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The Acura NSX: Then and Now

How Acura redefined the supercar.

What Acura accomplished when they launched themselves on the North American market was nothing short of miraculous: by concentrating an impressive amount of technologies into all-new vehicles, Honda’s top engineers managed to create a brand that could stand on the merit of its own products.

However, while the Legend and the Integra scored well against their competitors, Acura needed something to make themselves known. And what better way to make people talk than to create a supercar?


1984: Genesis of an idea

A sketch of the NSX’s exterior, with its sleek profile based on an F16 fighter jet. Photo via

A sketch of the NSX’s exterior, with its sleek profile based on an F16 fighter jet. Photo via

In 1984, Honda dreamed big, internally launching the HP-X project, which aimed at creating a V6-powered mid-engine coupe that could beat the V8 Ferraris of the era while being more reliable and cheaper to buy for the consumer. The lead engineer for the project was Shigeru Uehara, who would go on to create the Integra Type R and the S2000. During development, no expenses were spared: the car was designed by taking cues from F-16 fighter jet’s canopies and their excellent visibility, and a completely new factory was built for the future vehicle. The Honda NSX (marketed in North America as the Acura NSX) would end up being the first mass-produced car to be built completely out of aluminum and would feature futuristic technologies like electric power steering (on some versions) and a 3.0-litre V6 that could reliably rev up to 8,300 rpm. During the final stages of development, Honda even enlisted the help of one of their biggest drivers–Top Formula 1 legend Ayrton Senna drove the car on some of the world’s most renowned tracks and offered inputs on suspension settings and handling tweaks.

1989: First public unveiling

The bright-red NS-X drew crowds of enthusiastic viewers at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989. Photo via

The bright-red NS-X drew crowds of enthusiastic viewers at the Chicago Auto Show in February 1989. Photo via

At the 1989 Chicago Auto Show, the public caught the first glimpse of what would become the NSX. Thanks to very favourable comments from the press, the NSX was quickly put into production and was sold in North America in November 1990.

The Acura NSX immediately garnered a cult following. Here is what some of the era’s prominent publications had to say back in those days:

“Its fresh, clean-sheet design is about to offer other exotic cars a lesson in civility.” — Road & Track

”The NSX is the most precise and attuned mid-engined machine we’ve ever driven.” — Car & Driver

The original NSX was not only an amazing car in its own right, it did more than just wow critics; it forced the industry to take notice. From that point, nobody could simply build an unreliable supercar and call it a day. They had to make their exotic thoroughbred more useable on a daily basis. After all, if Acura could do it, they had to, too, right?

The NSX got various updates through the years, but it always stayed close to its roots. Finally, in 2005, after having been in production for almost 15 years, the mid-engined Japanese supercar was retired.

2007: Rumors of a successor

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The first rumours of a new NSX came as early as 2007. Back then, the whispers were about a V10-powered supercar. Following the 2008 market crash, however, Acura chose to can this project and instead focus on an environmental variant.

The first concept of what would become the NSX we know today was unveiled in 2012. After many changes in design (like a complete redesign of the engine bay), the production version was finally shown in 2015.

2015: The new kid


The new NSX was radically different compared to the previous iteration. Instead of minimizing weight, the car now played the high-tech card. It now packed an advanced four-wheel drive system as well as a hybrid powerplant. Its twin-turbo V6 produces 500 horsepower alone; with the help of the electric motors, a total of 573 horsepower are available under the car’s right pedal. The new NSX can go from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3 seconds, and will eventually hit 307 km/h.

The Acura NSX has evolved from a simplistic driving machine to the marvel of modern technologies it is today. However, despite its changes, its reputation for disrupting the supercar industry hasn’t waned.


6 Things You Didn’t Know About Acura

That logo isn’t an “A” or an “H”…

Mind. Blown.

Acura has enjoyed tremendous success on the luxury market, but compared to much of the competition, it’s relatively young. Let’s explore the history of the intriguing and innovative Japanese brand.

Here are 6 things you may not have known about the Japanese automaker.

The word “Acura” doesn’t mean anything in Japanese.

Unlike Honda, which gets its name from its founder Soichiro Honda, Acura doesn’t have a deeper definition in Japanese. Acura is a slight modification of the Latin word for “done with precision.” This theme is echoed in the brand slogan: Precision Crafted Performance.

Acura was the first Japanese luxury automotive brand to arrive in North America.

Acura was launched in 1986 in Canada and the US, making it the first Japanese luxury automaker to stake a claim on the crucial market. The early success of the Integra and Legend spurred the competition along and soon Toyota and Nissan both arrived on the scene with their luxury offshoots. Acura, however, was the first.

That logo isn’t an “A” or an “H”

The Acura logo sticks to the theme of precision or accuracy with a clever logo that some interpret as a capital A or H. The truth: it’s actually an outside caliper, a precision tool used to measure thickness.

Look familiar?


Outside Calipers, Via Wikipedia.

Acura has an impressive motorsport pedigree.

Testing new technologies in a racing environment is a great way to ensure their reliability and help spread awareness for the brand’s credibility. If a car can drive at full throttle on a racetrack for 24 hours straight, it will certainly last much longer in the hands of customers. Acura gets this.

Since the brand’s inception, they have been involved in SCCA and IMSA GT Championship, two prominent series in the US. They won the SCCA World Championship in 1997 using the NSX and Integra, proving the cars’ performance chops. In the 2000s, the brand even developed its own LMP1 car, which raced admirably in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. More recently, an ILX raced in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, won in its class, and came in 8th place overall.

And the NSX was the world’s first supercar you could use daily.

The first car to be classified as a supercar was the Lamborghini Miura, in 1966. From that point, there have been many supercars, and most of them Italian. While they were all undoubtedly very fast, beautiful and exotic, you couldn’t really use them as a daily-driver. They had poor reliability, running costs were exorbitant and they weren’t practical.

And then in 1990, the Acura NSX arrived.

Just like the Italian stallions, it was mid-engined and aerodynamic. It could reach speeds greater than 300 km per hour and rev to 8,300 rpm. However, unlike its Italian competitors, it was reliable, easy to use, had good visibility and didn’t require a second mortgage to maintain.

The NSX ushered in a new era in the supercar world, forcing the industry to rethink their way of building cars.

The Policaro Group ran the first Acura dealership in the country!

As part of Policaro Group, Policaro Acura is proud to have been a part of Acura’s history since day one! In 1987, following years of working with the Honda brand, the Policaro Group’s founding members were awarded the first Acura dealership in Canada. Learn more about the Policaro Group’s fascinating family story here.




7 Cozy Southern Ontario Restaurants That Are Perfect For Valentine’s Day

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February in Ontario can be…dreary. There are a lot of words we could’ve used there, but “dreary” will have to do as this is a family-oriented blog.

Luckily, there is an event right smack dab in the middle of it that gives us adults an opportunity to get a little extra (ahem) cozy. We’re talking about Valentine’s Day, the day dedicated to lovers, chocolate, and cheesy Halmark Cards.


It is, if nothing else, the perfect opportunity to book a table at one of these seven cozy restaurants in the GTA. Hole up at an ultra cozy eatery with your lover and fill your bellies with a warm, hearty meal.

KB Food, Whitby

KB Food is an eclectic restaurant by chef Kevin Brown in the heart of Whitby on Brock Street. The atmosphere inside is snug and comfortable, perfect for ordering several dishes to share, like a charcuterie or cheese board, before going on the entrees.

East & Main Bistro, Prince Edward County

Prince Edward County has become a summertime hotspot for its wineries and beaches, but the region is just as awesome when the temperature drops. Try East & Main Bistro which serves up locally-sourced dishes at long farm tables, so plates can be shared and conversation can flow.

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Sonny’s Drive-In, Brampton

Order some classic North American comfort food over the counter at the Brampton institution, Sonny’s Drive-In, and scarf it in the cozy confines of your vehicle. Save the cute, picnic table seating area outside for a warmer season. Charcoal broiled burgers, however, are a good idea year round.

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The Cornerhouse, Stouffville

Sitting pretty on Main Street in Stouffville is The Cornerhouse, a three-storey restaurant with a whole lot of charm. Candle lit tables create an intimate vibe, perfect for indulging in a melt-in-your-mouth steak–this spot’s speciality. Order the eggplant fries to start.

Langdon Hall, Cambridge

Whether you want to treat yourself or impress someone special, Langdon Hall will leave you feeling like an A-list celebrity. The five-star Relais & Châteaux property is set in a stunning heritage building, and after a fresh dusting of snow feels just like stepping onto a movie set. Inside the dining room, regal decor with velvet couches and large chandeliers set the mood for a memorable meal by Chef Jason Bangerter.

La Vecchia, Toronto

La Vecchia is one of the coziest spaces in Toronto’s midtown. The Italian eatery is known for its fresh pasta dishes like tagliatelle bianchi and ricotta tortelloni, while its impressive wine list makes it hard to have just one glass. Have two and call an Uber.

The Olde Angel Inn, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Some call it haunted; others call it a delightful little locale in the heart of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The Olde Angel Inn is the coziest of cozy pubs dishing out English staples like bangers and mash, chicken pot pie, liver and onions and more. The dark wood finishes and low ceilings add to the snug feel, as does the live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

C’est What, Toronto

Tucked below street level in Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market is C’est What, a hidden gem that’s easy to lose a few hours in. The pub has an extensive beer list, fireplaces, live music, pool tables, and a lamb burger that’s one of the best in town.

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Acura RDX Prototype

Acura unveils the all-new 2019 RDX at Detroit Auto Show

For Acura, one of the biggest events at this year’s Detroit Auto Show was the unveiling of the all-new 2019 RDX. Being that this SUV is one of the brand’s most popular vehicles, Acura knew they had to bring their A game for the new generation.

Did they achieve their goal? Let’s find out.


Firstly, this SUV is built on an all-new platform that is both lighter and stiffer than the one it replaces. The 2019 RDX is about 30 mm wider and 63 mm longer than its predecessor, but since the front and rear overhang are shorter, the vehicle won’t be much harder to drive in congested city centers, though it will offer more interior room than before.


This will be the brand’s first SUV that gets an A-Spec version, a visual treatment reserved until now for Acura’s fastest sedans. Keep in mind, what we’re looking at here is a prototype; however, the production version shouldn’t be that different.

The 10.2-inch screen in the 2019 RDX’s dashboard is controlled by the manufacturer’s new True Touchpad Interface. The way this system works is interesting; instead of touching the screen directly, you can use a small remote touchpad to select the functions. We can’t wait to get one inside the showroom to test it out! An optional 16-channel, 710-watt sound system will be offered for music aficionados, with Acura’s advanced AcuraWatch safety suite coming standard.

Acura RDX Prototype

The powertrain will be another new piece of technology. A turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder will send power to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the manufacturer’s Super-Handling all-wheel-drive system will be optional in the US. While Canadian specifications haven’t been confirmed, it stands to reason that we will only get the AWD RDX north of the borders. Another thing that hasn’t been announced yet is the horsepower rating; the outgoing RDX extracted 279 horsepower out of its 3.5-litre V6, and it’s safe to say that the new turbocharged engine can give a lot more.

The 2010 Acura RDX will arrive in dealerships in the middle of 2018, so stay tuned to our social channels for an update on arrival.


7 entertaining things to do in Brampton this winter

Brampton isn’t exactly a “hidden gem.” With over half a million residents and millions of neighbours in the GTA, it’s definitely on most Ontarian’s radar. Still, it remains something of an underrated city…which, for its residents, is pretty great!

Suburban though it may be, Brampton doesn’t lack for fun outing options, even when the province freezes solid. From skating to skiing to shooting Nerf arrows at your besties (yup, you can do that), here’s how to have fun in Brampton in the wintertime.

Hit the slopes Caledon Ski Club.

Head to the local ski club for some afternoon downhill mountain sports, and then explore the latest automotive offering from the Policaro Automotive family. Policaro Automotive has partnered with the Caledon Ski Club to bring its performance brand to life through a series of winter events including test drives of the latest models from Northwest Lexus, Policaro BMW and Porsche Centre Oakville, a high-performance ski-service centre, and scavenger hunts for those still too young to get behind the wheel. For more information, call the Caledon Ski Club at 519-927-5221 ext. 225.

 Get some air time at Aerosports Trampoline Park.

From a toddler zone to ultimate dodgeball to open bouncing, the 18,000-square-foot trampoline park at Aerosports has jumping options for the whole family. It’s the perfect spot to host a birthday party or spend any old super-cold Sunday afternoon.


Sharpen the blades and head to the Chinguacousy Park​ skating ribbon.

Brampton’s latest ice worthy of your blades? The all-new skating canal at Chinguacousy Park​. The trail is more than 2,000-square-metres of ice surface, which means 500 skaters can be gliding along at once, and on certain days, local food trucks will ensure you stay fueled. Don’t have skates? You can rent a pair Thursday through Sunday during operational hours.  

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 Cheer on the Brampton Beast!

There’s no need to make the trek into Toronto to watch the Leafs when you can catch a Brampton Beast game closer to home. The local ECHL team puts on a powerful show and tickets for most home games can be easily found online.

Get silly tubing at Mount Chinguacousy.

While Mount Chinguacousy offers skiing and snowboarding, the real fun is had over on the tubing terrain. Prices vary depending on use, but $13.35 will get you six slides or two hours in the park. If you have extra littles, note that the minimum height requirement to ride is 42-inches.  

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Fire Nerf arrows at your kids at Battle Archery.

Sometimes the only way to sap your kids’ seemingly endless energy is to let them run it out. At Battle Archery, an indoor nerf gun playing field, they run and jump and scream all while shooting each other and other players with nerf bullets. You can play, too. Or you can sit it out and enjoy a moment of peace from the sidelines.

Wage epic medieval warfare at Battle Archery! #nerf #battlearchery #larp

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Feel the artistic inspiration at the Peel Art Gallery.

For indoorsy folk, head over to the Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) and experience a variety of creative exhibitions, including one of the latest, Peel Through the Photographers’ Lens. Don’t miss the Family Fun Day each Saturday and Sunday at 1pm for various organized activities.  

2018 Acura MDX

5 reasons the Acura MDX is the ideal SUV

The Acura MDX has come a long way since it launched in 2000. Originally based on the Honda Pilot, this large SUV surprised everyone that was fortunate enough to test-drive it. It was fast, comfortable and came with standard equipment that many of its competitors offered only as options or didn’t offer at all.

The MDX is now a mainstay in its segment, competing admirably against vehicles with a much heftier price tag. There are many reasons why you might want to consider an Acura MDX as your next vehicle. Here are five.

1: Style

The second-generation SUV unveiled in 2013 was attractive, but last year’s update gave it an even more modern fascia and overall commanding presence. The Diamond Pentagon grille complements the Jewel Eye LED headlights while 18-inch wheels (with available 20”) and the chrome-outlined exhaust add a sporty touch.


2: Power

If your expanding family forced you to trade in your sports car in favour of a large SUV, you might lament the lack of power and portly handling that is typical of this segment. But have you driven the MDX? Its direct-injected 3.5-litre V6 makes 290 horsepower, and its 9-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission shifts much faster than a conventional automatic setup (which you can control via a pair of paddles behind the steering). And an advanced SH-AWD setup maximizes grip regardless of conditions. Throw a few curves at the MDX, and you might forget that you’re in an SUV.

3:  On-board technologies

Acura has a reputation of bringing advanced technologies to the masses, and the 2018 MDX is a great example of this. The front infotainment system combines all of the vehicle’s important functions like multi-zone automatic climate control, sound system, GPS navigation, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay, etc. into one convenient screen. With the Elite package passengers in back get a wide screen (headphones included) that can receive images from two different sources. The result: nobody argues about what to watch. IMG_9797

4: Safety

By choosing the MDX, you are putting yours and your passengers’ well-being into Acura’s hands, and this is something they take VERY seriously. The MDX comes with AcuraWatch, their most advanced suite of safety technologies. Relying on a network of two cameras and six sensors, AcuraWatch detects and notifies the driver to potential hazards on the road, and can even adjust the vehicle for you to avoid or mitigate certain threats. Techs like adaptive cruise control, surround camera view and blind-spot monitoring will make you aware of everything that’s going on around your vehicle. And should the worst happen, the MDX’s energy-dissipating chassis and airbags will protect you and your loved ones.  

The MDX in Brampton. A perfect fit. #acura #acuraMDX #policaroacura #brampton

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5: Comfort

The MDX’s interior has been engineered to be a very comfortable place to be. The SUV comes standard with three rows of seats (you can choose to have your MDX in a six-passenger setup, replacing the second row of seats with captain chairs), which are all covered in leather. Heated seats are standard, while the second row’s bench can be heated if you want it to. The steering wheel is also heated, a delight in our cold climate. Finally, if you go for the Elite trim, you will be treated to rear sunshades (also available with the Tech package), ventilated front seats and genuine wood trims, among other things.

Interested in in driving a 2018 MDX? Contact us!



Full-service gas stations in the Toronto area

When winter has you feeling like you can’t even, don’t even…pump your own gas, that is.

If there is ever a time to take advantage of full-service gas stations it is now. Sure, you pay a little more, but you do it from the warm comfort of the driver’s seat. Fair trade, right?

This winter, keep you toes and fingers dry and warm and fill up at one of these full-service gas stations in the Toronto area.

I didn’t know full-service still existed! #lifeinsales #fullservicegasstation

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Downtown Toronto

Corktown Esso


North York




Midtown Toronto





Speedy Gas


Maple Grove Esso

2018 Acura TLX

Is the Acura TLX AWD? That and other TLX FAQ answered.

The Acura TLX arrived on the market with the goal of replacing two models; both the TSX and the larger TL were going away. Acura chose to fill the shoes by developing an all-new model that would carry the nimble and sporty nature of the TSX, but also be large and comfortable enough to replace the more grown-up TL.

Naturally, Acura enthusiasts have lots of question concerning the TLX. We are here to answer them.

Here are seven of the most often asked questions about our midsize sedan.

2018 Acura TLX

Does it have remote start?

Yes! Every single 2018 Acura TLX comes standard with a remote engine starter. This, coupled with the also-standard heated seats (and the optional heated steering), make the TLX pretty well-equipped to handle our cold Canadian winters.

Is the Acura TLX AWD?

All-wheel-drive is definitely an option for the TLX. If you choose to equip your TLX with the 3.5-litre V6 engine, you get the Super Handling-All-Wheel Drive system as standard, as well as a 9-speed automatic transmission.

Does it take regular gas?

Acura recommends that you use premium fuel with a grade of 91 octane or better. While you technically can use regular gas if there is nothing else available, doing so will actually lower performance and diminish fuel economy, so you’ll end up paying more money for that “cheaper” fuel.

2018 Acura TLX

Does the Acura TLX feature Apple CarPlay?

Yes. When the TLX was redesigned for 2018, it gained a few interesting tricks like the AcuraWatch (a suite of safety technologies including lane-keeping assist, forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warning/mitigation) and the highly useful Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. You simply have to plug in your phone to use your own map apps, music apps and phone.

What is the TLX technology package?

The TLX Tech is a trim level that includes a few nifty features for those who want to get the most out of their sedan. It includes an ELS Premium audio system, heated rear seats and steering wheel, AcuraLink as well as GPS navigation. Furthermore, the whole interior is covered in perforated Milano leather.

What’s the difference between TLX and ILX?

Simply put, the TLX is the ILX’s bigger brother. It is larger, has an available V6 that offers more performance as well as an AWD system and can be equipped with more options. It also has a higher price point; the TLX starts at $37,891, while the ILX is $31,891.


Does the Acura TLX come with a manual transmission?

Sadly, manual transmissions went extinct in this vehicle when the TSX was replaced by the TLX. However, to replace it, Acura equipped the four-cylinder variants of its new car with a dual-clutch eight-speed gearbox that comes standard with paddle shifters, giving you more control. On the V6 models, a nine-speed automatic transmission is offered, which also features paddle shifts behind the steering wheel.

Did this list not answer your burning TLX question? Reach out to our Acura experts on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



How to use the Acura Tire Replacement and Inflator Kit

Six steps to an inflated tire.

If you’ve landed on this post because one of your Acura’s tires just suffered some damage, don’t worry, we’re going to get through this together. And the good news is that with the Tire Replacement and Inflator Kit, you probably won’t need to labour over a jack and tire iron, wrenching and sweating on the side of the road to take off the flat and put on the spare. The Tire Replacement and Inflator Kit can repair a puncture to the tread of the tire up to the size of a large nail, so as long as the damage wasn’t done to the sides of the tire, there’s a good chance you’ll be on your way to fixing your tire just as soon as you’re done watching this How-to video:

Step 1: Open the kit and read the instructions.

Step 2: Attach sealant hose to valve stem and tighten it.

Step 3: Connect the power cable to the power outlet inside the car.

Step 4: Start the car engine.

Step 5: Turn the dial to the “Sealant” position and push the kit power button. It will now start inflation.

Step 6: Keep your eye on the pressure gauge and inflate the tire to the pressure written on the pressure gauge found on the driver’s side door jam label.

And that’s it! Six steps to an inflated tire. Keep in mind that this is a temporary fix and your speed should be limited to less than 80 kph. It’s also wise to consult your driver’s manual to see your vehicle’s restrictions following tire repairs.

If your tire hasn’t taken any damage, but just needs a bit of air, the kit can also be used like a standard air pump by selecting the “Air” position on the dial.

Because the sealant in the kit can only be used once, be sure to replace your Tire Replacement and Inflator Kit at an Acura parts department, or just give us a call.



Why your all-season tires won’t cut it in a Canadian winter

The descriptor “all-season” can be a little misleading when it comes to tires, especially if you live in Canada or somewhere that gets a comparably chilly winter. The truth is, all those seasons they’re talking about don’t include a proper snow-and-ice winter.

It’s a matter of simple science, and it has nothing to do with tread. When temperatures dip below 7 degrees C (44 F), the rubber compound in all-season tires becomes much harder, resulting in less traction with the road. Your all-seasons may look pristine, with all sorts bumps and grooves on the tread, but when the thermometer dips, they’ll grow as hard as a hockey puck…and we all know how that performs on ice.

2018 Acura MDX

Even all-wheel-drive vehicles such as the Acura MDX using all-season tires are susceptible to traction loss—the wheels working in concert does aid in getting the vehicle moving from stop, but when it comes time to brake or turn on a patch of snow or ice, the transmission is little help.

Winter tires, on the other hand, are specifically designed to maintain softness in cold temperatures. This gives them the ability to keep contact with the road and provide more braking, accelerating and maneuvering power for your vehicle.

Though we shouldn’t really need another reason, safety isn’t the only argument for winter tires. There’s also the performance factor. Because a vehicle with proper winter tires will accelerate, stop and corner more effectively than a vehicle with all-seasons, it’s quicker in every sense of the word.


So when winter throws the inevitable curve ball your way in the form of an icy incline, a three-car-pile up straight ahead, or a just a whole lot of slush and pedestrians this season, ditch the all-seasons and be prepared with a proper set of winter tires.

If you’re in the GTA, we can help with all your tire needs. Drop us a line!