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2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Playbook
MARCH 17, 2017
This week Acura announced pricing and availability for the powerful and efficient 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid. Featuring the a variation of the three-motor Sport Hybrid system developed for the NSX, Acura’s first-ever hybrid SUV boasts 31 additional horsepower and a 45 percent improvement in city fuel economy over the conventional AWD model (read more).
We created a 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Playbook that compiles important launch information for you such as:
Click here to download the playbook.
Acura Electrifies SUV Lineup with Powerful and Efficient 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid
MARCH 15, 2017
Acura’s first-ever hybrid SUV, the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid, will arrive at showrooms in early April with more than 30 additional horsepower and a 45 percent higher EPA city fuel economy rating as compared to the conventionally-powered MDX SH-AWD.
With a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $51,9601, a premium of only $1,500 over the conventional MDX SH-AWD®, the MDX Sport Hybrid applies Acura’s innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling-All Wheel DriveÔ (SH-AWD®) system, a ground-breaking technology first offered in the RLX Sport Hybrid and more recently, the NSX supercar.
The 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid is engineered for customers who desire the ultimate in driving refinement, technological sophistication and prestige in a three-row Acura SUV. Taking full advantage of the immediate, high-torque performance of its three powerful electric motors, along with the always-on capabilities of electric torque vectoring, the MDX Sport Hybrid substantially expands dynamic performance and fuel efficiency for luxury SUV customer’s everyday driving needs – all without sacrificing interior space or cargo volume.
Unique elements of the MDX Sport Hybrid’s design and engineering versus its non-hybrid counterpart include the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain with three electric motors and 7-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), an advanced Electro Servo braking system, new and model-exclusive Active Damper technology, and an expanded-range Integrated Dynamics System with four distinct modes, including new SPORT+ mode.
The MDX Sport Hybrid’s Integrated Dynamics System engages with nine different dynamic systems within the vehicle, including its electric motors, throttle, steering, transmission and Active Dampers, to provide the driver with an expanded range of selectable performance characteristics to suit their varied driving needs and desires.
The MDX Sport Hybrid is offered in two sophisticated grades: the MDX with Technology Package and the MDX with Advance Package. Both grades have exclusive interior trim, stainless steel sport pedals and feature wood interior accents; wood trim accents are only available with the Advance Package for the other two MDX variants. The MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package includes versatile seating for seven passengers, while the Advance Package features a 6-passenger interior with second-row captain’s chairs and large second-row center console in place of a three-person bench seat.
- Three-motor Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® powertrain
- 3.0-liter, SOHC i-VTEC V-6 engine
- 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT)
- 4-mode Integrated Dynamics System with SPORT+ mode
- Active Dampers
- Electric Servo Brake System
- Exclusive interior trim
- Body-color lower side sills and front/rear skid garnishes
- SH-AWD® badge on rear and Hybrid badges on front fenders
The MDX Sport Hybrid powertrain boasts a total system output of 321 horsepower3 and 289 lb.-ft. of torque, up 31 horsepower over the non-hybrid MDX, making it the most powerful Acura production SUV ever built. EPA fuel economy ratings of 26/27/27 mpg2 (city/highway/combined) are up 8/1/6 mpg over the non-hybrid variant.
A 3.0 liter, 24-valve, SOHC V-6 power plant with i-VTEC® valvetrain and selectable idle-stop capability provides primary motive force, with a peak output of 257 horsepower (SAE net) at 6,300 rpm and 218 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net) at 5,000 rpm. Three electric motors – a front motor built into the 7DCT, and a rear Twin Motor Unit (TMU) – provide instant torque for a more responsive and vivid driving experience.
An advanced 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT) is standard, a feature in common with the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® sedan and in 9-speed form in the NSX. Unlike a conventional automatic transmission, the DCT offers ultra-quick gear changes and operates without a torque converter, improving efficiency. The 7DCT can operate in fully automatic mode, or it can be shifted manually via steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
The hybrid powertrain also features several advancements as part of the on-going development of Acura hybrid technology, including improvements in cooling and packaging of the IPU and PCU, as well as increased hybrid battery power density.
Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)
The MDX Sport Hybrid employs groundbreaking technology offered in the Acura NSX supercar and RLX Sport Hybrid sedan. The MDX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® system is optimized to provide both outstanding performance and class-leading fuel efficiency. Depending on the driving mode (COMFORT, NORMAL, SPORT and SPORT+), the system utilizes the V-6 engine, 7DCT with built-in motor, TMU and battery pack to provide exhilarating and confidence-inspiring performance while maximizing efficiency.
The MDX Sport Hybrid’s electric SH-AWD® system operates independently of the gasoline engine as the two rear-mounted electric motors dynamically apportion both positive and negative torque directly to the rear wheels. This system provides for dynamic, immediate and always-on torque vectoring capabilities while eliminating the weight and energy losses associated with a conventional driveshaft and differential mechanism.
When cornering, the MDX Sport Hybrid delivers positive torque to the outside rear wheel, much like mechanical SH-AWD®, to create a yaw moment. In addition, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® can simultaneously apply regenerative brake torque to the inside rear wheel during cornering to further enhance cornering control, a function unique to the Sport Hybrid powertrain. As the MDX Sport Hybrid doesn’t rely on engine torque, the electrified SUV can create a larger torque difference between the left and right rear wheels, even during small throttle applications, at low engine speeds or when decelerating. This substantially magnifies the positive handling benefits of SH-AWD® across a much wider range of driving conditions.
All 2017 Acura MDX models come equipped with the AcuraWatch™ suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies: Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with low-speed follow and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM). All models also come equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera, and the top grade adds blind spot information, front and rear parking sensors, Rear Cross Traffic Monitor and new Auto High Beam.
Combining AcuraWatch™ with Acura’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, the 2017 MDX delivers intelligent safety and confident driving performance at the top of the competitive segment, and targets top safety ratings; a five-star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has already been achieved, and a TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is anticipated.
2017 MDX Sport Hybrid Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings
|MDX Sport Hybrid with Technology Package||$51,960||26/27/27|
|MDX Sport Hybrid with Advance Package||$58,000||26/27/27|
The MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time, with five consecutive years of 50,000 sales. The 2017 MDX was designed by the Acura Design Studio in Torrance, Calif. and the MDX Sport Hybrid is manufactured at the company’s Lincoln, Ala. plant using domestic and globally-sourced parts.
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience.
The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. Last spring, Acura launched the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.
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1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, vehicle options and destination charge of $975.00. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition and other factors.
3 Combined system horsepower as measured by the peak, concurrent output of the three electric motors and gasoline engine.
Acura NSX Named as a Prestigious 2017 AUTOMOBILE All-Star
MARCH 13, 2017
The 2017 Acura NSX was selected as a 2017 AUTOMOBILE All-Star (Acura.us/NSXAutomobileAllStar), adding to the supercar’s growing list of accolades and recognition since its spring 2016 launch. AUTOMOBILE today partnered with the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to announce the 2017 All-Stars during a live stream on the AUTOMOBILE Facebook channel. The Acura NSX, America’s only U.S-built supercar (1), was selected from a diverse field of 23 contenders to join a select group of six vehicles heralded for their exceptional characteristics including driving dynamics, styling and refinement, and technological advancement.
Click here to watch a celebratory video.
According to the editors and staff at AUTOMOBILE, the Acura NSX earned its All-Star status the old-fashioned way: “by consistently putting a grin on drivers’ faces.” With its three-motor, 573-horsepower (2), twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) powertrain, the Acura NSX challenged some of the most exotic supercars including past All-Star winners. The NSX impressed the editors with its electrifying driving performance and precision in testing on the roads of Deer Creek Road near Mount Charleston, Nevada.
“Yes, the Acura NSX is a tour de force of advanced engineering, but it’s far from cold and impersonal,” said Automobile Editor-in-Chief Mike Floyd. “Instead, the NSX is a supercar that makes you feel like a hero regardless of skill level at the track, and it’s eminently accessible and easy to drive off of it. A true All-Star.”
AUTOMOBILE All-Stars are chosen from a vehicle contender list made up of all-new, heavily revised, or newly significant variants on sale or otherwise available in the U.S. in the 12 months preceding its test. The editorial staff spends multiple days driving the assembled array of All-Stars contenders on both road and track and casts their votes for the winners by private ballot. After choosing the All-Stars winners, the number of which varies from year-to-year, the staff then spends extensive seat time with the contenders through long-term tests and other epic, feature-based drives.
“We’re extremely proud to have the pinnacle Acura vehicle, the NSX, recognized with one of the industry’s pinnacle honors, the Automobile All-Star award,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “With NSX, we set out to deliver a unique expression of Acura performance, and this honor further validates that Acura is a performance brand.”
Launched last spring, the 2017 Acura NSX is the only supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S., and is produced exclusively at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.
The Acura NSX was evaluated against 22 other cars including: Aston Martin DB11, Audi A4, Bentley Bentayga, BMW M2, Cadillac CT6, Cadillac XT5, Chevrolet Bolt, Chrysler Pacifica, Ford Focus RS, Genesis G90, Honda Civic, Infiniti Q60, Jaguar F-Pace, Jaguar XE, Lincoln Continental, Maserati Levante, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 718 Cayman S, Toyota Prius Prime and Volvo S90. For more information, please visit automobilemag.com/awards.
AUTOMOBILE, a brand of TEN: The Enthusiast Network, is America’s leading automotive lifestyle brand, with a total audience of more than 5.7 million across its print, online, and social channels. AUTOMOBILE is home to the annual All-Stars awards and is written for the sophisticated enthusiast. For three decades, AUTOMOBILE has set the standard for automotive journalism, maintains a devotion to offbeat adventures, and continues to emphasize #noboringcars.
(1) Manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts.
(2) Total system output
100,000+ Acura Vehicles on the Road Now Feature AcuraWatch™ Advanced Safety and Driver-Assistive Technologies
MARCH 8, 2017
Acura has surpassed the 100,000-unit mark in U.S. sales of vehicles equipped with the AcuraWatch suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies. After the first two months of 2017, nearly half of all Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. this year have been equipped with AcuraWatch. Furthermore, Acura will advance the AcuraWatch suite of technologies with the introduction of Traffic Jam Assist technology on certain models later this year.
“We are working toward a zero-collision society, and this approach is resonating strongly with younger luxury customers who show increasing interest in safety technologies,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “Deploying active safety and driver-assistive technology broadly is one way we are taking care of our customers and differentiating Acura.”
AcuraWatch employs advanced “sensor fusion” technology, using the combined sensing capabilities of millimeter-wave radar and a monocular camera to help maintain the vehicle’s position in traffic and to prevent or mitigate the severity of a collision, representing a technological bridge to the automated driving technology of the future.
Recent research indicates that younger, Millennial buyers of Acura’s two top-selling models, RDX and MDX, put a greater emphasis on safety features, ranking it as their third most important purchase reason compared to older buyers that rank safety as less important. Supporting this finding, the RDX and MDX luxury sport-utility vehicles, both with AcuraWatch technology, are two of the top three luxury SUVs in the industry with under-35 buyers1.
AcuraWatch was introduced to the Acura lineup in 2014 on the 2015 Acura TLX, and has steadily expanded to all core Acura models, helping Acura drivers more safely and conveniently negotiate traffic with advanced sensing and semi-automated braking, and steering assist capabilities. AcuraWatch is offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX and 2017 RLX models, and available on all 2017 Acura sedans and SUVs.
The AcuraWatch suite of technologies includes Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), commonly known in the industry as Automatic Emergency Braking; Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS); and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF).
At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura signaled its intent to apply AcuraWatch as standard equipment on all core models, and announced it will add Traffic Jam Assist as an available technology on certain models starting in 2017, providing increased driver assistance and convenience in stop-and-go highway driving. With Traffic Jam Assist, vehicles will be able to come to a complete stop and accelerate again with traffic without any driver input, as well as steer the vehicle within certain constraints. Traffic Jam Assist has sensors and the functionality of adaptive cruise control with low speed follow, and lane keeping assist, extended by adding electromechanical steering. The components of Traffic Jam Assist include a mid-range radar sensor, long-range radar sensor, multi-purpose camera and stereo video camera. Current AcuraWatch ACC technology provides for semi-automated braking to a stop, but requires driver input to resume speed.
Additional standard safety equipment on all models include Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags. All new Acura models also are equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment.
1Based on IHS Markit, U.S. Retail new vehicle registrations by volume for all models in Luxury SUV and CUV segments 2012CY – 2016CYTD through December.
New York State Issues new law on Tinted windows
Effective January 1st 2017, examination of tinted or shaded windows will be required during motor vehicle inspections.
Section 375 (12-a) of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law does not allow a windshield or front side windows that are dark.
- The windshield and front side windows cannot block more than 30% of the light.
- Seventy percent or more of the light from the outside must pass through the window.
- This law also applies to the rear window unless the vehicle has outside rear-view mirrors on both sides.
- The mirrors must give the driver a full and clear view behind the vehicle.
- Rear side windows must also allow at least seventy percent of light from the outside to pass through the window if the vehicle is classified as a
- station wagon
A vehicle falls into one of these categories if it is labeled “Passenger Car” on the Federal ID label found on the left front door panel.
It is illegal to sell, offer for sale, or install glass that does not comply with this law. It is illegal to operate a vehicle with glass that does not comply with this law.
NYS Health department regulations specify that only the following medical conditions may be used to justify an exemption from the limits on light transmittance. If you have one of the medical conditions below that require you to have tinted vehicle windows, you may request an exemption from the law using the Application for Tinted Window Exemption (MV-80W).
- Xeroderma Pigmentosa
- Severe Drug Photo-Sensitivity
Be Prepared & Read More: https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/tinted-windows
The 2017 Acura MDX Rewarded as TOP PICK for Luxury Mid sized SUV from Edmunds Most Wanted Awards
Most Wanted Awards: Edmunds Picks the 16 Most Coveted Vehicles
With our first Most Wanted awards, Edmunds is recognizing 16 vehicles that both capture car shoppers’ attention and command our editors’ approval.
The winners of the 2017 Edmunds Most Wanted awards stand as the most coveted vehicles in their segments.
Honda won the most honors, with the Civic, CR-V, Accord and Pilot receiving awards in the compact car, compact SUV, midsize SUV and midsize car categories, respectively. The Acura MDX was recognized as the winner in the luxury midsize SUV category. Toyota and Lexus took two awards each — Toyota for the Sienna (minivan category) and the Avalon (large car) and Lexus for the RX 350 (luxury compact SUV) and the ES 350 (luxury midsize car).
How do we decide which vehicles are most coveted? The Most Wanted awards are unique in that they weigh our editorial team’s opinions with market factors such as sales, shopper interest and days to turn, the average number of days that vehicles remain in dealer inventory before they are sold.
“The Edmunds Most Wanted designation gives car shoppers assurance that both other buyers and Edmunds’ experts believe these vehicles are a smart choice,” said Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds’ executive director of industry analysis.
To come up with our Most Wanted list, we analyzed data from the first 10 months of 2016 for all model years on sale during that period. For each vehicle category, we identified which models commanded the most shopper consideration based on activity on the Edmunds website, had the highest sales and spent the lowest average number of days on dealer lots.
The rankings for these three data sets were weighted equally to settle upon the finalists in the 16 segments. Then the Edmunds editorial team ranked the finalists based on Edmunds’ reviews of those models. To determine the winners, we took the average of the data rankings and the editorial team’s rankings. The results are the vehicles Edmunds would most recommend to car shoppers.
Acura Reveals NSX GT3 Race Liveries; Rolex 24 Driver Pairings Set
DECEMBER 20, 2016
The two-car Michael Shank Racing effort in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature striking “mirror image” black, grey and white graphics on the team’s pair of Acura NSX GT3 entries.
The #86 car, commemorating Acura’s 30th anniversary since its establishment in 1986, will have a black nose, fading to a grey cross hatch pattern before giving way to white at the rear. The #93 team car, representing 1993, the year HPD was founded, will reverse the color pattern, with a white front end transitioning to a black rear deck.
Acura’s rich heritage of success in sports car racing is reflected in the design. Splashes of orange, a traditional color for Acura Motorsports dating to the company’s first era of IMSA competition in the 1990s, and green, indicating that the cars are GT Daytona class entries, complete the graphic package on both cars.
“The debut of the Acura NSX GT3 at the prestigious Rolex 24 will mark the return of the Acura brand to IMSA sports car competition,” said Art St. Cyr, president of Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Acura Motorsports. “We’ve aimed to race the NSX in North America since the car was just a sketch on paper, and we couldn’t more excited than to debut at Daytona.”
MSR team principal Michael Shank has also revealed the driver lineups for each of the team’s two Acura NSX GT3 racers.
Second-generation racer and IndyCar Series race winner Graham Rahal will join series regulars Andy Lally and Katherine Legge in the #93 NSX GT3, joined by endurance racer Mark Wilkins.
The team’s #86 Acura will feature Indy 500 and IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay alongside full-season drivers Jeff Segal and Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, Jr.; with Tom Dyer completing the endurance race lineup.
All eight drivers will take part in the January 6-8 “Roar Before the 24”, IMSA series open test prior to January 28-29 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, the opening round of the 12-race 2017 WeatherTech Championship.
Acura MDX Earns TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating from IIHS 4th Year in a Row
DECEMBER 8, 2016
The 2017 Acura MDX earned TOP SAFETY PICK+, the highest designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), for its fourth consecutive year. Acura earned a total of two TOP SAFETY PICK+ and two TOP SAFETY PICK ratings for 2017, making Acura a top leader in safety ratings in the automotive industry.
2017 Acura TOP SAFETY PICK+ Vehicles:
- RDX with available AcuraWatch™
2017 Acura TOP SAFETY PICK Vehicles:
- ILX with available AcuraWatch™
The AcuraWatch™ suite of active safety and driver-assistive technologies is offered as standard equipment on all 2017 MDX and 2017 RLX models, and is available on all 2017 Acura sedans and SUVs. AcuraWatch technologies include Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF). To date, AcuraWatch has been deployed on more than 70,000 Acura vehicles. At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Acura signaled its intent to eventually apply AcuraWatch as standard equipment on all core models, and announced it will add Traffic Jam Assist to the AcuraWatch suite in certain models next year.
All new Acura models come with a multi-angle rearview camera as standard equipment. Additional standard safety equipment on all models include Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure; Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control; Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); side curtain airbags (some vehicles equipped with a rollover sensor as well); advanced front airbags; and front side airbags.
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Acura’s Future Interior Styling and Technology Concept –
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Published on Nov 16, 2016
At 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Acura revealed a bold, new exterior design direction in the Acura Precision Concept. Now Acura will deliver part two — a near-production interior styling and technology concept that fuses a sporty, ergonomic design with a new operating system and interface that goes beyond traditional approaches. Together, the Acura Precision Concept and new interior concept form the fundamental building blocks for Acura’s future.
Positive Reactions from the Press
The automotive news were highly impressed with the concept after seeing it up-close in the Acura booth. Here are quotes from some of the articles that have already been published:
“If this concept is any hint, Acura’s next-gen interiors will be simple — and simply gorgeous. ” – CNET.com
“There are a lot of good ideas inside. The whole thing is surprisingly intuitive … pretty darn quick – and pretty.” – autoblog.com
“First Acura did away with its awkward beak grille. Now Honda’s premium brand is looking inward for its next transformation. ” – Automotive News
“If it comes with all the tech Acura’s promoting here, Precision Cockpit stands to be a significant step forward in the digitization of car interiors.” – Autoblog.com
“Acura has introduced a new concept that demonstrates how upcoming technology such as autonomous driving can push the boundaries of interior design.” – Digitaltrends.com
Acura Showcases Performance & Racing Spirit at SEMA
TORRANCE, California – Published Oct 27, 2016
- Display to feature NSX GT3 race car atop a matching, custom fabricated trailer, towed by 2017 Acura MDX sporting an NSX GT3-inspired racing livery
- NSX GT3 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge drivers to be announced at SEMA on Nov. 1
- Driver Meet-and-Greet at the Acura SEMA Booth 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 1
Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance and motorsports resurgence will dominate its display at the 2016 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4. The Acura NSX GT3 race car, which will make its North American racing debut in 2017, will be featured on an NSX-inspired, custom-fabricated trailer, towed by 2017 Acura MDX wrapped in a matching racing livery. Building on the performance theme, Acura’s GT3 racing partners, Real Time Racing and Michael Shank Racing, will announce driver lineups for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge and 2017 IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship on Nov. 1. A 2017 Acura NSX supercar featuring factory-installed features and options as well as a 2017 TLX sedan with the new GT Package will complete the exhibit space.
“SEMA is an opportunity to have some fun with customization concepts, and our approach this year is to showcase Acura’s performance direction by literally connecting our GT3 racing program to our production models,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura.