2017 Acura NSX


 

Acura Motor Cars Through the Years


A Pictorial Glimpse of Acura Motor Cars

After a decade of extensive research, in 1986 in support of its newly formed Acura Auto Division, Honda opened 60 Acura dealerships within North America. Its initial models consisted of just two models: the first was the executive Legend model and the compact Integra model, which could be purchased as a five-door or three-door hatchback. Project XX, which was a joint venture between Honda and Great Britain's Austin Rover Group which resulted in the Legend. It was mechanically similar to the 800 series Rover, while the Integra coupe was an upscale Honda Quint hatchback.

Acura was the first Japanese luxury brand automobile. The establishment of Acura coincided with the announcement of a JDM Honda dealership television sales channel, called Honda Clio, which sold luxury brand vehicles, joining previously established Honda Verno, and followed by Honda Primo the next year. During its first few years of existence, Acura became among the top selling luxury marques in the US. Despite the fact that sales were off in the mid-to-late 1990s, the brand encountered a revival in the mid 2000s, because of extreme redesigns and the announcement of new models.

Since its beginning, Acura has been a pioneer in the car business. In the late 1980s, the achievement of the organization's first flagship vehicle, the Legend, inspired kindred Japanese carmakers Toyota and Nissan to announce their own luxury car brands, Lexus and Infiniti, respectively. The 1990 introduction of the NSX, an exotic mid-engine sports car, offered a solid and down to earth option to European exotic sports cars, and presented Honda's VTEC variable valve timing system to the market in North American. The 1993 Legend coupe included Honda's first utilization of a six-speed manual transmission, attached to a Type II engine. During the late 1990s, Acura created a Type R rendition of its Integra compact coupe, which offered a reduced curb weight, a lower and stiffer suspension, and a high-yield VTEC motor.

In the mid 2000s, Acura presented new models, including the organization's first all-unique SUV, the MDX, and two new models which replaced the Integra sedan and coupe, the RSX and TSX, respectively. Type S renditions of the RSX, CL, and TL were also added to the brand's lineup amid that decade. Acura's 2005 RL flagship announced SH-AWD, a torque-vectoring all-wheel drive vehicle. The 2007 RDX, a hybrid SUV, highlighted the initial North American utilization of a Honda engine with a turbocharger. In the 2010s, Acura added more new models, which including the ILX, TLX, and RLX, the last of which presented Acura's Jewel Eye LED headlights. A second era NSX was propelled in 2015 and has a twin-turbocharged mid-engine, a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

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Acura Legend, RL, RLX

1986 Acura Legend<
1986 Acura Legend

1990 Acura Legend
1990 Acura Legend

1991 Acura Legend
1991 Acura Legend

1993 Acura Legend
1993 Acura Legend

1994 Acura Legend
1994 Acura Legend

1995 Acura Legend
1995 Acura Legend


Mid-Size

Acura Vigor, Tl, TLX

1999 Acura TL
1999 Acura TL

2000 Acura TL II
2000 Acura TL II

2012 Acura TL
2012 Acura TL

Compact

Acura Integra, RSX, EL

1987 Acura Integra
1987 Acura Integra

1988 Acura Integra
1988 Acura Integra

1989 Acura Integra
1989 Acura Integra

1992 Acura Integra
1992 Acura Integra

1996 Acura Integra
1996 Acura Integra

1998 Acura Integra LS
1998 Acura Integra LS


Acura CL

1997 Acura CL
1997 Acura CL

2011 Acura TSX Sport
2011 Acura TSX Sport
2016 Acura ILX
2016 Acura ILX
2017 Acura NSX
2017 Acura NSX

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