Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

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    Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Of course you wouldn't! You're at GMI. But it would certainly make for an "interesting" midsize Acura. Maybe they don't necessarily need to give it 500hp but something of a performance boost, at least in the area of 375-400hp would be nice... Not that I'd complain about 500hp...

    Acura NSX and TLX to Race Up Pikes Peak; New TLX A-Spec Makes Racing Debut

    - Turbocharged, 500-horsepower 2018 TLX A-Spec to compete in the exhibition class
    - TLX GT returns to competition in the Pikes Peak Open class, driven by Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut
    - GT3-inspired Acura NSX will compete in the Time Attack 1 Class, building on last year’s Time Attack 2 Production victory
    - Acura TLX and MDX will serve as official pace cars and Rookie Orientation vehicles

    The TLX GT, driven by long-time Acura race car driver Peter Cunningham in his Pikes Peak debut, will compete in the Pikes Peak Open class, while Honda R&D engineer Nick Robinson, coming off victory in an NSX in last year’s Pikes Peak Time Attack 2 Production class, will drive a 2018 Acura TLX A-Spec that will make its racing debut in the Exhibition class. Honda R&D engineer and Nick’s brother, James Robinson, will drive a production-based NSX with GT3-inspired modifications in the Time Attack 1 class. This is the sixth consecutive year that Acura will race vehicles in the Pikes Peak event.

    2018 Acura TLX A-Spec Racing Debut
    The Pikes Peak Acura TLX A-Spec features a modified suspension, a 500-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 turbo engine and a limited-slip differential for more effective transfer of power to the front wheels. Optimized specifically for this hill climb course, custom engine software and tuning was done in-house by a team of North American Honda R&D engineers. Much of the major engine hardware was pulled from the TLX GT program, including rods, pistons, camshafts and valvetrain. On the exterior, the TLX A-Spec features a hand-crafted carbon-fiber splitter and standoff rear wing while the interior has been entirely stripped of its luxury appointments to reduce weight. A veteran of Pikes Peak, Nick Robinson has run the course for several years, winning the motorcycle Pikes Peak 250 class in 2014. Last year, Robinson piloted the 2017 NSX to victory in the Time Attack 2 Production class. Read more...

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    FWD no thanks.

    If they could manage to add Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and make it survive on concrete it would be very cool and very expensive.
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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Unless I am misinformed, they should be rolling out the 3.5TT to more vehicles. Both the RLX, TLX and MDX should all have a "sport" option available with this engine. Plus, how about a stripped down NSX with just this engine and ditch the hybrid motors and cut the cost? That would be a more "truer" successor to the original, which people loved (which was never the fastest anyway).
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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    This is Honda we're talking about here.
    Of course they won't make anything like that. It might break and scuff their reliability ratings.

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    Unless I am misinformed, they should be rolling out the 3.5TT to more vehicles. Both the RLX, TLX and MDX should all have a "sport" option available with this engine. Plus, how about a stripped down NSX with just this engine and ditch the hybrid motors and cut the cost? That would be a more "truer" successor to the original, which people loved (which was never the fastest anyway).
    I'd be surprised if that twin turbo V6 didn't turn out to be a 2.0T...

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    FWD no thanks. If they could manage to add Super Handling All-Wheel Drive and make it survive on concrete it would be very cool and very expensive.
    I'm guessing the race car is the TLX body on a RWD chassis. But that said the TLX, even with SH-AWD, is pretty front heavy (60.4F/39.6R per C&D) - a turbo or two would only make that worse.

    Quote Originally Posted by CJH View Post
    Unless I am misinformed, they should be rolling out the 3.5TT to more vehicles. Both the RLX, TLX and MDX should all have a "sport" option available with this engine. Plus, how about a stripped down NSX with just this engine and ditch the hybrid motors and cut the cost? That would be a more "truer" successor to the original, which people loved (which was never the fastest anyway).

    Unfortunately the NSX motor is totally different from the J35 (75 degree V), it is definitely not going into anything else. A stripped down variant would be neat - it could go even further and pull the turbo motor for a plain J35; not sure where weight would end up, 3000 lbs maybe?

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    I'd certainly rigorously test drive it.

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    500 HP FWD based pig? No way Jose..

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

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    500 HP FWD based pig? No way Jose..
    I bet you'd be all over it if it were a GM FWD based pig.

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Buttons View Post
    I bet you'd be all over it if it were a GM FWD based pig.
    a few years back, yes, now, somewhat older and wiser.. anything with that much pawa hanging infront of the front axle is a death trap, I am in no hurry to meet the maker..

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Do you really want to spend that many dollars on one ugly FWD vehicle that no one wants and you will be killed when you trade it.

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Quote Originally Posted by jossch View Post
    Do you really want to spend that many dollars on one ugly FWD vehicle that no one wants and you will be killed when you trade it.
    I actually like the new TLX... but in Std V6 form with the Advance Pkg.
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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Quote Originally Posted by eaton53 View Post
    This is Honda we're talking about here.
    Of course they won't make anything like that. It might break and scuff their reliability ratings.

    [url]http://www.autonews.com/article/20170604/OEM06/170609927/why
    I had to read that twice yesterday. It's amazing how much power "reliability" ratings have these days. People have literally been trained to believe that is the only metric to buy things yet are perfectly fine with the absolute decline in reliability of anything that has to do with appliances and consumer electronics.

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    Re: Would you buy a 500hp turbo Acura TLX?

    Trying to put my biases aside, I just have no interest in Acura's. Their designs are lacking in passion, I'd much rather put my money into another brand with 500hp.

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