Crossover gets makeover from IndyCar driver Graham Rahal
Acura made a 350-hp RDX for Pikes Peak this year, but that model had an electric supercharger. For the SEMA-bound concept, a new turbocharger, intake and exhaust manifolds, and downpipe help squeeze an 73 additional horsepower from the RDX’s standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The engine now packs 370 lb-ft of torque, up 90 lb-ft from the standard model. The crossover also gets a cat-back exhaust, StopTech brakes, and custom Eibach sport springs that contribute to a 2-inch lower ride height. A custom ECU map comes courtesy of KTuning. Twenty-one inch HRE wheels shod in Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires round out the performance upgrades.
Since it’s based on the A-Spec model, this RDX receives the trim’s exclusive Apex Blue Pearl paint job and black leather sport seats with suede-like accents. On top of this, the special model features custom exterior graphics, carbon mirror caps, carbon grille accents, a body-color painted lower garnish, carbon-fiber interior accents, and a custom steering wheel designed by race driver Max Papis of MPI Innovations.
Last year at SEMA, Acura debuted the NSX Dream Project with a carbon-fiber aero kit. This year, Acura is bringing the refreshed 2019 NSX to the show. A special 2019 ILX will also hit the floor, complete with underbody spoilers, 18-inch black wheels, and satin silver door mirror covers all from Acura’s official accessories catalog. Other vehicles set to appear in Las Vegas include the Acura ARX-05, NSX GT3 Evo, and RealTime Racing TLX GT race cars.
The SEMA Show runs October 30-November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.