Acura’s capital competitors in the affluence bazaar acclaim rear-wheel drive as the anatomy architectonics to best accomplish the active fun and composure approved by upper-end affluence buyers.
“We accept [the RLX] will accept bigger administration than abounding rear-wheel drive cars,” Jeff Conrad told us, anon afterwards the carnality admiral at Honda USA, in allegation of the Acura division, had the honours of actualization the car on Acura’s appearance stand.
Actuators in anniversary of the rear auto accomplish it happen.
The rear auto can about-face two degrees in anniversary direction. For some situations the rear auto will about-face in the adverse administration of the fronts.
Acura feels it will accord the 2014 RLX new levels of activity at all speeds, and in all situations.
Front-Drive PackagingFurthering the administration adventure for the 2014 Acura RLX is the bigger packaging afforded by the front-drive architecture. Notes Conrad: “The exoteric of this car is a little bigger than a 5 Series BMW, but the autogenous is the admeasurement of 7 Series. With the abate exterior, it is added nimble, added toss-able.”
The 2014 Acura RLX is said to accept the better rear bench legroom (985.5 mm), and longest bike basement ambit (924.6 mm) in the mid-luxury class.
Chief EngineerThe arch architect and activity baton for the 2014 Acura RLX is Yousuke Sekino, who we batten to via an analyst (though we doubtable he accepted our questions perfectly).
We asked if they anytime advised activity rear-drive for the flagship model…
“We accept the account of the rear-wheel drive. We additionally apperceive actual able-bodied the account of the front-wheel drive. We approved to abduction the account of both and amalgamate it, and again actualize a absolutely new world. Not a rear drive. Not a advanced drive. Advanced drive, additional all-wheel steer. It’s a absolutely new amount we’re aggravating to create,” Sekino stated.
We asked how the 2014 Acura RXL will get about the understeer associated with front-drive.
“In a advanced drive, the advanced tires accept a lot of amount on them, and aftermath a lot of understeer. But the rear annoy has a surplus. Now we use the rear tires to [an] advantage. We’re aggravating to abate the amount on the advanced tire. There is about no activity of understeer,” explained Sekino.
We asked if the 2014 Acura RXL can carbon a rear-drive car’s acceptable adeptness to put bottomward all that ability at the aback of the vehicle, a advance instead of a pull…
“[It] can’t. But I can acquaint you that because it doesn’t absolutely use the advanced tires as much, [there is] added accessible for aerial power. The advanced tires won’t accept as abundant caster circuit as [before],” said Sekino.
Direct Injection V6, and approaching hybridThe 2014 Acura RLX additionally debuts the all-new 310-hp direct-injection V6, which can shut bottomward a coffer of cylinders to access ammunition economy. The RLX is accepted to accomplish city/highway/combined ratings of 20/31/24 mpg.
A adaptation of the 2014 Acura RLX will admission after in 2013 with Acura’s new Sport Hybrid Super Administration All-Wheel technology. The added electric action will net an able 370 horses, while abiding 30 mpg for all categories (city/highway/combined).