• Oct 3rd 2007 at 3:12PM
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click above image for more spy shots of the 2009 Acura TSX

Chris Doane has finally caught the 2009 Acura TSX outside of a Honda facility in the U.S. It would appear the car is about the same size as the current model, or perhaps slightly larger. From the rear it looks like those fender blisters give the car a wider track. The design will reportedly get more aggressive, which you can already see on the nose of this test vehicle despite the liberal application of tape by Honda engineers.

We're especially excited for the next iteration of the TSX, because along with a 20 - 30 bump in horsepower for its rev-happy 2.4L four-cylinder, we're also expecting an S-Type model powered by a 260+ HP uprated version of the 240 HP, 2.3L turbo in the Acura RDX. We've sampled that mill before, and are addicted based on what it can do in a CUV. The 2009 Acura TSX S-Type, however, should be on a different level entirely. Torque steer is an issue, as the TSX is and always has been front-wheel drive. We have faith Honda engineers, some of the best in the biz, can quell it, though. (NOTE: Thanks to the astute reader who reminded us the Type-S model will have S-AWD, which should irradicate any hint of torque steer.)

Follow the jump for Brenda Priddy's full report on the 2009 Acura TSX.

[Source: Chris Doane for Brenda Priddy & Co.]

Early this morning, not far from Honda's U.S. falicities, we were lucky enough to get a quick glance at the next generation Acura TSX.

The new TSX will take on a more aggressive look, taking design cues from the SPORTS 4 concept car shown at the 2005 Tokyo Motor Show.

An improved 2.4L i-VTEC 4 cylinder motor will go into the base model with an expected 20-30 horsepower bump. The entry level model will sport either a 6 speed manual, or 5 speed auto, and will be front wheel drive.

A hotter Type-S model should also appear with power coming from the 260hp turbocharged motor also found in the Acura RDX. A hotter Type-S model should also appear with around 260hp coming from an up-tuned version of the 2.3L turbocharged motor found in the Acura RDX. The sportier model will feature a 6 speed auto/manual DSG gearbox, and is expected to feature Honda's Super Handling All Wheel Drive system.

While this vehicle will be sold as the Acura TSX in the United States, this same car, with just a few minor styling adjustments, will also sell in European markets as the new Honda Accord.

With the 2008 Honda Accord getting a diesel motor, it is possible that we could see a diesel TSX as well.

Look for the TSX to start production towards the end of 2008.

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Doubt there'd be two engine versions for differing models. Honda Accord in Europe (TSX) has the same engine in both the TSX version and Type S, which is a European abortion used to downgrade the top model to a more basic spec (no leather nor leccy seats, no HIDs, etc) and/or throw a few bits of plastic trim to "sport" it up.
      One N/A and one TC engine in the same chassis, etc makes no marketing sense whatsoever, and only serves to confuse the market as to what tech it wants to use for the segment the car is intended for.
      SUV's need the extra grunt of a blower to shift the mass - since Honda can make 240+ hp for the new Civic Type R FD2 with guaranteed 98 RON, then they can surely pull 250-260 out of a revised and tweaked 2.4 4-pot.
      If the Type S IS a 2.3 turbo, then it fully proves Honda is no longer run by engineers, but by morons who don't know their arse from their elbow, and whom should be work for some other marque.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oops, guess I should read it before I blab. :-)
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hope that the JDM euro R will still have the 220BHP K20.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is entirely too similar to the Camry and Accord.

      They should put the front of the MDX on this, and the RDX taillights, and some of the RL into this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just late, but I thought it was a camo'd Impala before I read the post.

      I guess with the tape off the front end it won't look so Chevyish but man that thing got big.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am really disliking how pretty much every new car that comes out is bigger/chunkier than its predecessor. Why can't they try and use the space the frame has more effectively or something?

      Not all of us want to drive around in huge tubs on wheels...
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll take a TSX with the RDX engine, SH-AWD, and manual transmission please.
      • 7 Years Ago
      i have a 2005 tsx and love it. this one i'm going to have to wait and see, but its looking promising.

      i think i'd pay 31-2k for one with the rumored type-s stuff.

      seeing as i only paid 26,5k + tax for the one i have now new, i guessi'm saying i'd pay 5 grand for more power, handling etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure that Honda engineers are skilled in making a FWD car with over 250-hp (Accord, TL, CL) but that doesnt make it ok by me.

      The beauty of AWD, other than additional stability in the white stuff is the fact that you can add power without grossly effecting the handling dynamics. Power that is easily added with a turbo engine. I'm not saying that a lot of TSX owners will be modding their cars, but one of the great things I love abou my Legacy is I was able to up the horsepower and torque by over 20% and the car can handle it.

      Although, I suppose it is a little inappropriate to expect SH-AWD in this iteration of the TSX- I think the TL will be getting it. Let me rephrase that- I think it needs to get it. I guess SH-AWD will finally trickle down to the TSX in its next iteration.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since when did the RDX offer a 260+ hp motor? The only one I know of is their 2.3L turbo. 240hp, 260lb-ft torque.

      But that thing gets horrible gas mileage.
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