Acura has decided to spice up its entry-level TSX sedan, and this, the 2012 Special Edition, is the end result. No, there isn't any more power on tap, but some styling tweaks do give the TSX a sportier look. A more aggressive front spoiler and rear fascia lend an air of extra sportiness, and compliment the updated side sill. New 17-inch alloy wheels now feature a polished finish with a dark gray background.

Inside, Acura has pumped up the interior with black suede inserts on the seats that's contrasted by red stitching. More of the red color makes its way to the steering wheel and shift knob, as well as the lighting of the gauges, footwell and cabin. That footwell area also see the addition of aluminum pedal covers.

The automaker says that the TSX Special Edition was designed to "evoke the fun-to-drive four-cylinder Acuras of the past," so the 2.4-liter inline-four is the only engine available. Both a five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission are available.

The 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition will make its debut at the Orange County Auto Show on September 22nd. That's approximately the same time it will arrive on dealer showrooms.
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Acura Announces Special Edition Model for TSX Sports Sedan
Exterior and Interior Upgrades Make for an Even Sportier TSX


TORRANCE, Calif.– Continuing the celebration of its 25th anniversary, Acura today announced the availability of a new version of the popular TSX sports sedan for the 2012 model year. Designed to evoke the fun-to-drive 4-cylinder Acuras of the past, the TSX Special Edition will add even more sportiness to the TSX lineup thanks to numerous exterior and interior upgrades for Acura's entry-level sedan.

"The Acura TSX has long been known for its high-revving 4-cylinder engines and sporty driving nature," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "With the new Special Edition, the TSX becomes even more youthful and sporty in character, furthering its appeal to performance-minded buyers."

The 2012 TSX Special Edition package consists of numerous upgrades to the exterior including a more aggressive front spoiler, a new rear bumper fascia, unique side sills and an exclusive "Special Edition" badge on the trunklid. Finally, the TSX's 17x7.5-inch, 5-spoke aluminum wheels will feature a polished finish with dark grey background, unique to the Special Edition model.

Inside, the TSX Special Edition makes use of sport-minded appointments including exclusive seating surfaces with perforated black Lux Suede® inserts with red backing. Unique red stitching, used for the seats, steering wheel and the shift knob, combines with red lighting for the instrument cluster gauges, overhead lighting and footwell lighting. Adding more appeal to the driver's footwell are aluminum pedal covers with a race-inspired look. Rounding out the Special Edition's interior upgrades is the use of bright silver plating for the steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters along with black headliner material (standard TSX have grey headliner material).

The TSX Special Edition package makes use of Acura's acclaimed K24 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine and will be available with either the close-ratio 6-speed manual or Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmissions. The TSX Special Edition will go on sale in late September and will make its public debut at the Orange County International Auto Show on September 22nd.


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      Smooth
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hopefully I am wrong, but when Honda comes out with "special editions" of cars, it means either the car is about to be redesigned or killed within the next year. There are talks of the TSX possibly getting the axe floating around since there are plans of a new sporty Acura sedan based on the Civic SI sedan and that the TL will possibly move down in size an not be in competition with the RL (that's another story for another day)........so I HOPE this doesn't mean the TSX is on its way out cause look at the Element with the Dog friendly package (now dead) and the Ridgeline Sport (we all know that's dead too)..... On a positive note, it still looks nice. I wish those seats and pedals were standard and a black grille in place of the chrome.
      3GTLFTW
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please Please Please.. bring back the 3G TL design.. hell, do what VW did... re-release it as the 'city edition' LOL LOL.!!!
      Renaurd
      • 3 Years Ago
      Quick, get a stick and kill it before it multiplies.....
      Bryan G
      • 3 Years Ago
      honda/acura is going down the tube. With the end to s2000 there is not one car in toyotas line up i would consider buying. Maybe if they slapped a Honda badge on this TSX and called it the accord honda could get back on the right track.
        Sportbike
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryan G
        Bryan G, What two seater convertible do you drive now?
        adam512
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryan G
        The do slap the accord badge on this exact same car here in Europe :)
      Ridgie30
      • 3 Years Ago
      YAAWWWNNN...guess it takes a keen eye to see the 'SPECIAL' in Special Edition...Between this and the new Camry release, I can hardly contain the excitement... Acura needs to think more along the lines of: New Jetta - okay, conservate, kind of cheap...and then NEW GLI Jetta...That is something special...
        NightFlight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
        There is nothing, and I mean NOTHING special about the generic Jetta with big wheels and an weak engine (GLI).
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ridgie30
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      • 3 Years Ago
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      Cuong Doan
      • 3 Years Ago
      6MT with the V6, please.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about you remove two of those doors and make this a real car..
      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 3 Years Ago
      Le snore.
      jamiescale
      • 3 Years Ago
      One last thing...and this is priceless. There's an AutoBlog Video on YouTube (search "acura tl design") w/ this guy Art Osborn who is the mastermind of the bird beak design. He's sooo confident about the design. He calls it "Keen Edge Dynamic" which apparently embodies technology and emotions...it precision AND sensual! Poor fella...
        JasonERF
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jamiescale
        LMAO. I feel bad for him. Reminds me of that Nissan Juke one. There is absolutely nothing seems "precise" or "sensual" about Acura's current designs. I always say this but, it's like they were attempting an edgy version of BMW's bangle-fiasco. It simply doesn't work. Honestly, all you need to do is look at the previous Gen models. The TSX and TL were soooo clean, purposeful and handsome (I wouldn't go as far as saying sexy). Now they're a hodgepodge mess! Then there's the interiors... My god... They're like an airplane cockpit. A mess of too many buttons and too much tech crammed up to your neck. Pass. This is coming from someone whose family has owned many Acuras over the years.
      kzak
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've forgiven Acura for putting the controversial grill on their cars, whenever I see a TSX on the road, the car looks good to me. I'd take one in the V6 flavor. This special edition isn't special enough for me to pay more money though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kzak
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      JRBEINGINEER
      • 3 Years Ago
      Bland, thy name is TSX.
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