Acura has announced that it will be showing the production version of the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. You'll recall that the standard 3.5-liter V6-powered RLX has been on sale for some time, and that our review of Acura's flagship sedan was mixed. On paper, at least, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD should fare better.

Sporting a similar hybrid powertrain to the one expected to motivate the NSX supercar, the RLX uses a 3.5-liter V6 paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a trio of electric motors to generate 377 horsepower, net a combined fuel economy of 30 miles per gallon and offer the security and performance of torque-vectoring all-wheel drive.

The RLX will hit the LA stand on November 20. Scroll down for the full press release from Acura.
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Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD On Display at LA Auto Show

RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura sedan ever made, producing 377 horsepower; delivering V-8 power and 4-cylinder fuel economy
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.

About Acura
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 275 dealers within the United States. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models including the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX Sport Wagon and sedan, the ILX compact luxury sedan, the RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the all-new MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

For More Information
Additional media information including detailed features, pricing and high-resolution photography of the Acura model line is available at www.acuranews.com.

Connect With Acura
Consumer information about Acura is available at http://www.acura.com/
To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/Acura

1 Based on 2014 EPA fuel economy ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.


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      Mondrell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Color me intrigued, but will those in this market care when first impression duties went to the tepid P-AWS model?
      Rob
      • 1 Year Ago
      The biggest problem with this model is that Acura is trying to price it and promote as a luxury car when it is a premium car The MSRP of this needs to be around 10k less and a better front end clip minus that stupid beak would be a help. As a three year old pre owned car it would be a good deal if you are ok with the styling because this model will see a large depreciation hit.
      Kenshin
      • 1 Year Ago
      377HP and 30mpg? Interesting. Wouldn't mind splitting the difference with 2014 Accord Hybrid's 50mpg at 195HP. 300HP at 40mpg????
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Kenshin
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      10fps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just because NSX is a nice name for the Supercar, that was NSX only. As for the Acura sedans, their first generation rollout of Legend and Vigor are really good names. They should built on that, but instead, they keep replacing them with Prototyes names... As for this flagship sedan, although, they have made significant improvements compared to the RL, but if they are going to call this a flagship, the overall package is important, thats why I don't understand why they always seem to miss something out. To be Honda, especially their success in F1, Indy 500, its perfect opportunity to showcase their success in their flagship, but they choose to trim the package. First, the engine, although is pretty good for SOHC V6, they could have made it standout better, by using DOHC setup, to get more punch knowing very well, they will not go over 3.5L displacement. Second, the Suspension seems to be the weak point, its neither sporty or plush, I dunno what they are thinking. Third, their tactile touch screen is very nice but response is turtle in todays standard, these should be iron out before production, the same goes to the shift knob, it looks like an Accord, even aftermarket accessories can make these small parts standout. Fourth, the interior is beautiful but fell short of what we call luxury, it doesn't feel like a Lexus LS or a Mercedes S-Class, but its neither a Audi A8 or a Bimmer 7, so the RLX is really what they call the flagship or they have another model coming called RLX-Complete. Fifth, the styling is not bad, but it doesn't stand out in anyway, basically, it looks rather like, I dunno what it is, it doesn't have a look and needs more than a haircut. Furthermore, the SHAWD model is as important as Quattro for Audi, without that, its really odd, Acura chooses to do a Prelude 4WS, with updated toe in response, but that didn't really help in performance testing, because its a front drive sedan, the wheelbase is longer than a Accord, so for throwing the Front drive package in is a suicide, they should have roll out SHAWD first, that will make the car shine, instead they let the critics to have a free ride on making so many jokes on this car. Finally, since they finally roll out SHAWD, they should have extended the model with another long-wheel base variant, and spice up the interior. So all in all, besides the engine, nothing really stands out, not even the much improve interior, will make me go wow... Its just sad to see Honda keep falling short; instead they should be upstaging Lexus and Infiniti..
        Timo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @10fps
        You have to understand the demographic they are targeting. It's mid to low end luxury. They are not firmly up against Infiniti and Lexus which may be why their falling short.
      Deneway
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seven speed dual clutch????? Tell us more!!!! Is this a Honda or ZF unit?
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Deneway
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        Timo
        • 1 Year Ago
        What about Cadillac, Lincoln, Lexus, Infiniti? All of these are tarted up versions of Chevy, Ford, Toyota and Nissan? I guess there are a lot of idiots out there. If you want to drive an Accord, drive an accord nobody has a pistol to your head saying you have to buy the Acura.
      Billy Farmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow I didnt know Acura was still in business, I thought they went bankrupt back in 2011? Is this like the swan song for this outdated beast?
      Eta Carinae
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least when I am in a XTS it feels like a cadillac......I work at honda and I get some chances to drive RLX loaners and it feel and looks like a stretched accord.....
        Deneway
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        It's never been anything else IMHO. But I can get two Accords with all the toys for one of these
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Eta Carinae
        Then you should go work for Cadillac. Regardless of who you work for, if you don't believe in their product, you should leave.
      Judah Richardson
      • 1 Year Ago
      Acura is the new Buick. This thing looks like the LeSabre of the 2010s. No.
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        @Judah Richardson
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        Laszlo Panaflex
        • 1 Year Ago
        Back in the mid-00's, their product planners had the testicular fortitude to start engineering a range of RWD premium luxury sedans and a super car. The range topping RWD RL replacement, and the V10 AWD NSX replacement were basically finished until Honda's newly instated president, Ito-San, shelved both projects right before they were slated to enter production. He then decided to divert time, energy, and resources towards developing cars for developing nations.
      Merc1
      • 1 Year Ago
      So sad.....the RLX has already flopped and now they're going to introduce what should have been lead product. Thing is now, no one cares about the RLX anymore. It had a brief moment to make a memorable entrance, and they could have done that with THIS version but didn't. The RLX is like Acura, a failure. M
        Cornerstrike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Merc1
        I agree. If they gave it a much better looks, only sold it as a SH-AWD model and reintroduced the Legend name, the story would have been much different.
      dollarbill
      • 1 Year Ago
      Memo to Acura management : Fire your designers !!! This thing is hideous .... my eyes !
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