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Keep your eye on the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, where we'll see plenty of exotics including the McLaren 650S and Koenigsegg One:1. Also expect to see other new cars like the Lexus NX, Audi TT, BMW X4 and the Alfa Romeo 4C Spider. Coverage starts on March 4, so be sure to stop by.
Last month Acura debuted its 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD at the Montreal International Auto Show. The car is being dubbed Acura's most powerful and technologically advanced vehicle ever.
Jerry Chenkin, president and CEO of Honda Canada Inc. said, "The Sport Hybrid RLX sets a new bar in luxury performance sedans, but it does it the Acura way. The Sport Hybrid RLX has some of the most advanced technology on the planet, but this sedan is more than the sum of its parts. With the Sport Hybrid RLX everything comes together to create true synergy between man and machine. "
The Acura RLX Sport hybrid is the first vehicle to use Acura's new three-motor hybrid powertrain technology, This technology is a world first, which will appear in the Acura NSX supercar when it comes out in 2015 (after a long time of waiting.) The system combines a direct-injected V-6 engine with an all-new, Acura-designed, 7-speed dual clutch transmission with built-in electric motor and an electronically powered variant of Acura's torque-vectoring Super handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD). This technology is supposed to set the RLX Sport Hybrid to run a 0-100 km/h time that rivals it's competitor's V8-powered machines. And all that power with a 6.8/6.3/6.5 L/100km fuel economy rating.
Say what you want about Acura, but you can't deny that the 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is a technologically advanced driving machine.
Here is Acura's newest commercial. It shows robot horses racing, and then the Acura horse (which is a real life horse) comes from behind and beats them all. (Wishful thinking?) Really not the most informative or engaging commercial I've ever seen. For your consideration...
Vehicles affected: About 7,387 model-year 2014 Acura RLX sedans manufactured between Aug. 7, 2012, and Nov. 5, 2013. The problem: The bolts that attach the rear lower control arms to the subframe of the vehicle may have loosened during transport to dealerships. This could reduce steering ability, increasing the risk of a crash. The fix: The brand's parent, Honda, will begin notifying owners this month, and dealers will replace the rear suspension lower control arm bolts for free. What owners should do: Call Honda at 800-999-1009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.
What I think owners should do: bring the car to the dealership....
Acura delivers a flagship sedan bursting with firsts by Colum Wood
Launched earlier this year, Acura’s new flagship sedan debuted with an innovative rear steering system that transformed its large front-drive platform into a surprisingly dynamic machine. Unfortunately, that’s not very sexy unless you’re an engineer.
1. A 3.5L V6 and three electric motors make 377 hp and 377 lb-ft of torque.
2. The RLX is the first Acura to use a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
3. The new Sport Hybrid replaces the mechanical rear differential in Acura’s conventional SH-AWD system.
4. Fuel economy is rated at 28 MPG city, 32 MPG highway and 30 MPG combined, an improvement of 25 percent over the FWD model.
Combined with rather subdued styling, the RLX not only failed to scare the Germans, it made the notoriously conservative Lexus look like the wild child of the Japanese luxury trio.
To up the excitement, Acura has now launched a new version of the RLX complete with more power, better efficiency, a long list of brand-first technologies and a revolutionary all-wheel drive system.
Called the RLX Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), in many ways this car foreshadows the upcoming NSX with its powertrain a mirror image of what Acura’s supercar will use – minus a turbo or two.
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