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Read the complete 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid First Drive at AutoGuide.comAcura 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.