By on April 11, 2019

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition

Deep within the wild jungle that is Ohio sits a facility in Marysville called the Performance Manufacturing Center. Right now, it’s responsible for crafting examples of Acura’s halo car, the NSX. Soon, however, it’ll also be hucking out hand-crafted copies of the company’s midsize TLX sedan.

As a limited-production car limited to 360 examples, the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition will be built by the same master technicians who assemble the NSX. Hey, everyone has to share their toys eventually, right?

Eagle-eyed spotters will be able to determine a PMC Edition from a workaday TLX thanks primarily thanks to its Valencia Red Pearl paintwork. Applied in the factory’s paint facility, which Acura describes as “bespoke,” this shade features nano-pigment technology that produces a high color saturation and deep contrast, which all apparently makes for an eye-popping hue. Total time to apply this paint, including curing, is five days.

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition

The PMC Edition assembly process begins with the delivery of the body-in-white from the main TLX production facility. Once that five-day paint process is finished, PMC techs begin hand assembly, starting with the installation of drivetrain, chassis components, and electronics. Unique 19-inch wheels and exterior trim are also part of the deal. Finally, the PMC Edition is given a unique interior before undergoing the same quality control process as an NSX.

It’ll be fitted with the 290 horsepower 3.5L direct-injection V6 and nine-speed automatic, if you’re wondering. All-wheel drive is part of the deal, too.

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition

If all that seems like a lot of work for a sedan, especially one in a world gone crazy for crossovers, you’re right. However, if Acura has the capacity at PMC – and this program suggests that they do – they might as well utilize it, rather than have those specialized techs sitting around twiddling their thumbs or whatever it is they do on downtime. In case you’re wondering, NSX sales have bounced from 269 in 2016, 581 in 2017, and 170 last year. A total of 79 have been moved so far in 2019.

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition

The TLX PMC Edition combines the kit of a range-topping Advance trim with the sporty character of an A-Line, all of which sounds like a good combination that probably should have been offered in the first place, hand-assembled or not. Until now, buyers had to choose one or the other. That paint is exclusive to the PMC Edition, as is the body-colored grille surround and its wheels. Leather seats with Alcantara inserts and red stitching will be found inside, along with the A-Spec specific steering wheel. Truth be told, your author thinks this is a very good looking car, haters be damned.

2020 Acura TLX PMC Edition

Price? Around $50,000, which compares favorably to an V6 AWD A-Spec that retails for $45,200. Given this car’s paintwork and Advance Package kit, which would cost about an extra thousand bucks but delete the A-Specs snazzy styling touches, that’s not unreasonable.

Whether you think a midsize sedan from Acura is worth fifty large is up to you.

[Images: Acura]

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25 Comments on “Finishing School: Acura Asks NSX to Share Its Toys...”


  • avatar

    The paint and special assembly won’t make it feel any more special to drive, and that’s the real issue with the TLX. Love the paint, and the wheels are okay, but those weren’t issues with the standard car.

    TLX also has the previous generation AWD system, which is much dumber than the one fitted to the ILX.

    Also, the PMC is a cool place and I really enjoyed the tour there. I know right where they shot the pics of the finished TLX.

  • avatar
    whynot

    Would never buy it (TLX is a now good looking car that is really overdue for an update) but that is a gorgeous shade of red.

  • avatar
    sportyaccordy

    They should start a restoration program. Bring a clunker DWB Civic/Integra in with $50K or so, leave with a poor man’s Singer. A new K20Z1 engine/transmission assembly is about $12K… I think $50K for that and other refresher parts is plenty, and enthusiasts would jump all over it.

    • 0 avatar

      This is a GOOD idea.

      The PMC Signature Program, for select vehicles only. Have them fill out an application for why they want their car restored.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      There was a discussion something like this on VTEC.net earlier this week. A 5th-Gen (1992-1995) Civic EX Sedan with a little strategically placed structural bracing for improved crashworthiness, a 2.0T in Accord tune (87-octane), a six-speed stick, and no obvious exterior mods, would be an ultimate sleeper! (Same with an Si of the same vintage.)

      Only other thing would be to rig up VSA/traction control, or you’d be replacing front tires on a monthly basis!

      • 0 avatar
        sportyaccordy

        Personally, if I’m going through all this trouble and expense, give me rip roaring old school VTEC. I don’t think bracing would help with crashworthiness much- you drive a 25+ year old Honda, you are putting your life in the hands of God

        But legally engine swaps from newer cars are kosher, as are restorative chassis mods that don’t hack the car to pieces. So I think there’s room. The main question is whether or not there is a market for $60K EG/EKs. For the right buyers this would be magical. Way more than these TLXs

  • avatar
    dougjp

    A waste of time and talent. Instead after all these years has anyone listened while countless upscale performance and luxury compacts were made and sold by lots of other manufacturers?

    In other words, instead of this DO something great with the ILX. Put in the Civic R motor, find an automatic tranny option for it, ADD sound deadening to make NVH lower and competitive with the S3’s of this world. The ILX looks OK and certainly better than any Civic, but has been neutered for years, for god knows what reason.

    • 0 avatar
      SPPPP

      Which of these 3 ideas is more wasteful of time and talent … Sending the NSX technicians home without pay for 6 weeks, having them sit on their hands at work, or giving them a job building this car? Sounds to me like they have a nice and creative manager who has their backs covered. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?

      • 0 avatar
        ToddAtlasF1

        It sounds nice if you aren’t a stock-holder. Read the Acura NSX sales numbers. It was dead on arrival. This is an expensive make-work project for a bunch of skilled laborers who work for a company that doesn’t have a clue what the market wants. That’s not a long-term solution. Do they have a plan for these workers to build something people want? Their ten year old aborted HSV-010 GT is more exciting than any of their planned products, and I doubt they’re going to launch another moon-shot after the hybrid NSX was such a dud. What are they holding onto this team for?

        • 0 avatar
          Fordson

          Don’t always agree with this gent, but he’s dead on the money here.

          Know what you get when you have a certified master tech do your oil change and tire rotation rather than the regular c-tech guy who does it (assuming the regular guy knows what he’s doing)?

          An oil change and tire rotation.

        • 0 avatar
          SPPPP

          The NSX is the big mistake in this picture, I agree. But Honda, if questioned, would probably just talk about how “selling the car was never the point”, or something else goofy.

          The technicians building the NSX didn’t plan and design it, so they aren’t much responsible for its market success or failure. Maybe this is just a way to get a cool custom color on the new TLX PMC without costly color change-over at a more productive paint line. Maybe it tides over the techs before some coming production run, or maybe it gives them a chance to look for a new job. Whatever.

          For the record, the TLX discussed here seems like a fairly nice car, and the V6 has some power. It’s a bit bland to drive, from what I hear, but I admit a flicker of interest.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    This is why Acura will never be more than a Honda+. 290HP in a V6 is about 10 years behind the competition. GM is getting 335HP out of its V6 now; also Honda’s refusal to build Acura rear drive platforms further pushes this lame brand to obscurity. Biggest difference between GMs V6 and Acura V6 is that GM sells it as a middling engine, if Acura can’t produce an engine that outperforms competitors middling engine, while being placed in a car priced astronomically high for content, there’s no hope.

    I can do special quality control on a little tikes truck but at the end of the day it’s still a child’s toy.

    • 0 avatar
      NormSV650

      Acura delays the Honda turbocharged announcment until another auto show.

    • 0 avatar
      sportyaccordy

      So many ways to decimate this post.

      Should I start with the fact that this Accord Landau nearly outsold Cadillac’s whole RWD lineup over the last year and a half? Maybe.

      Or how about the fact that the ATS with the extra 45HP and RWD is no faster than a FWD TLX V6? Perhaps.

      GM sunk all that money and resources into the Alpha platform, only to watch their sales shrink to zero faster than Brougham Camrys and Accords. I think the ATS sank in sales every year it was on the market. This is what happens when you cater to the hyperbolic peanut gallery rather than actual customers.

    • 0 avatar
      Fordson

      Amen. I don’t think there is one automaker that does not have a 3.5-3.6 liter V6…and I don’t think there is one automaker that does not get more than 290 hp out of theirs.

      Add AWD and 3,800 lbs…

      • 0 avatar
        SPPPP

        Sure, sure. But this goes 0-60 in 5.7s, and 5-60 in 5.9s, according to C&D. So I think that makes this the 4th-quickest Acura ever, after only the new NSX, the old NSX, and the RLX Sport Hybrid.

        I don’t think Acura’s current customers like to accelerate that fast anyway. Wastes too much gas.

        • 0 avatar
          Hummer

          Escalade goes 0-60 in 5.8 sec, if a massive SUV can move that fast stock I expect more from a supposed premium car that sells for $50k. Totally different category yes, but usually “special” cars don’t have 0-60s that can be compared to ladder frame trucks.

          If this is not a performance car and is more in line with Buick or a road tourer lite then they should have never put 19 inch rims on it nor given it an engine that required it to be revved to the sky to produce its outdated spec numbers.

          Maybe it’s all about the quality, my experience with Honda vehicles is that quality is cut everywhere possible. So in this regard maybe they will have something special that engine mounts won’t fail in 80k miles, only preceded by their very short lived brakes.

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    those technicians are gonna start jumping out of the windows as they are hand-inserting into Ordinary Cars engine assemblies that wring out 290 hp at loathsome 6200 rpms with max torque at 4200 rpms. Call the suicide hotline, Save Acura Technicians!

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    the problem with Acuras now, I don’t think any of their current products are purchased by people who really wanted one in the 1st place. The TLX dude really wants an A4. The RDX wants an X3/Q5/GLC. The MDX gal wants a Q7.The ILX person- well they’re dad bought it for them.
    But when these folks can afford to upgrade, they’ll be running to the Euros.And when Genesis comes out with their SUV lineup , Acura will fall down another rung.The only reason they haven’t fallen further is because Nissan is crumbling.
    There was a time when this brand was aspirational. Now its transitional.

    • 0 avatar
      ToddAtlasF1

      I don’t know anyone who has an ILX or a TLX, but I know quite a few people who have MDXs and various out of production Acura sedans who can afford anything they want. Often they’ve already had all of the German brands. I do think Honda has jumped the shark in general and their new powertrains aren’t that much better than what you can get from the Germans.

      I also don’t know anyone with a short enough memory or frame of reference to give any credence to Genesis. I know some early adopters who thought they were going to be the new Lexus, but they rapidly learned that Genesis was more of a street-corner Rolex than a 2014 tip on WL Weller. VW has more to fear from Genesis than Acura does.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      The only Acura owner I know started out at the Audi store, looking for an A4. When they wouldn’t deal on a lease, he headed to Acura and settled on a 4-cylinder TLX. He’s a bit of a skinflint. Perfect customer for Acura.

  • avatar
    cimarron typeR

    I would’ve said the same thing until I test drove a work mate’s Stinger GT2. He said G70s were back ordered and were getting sticker price. This is without even having stand alone dealerships yet here in KC.


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