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Technology and Fun Come Together in NSX

The Acura NSX is one of those rare instances where two divergent ideas come together to create a perfect world. Technology is usually associated with faster, smarter ways of doing things, but rarely used in the same sentence as fun. The engineers at Acura have managed to do the impossible, incorporating the latest automotive technology into a machine that defies you not to smile while on your test drive. By allowing drivers to have direct input into the responsiveness of the vehicle, Acura has basically created a “build your own” racecar. Want a smoother ride? Select “Quiet” mode. Feeling the need for speed but still want control? Chose either “Track” or “Sport+”. See the technological marvel that is the NSX with a trip to Chapman Acura.

Mechanical Linkage a Thing of the Past

Remember the days when the gas pedal and brakes were connected to their components by a series of steel rods and links? Those days are long gone, with electronic connections now providing the input that controls your vehicle. Sensors interpret your desires depending on what you do with the acceleration, braking and steering. That can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the quality of the engineering, but the Acura NSX provides the feel of the road like an old time race car with the faster response time of modern electronics. It’s important for a car as fast as the NSX to be able to stop quickly, which is where the carbon-ceramic braking comes in. The sophisticated system uses electronic sensors to keep you in a straight line with an intuitive feel to the pedal as you come to a quick halt.

Four Motors Integrate for Superb Performance

With two electric motors powering the front axle, a third driving the back axle and a 3.5L V6 engine integrating to add more horsepower, the new NSX delivers a peak 573 horsepower and 476 pound-feet of torque. This unique hybrid system uses the electric engines to provide power during the low RPM times of the gas engine, providing quicker pickup off the line.

Such a Deal at Twice the Price

Even though the Acura NSX has a starting price tag of $156,000, if you start adding the ceramic brakes, carbon fiber appendages, upgraded audio system and a number of other options, it doesn’t take long to hit the $200,000 mark. Still that’s about a quarter of the price of other racy hybrids, proving there is a market for the cost-conscious shopper who wants the performance of a McLaren P1 or Porsche 918. See the inherent value of the new NSX by taking a trip to Chapman Acura.

Acura Crossover

Acura to unveil compact crossover at 2016 Beijing Auto Show

Ready or not here comes the new Acura compact crossover. The company will reveal the newest iteration of this popular vehicle at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. It was just 3 years ago that Acura gave the public a brief preview of that new compact crossover using its so-called ‘SUV-X’ concept car. The company recently confirmed that in a few weeks the public will have an opportunity to see the production model of their SUV-X. Now all the automotive world is atwitter with rumors and wishes about exactly what Acura’s new crossover will look like when it debuts at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

The first piece of information to come out is that the new compact crossover SUV nicknamed SUV-X, will actually be sold as the Acura CDX. Secondly, the Japanese automaker will manufacture the Acura CDX in China, making the CDX the Japanese automaker’s first Acura ever manufactured in China. The vehicle will then be exported to the United States and other popular Acura markets. Sources say the new Acura CDX is somewhat related to the Honda HR-V and is expected to compete with the Mercedes-Benz GLA, Lincoln MKC, BMW X1, and Audi Q3 for a share of the lucrative small SUV market.

Honda, Acura’s parent company, also has another surprise up its sleeve. According to informed sources, Honda itself will also reveal its new crossover at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show. The vehicle is said to be a production version of a vehicle Honda previewed a year ago under the code name Concept D. The Concept D Honda showed last year was a rakish crossover that looked very similar to the Honda Crosstour. However you can trust that Honda has included some new elements that will help to make the Concept D more successful than the ill-fated Crosstour. Debuting it at the Beijing Auto Show is sure to generate interest in Honda’s latest offering in the highly competitive SUV market. To see any of the best Acura SUVs available, come to Chapman Acura. You are sure to fall in love.

The 2016 Beijing Auto Show starts on April 25. Already car enthusiasts worldwide have made their reservations and booked their seats so they can be among the first to see the innovative new automobiles coming out of the fertile minds of the engineers at Honda and Acura. For decades Acura has been a premium automotive brand that has moved from strength to strength. Now the automotive world is waiting with bated breath to get their first good look at the new Acura CDX to see if the company has yet again created an automobile that will impact the entire automotive industry.

The revelations by both Honda and Acura that they will be releasing the latest SUV concepts at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show has made the gathering a hot ticket. People worldwide will be lining up to kick the tires, experience the interiors, and see what, if any, groundbreaking technologies these forward-thing Japanese automobile manufacturers have integrated into their newest offering. No doubt the reviews of these new Honda and Acura SUVs will be hot topics. Once you decide, you have an easy option to find an Acura in Tucson.


Diamond Pentagon Grille Ushering in New Acura Phase

Boldly displaying the diamond pentagon grille that was first seen on the Precision Concept vehicle earlier this year, the Acura MDX was one of the hits of the recent New York Auto Show. The 2017 MDX has been completely refreshed, offering midsize SUV shoppers a chance to drive a vehicle with bold styling and a touch more sophistication. The new MDX also offers the AcuraWatch suite of driver assistance features on all models, including automatic braking. Look for the new SUV to make its way to the showroom at Chapman Acura this summer.

New Design Features Fresh, Bold Look

With the new diamond pentagon grille leading the way, the 2017 Acura MDX features a dynamic hood with sculpted features, front fenders outfitted with LED fog lights and brand new Jewel Eye headlamps that combine to create a sporty, distinctive look. “Upping the performance pedigree of the MDX with bold styling, our exclusive Sport Hybrid powertrain and the standard application of AcuraWatch technologies that many in the industry refer to as semi-autonomous, represents a major injection of Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance DNA,” according to Honda executive vice president John Mendel. “These changes will continue to advance MDX’s competitiveness and its legacy as the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time.”

Sport Hybrid Delivers Ultimate in Power and Control

The 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid joins the NSX racecar and RLX luxury sedan as the only Acura models to utilize a three-motor sport hybrid powertrain. A 3.0L V6 gas engine is mated with an electric motor to power the front wheels, while a pair of electric motors delivers power to the rear wheels. The system combines for a peak output of 325 horsepower, which is an increase of 35 horsepower over gasoline models. The result is a combined 26 mpg combined rating for city and highway driving. The Sport Hybrid lets you unleash your inner wild side after dropping the kids off at school. An active sport suspension package delivers both improved ride and handling. Drivers can fine-tune their suspension setup between Comfort, Normal, Sport and Sport+ for the ultimate in comfort or aggression.

AcuraWatch Helps Reduce Collisions

With AcuraWatch standard in all models of the MDX, drivers can rely on Acura technology to help avoid collisions. Features like collision mitigation braking system, lane departure warning, forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control all combine to provide a safe driving experience. See the latest safety technology and creature comforts when the new MDX arrives at Chapman Acura later this summer.

Acura NSX

The new Acura NSX is finally here. Eleven years after the original Acura NSX went out of production, Acura has produced a new supercar that has everything the modern driver even thinks they need. But its $156,000 price tag means not everybody will be able to get one. But here are 5 reasons everybody probably wishes they could get one. If you can afford one and want one, check the Acura NSX at Chapman Acura.

1. It Has Hypercar Powertrain Technology.

The new Acura NSX mid-engine supercar has a twin-turbocharged six-cylinder motor, and an electric motor. It also has batteries which help to push power through its amazing automatic transmission using a nine-speed dual clutch. This helps to give the car an incredible amount of power and allows it to be aggressive and forceful, yet easily controlled. With front-mounted electric motors powering the front wheels and a rear-mounted gasoline engine controlling the back wheels, the new NSX goes from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds and tops out at 191 miles per hour.

2. Safe Cornering at High Speed

Many times drivers faced with cornering are concerned about oversteering or understeering. The new NSX eliminates this problem and allows you to take the corner as fast as is safe. Part of the reason is because the electric motors helps to control the amount of power sent to each wheel. This vehicle allows you to corner confidently at whatever speed you’re traveling. This is an exhilarating experience. One that can change the way you approach your commute.

3. It is Made of Advanced Materials

The Acura NSX is lightweight, strong, and durable. To get all this into one car required the use of special materials inside and out. Acura used aluminum, high-strength steel, and carbon fiber to craft this versatile vehicle. Part beast and part beauty. Unique molded lines and a sleek, aerodynamic finish and a powerful engine. The result is a vehicle with an interior that’s a pleasure to touch, and a body and soul built to last.

4. It is Made For Everyday Use

This isn’t a trophy car. This is an automobile built to be driven regularly. While you may not want to have it in a mall parking lot during sale week, you could. You can take it just about anywhere. It’s suspension makes the ride feel perfect no matter the terrain. No. You probably shouldn’t use it for off-roading. But short of that, the NSX is willing, able, versatile, and up to any task. Take it on the track or take it to the street, the new Acura NSX excels.

5. A Great Heritage

Acura has long been known for impeccable construction, superior performance, comfort, advanced safety features, a smooth ride, and being fun to drive. The original NSX was considered among the 1990s best sports cars. It delivered an invigorating driving experiences. With the new NSX Acura has drawn on this tradition of quality and innovation and created a stylish, durable, versatile sports cars that perfect for today. A heritage of quality and revolutionary technology. The new Acura NSX.