377 HP Acura RLX Sport Hybrid Arrives to U.S. Showrooms
What sounds like a spicy all-wheel drive sedan on paper, actually looks like a frumpy and bloated Acura on photos. But still, I wouldn’t quite write this one off until driving one. After all, Acura’s SH-AWD has often worked magic with uninspiring looking machines.
The 2017 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid has officially made its way to American showroom floors, and it promises to combine V8-like performance and 4-cylinder-like fuel efficiency, along with precise ‘on rails’ handling feel courtesy of its electrically-powered torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. Not only that, but if features several key drivetrain features derived from the NSX supercar.
The RLX Sport Hybrid is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan in history, applying a groundbreaking three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD)—an exclusive Acura technology. The direct-injected V6 engine with a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission features one built-in motor-generator powering the front wheels, and two rear electric motors for the rear wheels, therefore generating a combined system rating of 377 horsepower. Now, if that doesn’t sound hot (in a very nerdy way), I don’t know what does.
The 2017 RLX Sport Hybrid also packs a strong bang-for-the buck when it comes to premium standard technologies, including Acura’s distinctive Jewel Eye LED headlights, 19-inch bright-finished wheels and AcuraWatch. The suite of safety and driver assistive technologies is now standard equipment on all trims and includes:
- Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (LSF)
- Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS)
- Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
- Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
- Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
- Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
- Blind Spot Information (BSI)
- Cross Traffic Monitor
Hopefully we will soon get the chance to hop behind the wheel of it, so stay tuned!
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Photos via: [Acura]