“Acura spent their time slot at the Toronto Auto Show unveiling a revamp, a completely new model and a long awaited concept. Respectively, these are the RDX, the ILX and the NSX. All three are pivotal to the future of the Acura brand in Canada.
For the 2013 model year, the five passenger Acura RDX crossover has received substantial changes, enough to be considered the second generation, rather than just a refresh. At the core of the changes are the drivetrain. No longer offering a four cylinder, Acura has equipped the RDX with a new V-6 that offers increased horsepower, while improving fuel economy thanks to a new 6 speed autobox coupled to a lighter weight all wheel drive system. The changes extend to both the interior and exterior as the sporty CUV grows into a more SUV-like product.
The ILX is an entirely new addition to the Acura lineup, intending to be the first step into the brand for first time luxury car buyers. The compact sedan buyer will be able to choose from a trio of engines, from a 2.0 litre, 150 horsepower unit, a gas electric hybrid model or the range topping 2.4 litre, 201 hp gas engine that we suspect most owners will choose.
The ILX and RDX may be the most important models in Acura’s lineup, but we would be kidding ourselves to think that enthusiasts visiting the Acura stand are looking for anything but the NSX Concept.
Considered by many to be the ultimate, affordable supercar, the original Acura NSX has been an enthusiast favourite since first going into production in 1990, While some considered the original to be underpowered, the platform was practically bulletproof and became known as one of the few true exotics that was actually usable as a daily driver. It has been sorely missed from the market since it left the scene in 2005. Given Honda/Acura’s predilection towards showing concepts that are close to production ready, one might expect that the sharp edged concept that is currently making the show rounds is very close to what we’ll see go to production.”