By on November 28, 2012

Whether you love or hate Acura, there’s no denying that they stick to their guns.

The RLX, as previously discussed, will come standard with front-wheel drive and a V6 engine, in keeping with Honda’s legendary stubborness tradition. The base RLX will put out 310 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque, while returning 20 mpg in town and 31 mpg on the highway. A four-wheel steering system, not seen on a Honda product since the now departed Prelude, will apparently help with the car’s driving dynamics.

The big news with the RLX is an all-wheel drive system with a 3.7L V6 and two electric motors in the rear wheels, good for 370 horsepower. The hybrid version is said to be good for 30 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway as well. The transverse layout will also pay divendeds with respect to interior packaging. Despite being the same size as a BMW 5-Series, the RLX apparently offers as much as 3 inches more rear seat legroom than its RWD competitors. Length remains unchanged, but the car rides on a two-inch longer wheelbase.

A whole host of electronic nannies are standard, as well as an interior loaded with all the necessary gadgets. The RLX may be a technical tour de force, but it’s tough to imagine that such an image-conscious segment would be drawn to such a nondescript looking car.

 

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  • avatar
    KalapanaBlack

    Sweet. So you can buy a slightly more powerful and luxurious Accord with styling that combines the most bland elements of the Suzuki Kizashi (rear), last-gen Infiniti M/Nissan Fuga (profile), and Lexus LS460 (headlights) with Acura’s own much-scorned, ugly, cheap-techy grille.

    Great.

    The mileage numbers are impressive for the engine power, and there seems to be some fairly neat but non-starting tech WRT 4-wheel steering (already proven completely pointless in the US market by 1995 by Honda themselves, Mitsubishi, and Mazda) and the hybrid deal (Lexus can’t even make hybrids light up in the luxury segment, so expect that to go precisely nowhere).

    They consider this a worthy $60k+ flagship for a supposed luxury brand? I just don’t understand it.

  • avatar
    espressoBMW

    Base model: Why?

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    “Whoops I spilled chrome on my Avalon.”

  • avatar
    BigMeats

    I gotta learn CAD.I want to throw a Saab 900 greenhouse and wrap-around windshield on that thing, suitably scaled-up.

  • avatar
    crm114

    I love everything but the beaks.

  • avatar

    Someone still loves Acura? My brain cannot compute the lower character line. Aside from being the mirror image of that on the ILX (to accentuate the front fenders?), it slowly rises towards the upper character line, then abruptly disappears.

    Paging (Design) Dr. Mehta!

  • avatar
    ajla

    Acura RLX versus Cadillac XTS in the lamest comparison test of all time!

  • avatar
    DearS

    BMW sells 4 cylinder 5-series, and everybody else sells mostly V6 models of their 50K+ cars. This is car is more then logical, though most people rather not be pragmatic apparently. Most of the cars in this price range are not V8s, people are fooling themselves into thinking it matters.

    • 0 avatar
      thesparrow

      I would agree that a modern 6 cylinder engine should be more than powerful enough in almost any sedan, but I don’t think it says “luxury flagship” either. Especially at the prices these companies are asking, once you load them up with options. Sixty thousand bucks could buy TWO loaded V6 Accords – and this certainly doesn’t look twice as nice.

      • 0 avatar
        DearS

        No did does not look twice as nice as an Accord, but then I don’t think a Flying Spur does either. Acura played it safe, not because they could not afford to make the car look more upscale.

  • avatar
    tkewley

    Acura has not fielded a competitive large sedan since the original Legend. The RLX does not appear to be likely to reverse that trend.

    • 0 avatar
      TEXN3

      And even that was a bit too narrow to really be considered “large”. I do miss my short-Legend, a 98 3.2TL, but it had as much room as a compact car does these days. We replace it with an Accord, which is definitely a large car.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    Acura seems to have “Lincoln disease”, which involves coming up with an ugly styling language and sticking to it until the end.

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Come on Honda, just admit it, you’re trying, really trying to kill Acura. You’re taking from the 1990’s Pontiac and 1980’s Cadillac playbook and taking it to a whole new level.

    Badge engineer ‘em and build them butt ugly. Don’t make them competitive in price, feature, comfort, or performance. Rely on the blind faithful to keep it going.

    I love Acura as a brand, I’ve come with a millimeter of buying an Acura on three different occasions, twice ultimately coming in second place in my buying choice, and once the math on the price just wouldn’t add up. I hate what Honda is doing.

    • 0 avatar
      dolorean

      What we’ve got here-ah is, FAIL-yah to innovate. Honda is running a near perfect, text-book example of the Peter Principle, reaching their level of incompetence a little earlier than anyone expected.

      • 0 avatar

        How is a car with a unique hybrid system, that apparently gets 30mpg combined from 370HP not “innovative”? What the heck else were you expecting them to do? And if its “RWD and a V8″ I’d say that that is a hardly an “innovative” approach.

        If anything, Acura’s been a bit too innovative. They’ve dressed up great technology in a fairly bland sedan, just as the last gen RL was. Good cars, good tech, but no one noticed.

        Also: Please explain how BMW and Audi’s solutions in this regard (which is DI and turbos) is ANY more innovative? Because I’m not seeing it.

      • 0 avatar
        copanacional

        EChid, the amount of German Fan Boys on this site is overwhelming. I for one thinks the new RLX is quite nice and looking forward to a test drive at the dealership. I would much rather have this than another -run of the mill- 5 Series or E-Klasse that every other house wife is trolling in the suburbs.

        This is coming from an S5 owner. But the wifey does drive an MDX and WE love it. I don’t think I need to explain to you of all people why I got an MDX over a X5, ML, FX, etc.

  • avatar
    lowsodium

    The lower part of the nose is rising up to meet the beak, like its smirking at me. Its like they want to draw more attention to that stupid grill.

  • avatar
    Dynasty

    If cars were people, that car would be considered obese.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Gaaaack!

  • avatar
    Viquitor

    Unimaginative, bland styling. Not what I’d expect from a 5-series contender.

  • avatar
    mjz

    Sad to think this used to be the Legend. The car pictured is certainly no legend, literally and figuratively!

  • avatar
    dolorean

    Must say a little disappointed that Honda waits what, ten years, to break out the 4WS but not on a serious bang-for-the-buck Prelude or similiar, but a sad, and clearly lost, Avalon wanna-be mixed with the face of Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel. Honda, seriously brother, time to look in the mirror and admit that the buck-toothed smile isn’t bringing them in nor is the yawn-worthy styling.

  • avatar
    Skink

    Not just ugly, but aggressively ugly. Holy Hannah.

  • avatar
    BigMeats

    In fairness to all manufacturers, how much styling can be done when pursuing ever lower drag coefficients dictates the used-up soap bar shape?

    All they can do is pretty-up the lights, crinkle the side panels and make the front end even more insectoid. Beyond that, all we’re ever gonna get are these flattened, 4-wheeled confinement vessels.

    Though not immune, trucks still suck less. Particularly if you don’t care about going faster or turning more sharply than traffic requires.

  • avatar
    kkt

    Many people are fine with bland exterior styling. The daily driver doesn’t need to shout “Arrest me!” or “I’m one of the 1%!” I’d like to see some interior photos.

    Also, front wheel drive is a good choice for a car like this. 90% of the time it doesn’t matter which wheels are driven. If it’s raining, snowing, or icy, front wheel is better than rear wheel. Rear wheel is better on a dry track (or driving in a style that’s better suited for the track), but who’s going to track this?

    • 0 avatar
      imag

      The driven wheels matter when you have 310 horsepower and a fair amount of torque. It’s too much for FWD, especially on a flagship car. The torque steer on these is just miserable – and rear wheel steering is not going to eliminate it.

    • 0 avatar
      Skink

      Do you think the ugly styling of this car was a conscious effort to avoid antagonizing the covetous underclass?

      What kind styling shouts, “Arrest me”, and what would be the basis for that arrest?

      • 0 avatar
        kkt

        I don’t think it’s ugly, just bland. If your weekend car is a highly recognizable luxury car, you might want a daily driver that attracts less attention and won’t make you sad if it gets dinged in the parking lot.

        The styling of cars like Mustang and Corvettes says “arrest me”. You don’t get arrested for the styling, obviously, but it says to law enforcement that you’re the sort of person who probably likes to speed and they should look more closely at you than at a minivan.

  • avatar
    L'avventura

    The 370hp hybrid with E-AWD is extraordinary technology, especially as it still gets 30 mpg with that output and all four-wheels driven. But, Dear Lord, must Acura package their fancy new technology is such an unextraordinary design?

    The hate that this car, and this brand gets, is the inability to make a vehicle that is aesthetically desirable.

    As the sales of the RL have always been dismal, playing it ‘safe’ in design is not actually ‘safe’ in the luxury segment. They need a design that stands out and differentiates itself in a very crowded market.

  • avatar
    philadlj

    Wow, it looks like a CONCEPT CAR!

    Or…did the RLX concept car back in April at the NY Auto Show look like a PRODUCTION CAR…

    This is a toughie.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2012/04/04/acura-rlx-concept-revealed-new-york-2012/

  • avatar
    jjster6

    That car is BF ugly. I wouldn’t pay $30K. I used to love Honda and Acura. I was a fan boy. I’ve had 3 Civics and would have given my left testicle for an early 2000’s RSX. But this thing? Or most of the cars Honda makes today. Honda is dead to me.

    • 0 avatar
      d524zoom-zoom

      “would have given my left testicle for an early 2000′s RSX.”

      ROFLMAO!!!

      But I agree with your point 100%

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      I had an early 2000s RSX. It was an awesome car. Though when I purchased it, I arguably should have gotten an 06 Civic Si intead, if just for the LSD that the RSX lacked.

      I replaced it with an early 2000s S2000, which is also an awesome car.

      Both have been great to me at autocross, the RSX was great on the track too. We’ll find out how the S2k holds up this spring.

      Call me crazy though, I actually like this RLX to an extent, especially as a used car. We’ll see what happens, but I don’t think it can do worse than the RL did.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    The silver beak lives on. At least you can count on something in this world.

  • avatar
    andy_1605

    I just dont see all the hate twds the grille,..in 2009 yes,..but how is it that much worse than others out there?,..piling onto an acura article with a “beak” comment is played out.

    My neighbor has a 5 series,.prob 2010,..man is it bland and has noo personality exterior styling wise.

    30/30 with 370 for a car this size sounds good to me. To each their own.

  • avatar
    acuraandy

    Um…

  • avatar
    CJinSD

    I don’t particularly like the grill or the front fenders, but this car has the potential to be a keeper. That puts it above German cars in its price range. The interior needs no apologies too, and I’m saying that having driven my company’s 2012 Audi A6 today. It was a nice drive too, considering I saw no warning lights for once.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      The problem is if Acura would put some more (or different) effort into design, their cars from top to bottom would be keepers.

      Just imagine, reliable, holds value and as a cherry on top, an exhilarating design. What the car looks like is important to buyers in this segment. Once Acura figures that out, I’m guessin’ the wind will angle more towards their backs.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Agreed. As an Acura, it needs good styling to get people in this segment to reach for their wallets. Just because BMWs are hideous doesn’t mean that ugly sells itself.

  • avatar
    Bimmer

    Chevrolet called, they want tail lights from Cruze back!

  • avatar
    RatherhaveaBuick

    Yawn.

    I can’t understand why anyone would buy an Acura anymore.

    Kill Acura and make more interesting Hondas.

  • avatar
    joeveto3

    They just get uglier. Sad.

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    RLX launch….

    … vtec.net is all angsty and whiney
    … all the Hyundai trolls are coming out on Jalopnik
    … business as usual with the teenagers on Autoblog
    … snark as ever on TTAC

    … seems like business as usual. Even regardless of the merits, you gotta admit, people don’t boo nobodies. Acura, though not vibrant, is not ‘dead’… ‘dead’ and ‘dying’ is a company that nobody works up the energy to praise or complain about (Suzuki, Mitsubishi).

  • avatar
    84Cressida

    I think it’s a great looking car and I also like the refreshed TL and the ILX. If I didn’t prefer Toyota/Lexus and had $60 grand to blow, I’d buy one of these.

    Sue me.

  • avatar
    Conslaw

    I’d like to see MK do a TrueDelta(tm) comparison of the RLX vs. the Avalon.

  • avatar
    sckid213

    Acura reminds me of Oldsmobile circa 1994. Flailing, and outed to the public as not “real” luxury. They were once considered in the same realm as Lexus thanks to the Japanese’s superior materials and build quality. But now that the quality playing field has been leveled, they’ve been exposed. Acura needs an Aurora-esque Hail Mary…that doesn’t fail. The RLX is more like the Ninety-Eight LSS — nice, but not enough.


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