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The 2021 Acura NSX sets Pikes Peak Hill Climb record while TLX makes speedy debut

Acura truly brought their A-game to the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, trailing with them a pair of race-spec 2021 TLX and a “Time Attack” NSX, and breaking a previously established record from 2018.

With driver James Robinson at the wheel, the production hybrid NSX model set a new record time of 10:01.913, 0.5 seconds faster than Robinson’s record in 2018 with a 2017 NSX.

While both NSX models feature the same 3.5-lite twin-turbo V-6 engine, producing 500 horsepower and some 406 pound-feet of torque, assisted by three separate electric motors, one motor sitting between the engine and the car’s nine-speed dual-clutch transaxle, improved handling capabilities led to the new record.

Equipped with stiffer front and rear stabilizer bars on the “Time Attack” NSX, tweaked steering and the set of Continental SportContact 5P that provide more grip at lower temperatures replacing the Continental ContiSportContact 6 made all the difference for a record-breaking timed lap in an environment of thinner air and cooler temperatures.

Both race-spec 2021 TLX models made a performative debut at the gruelling Race to the Clouds hill-climb event ahead of this second-generation sport sedan’s consumer release in the Fall of 2020.


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Acura’s Ohio R&D racers Jordan Guitar and Justin Lumbard finished fifth and sixth respectfully in the Exhibition Class. Lumbard, a rookie of Pike Peaks, completed lap time of 12:10.008, while Guitar finished with a lap time of 11:37.219.

Two versions of the 2021 Acura TLX will be available in the market. The standard TLX 2.0 is the first to arrive, powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Some 66 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque more than the outgoing model, tending to Acura’s promise of making the TLX the “quickest, best-handling, and most well-appointed sport sedan in the brand’s 35-year history.”

As for the performance-spec TLX Type S, its prototype debuting as the official pace car for the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, its anticipated release isn’t scheduled until Spring 2021. Packed with new features and technologies and powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged V-6 that will produce around 355 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque, including the Acura’s fourth-generation Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), the Type S is reportedly set to cost more than $50,000.

Acura Podiums at Pikes Peak for 6th Consecutive Year

For the past nine years, Pikes Peak has served as Acura’s testing grounds for their performance technologies and an opportunity for their company’s volunteer race team to hone their racing skills.

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Introducing the all-new 2021 Acura TLX

Acura’s performance luxury sedan, the TLX, will take on a new stance in 2021 as the brand’s fastest, best-handling sedan in 35 years. Entirely constructed to spearhead Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance ethos, the 2021 TLX features a model-exclusive athletic body structure to visually accent its all turbo engine lineup promising luxury style and dynamic performance.

At the core of the 2021 standard TLX lies its direct-injected, turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, paired to Acura’s 10-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift. Sporting the highest horsepower in its core competitive set, with an output of 272 horsepower at 280 lb-ft of torque, the 2021 outweighs all previous TLX models. After a decade-long hiatus, the TLX will see a high-performance Type S model in addition to the standard. While final specifications are still out, the Type S will see a more than “50-per cent increase in low-end torque” from the all-new 3.0-litre, 24-valve, DOHC direct-injected and turbocharged engine.

Rear-biased Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) now comes standard on all TLX models, with the Type S becoming the first Type S model to feature all-wheel drive. This fourth-generation, industry-leading SH-AWD system offers 40 per cent more rear torque capacity and 30 per cent faster front to rear torque transfer than older generations. Additionally, in normal driving conditions, the TLX transfers up to 70 per cent of engine torque to the rear wheel while continuously distributing up to 100 per cent of the rear-axle torque between the left and right rear wheels.

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Driver and front passenger are the main focus of the TLX’s luxury interior aesthetic and design, with the theme of a “Duel Personal Cockpit.” From the tailored seating of Acura’s advanced and highly customizable front sport seats, driver and passenger have comfortable access to a wrap-around instrument panel, complete with a new 10.2-inch touchscreen display. Tasteful accents of aluminum, full-grain Milano leather and open-pore wood create an authentic luxury driving experience, right down to the thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather with contrast stitching and larger metal-plated paddle shifters.

The 2021 TLX is set to feature nine exterior finishes and seven standard interior colours. Ebony, Espresso, Graystone and Parchment will be offered on the standard TLX models, depending on trim. Additionally, the TLX Type S will offer an exclusive Light Orchid leather interior option. As for the exterior, the TLX will offer a new Phantom Violet Pearl finish and an exclusive bold Tiger Eye Pearl on the Type S. Ambient LED lighting will feature throughout the cabin of the TLX, shifting depending on each driving mode (Comfort, Normal, Sport), as well as 24 selectable interior lighting patterns.

The TLX is set to come with a range of AcuraWatch safety and driver-assisting features to reduce driver stress in highly congested conditions such as Traffic Sign Recognition, Driver Awareness Monitor and Traffic Jam Assist. In combination with Adaptive Cruise Control and Low-Speed Follow, the TLX will actively monitor the road, keeping the vehicle in the detected lane at a set interval behind the car ahead.

Acura’s new front passenger airbag technology will also make its debut in the upcoming TLX, with a three-chamber design, reminiscent of a baseball glove to effectively cradle and reduce potential injury of front occupancy person’s head in the event of a frontal collision.

Acura’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure has also been redefined on the TLX to offer broader protection from a collision, including structural safety features such as ultra-high-strength-steel one-piece door rings and an ultra-stiff center tunnel that optimizes the absorption and direction of collision forces around the cabin.

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The Acura 2021 TLX is set to arrive in Canadian dealerships in the early fall, followed by the Type S expected for spring 2021.

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Everything you need to know about the 2020 Acura RDX

The Acura RDX accelerated onto the scene back in 2006, marking the Japanese luxury brand’s first foray into the compact crossover segment. It was a success from the get go, and today the 2020 Acura RDX is the brand’s best selling vehicle in North America.

The third-generation RDX, assembled for North America in East Liberty, Ohio, was released in 2019 on an all-new platform. Here’s everything you need to know about the restyled 2020 Acura RDX.

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Style and Tech

The 2020 RDX carries the 2019 model’s angular, low-slung, aerodynamic look forward. The front end is anchored by the Diamond Pentagon Grille and the latest version of the Jewel Eye LED headlights. The rear sports LED dragon tail lights, and wheels come in 19” and 20” guise.

Paint options include all of those available on the 2019 RDX – Lunar Silver Metallic, Canyon Bronze Metallic, Gunmetal Metallic and more – as well as a brand new colour, Platinum White.

The interior marries a sense of sport with high comfort through elements like Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, 12-way power adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s heated seat including lumbar support, and Acura’s True Touchpad Interface (TTI) corresponding with the 10.2-inch touchscreen in the centre of the dashboard. Rear seats easily fold flat to reveal more cargo room (881 litres of it) that can be accessed via the hands-free tailgate.

Performance

The 2020 RDX is powered by a 2.0-litre, 16-valve Direct Injection turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Power runs through a 10-speed automatic transmission to the front two wheels for the base models, and SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) comes optional.

Four driving modes that tailor performance are offered through the Integrated Dynamics System: Comfort, Snow, Sport and Sport+. All trim levels of the RDX earn an EPA rating of 11/8.6/9.9 L/100km city/highway/combined, except the A-Spec, which has been rated at 11.3/9.1/10.3 L/100km.

Safety

The 2019 Acura RDX upon which the 2020 RDX is based was awarded the Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Partly because the 2020 Acura RDX’s suite of safety technologies, AcuraWatch, is like having the most safety focussed co-pilot riding with you at all times. AcuraWatch features Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) system, Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) System, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system, Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), and both available Blind Spot Information (BSI) system and Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system.

Trim Levels

As with the 2019 model, the 2020 RDX is available in five trim levels, beginning with the standard RDX model.

Tech – Rear USB ports, Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, Blind Spot Information (BSI) system with Rear Cross Traffic Monitor system, and rain-sensing, speed-sensing, variable intermittent windshield wipers.

A-Spec – Exclusive, sporty A-Spec styling, LED fog lights, ELS Studio® 3D Premium Audio System playback capability and 16 speakers, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel and power-folding side mirrors.

Elite – 19″ aluminum-alloy wheels, Elite design perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated steering wheel and rear outboard seats, power tailgate with programmable height and hands-free access, perimeter/approach puddle lights, and power-folding, auto-dimming side mirrors.

Platinum Elite – Adaptive Damper System; 16-way power adjustable driver’s and front passenger’s seat, including lumbar support, thigh extension, and side bolster; colour head-up display, 19″ aluminum-alloy wheels, LED fog lights, surround view camera system, rear camera washer, ELS Studio® 3D Premium Audio System with audio playback capability and 16 speakers, and perforated leather-trimmed seating surfaces with contrast stitching and seat piping.

Want to get up close and personal with the 2020 Acura RDX? Contact us to book a contact-free test drive from your home.

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Acura may only be in its early 30s, but it’s birthed some classics. These are our favourites

In this wonderfully diverse car world we live in, Acura is a relatively young manufacturer. But what Acura has managed to accomplish in 30 years of existence, many car manufacturers haven’t been able to do in well over 50 years in the business. Today we’re going to be taking a look at some of Acura’s most iconic cars from over the last three and a bit decades, as well as highlighting what made them so incredibly special.

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It would be irresponsible of us to start off this article with anything other than the NSX. It’s a car that to this day adorns a lot of little boys’ and girls’ bedroom walls, continuing to inspire a new generation of car enthusiasts. It was developed and perfected by none other than the legendary Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers in the sport’s entire history.

The NSX was considered to be the original ‘bargain supercar’ in 1990 when it was released, a reputation it held until 2005 when production ceased…and then fired back up again when it was relaunched in 2013.

It made supercar ownership somewhat attainable and yet managed to outclass just about everything else on the track. The first NSX came with a 3.0-litre V6 producing 270 horsepower, but Acura later upgraded it to a 3.2-litre unit capable of pushing out 290 horsepower. Although that wasn’t an enormous horsepower figure even back then, the NSX became well-known thanks to its incredible driving dynamics. Praised for its neutral and agile chassis by automotive journalists the world over, it’s earned its place in history as one of Acura’s best creations.

Acura Integra Type R/RSX

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When the first-gen Integra Type R hit the market, it absolutely shocked the automotive world and turned it on its side in 1997. The 1.8-litre VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 195 horsepower found in the Type R set the world record for the most power per litre of any naturally-aspirated engine at the time, at 108 hp/ltr.

What separated the Type R wasn’t its engine, however, but its chassis. The Integra Type R is light and extremely nimble. It’s easy to drive, but difficult to get the most out of, and as such, offers a unique driving experience. An engine with an 8,500 rpm limit, a Helical LSD for putting all that power to the road, and a sweet, slick 5-speed manual transmission.

The Type R, which was produced from 1997 to 2001 with a break in 1999) was succeeded by the Acura RSX. North America never got the DC5 Type R and instead got the equally-brilliant RSX Type-S. Objectively, in every way, the new RSX was better than the previous Integra Type R. It had a close-ratio six-speed manual, a more powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder unit, and even sport-tuned suspension. For some reason though, the Integra Type R still seems to be a crowd favourite.

Acura Legend

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Built to dominate the mid-size luxury segment, the Legend did exactly what Acura needed it to do in the 80s and 90s when it was produced. This flagship model proved to be one of Acura’s most profitable vehicles at the time, and for good reason. It was reliable, practical and most importantly, built to last. You can still see a lot of Legends on the roads today, many of which have ticked well over the 300,000-kilometer mark. It was made available as a 2-door coupe and a 4-door sedan, but you’re a lot more likely to spot a sedan as the coupes are rarer.

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A true definition of the term ‘sleeper’. The TL Type S was a genuine wolf in sheep’s clothing. Very few people suspected a 3.5-litre V6 engine producing 286 horsepower hiding under the hood of an average-looking sedan, and even fewer knew the differences. Distinguishable by its quad exhaust pipes, TL S badges, and unique wheels, the TL Type S quickly gained a following in 2002 when it debuted. People have been modifying and tuning these cars ever since. Our favourite is the face-lifted 3.7-litre V6 Type S equipped with a manual six-speed and all-wheel drive.

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Everything you need to know about Acura’s True Touchpad Interface

What is Acura’s True Touchpad Interface? In short, it’s Acura’s latest and greatest user interface now available in the 2019 RDX. In today’s sea of entertainment systems filled with a ton of unnecessary buttons and hard-to-understand menus, the new True Touchpad Interface is a real breath of fresh air. Acura has completely reinvented the way an infotainment unit communicates with the user. The system has already gained high praise from WardsAuto in their annual “10 Best UX,” claiming it raised the bar that much higher for other manufacturers to follow.


What makes it so revolutionary?

The simplicity and usability it brings to the table for starters. Acura has worked hard to make it as elegant and unobtrusive as possible, with an eye-catching design that aims to reduce driver distraction. Above everything else though, it’s the new features introduced that truly make it stand out from the rest of the crowd.

Absolute Positioning

Unlike most pad-based systems we see in the industry nowadays, the True Touchpad Interface doesn’t offer the user a cursor to navigate through the menus. Instead, it has a precisely mapped, one-to-one touchpad that acts as a remote touchscreen if you will. Pressing the touchpad at a certain location corresponds directly with that same location on the display, so the driver never has to reach for the actual display and can operate everything from one single interface right next to his or her hand. This makes it the world’s first application of absolute positioning in a driving environment.

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Then we get to the display itself, a 10.2-inch full-HD unit that rests on the dashboard, just above the center console. The operating system has been reworked to offer a new, intuitive design with simple graphics and logical menu structures. It redefines the term “ease of use,” decreasing the angle height of the required learning curve.

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Customizable App Layout

Since the new operating system is Android-based, customers can customize their “Apps” to their hearts’ desire. Frequently used features such as destinations, phone contacts or radio stations can be placed under the “Favourites” section and displayed directly on the home screen.

The Touchpad

The touchpad itself has been designed with maximum efficiency in mind. It has a subtle concave form factor including an actual physical border, so the driver can use it while keeping eyes on the road. A simple touch highlights an item on the display above, and a push confirms the action and makes the selection. This has been designed to prevent mistakes and unnecessary delays scrolling back through the menus.

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A Two Zone Interface

The touchpad has two distinct zones and both of them correspond directly to the primary and the secondary information displayed on the screen. This, in turn, allows for quick-screen swapping and multi-content viewing with ease. The most common configuration is music on the right and navigation on the left.

Handwriting and Voice Recognition

In addition to the new touchpad, the infotainment system can be operated via voice recognition and handwriting. Acura has worked extensively on voice recognition in particular, making the new system one of the best currently available on the market.

Interactive Head-Up Display

The optional Advance Package brings with it a full-colour 10.5-inch head-up display with a ton of customizable options, projected directly in the driver’s line of view.

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Top Brampton cafes and eateries to fill up at before hitting the road

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Nobody should drive hungry. They don’t teach that in driving school and we don’t have any science to back the statement up, but we’re willing to stand behind it. At least for as long as we’re in Brampton where we’re spoiled for quick and delicious local options for snacks, meals, drinks or treats before or after a long road trip.

Whether you’re hitting the 400 series for a rush hour commute, taking a Sunday afternoon cruise or heading to the airport and beyond, make sure you feed, hydrate and/or caffeinate yourself at one of these local businesses beforehand.

Trish Juice

When it comes to fast and healthy food, you can’t do much better than a fresh juice. Trish Juice may specialize in (you guessed it) juice, but their menu lists a lot more than that, including avocado toasts, smoothie bowls, soups, wraps, salads and more. Go for the juice, stay for the lunch, return for the juice…. It’s a vicious cycle, but very healthy.

T by Daniel

This is Daniel. Daniel likes tea. And bowties. And he’s really good at both. Located inside Bramalea City Centre next to the HBC, T by Daniel is a delightful experience guaranteed to put you in a good mood. From the cheerful greeting you receive from staff upon arrival to the expert attention and product knowledge, this is a popular spot for good reason.


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January is our co-founder Renata’s @mrs.tbydaniel birthday month. As a special celebration for her 30th birthday, we have partnered with @jfjhopecentre to host “Ren’s Birthday Baby Bottle Campaign” Our goal is to fill 30 baby bottles with change, to support young families in Peel who are coping with unplanned pregnancy, or who are struggling to parent thier children, and couples who are hoping to build a family through adoption. We will also be accepting donations of diapers, feminine hygiene products and used baby to toddler sized clothing. To learn more about JFJ Hope Centre visit www.jfjhopecentre.ca It is important to society that young families and pregnant women in crisis, have access to support and help. And every child deserves to be part of a loving family! #tbydaniel #brampton #toronto #mississauga #tea #tealovers #foodie #drinktea #give #love #hope #family #entrepreneur #entrepreneurship #mothers #fathers #birthday #birthdaymonth

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Segovia Coffee

This Latin-inspired café might be new to the city, but it’s already made an impression with the locals. Segovia Coffee sources their beans from Nicaragua, allowing the origin of the beans to influence the menu. Grab a coffee and an empanada or alfajores to go for something a little different than your usual Starbucks order.

Das Brezel Haus

This place is serious about one thing: pretzels. And no, we’re not talking about the crunchy little ones that you have one of, say “huh, that’s not very good,” and then proceed to eat 80 per cent of a family-size bag. These are the real, kneaded, twisted and baked bread pretzels that are for some reason normally relegated to baseball games and the CNE. Unlike the ballpark vendor, however, Das Brezel Haus has multiple different types and flavours, and will even make them into sandwiches. YOU CAN DO THAT?!

Bean + Pearl

Sometimes the drive calls for a coffee. Other times it calls for a bubble tea. Bean + Pearl marries the two under one roof with delicious coffees, sandwiches and pastries as well as bubble tea served in a highly Instagram-able environment. Here’s proof:


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Sonny’s

If your drive is happening in the later hours and you’re craving a burger and fries, know that there is a pretty solid alternative to the mass fast food chains in the Brampton area. Sonny’s has been serving charcoal-broiled burgers drive-in style for over 40 years, so they’re doing something right (insider tip: it’s the poutine).


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Worth the wait. The 2019 Acura NSX is now on the roads

The new Acura NSX was probably one of the most anticipated cars of the last decade when it first made its public debut back in 2016. Ever since the first-generation NSX in which the legendary Ayrton Senna had a massive role in developing went out of production, people have been spreading rumours of a brand-new car being built.

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To the surprise of everyone, the car launched in 2016 and it completely reshaped the supercar segment. It revolutionized the way people look at hybrids and spawned an entire generation of new-age hybrid supercars. It pioneered an entire niche.

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For 2019, Acura decided to give its NSX a mild facelift, starting with the exterior. An orange color called Thermal Orange was added to the palette as homage to 30 years of Acura Motorsport. The front and rear mesh styles for the bumpers were revised too, and so were some of the accents on the front grille. Inside Acura decided to give customers a choice of two new colors: full red or indigo blue. The deep red matches the brake calipers, which customers can now paint red (or orange if the brakes are carbon-ceramic instead of the standard iron).

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This isn’t just a mild cosmetic facelift, however; Acura has gone to great lengths to improve the NSX’s already brilliant driving dynamics. Certain chassis components have been tweaked, the tires have been changed for a grippier compound and the software got a new tune. The Continental SportContact 6 tires have been specifically designed for the NSX, but track-focused customers can still opt for the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R. All of those changes added up to around two seconds at the renowned Suzuka circuit.

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The NSX’s drivetrain remains unaltered, meaning it still carries a 3.5-liter V6 behind the cockpit and a pair of electric motors up front. The combustion engine sends power to the rear wheels and the front electric motors are able to send both negative and positive torque to each of the front wheels. Additionally, there’s an electric motor incorporated in the dual-clutch transmission to augment the V6 and fill in the torque gap down low.

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The new Acura NSX is without a doubt one of the most complicated and sophisticated supercars to date, and certainly one of the fastest. It’s a technological achievement showcasing what Acura can achieve. Despite being only their second-ever attempt at a supercar, it paves the way for the modern hybrid supercar as we know it.

 

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Check out this 345-HP Acura RDX that was at SEMA Show

Acura began SEMA 2018 with more of an explosion than a bang, as it unveiled a 345 horsepower version of its luxury compact crossover, the 2019 RDX A-Spec. The Acura RDX is already a strong performer in stock trim, but that didn’t stop Team Honda Indycar driver Graham Rahal from transforming it into a show-stopper.

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Adding a little voodoo sauce, Graham Rahal Performance (GRP) applied subtle-but-significant upgrades to the GRP RDX. By taking a more mature approach to performance and styling enhancements than is typically seen at SEMA, he created a crossover that is capable of putting a smile on even the most sensible accountant’s face.

Powered by a 2.0-liter DOHC VTEC 4-cylinder turbo engine, the RDX puts out an impressive 272 hp and 280 pound-feet of torque right off the showroom floor.

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Using mostly bolt-on upgrades, the Honda-focused speed shop managed to wrangle an impressive 345 hp and 370 lb-ft of torque from the K-series engine. A new turbo was paired with a faster-flowing intake manifold and PRL Racing intercooler. KTuning reprogrammed the ECU with a custom but fairly safe tune.

The hot turbo gas is expelled from the motor via a fast flowing exhaust manifold, custom downpipe and a lightweight cat-back exhaust. A pair of huge exhaust tailpipes hint at the blistering performance this Acura RDX offers.

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The RDX A-Spec already comes with an impressive SH-All Wheel Drive system that is capable of not only driving power to the front and rear wheels, but to the inside or outside rear wheel as needed to enhance cornering stability and speed. To further enhance this, GRP turned their attention to making the suspension and handling awe-inspiring and to give the Acura RDX the ability to attack corners with a competitive aggression when needed.

The vehicle was lowered by two inches and the suspension stiffened up with custom Eibach coil-overs to make cornering gratifying and dynamic. Wheels were upgraded to 21-inch HRE alloy wheels and wrapped in 265-40 Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires. Huge six-piston StopTech brake callipers are tasked with bringing the RDX to a stop.

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Keeping with the subtle-but-stylish theme, custom carbon grille accents and mirror caps were added to the exterior. The lower front garnish was paint matched to the body to give the RDX more of a road-hugging appearance.

Troy Lee Designs was responsible for the eye-grabbing graphics that were laid over the A-Spec exclusive Blue Pearl Paint and the result is that the Acura RDX looks stunning at any speed.

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The interior was also dressed up to reflect Acura’s philosophy of blurring the line between sport and luxury. Max Papis of MPI Innovations provided a custom steering wheel to complement the custom carbon fiber accents and complete the transformation.

While not exactly an exercise in sensibility, Graham Rahal Performance managed to showcase how easily tuneable the Acura RDX is without compromising comfort, safety, reliability or luxury.

2019 Acura ILX

Here’s what you need to know about the 2019 Acura ILX

It may be Acura’s entry-level sport sedan, but the new ILX is a car that punches well above its category. The 2019 model receives a lot of significant updates and is the last model in Acura’s entire lineup to get a revamp. This basically means that the new ILX gets everything its bigger siblings got in a smaller, more affordable package. Here’s what’s new:

A perfect blend

With the 2019 ILX, Acura successfully completes the switchover to their new design language. The ILX gets a heavily redesigned front end with much more angular features, including the new signature grille found on every new Acura and those swooping Acura Jewel Eye LED headlights which seem to suit the ILX’s proportions best. Around the back, it gets a new decklid, LED taillights to match those at the front and a lower diffuser that boasts an exposed exhaust tip.

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Acura set out to create vehicles with a sportier appearance, and they’ve successfully done so. The ILX is sharper and more aggressive in every way, but it hasn’t lost its unique flavor. The corporate look hasn’t corrupted its character and this is still probably the best-looking sporty luxury sedan on the market. It’s also the first time the ILX comes in an A-Spec variant.

Class-leading cabin

The changes Acura made are more than skin-deep. The ILX gets an overhauled interior too, in the form of reshaped sport seats, power-adjustable lumbar support for the driver and a silver trim with chrome inserts for the dash. The new dual-screen on-demand 7-inch touchscreen runs new software which is 30 per cent faster and more responsive than the old one, as well as Apple CarPlay  and Android Auto compatibility.

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The A-Spec comes available with the Premium and Technology packages. It features a dark chrome trim, gloss-black decklid and LED fog lights on the outside, and an A-spec badged steering wheel and A-spec exclusive elements on the inside. All ILX models get the whole range of AcuraWatch active systems and driver-assistive technology as standard now.

Performance to match

Given the fact that the drivetrain was always the ILX’s party piece, it’s no surprise it remains the same. The 2.4-liter four-cylinder i-VTEC unit makes 201 horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque, sending power to the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The ILX uses a MacPherson strut at the front and a modern multi-link setup for the rear.

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The Honda-derived unit has plenty of oomph throughout the entire rev range, and given the ILX’s lack of weight, it just gets up and goes at any rpm. Coupled with the fast and smooth DCT, the ILX is a real joy to drive. It’s not just a reliable and dependable daily driver, but a vehicle that offers genuine driver involvement and fun.

The ILX has always been a class-leader with exceptional characteristics. By updating it and modernizing the brilliant package that is the ILX, they’ve turned it into a segment benchmark.

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6 Simple Ways to Increase Your Vehicle’s Fuel Efficiency

Fuelling up you vehicle in Canada these days can feel like an exercise in self control. As gas prices continue to increase, so does the public’s frustration and the need for efficiency.

Here are a few tips and tricks that you can do or have done in the near future to save yourself as much money as possible at the pump.

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1: Have the engine checked

An optimally performing engine is a fuel efficient engine. In a bygone era, mechanics would “read” the spark plugs and adjust carburetors to optimize fuel delivery and replace what they believed needed replacing. Today, modern computers and fuel injection have eliminated the guesswork from the procedure, but it hasn’t removed the need for a regular tune-up. Technicians will analyze the various readings of the car’s sensors and perform a checkup of all components, changing things like filters and belts which will ultimately improve performance and efficiency.

2: Check the tire pressure

A regular inspection of your vehicle’s various components is key to maximize the range of each drop of fuel. Start with the pressure of your tire. An under-inflated tire will increase rolling resistance significantly; with a drop of only 8 pounds of pressure in your tires, fuel economy might also drop by as much as 5 percent.

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3: Check everything else while you’re at it

While a choked engine is obviously bad for your fuel economy, it isn’t the only part of your vehicle that can affect fuel consumption. Things like bent wheels, worn axles bearings or shocks, and broken springs can all increase the drag on your engine, which will make your engine struggle and drink more fuel. And as an added bonus, you will make your vehicle safer to drive.

4: Choose the right tire

Those big, knobby tires on your SUV look awesome and aggressive, no doubt, but they almost certainly also increase your fuel consumption because they are harder to turn. Make sure you’re using tires with highway-efficient tread if fuel economy is your goal.

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5: Turn off the air conditioning

The air conditioning of your vehicle is a source of drag to the engine, which means it will increase fuel consumption when it is used. The solution is simple: turn it off when you don’t need it. If the weather is fair, just roll down the windows and enjoy the fresh air. In the middle of a summer like this, however, don’t go crazy… saving a few litres of fuel isn’t worth a heat stroke.

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6: Cut the dead weight

Open your trunk and take a long, hard look at everything that’s in it. If you see anything that you don’t need on your daily commute—other than safety gear, obviously—leave it at home. Dead weight will obviously increase your fuel consumption. Same goes for the roof rack: that aerodynamic drag makes your car drink more than it needs to.

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