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Gateway to the Brand – 2020 Acura ILX Arrives in Dealerships

  • ILX is retail #1 and fastest-growing model in the premium compact sedan segment1
  • ILX captures the most first-time, millennial and multicultural buyers in Acura lineup2
  • ILX combines sporty styling with array of high-tech and premium features, including available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration and standard AcuraWatch™  

Arriving today in Acura showrooms, the 2020 ILX looks to continue its success as the retail best-selling model in segment. ILX is a critical gateway to the Acura brand, capturing the most first-time, millennial and multicultural buyers of any model in the Acura lineup. Receiving major upgrades for the 2019 model year, ILX became the fastest growing model in its segment and earned its best sales month in more than three years this August. The 2020 Acura ILX will be offered at a starting price3 of $25,900 (excluding $995 destination and handling), unchanged from the previous model year.

Just a year ago, Acura completed a design transformation of its lineup – introducing a significantly updated ILX with sportier styling, standard AcuraWatch™ technology as well as updated cabin tech, including available Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration.In the first eight months of 2019, ILX has picked up more than nine points of retail segment share1 and captures the largest percentage of sales from under-35 buyers of any model in the premium compact sedan segment.

Additionally, for the past two years, ILX has earned the top spot in Kelly Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own rankings among entry-luxury cars, indicative of the Acura brand’s strong reputation for high quality and strong value retention.

2020 ILX
The 2020 Acura ILX is available with three distinct packages: Premium, Technology and the popular A-Spec sport appearance package – each powered by a 201-horsepower (SAE net), 2.4-liter, DOHC i-VTEC™ engine and quick-shifting 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Every 2020 ILX receives an EPA fuel economy rating of 24/34/28 mpg (city/highway/combined)4.

Additionally, all 2020 ILX models come equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

2020 ILX Key Features Include:

  • 2.4-liter direct-injected 16-valve DOHC i-VTEC™ engine
  • 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (8DCT) with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Standard AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies
  • Available On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ (ODMD™ 2.0) interface with 7-inch lower touchscreen and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration
  • Driver 2-way power lumbar control
  • Front and rear sport seats (with available high-contrast piping and stitching)
  • Silver-finished dash trim with chrome insert
  • Machine-finished ignition button
  • Premium interior including available Milano leather-wrapped steering wheel with Euro-style stitching and Milano leather seats with high-contrast piping and stitching
  • Acura 7-element Acura Jewel Eye™ LED headlights and LED taillights
  • 17-inch split 5-spoke alloy wheels with trim-specific finishes
  • 7 exterior color options: Premium colors include: Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl. Additional exterior colors include: Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Steel Metallic. 
  • Interior color options: Espresso, along with Graystone and Ebony. Exclusive A-Spec interior colors include Ebony and Red, both with black Ultrasuede™ inserts

2020 ILX A-Spec Features:

  • A-Spec exclusive 18-inch wheel with aggressive design and Shark Grey finish
  • Front grille and lower fascia with dark chrome trim
  • LED fog lights
  • Dark treatment headlights and taillights
  • Gloss-black decklid spoiler
  • Graphite-silver dash accent with chrome insert
  • A-Spec badged steering wheel with contrast stitching and aluminum sport pedals
  • Sport seats finished in A-Spec exclusive Ebony or Red leather with black Ultrasuede® center panels and high-contrast stitching
  • Exclusive A-Spec exterior color: Apex Blue Pearl; Interior colors include Ebony and Red, both with black Ultrasuede™ insert

Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim

MSRP1

MSRP
Including $995 Destination Charge

EPA MPG Rating
(city/highway/ combined)2

ILX

$25,900

$26,995

24/34/28

ILX with Premium Package

$27,750

$28,745

24/34/28

ILX with Technology Package

$29,650

$30,645

24/34/28

ILX A-Spec with Premium Package

$29,750

$30,745

24/34/28

ILX A-Spec with Technology Package

$31,650

$32,645

24/34/28

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Acura RLX and MDX Named Among ‘25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019’ by U.S. News & World Report

Acura’s range-topping luxury performance sedan, the  RLX, and America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV1, the MDX, have been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019.”

For inclusion of this year’s list of “25 Safest Luxury Cars,” the criteria U.S. News & World Report used included the safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), each vehicle’s standard and optional safety features, and the vehicle’s overall U.S. News Score.

Both the 2019 RLX and MDX received 5-star Overall Vehicle Scores in the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and were awarded TOP SAFETY PICK ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Among numerous standard active and passive safety features, both the Acura RLX and MDX feature Acura’s Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure; Advanced Front Airbags (SRS); Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; and the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Article Quotes (U.S. News & World Report: “25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019”)

  • “…the [RLX] sedan has a great safety score of 9.9 out of 10. Beyond safety [scores], the RLX has a spacious cabin, refined powertrains, and loads of safety features.”
  • “With the MDX, you’re getting a long list of tech features, good fuel economy [ratings], and confident handling. Safety [performance] is also something that the MDX excels at, as the SUV has a U.S. News score of 9.8 out of 10 in this category.”

Article Link
https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/safest-luxury-cars

Acura Commitment to Safety
Acura is advancing safety through innovations in vehicle technology and design, including its AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now standard equipment on every new Acura sedan and SUV. AcuraWatch™ technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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 and 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 RLX and MDX Named Among ‘25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019’ by U.S. News & World Report

Acura’s range-topping luxury performance sedan, the  RLX, and America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV1, the MDX, have been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019.”

For inclusion of this year’s list of “25 Safest Luxury Cars,” the criteria U.S. News & World Report used included the safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), each vehicle’s standard and optional safety features, and the vehicle’s overall U.S. News Score.

Both the 2019 RLX and MDX received 5-star Overall Vehicle Scores in the NHTSA New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and were awarded TOP SAFETY PICK ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Among numerous standard active and passive safety features, both the Acura RLX and MDX feature Acura’s Next-Generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure; Advanced Front Airbags (SRS); Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control; and the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies.

Article Quotes (U.S. News & World Report: “25 Safest Luxury Cars of 2019”)

  • “…the [RLX] sedan has a great safety score of 9.9 out of 10. Beyond safety [scores], the RLX has a spacious cabin, refined powertrains, and loads of safety features.”
  • “With the MDX, you’re getting a long list of tech features, good fuel economy [ratings], and confident handling. Safety [performance] is also something that the MDX excels at, as the SUV has a U.S. News score of 9.8 out of 10 in this category.”

Article Link
https://cars.usnews.com/cars-trucks/safest-luxury-cars

Acura Commitment to Safety
Acura is advancing safety through innovations in vehicle technology and design, including its AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now standard equipment on every new Acura sedan and SUV. AcuraWatch™ technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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 and 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 Encourages “Less Talk, More Drive” in New Brand Campaign

  • “Less Talk, More Drive” is a high-speed, exhilarating thrill ride touting Acura’s “Beat That” competitive spirit
  • Campaign tracks Acura’s performance roots from the legendary NSX and Integra Type R to motorsports championships and the emergence of the Type S Concept

 

Acura lets its vehicles do the talking in “Less Talk, More Drive,” a new brand marketing campaign launching today. A high-speed television thrill ride kicks off the campaign, giving viewers a glimpse into Acura’s world of Precision Crafted Performance through the eyes of its engineers, race car drivers and lineup of performance vehicles: acura.us/lesstalkmoredrive. The multichannel campaign will run throughout the fall on broadcast TV and Acura’s social and digital media properties.

“Less Talk, More Drive” represents the spirit of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. “It is influenced heavily by our renewed focus on what matters most — the driving experience — and Acura’s commitment to testing ourselves on the track, at the factory and on the street.”

Acura was born a challenger brand and “Less Talk, More Drive” portrays its independent spirit and relentless pursuit of improvement through the constant challenge, “Beat That.” The commercial, set to the soundtrack of Dick Dale’s “Nitrus,” opens with a thrill-seeker driving the iconic Integra Type R and throwing down the gauntlet with a challenge to “Beat That.” The gauntlet is picked up by a succession of Acura vehicles demonstrating various elements of Precision Crafted Performance:

  • A first-generation 1991 NSX in Formula Red showcases Acura’s iconic, game-changing supercar in action.
  • The second-generation 2020 NSX in Indy Yellow Pearl flexes its powertrain on the dyno.
  • The ILX sports sedan proves its safety performance by acing a crash test.
  • The 2019 IMSA Daytona Prototype Manufacturer Championship-leading Acura ARX-05 race car driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves challenge for the lead.
  • The Acura Type S Concept is revealed showing the world the next expression of Acura performance.

Campaign Elements

Acura’s “Less Talk, More Drive” brand campaign will be featured on network cable and national broadcast including high-profile NFL matchups, and streaming video within top-rated programming and fall premieres. Targeting younger consumers, “Less Talk, More Drive” will include digital media programming on Donut Media, Padsquad and Teads, as well as digital placements on Amazon, Bustle, ESPN and Thrillist.

The campaign will also be amplified on social media, featuring high performance Acura vehicle imagery receiving a variety of creative treatments that bring the “Less Talk, More Drive” idea to life in surprising ways, and each specific to Acura’s social platforms. With a variety of activations, “Less Talk, More Drive” will continue to be a central theme throughout Acura’s future marketing and creative.

Acura has a razor-sharp focus on expressing its Precision Crafted Performance DNA through every facet of its products, marketing and the customer experience. This means offering not only a one of a kind, exhilarating driving experience for customers, but incorporating innovation and Acura’s unique expression of performance. This focus has been highly evident in Acura marketing over the past four years, with the addition of Michael B. Jordan as the voice of the brand, buzzy music soundtracks, and bright, bold color choices that set Acura apart from other brands in the premium automotive space.

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Acura Encourages “Less Talk, More Drive” in New Brand Campaign

  • “Less Talk, More Drive” is a high-speed, exhilarating thrill ride touting Acura’s “Beat That” competitive spirit
  • Campaign tracks Acura’s performance roots from the legendary NSX and Integra Type R to motorsports championships and the emergence of the Type S Concept

 

Acura lets its vehicles do the talking in “Less Talk, More Drive,” a new brand marketing campaign launching today. A high-speed television thrill ride kicks off the campaign, giving viewers a glimpse into Acura’s world of Precision Crafted Performance through the eyes of its engineers, race car drivers and lineup of performance vehicles: acura.us/lesstalkmoredrive. The multichannel campaign will run throughout the fall on broadcast TV and Acura’s social and digital media properties.

“Less Talk, More Drive” represents the spirit of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and Acura brand officer. “It is influenced heavily by our renewed focus on what matters most — the driving experience — and Acura’s commitment to testing ourselves on the track, at the factory and on the street.”

Acura was born a challenger brand and “Less Talk, More Drive” portrays its independent spirit and relentless pursuit of improvement through the constant challenge, “Beat That.” The commercial, set to the soundtrack of Dick Dale’s “Nitrus,” opens with a thrill-seeker driving the iconic Integra Type R and throwing down the gauntlet with a challenge to “Beat That.” The gauntlet is picked up by a succession of Acura vehicles demonstrating various elements of Precision Crafted Performance:

  • A first-generation 1991 NSX in Formula Red showcases Acura’s iconic, game-changing supercar in action.
  • The second-generation 2020 NSX in Indy Yellow Pearl flexes its powertrain on the dyno.
  • The ILX sports sedan proves its safety performance by acing a crash test.
  • The 2019 IMSA Daytona Prototype Manufacturer Championship-leading Acura ARX-05 race car driven by Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves challenge for the lead.
  • The Acura Type S Concept is revealed showing the world the next expression of Acura performance.

Campaign Elements

Acura’s “Less Talk, More Drive” brand campaign will be featured on network cable and national broadcast including high-profile NFL matchups, and streaming video within top-rated programming and fall premieres. Targeting younger consumers, “Less Talk, More Drive” will include digital media programming on Donut Media, Padsquad and Teads, as well as digital placements on Amazon, Bustle, ESPN and Thrillist.

The campaign will also be amplified on social media, featuring high performance Acura vehicle imagery receiving a variety of creative treatments that bring the “Less Talk, More Drive” idea to life in surprising ways, and each specific to Acura’s social platforms. With a variety of activations, “Less Talk, More Drive” will continue to be a central theme throughout Acura’s future marketing and creative.

Acura has a razor-sharp focus on expressing its Precision Crafted Performance DNA through every facet of its products, marketing and the customer experience. This means offering not only a one of a kind, exhilarating driving experience for customers, but incorporating innovation and Acura’s unique expression of performance. This focus has been highly evident in Acura marketing over the past four years, with the addition of Michael B. Jordan as the voice of the brand, buzzy music soundtracks, and bright, bold color choices that set Acura apart from other brands in the premium automotive space.

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2019-2020 Acura RDX Tops Motor Trend’s Safest Luxury SUVs of 2019 List

The 2019-2020 Acura RDX, the retail best-selling compact luxury SUV in America, has topped the Motor Trend list of safest luxury SUVs of 2019 as the only model with both the highest safety ratings and standard automatic emergency braking technology.

The Acura RDX received a 5-star Overall Vehicle Score in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) and earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest possible rating of GOOD in all crashworthiness tests and available good-rated headlights1, as well as a SUPERIOR rating for front crash prevention. The AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), is standard equipment on all grades of the 2019-2020 Acura RDX.

Article Quote (Motor Trend: “Here Are the Safest Luxury SUVs of 2019”)
“In large part, choosing a luxury SUV comes down to taste. But you also want to make sure the model that captures your heart is also safe. The Acura RDX offers more features per dollar than most luxury competitors.”

Article Link
https://www.motortrend.com/news/safest-luxury-suvs

Acura Commitment to Safety
Acura is advancing safety through innovations in vehicle technology and design, including its AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now available on every new Acura sedan and SUV. AcuraWatch™ technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow (ACC) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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 and 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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Hindman, Farnbacher Continue Acura Podium Streak at VIR

  • Trent Hindman, Mario Farnbacher extend championship lead with second-place finish
  • Fifth podium result in eight races expands Acura lead in Manufacturers’ Championship
  • Tire failure, heavy crash ends run for Katherine Legge and Alice Powell

Acura Motorsports’ run of 2019 podium finishes continued today at Virginia International Raceway, in a GT category-only run for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher extended their GTD championship lead with a second-place result in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, their fifth first- or second-place finish this season, also increasing Acura’s lead in the GTD Manufacturers’ Championship after eight of 10 races.

Acura opened its GTD Manufacturers’ Championship lead from two to eight points, now with a 242- 234 margin over nearest competitor Lamborghini. In the GTD Drivers’ Championship, Farnbacher and Hindman increased their points lead from 26 to 37, with 241 points to 204 for closest rival Zach Robichon.

Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo
Starting fourth, opening driver Hindman got the jump at the green flag in his #86 Acura NSX GT3 to start the two-hour, 40-minute race, slotting into second through the first dozen laps, until the first of two full-course cautions in the event.

Pit stop rotations saw Hindman assume the lead from Lap 28 until pitting three laps later and handing the driving duties over to co-driver Mario Farnbacher, who resumed in fourth place. Quick pit work by the Meyer Shank crew at the final stop resulted in the #86 car leading once more. During the final dozen laps, a three-way contest for the GTD victory developed involving Farnbacher, the Mercedes- AMG of Jeroen Bleekemolen and Scott Hargrove’s Porsche.

Although he made a couple of feints at retaking the lead in the final laps, Farnbacher was aware of his championship position and avoided making any high-risk passing attempts. Finishing just over a half second behind GTD winner Bleekemolen, resulted in a 37-point championship lead for Farnbacher and Hindman with just two races remaining.

In the second MSR/Heinricher Racing Acura, 26-year-old Briton Alice Powell made her IMSA race debut from fifth on the starting grid, just behind teammate Hindman. However, her Acura was hit from behind on the opening lap by the BMW of Robby Foley, resulting in an unscheduled pit stop as well as damage to the back of the car that affected its handling for the remainder of the race.

Katherine Legge took over driving duties at the team’s second pit stop, just before the one-hour mark. Her #57 Acura developed a vibration following the team’s final pit stop and on Lap 75 a “sudden, complete” tire failure – according to Michelin tire engineers the result of a foreign object lodged in the suspension – resulted in a hard impact into the trackside barriers in one of the fastest parts of the VIR circuit. Legge escaped serious injury in the crash.

Acura Team Penske and Next Event
IMSA’s Prototype category was not a part of the IMSA weekend at Virginia International Raceway, which featured the GTD and GTLM classes only. The Acura Team Penske ARX-05s will return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the next race on the schedule, September 15 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

Social media content and video links from this weekend’s Acura Motorsports action at the VIR, and Honda Racing IndyCar Series activities at World Wide Technology Raceway near St. Louis, are available on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/HondaRacingHPD) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/HondaRacing_HPD) channels. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, The videos can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV.

Quotes 
Mario Farnbacher (#86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) started fourth, finished second; on his late-race battle with Jeroen Bleekemolen for the GTD win: “I was ‘biting my fingernails’, because Jeroen was pretty quick! In the beginning [of their final run to the finish] he had to save fuel and I was able to keep up with him. But he was pretty strong the whole time. I tried to do my best to stay on him and took my chance [at the lead] at one point. But in the end, he was stronger than us. He probably knew that I didn’t want to take a lot of risks [attempting a pass] because we were working for the ‘big one’ [the championship] here and, obviously, today was a very good day for us.”

Katherine Legge (#57 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) started fifth, did not finish following tire failure, crash on Lap 74: “That was one of the toughest races we have had. We received some damage on the opening lap that broke something in the rear of the car, so we were struggling with a ‘loose’ car the entire race. Alice [Powell] had a fantastic stint [to start the race]. On my second set of tires there was a vibration, then the tire failure, which happened instantly at the top of the ‘esses’. It is one of the places where you carry a lot of speed, so I went into the wall quite hard. That crash is a testament to the strength and safety of the Acura NSX, and VIR’s track safety structures. I have to thank the safety crew for doing a great job to get to me quickly. These things make us stronger, so we will be back ready to fight at Laguna Seca.”

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIR
Circuit:        Virginia International Raceway (3.27-mile road course) Alton, Va.
Weather:      Cloudy, mild, 78 degrees F

Top Five, Acura GTD Results:

Ps.      Class Drivers                                                        Team                                Chassis Laps/Notes
1.        GTD Jeroen Bleekemolen / Ben Keating         Riley Motorsports           Mercedes AMG 86 laps
2.        GTD Mario Farnbacher / Trent Hindman Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 +0.566 seconds
3.        GTD Toni Vilander / Cooper MacNeil              Scuderia Corsa               Ferrari 488 GT3 86 laps
4.        GTD Scott Hargrove / Zach Robichon             Praff Motorsports           Porsche 911 GT3R 86 laps
5.        GTD Pat Long / Patrick Lindsey                        Park Place Racing         Porsche 911 GT3R 86 laps
12.        GTD Katherine Legge / Alice Powell Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 74 laps – crash

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2019-2020 Acura RDX Tops Motor Trend’s Safest Luxury SUVs of 2019 List

The 2019-2020 Acura RDX, the retail best-selling compact luxury SUV in America, has topped the Motor Trend list of safest luxury SUVs of 2019 as the only model with both the highest safety ratings and standard automatic emergency braking technology.

The Acura RDX received a 5-star National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating and earned a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), including the highest possible rating of GOOD in all crashworthiness tests and available good-rated headlights1, as well as a SUPERIOR rating for front crash prevention. The AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies, which includes the Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), is standard equipment on all grades of the 2019-2020 Acura RDX.

Article Quote (Motor Trend: “Here Are the Safest Luxury SUVs of 2019”)
“In large part, choosing a luxury SUV comes down to taste. But you also want to make sure the model that captures your heart is also safe. The Acura RDX offers more features per dollar than most luxury competitors.”

Article Link
https://www.motortrend.com/news/safest-luxury-suvs

Acura Commitment to Safety
Acura is advancing safety through innovations in vehicle technology and design, including its AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, now available on every new Acura sedan and SUV. AcuraWatch™ technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control with Low Speed Follow (ACC) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM).

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Acura Type S Concept to Debut in Monterey – Brand’s Precision Crafted Performance Takes Shape

  • Concept sets the stage for the return of Type S performance variants and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S
  • Design team set out to shape a striking expression of Acura performance with a powerful stance and expressive silhouette
  • Acura to debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years

Acura returns to Monterey Car Week, one of the world’s top gatherings of automotive and motorsports enthusiasts, to debut the Type S Concept. Following its world premiere at a private Acura reception Thursday, August 15, the Acura Type S Concept will publicly debut on Friday, August 16 at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. It will then be showcased at the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Concept Lawn on Sunday, August 18.

Representing a fundamental step toward fulfilling Acura’s return to Precision Crafted Performance, which started with the debut of the second-generation NSX, the Type S Concept sets the stage for re-introducing Type S performance variants to the Acura line-up after a decade hiatus, and will heavily influence the character of the upcoming, second-generation TLX Type S.

The Acura design team set out to express the essence of Precision Crafted Performance through stance and proportion, crafting a silhouette that is powerful and expressive, yet clean and cohesive. Building on the foundational beauty and style of the Acura Precision Concept, the Type S Concept’s powerful form is characterized by a wide track and low stance, with an expansive hood that stretches forward from the A-pillars.

“The return of Type S is instrumental in our mission to return Acura to its performance roots,” said Jon Ikeda, Vice President and Acura Brand Officer. “From bringing back the NSX to winning at the highest level of North American sports car racing and ushering-in a new generation starting with the RDX, we are revitalizing Acura on the foundation of our original and authentic brand values, piece by piece.”

Performance at the Core
“We’ve been dreaming about a new performance-focused Acura concept car since the Precision Concept debuted,” said Dave Marek, Acura’s Executive Creative Director. “The Type S Concept speaks unambiguously to performance and to the essence of Acura design.”

The Type S Concept showcases new elements of Acura design including next-generation, four-lamp Jewel Eye® LED headlights, an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, and “Chicane” daytime running lights and taillights, both drawing inspiration from the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype race car.

Refined Style Meets Raw Emotion
Building off its powerful stance, the Type S Concept’s front fascia reflects both form and function. Large center and side intakes are capable of supplying required airflow to a high-performance engine and brake package, with fascia detailing evolved from the NSX and Acura Precision Concept. The headlights are underscored, literally, by translucent white “Chicane” LEDs that serve double duty as running lights and turn signals.

The front fascia transitions to a side profile that communicates both power and elegance. Sheer surfaces and continually shifting angles are balanced by sharp, intersecting lines that create the impression that every surface is changing shape as it flows front to rear. Sheer side surfaces gradually open-up to muscular rear wheel arches, emphasizing the concept’s wide track.

A sharp and distinctive tail features an upswept decklid with a sharply creased centerline (drawn from the hood) and integrated forged carbon spoiler. “Chicane” LED taillights, a large rear diffuser and quad chrome exhaust outlets complete the look.

In addition to the rear decklid spoiler, forged carbon – created by bonding layers of carbon on top of one another to exceed the strength of traditional interwoven carbon – is applied to the front and rear splitters, side sills, rear decklid spoiler and multi-spoke 21-inch wheels.

A “square” 285-series summer tire setup ensures high levels of grip in the most dynamic of driving situations. All four corners feature drilled Brembo™ high-performance brakes with four-piston calipers, providing ample stopping power and an aggressive appearance.

The Concept’s bespoke “Double Apex Blue Pearl” paint reflects a liquid and electric hue that pays homage to blue Type S heritage models, including the acclaimed 2007-2008 TL Type S. “Double Apex Blue Pearl” employs Nano pigments and a color-infused clear coat that impart a sense of fluidity and motion, and enhance the paint’s luster and brilliance.

The Acura Type S Concept was conceived by the Acura Design Studio in California, led by executive creative director, Dave Marek, and chief designer, Ben Davidson and will be showcased throughout Monterey Car Week. After its private debut at an Acura hosted event Aug. 15, it will make its public debut at The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering on Aug. 16, with a press conference scheduled for 9:30 a.m. The Type S Concept will also be on display at the historic Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 18.

 

Acura Type S Heritage 
A fundamental step in fulfilling the promise of Precision Crafted Performance, Acura will debut two Type S performance variants in the next two years, starting with the second-generation TLX Type S. Type S models will deliver a high performance driving experience with quicker acceleration, nimbler handling and stronger braking performance than conventional Acura models. From 2001 through 2008, four Type S models set the standard for Acura performance in North America:

  • 2001-2003 Acura 3.2CL Type S: The Type S performance line debuted with the 2001 Acura 3.2CL Type S. It featured a 3.2-liter V6 engine with 260 horsepower (upgraded from 225 hp), a 5-speed automatic with a manual shift function, quicker steering, 17-inch wheels and tires and a sport-tuned suspension. In its final model year, a 6-speed manual transmission was available.
  • 2002-2003 Acura 3.2TL Type S: Debuting a year after the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S featured the same performance-tuned engine and transmission, and similar suspension, wheel and tire upgrades. Unlike the 3.2CL Type S, the 3.2TL Type S was not available with a manual transmission.
  • 2002-2006 Acura RSX Type S: The RSX Type S joined the family in 2002, powered by a new 2.0-liter i-VTEC® 4-cylinder with 200 horsepower (upgraded from 160 hp) connected exclusively to a 6-speed manual transmission. In 2005, the RSX Type S received a power increase to 210 horsepower, along with styling changes that included an eye-catching larger rear wing.
  • 2007-2008 Acura TL Type S: The third-generation Acura TL rejoined the Type S lineup in 2007 and was powered by a 3.5-liter V6 making 286 horsepower (upgraded from 3.2-liter V6 with 258 hp), a 6-speed manual transmission, 4-piston Brembo brakes, sport suspension, upgraded wheels and tires and distinctive quad exhaust.  

Precision Crafted Performance: Reborn
Coinciding with its 30th anniversary in 2016, Acura set a new course for its future, turning its focus back to its original and authentic roots as a performance-focused luxury brand. The second-generation Acura NSX launched as the pinnacle expression of Precision Crafted Performance kicking off the brand’s determined focus on a future that was first and foremost about performance.

In 2016, the foundations for a new design language were set with the debut of the Acura Precision Concept. Drawing inspiration from NSX, the Precision Concept adopted a supercar stance and sheer, alluring surfaces that pointed to a bolder more distinctive future for Acura design. The Concept also showcased key new production styling cues, including edgier lines and Acura’s signature new Diamond Pentagon grille, which were quickly adopted across the entire lineup, most recently on the 2019 ILX compact sports sedan.

Acura also expanded its sporty A-Spec package to all core models, attracting younger, more enthusiast-oriented customers in the process. In early 2018, the brand announced its intention to re-establish Type S performance variants in its line-up, and the development of a new, Acura-exclusive, turbocharged V6 engine. In June of last year, Acura launched the 2019 RDX as the first in a new generation of Acura models designed from the ground up around Precision Crafted Performance. In its first year, the third-generation RDX has become the retail best-selling model in luxury’s largest segment, setting multiple consecutive all-time monthly sales records.

The brand has also seen a highly successful return to sports car racing in North America. Acura teams and drivers fielding the NSX GT3 Evo and ARX-05 Daytona Prototype currently lead both Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships in the GTD and DPi classes of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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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2020 Acura NSX Debuts Heritage Color – Indy Yellow Pearl at Monterey Car Week

  • A modern interpretation of sought-after Spa Yellow, offered on the 1997-2003 NSX, Indy Yellow Pearl joins Berlina Black as one of two NSX heritage colors
  • Spa Yellow was the fifth most popular first-generation NSX color
  • 2020 NSX now available for ordering, with first deliveries due in November

The 2020 Acura NSX will debut a striking new Indy Yellow Pearl paint scheme during Monterey Car Week. The 2020 Acura NSX will first be displayed at Concours on the Avenue in Downtown Carmel alongside an NSX GT3 Evo race car, featuring a custom designed livery with yellow and blue accents over the exposed carbon fiber body. The 2020 NSX is now available for ordering, with first customer deliveries to begin in November. The 2020 NSX carries a starting Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $157,500, not including delivery charges. For more information on ordering, visit Acura.com/NSX.

Indy Yellow Pearl pays homage to Spa Yellow, one of two yellow paints offered on the first generation NSX, and will join Berlina Black as an available heritage color for the 2020 model year. Spa Yellow, known as “Indy Yellow” in some markets, was applied to around 20-percent of NSXs produced between 1997 and 2003. For the final two years of NSX production (2004-2005), Spa Yellow was replaced by Rio Yellow.

Each NSX is handcrafted at the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Marysville, Ohio1 and continues the NSX tradition of offering an incredible performance value in the supercar market. The 2020 NSX is powered by an innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® power unit consisting of a bespoke twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, 9-speed dual clutch transmission (9DCT), and three electric motors supplementing the engine with instantaneous electric torque. The second-generation NSX features an advanced, multi-material body and aluminum-intensive space frame, enabling ultra-high rigidity, compact packaging and outstanding collision safety performance.

NSX Insider Experience

All new NSX owners have the opportunity to join the NSX Insider Experience, a personalized program that enables NSX owners to participate in the making of their bespoke supercar. The program offers a curated, one-on-one tour of key facilities across Ohio where the NSX is built, including the Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) and the NSX engine assembly room at the Anna Engine Plant. Guests also have the opportunity to track an NSX, guided by a professional driver on one of the primary proving grounds where it was developed and tuned – the Transportation Research Center (TRC).

The NSX Insider Experience is offered in six distinct packages with one and two-day tour options, which can be customized to include a tour of the Anna Engine Plant in addition to the tour of the PMC. Additional options include a two or four-hour performance driving experience as well as a tour of the Honda Heritage Center. Experience Packages start at $2,700. More information on the NSX Insider Experience is available at NSXInsiderExperience.com.

NSX GT3 Motorsports Success

Using the same Ohio-made multi-material space frame and 3.5-liter twin turbocharged engine design as the road-going NSX, 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.

In the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, the NSX GT3 Evos driven by Meyer Shank Racing have posted five wins and 11 podium finishes since its 2017 debut, and in the 2019 season, Meyer Shank Racing leads both the Manufacturers’ and Drivers’ Championships.

In the SRO GT World Challenge America series, the NSX GT3 has earned multiple wins as well, including six pro-am wins by three different teams this year in the new NSX GT3 Evo.

Around the world, the NSX GT3 driven by Autobacs Racing Team (ARTA) leads the GT300 class in the Japanese Super GT series with two podium finishes, and the NSX GT3 has also competed in 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.

The race-winning, carbon fiber NSX GT3 Evo is offered for sale globally at a starting price of €465,0002 (Approx. $525,000). Since becoming available for customer purchase in July 2017, and updated last year as the NSX GT3 Evo, there are currently 17 NSX GT3s in the hands of professional and amateur race teams globally, with the NSX GT3 Evo certified to compete in more than a dozen FIA-sanctioned racing series around the world. More information on the NSX GT3 Evo can be found at AcuraClientRacing.net.

Pricing and Features

MSRPii
2020 Acura NSX $157,500
Destination and Handling $1,995
Exterior Paint Standard Colors (130R White, Curva Red, Berlina Black) Std.
Premium Colors (NEW: Indy Yellow Pearl, Thermal Orange Metallic, Source Silver, Casino White Pearl) $1,000
Andaro Colors (Valencia Red Pearl, Nouvelle Blue Pearl) $6,000
Wheels Signature Y-Spoke Std.
Exclusive Interwoven $1,500
Tires Continental SportContact™ 6 Std.
Pirelli Trofeo R $1,500
Brakes Iron Rotors w/ Black Calipers Std.
Iron Rotors w/ Red Calipers $700
Carbon Ceramic w/ Black Calipers $9,900
Carbon Ceramic w/ Silver, Red, or Orange Calipers $10,600
Gloss black exterior trim Std.
Black Aluminum Roof Std.
Gloss Carbon Fiber Roof $6,000
Gloss Carbon Fiber Decklid Spoiler $3,000
Gloss Carbon Fiber Exterior Sport Package $12,600
Interior Seating Semi-Aniline Leather w/ Alcantara, 4-way power sport seats Std.
Milano Leather w/ Alcantara™, Manually adjustable sport seats No Cost Option
Semi-Aniline Full Leather, 4-way power sport seats $1,000
ELS Studio® Audio + Tech Package

  • ELS Studio® Premium Audio System
  • Acura Satellite Navigation
  • Proximity Sensors
Std.
Aluminum Sport Pedals Std.
Carbon Fiber Interior Sport Package $3,800

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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