• Feb 11th 2009 at 4:59PM
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Acura fans have something to rejoice about today as the Japanese automaker just released a new model here at the Chicago Auto Show. Before you get too excited, know that it's not rear-wheel-drive or powered by a V8 engine, but it's still a nice addition to the line-up. For the 2010 model year, the front-wheel-drive TSX sedan will be available with a 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine (most likely a version of the same engine offered in the Honda Accord, though Acura didn't confirm). The package also includes a slightly revised front fascia, retuned suspension system and new 18-inch wheels that are a full inch larger than the ones that come standard on the four-cyliner model. Acura says this new TSX model is a harbinger of good things to come, as the automaker plans to heavily revise all of its models for the upcoming model year. While we wait for that to take place, sales of the new V6 TSX should begin later this summer.

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2010 Acura TSX V-6 Debuts at Chicago Auto Show

More Powerful TSX Blows into the Windy City

CHICAGO, Feb. 11, 2009 - Acura debuted an all-new V-6 model for its TSX sports sedan line-up at the Chicago Auto Show today. Scheduled to go on sale this summer, the 2010 TSX V-6 will be equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter engine, exclusive suspension tuning, larger diameter wheels and additional enhancements.

"The automotive market may be slowing down, but not Acura," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "With improved acceleration and handling, the new 280 horsepower V-6 adds even more sport to the already sporty nature of the popular TSX sports sedan."

Since its redesign last year, the TSX has shattered sales records to become one of Acura's best-selling sedans. As the entry point to the Acura brand, the four-cylinder TSX has won over customers with its nimble handling, agile driving feel and balanced performance. The V-6 model adds a new level of power on top of these winning traits for a more sporty and spirited driving experience. The V-6 will surely satisfy driving enthusiast's appetite for a fun-to-drive, yet refined sports sedan.

With the introduction of a V-6 powered TSX, Acura will fill a niche in its lineup between the four-cylinder TSX and the all-new TL performance luxury sedan. With the TL moving more upscale following its redesign in the 2009 model year, the TSX V-6 will be aimed squarely at youthful buyers who want a performance-oriented sports sedan in a more personal size.

A new TSX powertrain choice means performance luxury buyers can enjoy a 280 horsepower 3.5L V-6, with sophisticated VTEC® valvetrain control and a dual-stage induction system. For maximum performance and efficiency, the engine will be coupled to Acura's Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, with intelligent features such as Grade Logic Control and Shift Hold Control. If the driver desires, the Sequential SportShift transmission can also be operated manually, via steering-wheel mounted F1®-style paddle shifters.

The new TSX model will feature a state-of-the-art, double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension system to provide excellent ride, handling and control. To generate sportier handling, the V-6 model will also use exclusive suspension tuning along with 18-inch split five-spoke aluminum wheels, fit with Michelin Pilot all-season tires. The larger wheels and tires will help distinguish this performance- minded TSX, as does the slightly revised front fascia and a V-6 badge on the trunk.
The TSX V-6 model will be generously equipped with the latest advancements in safety technology and is anticipated to achieve the highest ratings in both government (NHTSA)* and independent (IIHS) crash testing - including garnering IIHS's TOP SAFETY PICK.

Like all Acura models, the new TSX will feature an exceptional level of standard equipment, including leather-appointed interior, power moonroof, automatic climate control, a premium seven-speaker sound system with CD, AM/FM tuner, XM® Satellite Radio, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® , USB port and AUX jack music interface and more.

Similar to the four-cylinder TSX, the V-6 model will be available with the optional Technology Package that includes the Acuralink™ satellite navigation system with rear-view camera and the Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system for a top-in-class audio experience.

The introduction of the TSX V-6 at the Chicago Auto Show is the first step in a series of major advancements to the 2010 Acura lineup. Almost every Acura sedan and SUV will receive significant enhancements for the 2010 model year.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      Acura is all screwed up. They keep making each car bigger and more powerful than the next higher end model. The RL is now threated by the TL. The TSX is now in the class of the old TL, and now they no longer have a small entry level vehicle. I'm totally missing the point. Same goes for the RDX. On the road, the RDX isn't significantly different in size than the MDX, and Acura still doesn't have a small economical SUV.

      Acura has become bloated and totally lost the coolness of the Integra, RSX, and CL. Need I even mention the corporate grill...

      • 6 Years Ago

      acura needs a v4, unless they can keep the v6 eating same gas. haha they think just because they keep same price it will fly...

      Ugh risky move acura. Not a good time for risky moves right now :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mmm...I would be in line for this but I just got a VW GTI...I liked the TSX a lot but I preferred the versatility of the hatch. An extra 80hp probably would have tipped the scale back in the TSX's favor.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't understand some of your complaints. If you're looking for Acura to return to its redundant roots by offering an econobox car similar to the Integra, that literally competed with the Civic, then just buy a Civic Si and stop whining.

      The V6 is welcomed and needed in the TSX. Everyone was complaining when it didn't have a V6 to compete. Now it has one, and all the people who can't afford one are chiming in to complain about it.

      Acura figured out that their target audience doesn't take corners at 70 MPH nor launch their cars at 7000 RPM inducing torque steer.

      Now that I'm done with my rant. I'll surely be looking at this to replace my 02 X-Type 5MT soon. I've been waiting for a V6 in the TSX since I don't need a land yacht TL and I can't stand the sound of a whining 4 banger.

      Now if they would just do something about that grill...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Acura had some identity with their "redundant roots", now they are just lost in the woods with design. In Canada they badge engineered the Acura CSX from the Civic Si, so they still have their redundancy in the Great White North. It is dressed it up to be "near luxury" instead of "sport" like the Integra actually had in spades. They stripped the brand of its identity and have not figured out what they stand for yet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The 4 cylinder in the TSX is anything but "whinny." The TSX's 4 is very civilized below 6,000 rpm, and then when the VTEC hits, it gets raucous, but never out of line. As a matter a fact I prefer it to the V6 in my 2004 Accord... it's more free revving.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Isn't the point of this car to be SMALL, LIGHT, and ECONOMICAL? The original one was all of these. People who want to deal with a good marque, but did not want a 15 MPG land yacht (think: Lexus IS). Now Acura has bloated the car and stuffed a bigger engine in it.

      Don't get me wrong, SH-AWD + the nice V6 is awesome, but how about a real entry level car. 200 HP 2.4 liter from the Accord (at 190, would be easy to find an extra 10 HP), 6-speed stick, good brakes and suspension, and start it under $30k? Something that would be fun to drive, easy to park, and get you 30+ MPG on the freeway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Honda/Acura needs to resurrect something like the Integra/RSX.

        For example, something that will spank the BMW 1 series as a benchmark target.

        Come on Honda, you guys have stuff in your parts bin and design DNA that can do it!

        Screw your Tier 1 ambitions. Just make cars that people actually want to buy first!
        • 6 Years Ago

        Your comment quotes no facts, so I guess there are no inaccuracies to point out. I'll just point out that not everyone looks for the same things in an automobile. If everyone thought the same way as you did in your post, there'd be nothing but SRT-4 Neons on the road.

        Maybe this is exactly what some people are looking for. Frankly, I'm excited to see how it turns out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You just described the current TSX....

        2.4L 4 cylinder with 201hp, your choice of 6-sp manual or 5-sp auto, 28mpg on the highway, and all starting at just over $29,000.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I don't see how an "upscale" econocar could ever come close to touching the BMW 1 series. An RSX can't even compete with a Cobalt and the TSX manages to make a Camry seem like an exciting and sexy alternative - where does BMW fit in the picture???

        There is no comparison in any way, shape or form. Honda can try til the cows come home but whatever they make wouldn't be able to compete with a WRX or MS3 as far as performance goes, so why would a BMW driver want to consider an "upscale" Honda? Especially with much sportier offerings from Infiniti and Lexus. Or heck, even VW...

        And goodness, the cheap, buttonfest interior, generic looks and FWD aren't going to win many BMW drivers over, let alone Infinit/Lexus buyers...
        • 6 Years Ago
        I see someone also point out.

        The base TSX is under 30K 200+hp from the Accord 2.4, 6-speed manual.......
      • 6 Years Ago
      I never thought I'd see the day when Hyundai news (Genesis coupe R package and pricing) made me smile and Acura news made me frown.

      Is Acura even relevant anymore? They claim they're going to make serious updates to their lineup that could include a V8 and RWD (probably just in the RL anyway), but the proof is in the pudding. If they didn't have the balls to put SH-AWD on this car, then will they have the balls to take the RWD fight to the established players in the segment?

      Acura, please tell me you didn't put SH-AWD on the TSX refresh because you're busy working on a REAL 3 series fighter and didn't want to divert your resources more than you already have. I want to believe, really I do.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh, everyone else in that class is available with 300 HP V6s so why should I care about a 280 HP FWD car?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Acura needs to bring back an Integra replacement, the TSX does not - and never did - replace the styling and tuner appeal of the Integra. It just doesn't look like an entry level economic compact car. And they need to get rid of that hideous grille, they look like transformers. I also agree that the new V6 is not going to do anything but make the car heavier, put the RDX turbo 4 engine like other people suggested, then we have something to think about.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Thank you Acura, for finally being serious about competing with the big dogs! Now, don't be wussies and shelve this project at the last moment! You have the parts already (I think the V6 comes from the TL, not from the Accord, thus better filling the TSX-TL gap)! Do it!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, and I've seen a few on the road (2009s, of course). It actually looks quite handsome, especially in black. The grille (IMO, call me crazy) enhances rather than detracts from the look. I think Acura has made a design language like BMW's which is initially roundly rejected but is injected onto more and more cars as time passes and is ultimately accepted.
        Way to go (for the first time in a long time), Acura!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Put SH-AWD in there as well as a new grill and you have a compelling car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 4 cylinder still still exist. The V6 is an option, for those who haven't caught on to that by now.

      People said the same thing about BMWs "Awful" designs earlier in the decade. I guess their sales reflected that, as they've gone no where but up over the past 7 years.

      The grill is an acquired taste, I'll give you that. But it'll be softened over time. They have to leave room for improvement. Automakers have been doing it for years.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You know, I see an easy fix for the ugly looks, mostly due to the grilles, of the Acuras. Buy something different! There is not one Acura that is even on my LONG list of potential replacement cars. Has anyone else noticed how cheap those plastic feel and how overly busy they are? I can't take any of their cars seriously anymore.
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