Acura RLX Hybrid
Acura might have just started its hybrid push with the ILX, but it’s clear that there are more exciting hybrids in the pipeline. At the latest auto shows, Acura showed off its RLX sedan concept, and NSX super-car concept, which both featured new hybrid technology.
By using a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the RLX is expected to get 30 mpg in both highway driving and in the city. That’s a nice number for a car that’s expected to have more than 300 hp. Specifically, the AWD model of the RLX will have 370-hp, which is managed by a new system that consists of two electric motors that power the rear wheels. This element works with a V6 and an additional electric motor which power the front wheels, and makes up the new Sport-Hybrid SH-AWD technology. Acura says this system allows the car’s power to be distributed between the left and right rear wheels to help the car rotate. A system similar to this will be used in the new NSX, but will be flipped around to allow more power for the rear wheels.
This innovative way to introduce hybrid technology with high-performance handling is Acura’s method into successfully introducing hybrid vehicles into their range. Expect the RLX to debut in early 2013.