Acura RLX SH-AWD – Motorshow Focus


Riza Rizvi, Hopelessly in love with everything on four wheels. Interested in cars since my formative years, with an unhealthy affinity for exotics and tuners. Fondness for the open road with high-octane machinery for company!

Most powerful and technologically advanced mainstream car from Honda’s luxury brand.

The Acura RLX SH-AWD (Sport Hybrid) was showcased at the 2015 Shanghai Auto Show. The automaker calls it the most technologically-advanced sedan it has ever made.

Acura RLX SH-AWD front three quarters at 2015 Shanghai Auto Show
Apart from technology, this is also the most powerful sedan to come from Acura.

This hybrid sedan is the first to get Acura’s three-motor Sport Hybrid system with electric SH-AWD. The design is pretty conventional with the ‘jewel-eye’ LED headlamps being a striking feature. Acura also says that it has more wheelbase and a wider greenhouse than the competition, thus making the five-seater a bit more comfortable. Emphasis has also been paid on fuel efficiency and to that effect, the sedan has a lightweight construction and an aerodynamic body.

Standard features on the Acura RLX Sport Hybrid are Smart Entry system, heated 12-way adjustable front seats, tri-zone climate control, 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display, multi-view rearview camera, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system.

Acura RLX SH-AWD rear three quarters at 2015 Shanghai Auto Show
The gasoline engine is assisted by three electric motors – one at the front and two at the rear.

Power for the RLX SH-AWD comes from a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected V6 engine that is assisted by three high-output electric motors. Combined output stands at 377 hp and 377 lb.ft. (511 Nm) of peak torque. Power is sent to all wheels through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The carmaker claims that the engine gives V8-like performance with the efficiency of a four-cylinder engine; combined fuel efficiency is pegged at 30 mpg (12.75 km/l).

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