• Nov 7th 2013 at 5:01PM
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  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
  • Image Credit: Drew Phillips
There's a fun cliche for all-black cars based on an old Chevrolet Impala SS advertisement - "Lord Vader, your car is ready." It's been reproduced seemingly every time an automaker comes out with a menacing, black car. This Acura Street Performance ILX is for a different movie villain, though. Its advertisement should read, "Goldmember, your car is ready."

Yes, this is a matte gold car, and would probably be lusted after by that freaky deeky Dutch villain. And while it's easy to poke fun at the car's paint job, we're actually quite impressed with what Acura and MAD Industries have done with the car's mechanicals. The 2.4-liter, four-cylinder engine has been boosted to 250 horsepower at the front wheels, thanks to a CT Engineering supercharger and an ECU reflash. A CT Engineering intake adds to the grunt, as does a new, prototype Greddy exhaust.

The car rides on 19-inch Nitto NT05 Max tires and TSW Max wheels, while Tein Super Street coilovers and a Stoptech big brake kit make the compact Acura a bit more controllable. Outside the car, an Acura Accessories body kit has been fitted, while the cabin sports a CT Engineering short shift kit, and a few other items from the Acura catalog.

Take a look above for the entire gallery of live images of the Street Performance ILX from the 2013 SEMA Show and a press release from Acura.
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Acura Street Performance ILX
The Acura Street Performance ILX, by MAD Industries, is designed to appeal to the enthusiast looking for a fun car that feels at home on city streets or a curvy mountain pass. Wrapped in matte copper metallic and accented by matte charcoal metallic 3M Scotchprint 1080 film, the ILX stands out from the crowd. Acura Genuine Accessories aero kit is tastefully matched to a set of 19-inch TSW Max wheels wrapped in Nitto NT05 Max high performance tires. Tein Super Street coilovers give the ILX an aggressive stance while improving dampening during spirited driving. Under the hood, a supercharger kit from CT Engineering and an ECU tune with Hondata's FlashPro helps the ILX's 2.4-liter Inline-4 pump out 250 wheel horsepower. The prototype SP Elite exhaust from Greddy adds a throaty exhaust note.

Powertrain Modifications

CT Engineering supercharger kit
CT Engineering intake
Hondata FlashPro
Greddy SP Elite prototype exhaust
K&N high performance air filter
AMSOIL Dominator motor oil
Chassis/Suspension Modifications

19 x 8.5 TSW Max matte black wheels
245/35R-19 Nitto NT05 Max tires
Tein Super Street coilovers
Stoptech Big Brake kit
MPG custom satin black caliper covers
Exterior Modifications

3M 1080 Scotchprint wrap film: copper metallic 1080-M229 and charcoal metallic 1080-M211 installed by Paradise Moterwerks
PIAA 9006 low beam and 9005 high beam Extreme White headlight bulbs. H11 fog lamps and Terra LED dome light bulbs.
Acura Genuine Accessories front underbody spoiler
Acura Genuine Accessories side underbody spoiler
Acura Genuine Accessories rear underbody spoiler
Acura Genuine Accessories deck lid spoiler
Acura Genuine Accessories body side molding
Interior Modifications

CT Engineering short-shift kit
Acura Genuine Accessories illuminated door sill
Acura Genuine Accessories trunk tray
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.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      The matte look really brings out the lines on the ILX, which goes unnoticed in gloss paint.
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would have 24k dipped the Acura beak.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good. Why so negative?
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'll give it one thing, it doesn't make me throw up in my mouth like just about everything Lexus has put out lately.
      • 1 Year Ago
      after the civic si coupe...this is further proof of incompetence at Honda.
      • 1 Year Ago
      At first I thought it was last generation Camry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kind of embarassing for Honda, that even tuners supercharging their engines get less power than the competition puts out stock (Verano turbo, Optima turbo, etc). I remember when Honda had the highest-output engines in several categories, now they are typically the lowest-output (coupled with sub-par fuel economy). I'd take a Mazda 3/6/cx-5 over anything Honda/Acura now sell.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Autoblog is excited over this, then why don't they post articles about readers' Honda/Acura rides from Super Street magazine? All I see when I read the spec sheet is something that your average Joe tuner shop can do. Big deal. BORING. I mean, seriously, Tein coil-overs is news?
      • 1 Year Ago
      that color on that car looks like the color of diarrhea
      • 1 Year Ago
      The "Darth Vader's car" line comes from a magazine article about the GNX, not anything about the Impala.
        • 1 Year Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      Matte Gold is sexy. It just is.
      • 1 Year Ago
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