Acura Steals the (Auto) Show in Los Angeles

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From the NSX to A-Spec models, Acura had plenty of luxury and performance on display during the 2018 L.A. Auto Show.

The S2KI crew spent some time on the floor of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show checking out what Honda and Acura brought the party, as well as all of the vendors who make everyone’s S2000s the best roadsters ever built.

Though Acura doesn’t have any roadsters of its own, it did bring its take on luxury performance to the L.A. Auto Show, one we spent time going over.

Sometimes, you need a good parts hauler with room for your buddies and the ability to tow your race-ready S2000 to the track. Why not an RDX? The crossover recently received a much-needed makeover, and looks quite handsome in red. For a little extra oomph, though, the blue RDX A-Spec sends it with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, good for 272 horses and 280 lb-ft of torque. We wonder what a chip tune would do for the crossover, though…

Want something snazzy for the commute to work? The ILX A-Spec is the gateway to all things Acura, especially with a 201-horse 2.4-liter inline-four moving through the eight gears of its dual-clutch auto. The 2019 model year refresh has pumped some very much needed lifeblood back into the ILX. Just don’t mind the fact it rolls on the previous, nine-gen Civic Si platform, and not on the current Gen X Civic chassis.


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After all, you can’t always drive your S2000 to work, especially if you’ve turned into a full-on track car, so a Civic Si in a (really) nice suit is a good way to keep it in the family.

If you need something with a little more room, but you’re not into crossovers, the TLX and TLX A-Spec have what you need, and then some. The A-Spec is a driver’s car for the office park, especially with the SH-AWD system and your choice of 3.5-liter V6 or 2.4-liter inline-four. There will never be a dull moment behind the wheel of either car.

The standard car is quite nice, thanks, again, to the 2019 brand overhaul, but spring for the A-Spec. Trust us, it’s worth the extra dough. In fact, the appearance package aspect, alone, makes it worth your while.

And if you need a full-size Acura in your life, one that means business, the RLX is your ride. Again, the revised-for-2019 overhaul has done wonders for RLX, finally injecting the full-size family sedan with some personality. Check out those lights, very groovy. Though, if it were us, we would find a way to blacken some, or all, of the chrome-work. Call it a sort-of A-Spec lite package, as it were.

The Sport Hybrid version of the full-sizer has a 377-horsepower version of the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6/electric hybrid powertrain found in the NSX, plus SH-AWD to glide through the corners. Speaking of which…

Last, but certainly not least, the NSX pulls the whole Acura display together. The everyday supercar continues the tradition of its predecessor of being an exotic with the durability of a Honda Civic. The new Thermal Orange paint will definitely turn more than a few heads, and pairs well with the 573-horse twin-turbo V6/electric hybrid powertrain.

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