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Road Car vs. Race Car: Acura Pits NSX Supercar Against Racing Counterpart, the NSX GT3 Evo

  • New video from Acura starring racer Trent Hindman highlights similarities and differences of production NSX and race-bred NSX GT3 Evo
  • NSX and NSX GT3 Evo each get their start in Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center and share around 80 percent of their component parts
  • Acura and the NSX GT3 Evo currently lead the IMSA GTD Manufacturers’ Championship; Hindman leads the Drivers’ Championship

A new video from Acura explores the relationship between the Acura NSX supercar and its race-winning counterpart, the NSX GT3 Evo. Currently #1 in the IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) point standings, NSX GT3 Evo driver Trent Hindman of Meyer Shank Racing demonstrates the distinctive approaches to performance of the two cars in 0-60 runs, braking tests, ease-of-use evaluations and, of course, ultimate lap times at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The production NSX showcases its strengths as a supercar designed to run with the world’s best exotics, while the NSX GT3 Evo demonstrates its chops as a purpose-built, razor-sharp race machine. Hindman’s conclusion: the NSX was born to be made into a brilliant race car.

 

Born to Race
One glance tells you the production NSX and NSX GT3 have much in common. After all, GT competition standards require race cars to maintain much of the same exterior character of their production counterparts. But the similarities are much more than skin deep. In fact, while the two are actually uniquely skinned – the production model with aluminum and composite panels, the GT3 dressed predominantly in exposed carbon fiber – they share more than 80-percent of their underlying component parts, reflecting the fact that racing was an essential part of the plan from the earliest stages of the NSX development.

“We knew from the outset that the second generation NSX would be tested at the highest limits on track,” said Ted Klaus, who served as global development leader for the second generation NSX and was recently named president of Honda Performance Development, the North American race engineering arm of Acura Motorsports. “Competitive racing was an essential consideration during NSX development, which influenced critical decisions we made regarding the car’s fundamental design.”

A Foundation for Speed 
The largest and most foundational shared component is the NSX’s ultra-rigid, lightweight, aluminum-intensive space frame, which the GT3 uses in competition without significant modification. In designing the NSX body structure, engineers were keenly aware that exceptional rigidity was essential to the performance of NSX, enabling its sharp and immediate responses to driver inputs and amplifying the capacities of its hybrid power unit and electric torque vectoring system.

The NSX and NSX GT3 Evo space frames are constructed at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio1. The PMC is the first plant in the automotive world to utilize 100-percent robotic MIG welding for body construction. In this unique approach, eight high-precision robots are used in concert with specially designed rotisserie-style jigs to apply 860 MIG welds with incredible precision. The PMC also monitors quality variances in the space frame’s tolerance down to the width of a human hair.

A Tale of Two Power Units
A next generation supercar is worthy of a next generation powertrain. The NSX road car combines a bespoke 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 and world’s only 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) with a three motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system, working in concert to produce 5732 horsepower and 476 lb-ft of torque. Unlike other hybrid supercars, not only is electric power used to fill the “torque well” of a turbocharged engine, the NSX’s front-mounted Twin Motor Unit (TMU) is capable of delivering both positive and negative torque independently to the front wheels. In this respect, the production NSX stands alone in the universe of supercars past and present: the only exotic using electric motors to enhance every element of dynamic performance – acceleration, braking and cornering.

By contrast, the NSX GT3 Evo, in keeping with the rear-drive-only requirement of GT3 competition, eschews the production model’s hybrid componentry, relying solely on a lightly modified version of the production model’s 3.5-liter twin turbocharged V6 engine. Like the NSX body, the NSX’s bespoke engine was designed from the outset to support racing applications, and the GT3 engine is remarkably similar to its street-able counterpart, using the same design specifications as the engine in the production NSX, including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry-sump lubrication system. The race engine is paired with a six-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels. Both the NSX road and race engines are meticulously hand assembled by a small group of master technicians in a purpose-built facility at the company’s engine manufacturing plant in Anna, Ohio.

NSX GT3 Winning Globally
Since its debut in early 2017, the NSX GT3 and GT3 Evo have tackled some of the world’s most iconic GT races, including the 24 Hours of Daytona and Spa; the 12 Hours of Sebring; Petit Le Mans; and the FIA GT World Cup in Macau. Currently, the NSX GT3 Evos campaigned by Meyer Shank Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship lead the points for both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD class. In the Blancpain GT World Challenge America series, the NSX GT3 Evo has earned six pro-am wins with three different teams (3-Racers Edge, 2-RealTime Racing, 1-Gradient Racing). Around the world, the NSX GT3 Evo driven by Autobacs Racing Team (ARTA) leads the GT300 class in the Japanese Super GT series with two podium finishes. Additionally, the NSX GT3 Evo has competed in the Blancpain GT Series Asia, China GT Championship, select events in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Blancpain GT Sports Club and GT Series in Europe, and the ADAC GT Masters in Germany.

About Trent Hindman
At 23 years old, Trent Hindman has already enjoyed an enviable racing career. Beginning at age eight racing karts at a local and regional level, the New Jersey native eventually developed into a national karting champion by 2008. In 2010, he made the transition into racing formula cars, ultimately becoming a recipient of the Team USA Scholarship in 2011, followed by a top-five run in the 2012 USF2000 championship. From there, Hindman graduated to sports car racing, and in 2014 became the youngest driver to win a Michelin Pilot Challenge championship at just 19 years old. Hindman joined Meyer Shank Racing for three races in 2018, driving the NSX GT3 to second-place finishes at Daytona and Petit Le Mans. This year, Hindman and co-driver Mario Farnbacher currently lead the IMSA GTD driver’s championship, fresh off a recent victory at Watkins Glen.

Specs NSX NSX GT3 Evo
Starting MSRP $157,500 €465,0003
(Approx. $525,000)
Engine Twin Turbo 3.5 Liter 75° V6 ß
Transmission 9-Speed DCT 6-Speed Sequential
Electric Motors 3
Drivetrain SH-AWD® RWD
Total System HP / Torque 573 / 476 550 / 475
Est. Acceleration 0-60 2.92 secs 4.35 secs
Body Structure Aluminum Intensive Multi Material ß
Race Ready Roll Cage 25CrMo TIG Welded
Exterior Body Panels Aluminum and Composite Carbon Fiber
Brakes Brembo Steel Rotors
FR: 368 mm / RR: 361 mm
Optional: Brembo Carbon Ceramic
FR: 381 mm / RR: 361 mm
Brembo Steel Rotors
FR: 390 mm / RR: 355 mm
Wheels Forged Aluminum
FR: 19″ x 8.5″ /  RR: 20″ x 11″
Center Locking, Forged Aluminum
FR: 18″ x 12″ /  RR: 18″ x 13″
Tires Continental Sport Contact 6
FR: 245/35-19 / RR: 305/30-20
Optional: Pirelli Trofeo R
Brand varies with Race Series
FR: 315/46-18 / RR: 325/48-18
Wheelbase 2,630 mm ß
Overall Length 4,470 mm 4,612 mm
Overall Width 2,217 mm (w/ mirrors) 2,040 mm (w/o mirrors)
Front Track 1,655 mm 1,715 mm
Rear Track 1,618 mm 1,687 mm
Weight 3,878 lbs. Est. 2,800 lbs.4

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Acura RDX: New Generation Acura Shatters Sales Records

A year into its launch, the third-generation Acura RDX has made a significant impact in luxury’s largest and most competitive segment, growing sales in every month since its June 2018 debut with records in 11 of the past 12.

Notable milestones include:

  • The third-generation model helped the RDX nameplate set an all-time annual sales record of 63,580 units in 2018, a 24 percent increase over the prior year
  • Over the past year, RDX has posted 12 straight months of sales growth, with 11 record months
  • Year-to-date, RDX is the retail best-seller in luxury’s largest segment, the retail #2 luxury SUV and the retail #3 model in all of luxury
  • New RDX buyers are younger, more diverse, more highly educated and more affluent than those who purchased the previous generation model
  • RDX has realized double-digit increases in conquest sales against substantially all luxury competitors
  • The RDX A-Spec is hitting its mark and attracting younger buyers – RDX A-Spec has double the number of under-45-year-olds than the rest of the RDX line

About the 2020 Acura RDX
The third-generation RDX (2019-20) is the first in a new generation of Acura models built on the resurgent luxury brand’s original and authentic Precision Crafted Performance brand values.  In setting their targets for the design and performance, the U.S. design and engineering team drew inspiration from both the Acura Precision Concept and Acura Precision Cockpit as well as the pinnacle representation of Acura performance, the NSX supercar. The RDX is the first all-new design drawing from the Concept styling and the advanced Cockpit technology. The RDX team’s ultimate goal was straightforward: to make the best RDX ever, a vehicle that sets the foundation for an entire new generation of Acura vehicles in terms of styling, performance, premium quality and technology.

Featuring a new Platinum White exterior color for 2020, RDX carries forward the next generation of Acura design, performance and technology that debuted on the all-new 2019 model, including the popular A-Spec sport appearance package. RDX delivers an exceptional driving experience thanks in part to its 272-horsepower (SAE net) turbocharged i-VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), along with a class-leading array of standard premium features and technologies, including AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights, and next-generation Acura sport seats. The 2020 RDX also includes the critically-acclaimed True Touchpad Interface™, Acura’s groundbreaking user interface tailored around the driver. Also offered on RDX is the available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system, featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers to create a truly immersive listening experience.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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First Batch of the Handbuilt 2020 TLX PMC Edition Arrives

  • Handbuilt 2020 TLX PMC Edition is produced in the Performance Manufacturing Center by the same master technicians as NSX
  • TLX PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the TLX Advance Package with the sporty character of A-Spec
  • Features the highest quality, most vibrant Valencia Red Pearl paint that Acura has offered on a production car, using nano pigment paint technology previously exclusive to NSX
  • Production limited to only 360 individually numbered units

The 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition begins arriving at select dealerships across the U.S. this week. Each handcrafted TLX carries a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $50,945 (including $1,995 destination and handling). The limited-edition TLX PMC Edition is handbuilt by the same master technicians that assemble the NSX supercar at Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio2.

The 2020 TLX PMC Edition sits atop the TLX lineup, featuring Acura’s 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® V6 powertrain and torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®). A unique build, the PMC Edition combines the line-topping premium features of the TLX Advance Package with the sporty character of the TLX A-Spec. PMC Edition-exclusive exterior design elements include Valencia Red Pearl paint, a body-colored grille surround, gloss black painted roof and door handles; gloss black 19-inch wheels; body-colored side mirror housings, and dark chrome 4-inch dual exhaust finishers.

Inside, the TLX PMC Edition features black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching for the seats, door panels, and center armrest. An A-Spec steering wheel includes perforated black leather, red stitching and metal-finished paddle shifters. The individually numbered serial plaque on the lower console designates the 2020 TLX PMC Edition as one of 360 units handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center.

Following the hand-assembly process, each TLX PMC Edition receives the same quality control process as NSX, including a dyno check, paint inspection, rough-road simulation and water leak test. To protect the paint during shipping, the PMC Edition is wrapped in a specially designed car cover and transported to Acura dealers via enclosed, single-car carriers.

TLX PMC Edition Feature Summary 
Exclusive to TLX PMC Edition

  • Valencia Red Pearl nano pigment paint
  • Unique PMC Edition numbered serial plaque
  • Gloss black 19-inch split-5-spoke wheels with black lug nuts
  • Gloss black roof panel
  • Gloss black door handles
  • Gloss black diamond pentagon grille with body-colored grille surround
  • Dual 4-inch black chrome exhaust finishers
  • Premium black Milano leather seats with Alcantara™ inserts, black piping and red stitching
  • Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel with red stitching and paddle shifters
  • Red stitching on door panel, center console, and armrest
  • Premium floormats with metal A-Spec badging

Additional Features

  • A-Spec exterior sport appearance package
  • A-Spec interior sport appearance package
  • Jewel-Eye LED headlights, LED fog lights
  • Embedded navigation with Apple Carplay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel
  • Acura ELS Studio™ premium audio system with 10 speakers
  • Wireless phone charging
  • Surround view camera system
  • Power folding door mirrors with auto-dimming
  • Front and rear parking sensors, blind spot information (BSI) system, rear cross traffic monitor
  • AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver assistive technologies

*For additional details on the 2020 TLX PMC Edition, visitAcuraNews.com

About Acura
Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura NSX Named a Best Performing Car by The Car Connection for 2019

The Car Connection has named the 2019 Acura NSX a Best Performing Car for 2019. The expert staff at The Car Connection selected the NSX out of 300 cars based on criteria that factored in power, speed and handling, plus requiring a little something extra in order to be named one of the vehicles deemed “Perfect Performers.” According to The Car Connection, NSX’s innovative technology and performance evolution from the first generation of the supercar to the current make it a timeless vehicle, calling the 2019 NSX, “The future, now.”

More information on The Car Connection’s selections for Best Performing Cars of 2019 can be found here: https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1123205_the-car-connections-best-performing-cars-of-2019.

Acura NSX

Introduced at Monterey Car Week this past August, the 2019 NSX features a host of chassis enhancements include stiffer stabilizer bars, a new grippier tire and software tuning designed to elevate performance in all driving situations—whether on the street or race track. The result is a supercar even more responsive to the will of the driver, leading to a nearly 2-second faster lap time around the legendary Suzuka Circuit. For more information about the Acura NSX, please visit: https://acuranews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/nsx-press-releases/releases/2019-acura-nsx-debuts-in-monterey-with-design-updates-chassis-enhancements-and-expanded-color-palette.

About Acura

Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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The Car Connection Recognizes Acura RDX as One of 2019’s Safest New Cars

The 2019 Acura RDX has been recognized as one of the Safest New Cars for 2019 by The Car Connection. RDX was only one of four vehicles to be named to the list by The Car Connection by acing their safety tests and meeting specific testing criteria – including being equipped with automatic emergency braking on every model, having a spotless crash-test scorecard, and for having good outward vision and available active safety extras, all of which were critical factors in the selection process.

More information on The Car Connection’s selections for Safest New Cars of 2019 can be found here: https://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1123181_the-car-connections-safest-new-cars-of-2019.

Acura RDX

The 2019 Acura RDX earned the highest possible safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The 2019 RDX qualified for TOP SAFETY PICK+ thanks to a top rating of “GOOD” in all crashworthiness tests, standard AcuraWatch™ active safety technology that earns a superior rating, and available good-rated headlights.

RDX features the latest generation of Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, new high-strength steel door stiffener rings, and for the first time, eight airbags, including new driver and front-passenger knee airbags. The AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies is standard equipment on the RDX and includes: Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) incorporated Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW). RDX also features Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights to help achieve its best-in-class ratings. For more information about the Acura RDX, please visit: https://acuranews.com/acura-automobiles/channels/rdx-press-releases/releases/2020-acura-rdx-hits-dealerships.

About Acura

Acura delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of exceptional quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura Certified Pre-Owned Program Among the Best in Luxury According to Autotrader

Acura has been recognized by Autotrader as having one of the best Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) Programs among luxury automakers in 2019. Acura’s CPO program made Autotrader’s 10 Best Luxury CPO list for the third1 consecutive time and has again been touted for its 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain and additional 1-year/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty coverage, as well as for warranty transferability to future owners and no deductible.

“Certified pre-owned programs offer consumers amenities that rival those of many new cars, thanks to manufacturer-backed warranties and rigorous inspection processes. While all CPO programs are great, some stand out from the crowd,” said Brian Moody, executive editor of Autotrader.

The best CPO Programs for 2019, according to Autotrader, were identified based on a series of factors, including powertrain warranty length (with a minimum of six years or 100,000 miles of coverage from the original sale date), available inventory, bumper-to-bumper warranty coverage and transferability to future vehicle owners. Full information on the accolade can be found at www.autotrader.com.

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2020 Acura RDX Hits Dealerships

  • Acura RDX dominates as the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment and with a 10-month streak of record sales 
  • New Platinum White exterior color for 2020 model year
  • RDX offers an array of class-leading technology and safety features, including standard AcuraWatch™ and the award-winning True Touchpad Interface™

The 2020 Acura RDX enters dealerships as the retail best-selling compact luxury SUV in America, helping RDX set a new all-time annual sales record in 2018 and posting its tenth consecutive record month in March, 2019. The 2020 RDX arrives in showrooms nationally beginning tomorrow with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $37,600 (excluding $995 destination and handling).

The 2019 Acura RDX recently was named the “Best Compact Luxury SUV for Families” by U.S. News and World Report as well as a “Best New Car for 2019” by Autotrader. RDX’s available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system was recognized as “Car Audio System of the Year” by Business Insider, while its industry-first True Touchpad Interface™ was named a “Best of What’s New” technology for 2018 by Popular Science.

Featuring a new Platinum White exterior color for 2020, RDX carries forward the next generation of Acura design, performance and technology that debuted on the all-new 2019 model, including the popular A-Spec sport appearance package. RDX delivers an exceptional driving experience thanks in part to its 272-horsepower (SAE net) turbocharged i-VTEC® engine and available Acura Super-Handling All Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), along with a class-leading array of standard premium features and technologies, including AcuraWatch™ safety and driver-assistive technology, an ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, next-generation Acura JewelEye™ LED headlights, and next-generation Acura sport seats. The 2020 RDX also includes the critically-acclaimed True Touchpad Interface™, Acura’s groundbreaking user interface tailored around the driver. Also offered on RDX is the available ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio, a 16-channel, 710-watt system, featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers to create a truly immersive listening experience.

The third-generation RDX has received the highest possible safety ratings of TOP SAFETY PICK+ (depending on selected headlights) from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and is expected to repeat this feat for the 2020 model year.

Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Model Drivetrain MSRP1 MSRP Including $995 Destination Charge EPA Mileage Rating2
City/Hwy/Combined
RDX FWD $37,600 $38,595 22 / 28 / 24
RDX w/ Technology Package FWD $40,800 $41,795 22 / 28 / 24
RDX A-Spec FWD $43,800 $44,795 22 / 27 / 24
RDX w/ Advance Package FWD $45,700 $46,695 22 / 28 / 24
RDX SH-AWD $39,600 $40,595 21 / 27 / 23
RDX w/ Technology Package SH-AWD $42,800 $43,795 21 / 27 / 23
RDX A-Spec SH-AWD $45,800 $46,795 21 / 26 / 23
RDX w/ Advance Package SH-AWD $47,700 $48,695 21 / 27 / 23

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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Acura Celebrates 20 Years as Proud Sponsor of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

  • Acura Stage – Jazz Fest’s prime music venue – will host performances by the legendary Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana and Dave Matthews Band
  • Acura partners with jazz artist and producer Trombone Shorty for 5th consecutive year; is presenting sponsor of The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s “Shorty Fest”
  • Attendees can explore full lineup of Acura products at Acura Product Experience Tent
  • Festival goers can gain access to the exclusive Acura VIP Lounge, catered by top local New Orleans chefs

Continuing its deep appreciation and support of musical heritage, Acura returns as a sponsor of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as the iconic cultural event celebrates its 50th anniversary. Acura also returns for the 5th year as a sponsor of the Trombone Shorty Foundation, and this year, as presenting sponsor of “Shorty Fest,” Foundation’s largest fundraising event on Wed., May 1. The Acura Stage at JazzFest will once again be the festival’s main stage with a lengthy list of legendary performers for 2019, including The Doobie Brothers, Earth, Wind & Fire, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue with Nevilles.

Festival goers can visit the Acura Product Experience Tent, where the brand’s full model lineup of performance luxury SUVs and sedans will be on display, along with the opportunity to take complimentary photos in front of a New Orleans landscape backdrop and a chance to win access to Acura’s exclusive VIP Lounge. The Acura Product Experience Tent is open to the public both weekends, Thurs., April 25 thru Sun., April 28 and Thurs., May 2 thru Sun., May 5.

Investing in the Future of Jazz Music

Building on Acura’s relationship with the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Acura is, again, the automotive partner of The Trombone Shorty Foundation (www.tromboneshortyfoundation.org), started by iconic singer, songwriter and producer Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews. Acura’s sponsorship of the Foundation helps support traditional jazz music education, instruction, mentorship and performance in New Orleans, empowering young musicians to continue the musical traditions of the jazz legends before them.

Most recently, Acura sponsored a group of twelve musically gifted students from The Trombone Shorty Academy with a visit to Los Angeles. Equipped with MDX SUVs (https://www.acura.com/mdx) to get around town and GoPro cameras to commemorate their visit, the students met with professional agents in the music industry, practiced with the USC marching band, played a private performance at the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. headquarters in Torrance, California and even performed at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Award-Winning Acura Sound Systems

Acura’s commitment to music includes the brand’s precision crafted product design that turns each vehicle into its own sound studio.

Acura’s award-winning ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system (https://acura.us/RDX_ELSStudio3D) debuted on the 2019 RDX and was developed through a collaboration between Acura and Panasonic and tuned by eight-time Grammy® award-winning recording engineer and music producer Elliot Scheiner. The available critically acclaimed Acura sound system brings the quality and dynamic range heard in recording studios to the comfort of Acura vehicles through a 16-channel, 16-speaker, 710-watt system featuring four ultra-slim Highline™ ceiling-mounted speakers. The ELS Studio 3D™ premium audio system  enables both drivers and passengers to experience the feeling of studio-quality sound throughout the vehicle, delivering incredible fidelity and dynamic range while adding a new dimension of sound to the listening experience.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival begins Thurs., April 25 and runs through Sun., May 5. For the full lineup of artists and more information on the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, visit www.nojazzfest.com.    

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

About Trombone Shorty Foundation
The Trombone Shorty Foundation, founded by musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews in 2013, preserves and perpetuates the distinct musical heritage of New Orleans through music instruction, performance, business education, mentorship, and real-life experience – as part of a time-honored tradition to cultivate a vibrant community through music and tradition. Since launching, the foundation has grown from serving 15 students to 100 per year, preparing aspiring musicians from underserved New Orleans communities for success in music and life, moving the city’s culture forward and teaching real-world skills for success in the music industry. Shorty Fest, the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser, is a major draw during Jazz Fest week, and is known for featuring up and coming bands and showcasing the talents of the Academy students. Learn more at tromboneshortyfoundation.org.

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Acura NSX GT3 Evo Teams Earn Pro/Am Wins In Virgini

  • Kyle Marcelli, Martin Barkey score second Blancpain GT World Challenge win of the season
  • Dane Cameron, Bret Curtis take RealTime Acura to Victory Lane in Pro/Am Debut
  • Ryan Eversley, Till Bechtolsheimer earn pair of top-five results

Acura powered a pair of NSX GT3 Evo’s to Victory Lane at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, as Racer’s Edge Motorsports and RealTime Racing each earned Pro/Am class wins in Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge America.

The Racer’s Edge Acura NSX of Kyle Marcelli and Martin Barkey followed up on a successful opening weekend with a strong performance in Saturday’s opening event, storming to their second win of the year in the hotly-contest ProAm class.

In Sunday’s nightcap, Dane Cameron and Bret Curtis rolled to their first win of the 2019 season, taking the RealTime Racing NSX GT3 Evo to the checkers.

The Racer’s Edge squad recovered from early-race contact in Saturday’s race and fought through the Pro/Am field. Once in the lead, closing driver Marcelli held off the Gradient Racing Acura of Ryan Eversley on a late restart to earn the win.

Eversley and Till Bectholsheimer held on for second on Saturday, and followed that with a fourth-place run on Sunday.

Sunday showed the strength of the RealTime squad, led by SCCA-? Hall-of-Famer Peter Cunningham. The team was making its 2019 debut in the World Challenge series, and despite having nearly no track time with car before the weekend, RealTime stormed to a dominating win on Sunday.

Cameron made a strong move off the starting line to vault his Acura NSX GT3 Evo into third place overall and first in the Pro/Am class, and spent the duration of his stint building his lead. Bret Curtis took over and protected the lead well, finishing with a 20-second gap over second place.

Next
The series will next compete in three weeks, going north of the border to run at venerable Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada May 17-19.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s activities at Virginia International Raceway are available on Facebook at (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and on Twitter at ( https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD).

Quotes
Kyle Marcelli (driver, #80 Racers Edge Motorsports Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Pro/Am class winner on Saturday: “Things happen in GT3 Racing and when they do, you have to be able to recover and manage your race. It was just a matter of regrouping and getting back in the groove. Martin [Barkey, co-driver] did a great job, we had a great run at the end and got the win. It was a fantastic day.”

Dane Cameron (driver, #43 RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo) Sunday race Pro/Am class winner: “I had a good start. I knew it was going to be feisty out there, so I looked for my lane and was able to make a couple of passes. After that, I knew tire wear was going to be an issue, especially now that it has warmed up a little bit, so I wanted conserve them a little and give the car to Bret [Curtis, co-driver] in a comfortable spot. He took it and did a great job. Acura gave us a great car.”

Blancpain GT World Challenge America

Circuit: Virginia International Raceway, Alton, Va.
Weather: Breezy, warm, 78 degrees F

Ps. Class   Drivers Team Chassis Laps/ Notes
  1. Pro/Am Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey Racer’s Edge Mtspts Acura NSX GT3 Evo 46 laps
  2. Pro/Am Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer    Gradient  Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo +0.353 seconds
  3. Pro/Am David Askew / Ryan Dalziel DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3  
  4. Pro/Am Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo  
  5. Pro/Am George Kurtz / Colin Braun DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3  

Sunday Race Top Five Pro/Am, Acura Results:

Ps. Class       Drivers Team Chassis Laps/Notes
  1. Pro/Am Bret Curtis / Dane Cameron RealTime Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo 51 laps
  2. Pro/Am George Kurtz / Colin Braun DXDT Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 +19.054 seconds
  3. Pro/Am Anthony Imperato / Matt Campbell Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R  
  4. Pro/Am Ryan Eversley / Tiill Bechtolsheimer Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo  
  5. Pro/Am Alfred Caiola / Matt Plumb One11 Competition Ferrari 488 GT3  
  7. Pro/Am Kyle Marcelli / Martin Barkey Racer’s Edge Mtspts Acura NSX GT3 Evo 50 laps, running

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Kelley Blue Book Recognizes Acura as ‘Best Value Luxury Brand’ for First Time

Kelley Blue Book has recognized Acura as America’s “Best Value Luxury Brand” in their annual 2019 Brand Image Awards, marking the first time Acura has received the award.

Based on KBB.com shoppers’ feedback, Acura was lauded for its lineup of vehicles that deliver high-tech luxury at affordable prices, with Kelley Blue Book specifically noting the brand’s average transaction price offers significant savings compared to others premium marques. Additionally, Kelley Blue Book applauded Acura’s model offerings, singling out RLX, MDX and TLX as being among the highest-rated vehicles for consumer perceptions of affordability and fuel efficiency.

The Kelley Blue Book Brand Image Awards recognize automobile manufacturers’ successes in fostering and retaining brand attributes that customers appreciate and pay attention to when considering the purchase of a new vehicle.

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

Five of the six Acura models sold in North America are made in central Ohio, using domestic and globally-sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

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