AWS. The P-AWS system was integrated into the fundamental chassis design from the earliest stages of development, allowing engineers to take full advantage of its independent left and right rear-wheel toe angle control to enhance overall handling precision, low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability.

The TLX SH-AWD features a hydraulically controlled new generation of Acura’s acclaimed torque vectoring SH-AWD®. The rear-drive unit is constantly overdriven by 2.7-percent, providing torque-vectoring effect across a broad spectrum of driving situations, enhancing cornering capability at lower speeds and in tighter-radius corners.

Near-limit and high speed maneuvering capabilities of both the P-AWS and SH-AWD models are enhanced by the use of Agile Handling Assist (AHA), which utilizes the TLX’s Vehicle Stability Assist and premium 6-piston brake modulator to create a yaw moment (a vehicle turning force), helping the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line with smaller steering-wheel inputs. AHA stabilizes the car earlier than conventional VSA, resulting in more agile and engaging dynamic performance in everyday driving conditions.

All TLX models also feature the latest development of Acura’s Integrated Dynamics System (IDS), which allows drivers to customize their driving experience through four selectable modes – ECON, Normal, Sport and Sport+. Depending on the setting, IDS will adjust power-steering effort, throttle response, transmission shift logic, HVAC system operation, and the control logic for either the P-AWS or SH-AWD systems. The Sport+ mode, a first for Acura, unlocks the full performance potential of the TLX with the most aggressive settings in all areas.

Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
The TLX also advances Acura’s reputation for delivering cutting-edge safety and driver-assistive technologies. The TLX deploys a cooperative monocular camera and millimeter wave radar system that expands both the fidelity and scope of the vehicle’s road-sensing capabilities. This fusion of camera and radar technology underpins the TLX’s available Collision Mitigation Braking SystemTM(CMBS), which can provide enhanced car-to-car and car-to-pedestrian collision mitigation, while also enhancing the capabilities of the Adaptive Cruise Control.

The TLX utilizes Acura Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), which is included with the Advance Package. RDM uses the monocular camera to recognize painted lane lines, Botts’ Dots and Cat Eye markers to determine lane boundaries. When the vehicle’s current travelling direction would cause it to stray from a detected lane, the system warns the driver and assists by applying corrective steering input and, if required, braking force to help the driver maintain their current lane.

Additional standard and available driver-assistive features include blind spot information (BSI), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Expanded View Driver’s Side Mirror, Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor (CTM).

The TLX also employs Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, along with advanced supplemental restraint systems – including front, side, side-curtain and driver’s knee airbags – to provide a high level of occupant protection in a wide spectrum of collision scenarios.

Body and Chassis
The TLX platform (body and chassis) was designed from the ground up to support and enhance the vehicle’s outstanding driving dynamics, luxury-sedan refinement, class-leading fuel efficiency and high-level collision safety performance.

The chassis features a four-wheel independent suspension system – McPherson Strut front and multi-link rear – with optimized geometry and Amplitude Reactive Dampers for improved ride comfort and handling performance. The TLX’s Motion-Adaptive Electronic Power Steering delivers a high level of steering precision and responsiveness while aiding fuel efficiency. It also works cooperatively with the vehicle’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) traction-control system to help the driver maintain vehicle control in slippery road conditions.

The TLX’s unit body utilizes advanced lightweight materials, including ultra-high-strength steels, aluminum (hood, bumper beams and front subframe) and magnesium (steering hangar beam), to minimize weight while providing for a high degree of rigidity that benefits both dynamic performance and occupant safety. Also incorporated into the body is the next generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) frontal body structure, and a one-piece, hot-stamped-steel door stiffener ring. The sleek body design is also optimized for class-leading aerodynamic efficiency.

For a premium interior experience, Acura engineers paid special attention to body sealing to provide a quiet and relaxing cabin experience.  This includes the application of acoustic spray foam, which is applied in 10 critical locations throughout the body. Additional noise-reducing features include triple door seals, the expanded application of body sealing and sound absorptive materials, an acoustic glass windshield, and electronic Active Noise Control (ANC).

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.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $920.00. Dealer prices may vary.
2 206 horsepower @ 6800 rpm (SAE net), 182 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm
3 290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm (SAE net), 267 lb-ft of torque @ 4500 rpm
4 Based on anticipated 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.

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Acura’s least expensive sedan gets a makeover

Originally posted to The Associated Press By ANN M. JOB

This photo provided by Honda North America shows the 2016 Acura ILX. The ILX, Acura’s entry sedan, is updated for 2016 with more luxurious appointments, quieter interior, handsome, LED-accented exterior and improved performance _ all at a reasonable price.

Acura’s least expensive sedan, the ILX, has luxurious upgrades for 2016, including a quieter interior, a handsome LED-accented exterior and improved performance — all at a reasonable price.

In fact, pricing is so aggressive that a 2016 ILX with a full suite of the latest safety technologies, such as collision mitigation warning and braking, lane-keeping assist and road departure mitigation, barely breaks the $30,000 mark with destination charge included.

Good luck finding all those features in a Mercedes, Audi or BMW sedan for that price.

The nicely sized and scaled compact ILX also has revised suspension and an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission for the first time. And it now comes with only one four-cylinder engine — a naturally aspirated 201-horsepower unit with 10 more foot-pounds of torque than last year’s most powerful four-cylinder ILX engine.

Other major changes: The ILX gasoline-electric hybrid model is gone, as is the ILX manual transmission.

Still, for 2016, the ILX ranks second best in fuel economy among gasoline-powered non-hybrid premium/luxury sedans in the U.S.

The federal government rates the new ILX at 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on highways. The test-driven ILX beat the government’s average for combined city/highway driving and averaged a commendable 30 mpg.

Premium gas is recommended.

Starting manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a 2016 ILX, including the destination charge, is $28,820. All ILX models come with six air bags, electronic stability control, antilock brakes, a multi-view rear camera, heated front seats, dual climate control, a power moonroof, an eight-way power driver’s seat and other safety and convenience equipment.

The lowest starting retail price, including destination charge, for a 2016 ILX with the AcuraWatch Plus package of collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and other electronic safety features is $30,120.

The top 2016 ILX, priced at $35,810, adds 18-inch wheels, sport seats, fog lights, a rear decklid spoiler and aluminum sport pedals. Its technology package includes a navigation system with voice recognition, a 10-speaker surround sound system that provides the clarity and richness like that in a music studio, and the newest-generation cloud-based AcuraLink connectivity system with real-time traffic monitoring, among other things.

The test-driven car was the top-of-the-line ILX and felt lively compared with the previous ILX.

The sole ILX engine for 2016 — a 2.4-liter double-overhead cam four-cylinder that’s also in Acura’s pricier TLX sedan — generated strong power as torque peaks at 180 foot-pounds at 3,600 rpm. There was no turbo lag in the power delivery because the ILX engine is naturally aspirated and direct-injected.

The ILX isn’t a raging speedster, and its 0-to-60-mph time has been reported at 6.9 seconds.

But this ILX time is better than the 7.2 seconds reported by Audi for its base A3 sedan with a turbo four-cylinder engine. The ILX time also ties the 6.9 seconds that Mercedes says its base CLA250 with a turbo four-cylinder takes to get to 60 mph.

The tested front-wheel drive ILX performed well even on twisting mountain roads, where the driver put it in “Sport” mode rather than regular “Drive.”

Sport mode changes the transmission mapping so that it’s more aggressive and tuned for driving in higher engine rev ranges.

The ILX attacked the uphill segments in the mountains. The newfangled transmission matched downshift revs automatically, and the engine worked happily in the high revs.

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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The Acura RDX Is Like a Gucci Mountain Goat: Review

As I crept over the ledge, perched precariously only on two wheels, my wife and me dangling in the air, I thought to myself, “this is a CUV?!” With that thought, I inched our way forward until I hit the tipping point, and came back down to Earth with a gentle thud. The road, if you can call a dirt track at a 48-degree incline a road, was definitely not the type of setting you think of when it comes to luxury crossovers. Yet, here we were, in Acura’s RDX making our way up and down it look like child’s play.

We spent the better part of the afternoon, crawling over humps, making our way through the rocky course, and spending more time on two or three wheels than all four. This isn’t just a normal CUV that makes runs to the mall, or drives around your prize winning St. Bernard to all the local dog shows. It is a CUV that you’d be proud to own. Better yet, you could take your dog to the show, then for the heck of it, take the route home through Moab, just because you can.

A Gucci Mountain Goat

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Inside the cabin of the RDX, you have access to almost everything you could ever want. Heated and cooled seats, touch screen navigation, and steering wheel accessibility so you never have to move your hands over to the infotainment center. Which is a definite plus since the console infotainment controls can be a bit perplexing at times, especially on the go. The RDX is safe, reliable, and impressively equipped in the tech department.

Furthermore, everything you touch in the RDX feels good and luxurious. The leather is soft, and the buttons and knobs all feel solid in construction. Nothing feels like a recycled Honda part, rather it feels unique to Acura, something that couldn’t be said of some of the cars the company was building just a few years ago.

With that, the RDX’s interior is much more cavernous than one would expect.

My 6’4”, 230-lb frame doesn’t always fit in cars. More often than not, my head is scraping the roof, however, somehow I fit just about everywhere in the RDX. From the front seats that were absolutely divine, especially since I’m still recovering from my motorcycle accident, to the back seats that fit a fully grown human without needing to lop off the persons legs and head. Even the trunk can fit a few full size dogs.

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One part I especially am keen to talk about is Acura’s safety system suite. We all know that there’s a vast majority of drivers out there that are hugely distracted. Whether that’s because of phones, texting, or any number of other things going through our minds at any given time. We all are human, and we all make errors in judgment.

With that, Acura’s safety systems, which include blind spot monitoring, automatic braking, and lane departure, people now have a safety net to catch them when they’re doing something potentially dangerous. However, one issue that I found with these systems are that they are extremely sensitive, and with that sensitivity, they tend to go off quite a bit when there isn’t a need for them. Thankfully, you do have the option to switch them off.

Honestly though, after driving the RDX around, you won’t want to go home any time soon

RELATED: Check Out The All New Acura NSX Here

Eat My Dust Jeep!

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CUVs aren’t really meant to be true off-roaders. They’re designed for soccer moms that want something small, but still want AWD to save them when hazards of winter inevitably arrive. The RDX wasn’t intended to rock crawl, or traverse ledges like a purpose-built Jeep. Yet, there I was, on two wheels.

I’ve never been more surprised by the capability of an automobile. I figured that the RDX would be just some little CUV that could never tackle anything more than a light bit of snow and dirt. I was wrong. It went over ruts, over big rocks, and through enough sand and dirt to qualify it in this year’s Rally Dakar.

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The trail we took the RDX through is around 5 miles long, and through the steep terrain and loose sand, we never felt like we were going to be stuck out in the middle of nowhere. We had the AC blasting, the tunes rocking, and just enjoyed the natural beauty we were privy too because of this rugged luxury CUV.

The RDX’s 279 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque is more than enough to propel the car forward, and creep its way out of most sticky situations. While I’m not sure if you could go mudding in the RDX, it is more than capable of handling 80% of most off-road expeditions. Could it use a bit more torque? Yes. Could the tires be more knobby? Of course, but that’s not what this CUV was built for.

The RDX isn’t a Jeep. It isn’t a Range Rover. It’s a middle-level luxury CUV. However, through the course of Acura’s engineering, the RDX was given some true off-roading chops, something that was wholly unintended.

RELATED: We Got To Drive an Original Acura NSX, It’s Still Absolutely Amazing

The Verdict

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Acura’s RDX has all the amenities that one could ask for in a premium CUV, but it also has the ability to show up the rest of its competition in terms of on and off road capability. CUV’s like the Mercedes GLC, the Audi Q5, the Lexus NX, and the BMW X3, aren’t as at home in the rocky deserts of California as the RDX.

However, it is not only in capability that the RDX has its competition beat. The RDX I tested was just over $44,000 including destination. It included everything you could want in terms of luxury and technology, and you’d be extremely hard pressed to find any of the others mentioned above in that same respective price range. The RDX is a luxury CUV for when you want to go to the opera, and a sand slinging off-roader for when you just want to be dirty. It’s a special CUV that doesn’t take the thrill out of driving, but rather enhances it.

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Acura NSX Appears in More Colors at Monterey Car Week

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The Acura NSX won’t be in customers’ hands until spring, but we’re getting a better look at the various permutations in which it will be offered. During Monterey Car Week, Acura showed the NSX in two previously unseen colors, Nouvelle Blue Pearl and Berlina Black, alongside the now-familiar Valencia Red Pearl.

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The new Acura NSX in Berlina Black, with the standard Y-spoke wheels.

In total, Acura plans to offer eight colors at launch: the three mentioned above, plus Rivazza (solid) Red, Copse Green Metallic, matte white, pearl white, and silver. Additionally, there will be several interior color schemes: saddle, orchid, red, and all black. The non-black colors can have black seat inserts. Upholstery choices are full leather or leather and faux suede. There will be three factory wheel choices with at least one more offered as a dealer accessory. Standard is the Y-spoke wheel, with the Interwoven wheel optional and available in two different finishes. All wheels measure 19 inches in the front and 20 inches at the rear.

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Acura’s orchid-and-black interior, in leather and microsuede.

On display at the Quail, the Nouvelle Blue car had the orchid leather and faux-suede interior and the Interwoven wheels, as well as the carbon roof and silver brake calipers. The Berlina Black car featured the saddle-colored leather and suede interior, the Y-spoke wheels, the carbon roof, and black brake calipers. Both the blue and the black cars were further dressed up with the Carbon Exterior package (front spoiler, side sills, diffuser, exhaust finisher) and carbon-fiber engine cover. The Valencia Red car, with Y-spoke wheels and black brake calipers, had the red interior but skipped the various carbon packages. All three cars were equipped with the ELS Studio Audio and Technology package, which includes the nine-speaker ELS audio system, navigation, XM satellite radio, AcuraLink, and parking sensors.

All these choices are part of Acura’s plan to make the NSX more highly configurable than its other cars, one that owners would custom-order to their taste. The fact that it’s built in Ohio helps make that possible while still keeping delivery times reasonable. The final list of options, and the content of packages, is still being decided. Also being decided is whether the very first cars should be produced as a special launch edition, with a specific configuration. On the one hand, that would get more cars out onto the street more quickly; on the other hand, that goes against the custom-order theme. Whichever way Acura decides to go, we look forward to seeing the NSX on the street and not just on static display at auto shows.

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 ILX Earns 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score From the NHTSA

We’re not the ones telling this, as the sedan was tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration under the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) standard and was awarded five stars overall.
The 2016 ILX has to thank the AcuraWatch safety suite for that. The set includes features like Collision Mitigation Braking System (including Forward Collision Warning), Road Departure Mitigation, a Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, as well as Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Keeping Assist System, including pedestrian sensing.

The above systems are not out of this world, as other carmakers are offering them on their models, but it’s their teamwork that raises the safety standard on the car they equip.

But it’s not all down to electronics and gizmos. The Acura ILX’s body structure uses a network of connected structural pieces that allow crash energy to be distributed in an even manner throughout the front of the vehicle.

As a result, frontal collisions are tempered way better than before, which translates into more safety for the driver and the other occupants.

“Acura has always been an industry leader in safety performance and we are proud the entire Acura sedan model line received the top safety ratings from NHTSA,” said Michael Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager, Acura Division.

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 NSX Spotted in the Wild

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By Jul 13, 2015

Originally posted to autoguide.com

Photos of the 2016 Acura NSX out in the wild were posted onto the internet, showing the Japanese automaker’s hybrid sports car driving with a Porsche 911 and sitting beside an Audi R8. While the NSX has already been seen at auto shows and even racing up Pikes Peak, this is the first sighting of these production-spec cars on the streets.

SEE ALSO: The Baby Honda NSX Could Look Like This

Revealed in production form earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2016 Acura NSX features a hybrid powertrain that will make at least 550 hp, although exact final specifications have not yet been revealed. It is powered by a twin-turbo, V6 engine and will feature the company’s Super Handling AWD technology.

Expect more information on the 2016 Acura NSX to surface as it gets closer to going on sale later this year.

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Update: Acura has posted up that it’s taking the Acura NSX on tour and is promoting it on social media using #AcuraNSXOnTour. As the hybrid sports car undergoes road testing in the U.S. throughout the summer, the automaker will be making numerous stops so that enthusiasts can get an up close and personal look at the NSX.

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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Next-Generation Acura NSX to Serve as Official Pace Car for the 93rd Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Pikes Peak-first 360-degree video to capture NSX run to the top

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TORRANCE, Calif. (June 25, 2015) – The next-generation Acura NSX supercar will serve as the official pace car in the 93rd running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 28. With a custom racing-inspired livery, the twin-turbo charged NSX pace car will lead the field of 140 entrants to the top of the 14,110-foot Colorado mountain.

“The Acura NSX is the ultimate performance vehicle, and a novel way to promote its capabilities is the iconic race up Pikes Peak,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “As the pace car, the beast that is NSX has yet to be fully let out of its cage, but fans and drivers will get a first glimpse of the unique character, performance and handling it will deliver in this one-of-a-kind racing environment.”

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“The Acura NSX is the ultimate performance vehicle and a novel way to promote its capabilities is the iconic race up Pikes Peak,” said Mike Accavitti, senior vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. “As the pace car, the beast that is NSX will not be fully let of its cage, but fans and drivers will still get a first glimpse of the unique character, performance and handling of the NSX in a one-of-a-kind racing environment.”

Powering the NSX through the 12.4-mile, 156-turn course is a bespoke 75-degree twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a 9-speed dual clutch transmission and three motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, which delivers ‘on the rails’ cornering capability essential to conquering the demanding mountain course. The pace car was specially prepared for the race by Honda R&D Americas, Inc., which is also leading the global development of the NSX. The supercar will be driven by Sage Marie, senior manager of American Honda Public Relations, a two-time Pikes Peak competitor and road racer. Marie won the first Pirelli World Challenge B-Spec race in 2012 and has raced in several other major motorsports events, including the 2013 and 2014 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

In a Pikes Peak first, Acura will install 24 cameras along the course to capture the NSX’s historic run as the official pace car with a 360-degree series of images of supercar. Fans can head to Acura’s social media channels – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube – where the images will be transformed into to an exclusive video, after the NSX heads to the top of the mountain at 7:40 a.m. MDT. Additionally, the run will be covered live on Acura social media channels.

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For those able to attend Pikes Peak in person, the NSX will be available for viewing at a number of pre-race activities including the event’s media day and VIP reception in Colorado Springs on Thursday, June 25, and at the popular Fan Fest in downtown Colorado Springs, 5–10 p.m. MDT on Friday, June 26.

The NSX is one of four Acura models making the Pikes Peak run, which also includes the Acura ILX and TLX sports sedans and a previous generation NSX.

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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