LA 2013: Acura Brings a Super-Handling Sport Hybrid

Acura Sports Hybrid

Honda is on a bit of a roll these days, having hit record sales and booming profits with their CR-V “cute-ute” and positively knocked one out of the park with the 130 MPG Grom mini-bike. The recently-launched 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid is also bound to be a winner, and Honda is following it up its most fuel-efficient Accord to date with its most powerful hybrid, yet- the 377 hp Acura RLX “Sport Hybrid” with super-handling all-wheel drive.

Acura will show its new RLX sport hybrid “in the flesh” later this month at the 2013 LA Auto Show. Until then, we have only memories of the last sportscar Honda slapped the “super-handling” badge on- the excellent Honda Prelude- to keep us excited. If you’ve ever driven that car, you’ll know that’s plenty!

Check out Acura’s official press release, below, and let us know what you think of this new 377 hp sport hybrid concept in the comments at the bottom of the page.


Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD On Display at LA Auto Show

The Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD, the flagship of the Acura luxury-performance sedan lineup, will be on display at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on November 20, 2013.

Acura’s first luxury sedan to use hybrid powertrain technology and electric-powered all-wheel-drive, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD delivers V8-like performance with 4-cylinder fuel economy, along with the outstanding handling and all-weather performance capabilities of Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.

The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever made, and combines a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and three high-output electric motors to produce a combined 377 horsepower and an EPA-rated 30 miles per gallon combined city-highway fuel economy.1

The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will join the 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) in the Acura model line in 2014. The RLX P-AWS model made its world debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2012 and went on sale earlier this year.

Source | Photos: Acura.


Jo Borrás

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