2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid
When Acura’s new flagship, the 2014 RLX, arrived last spring, we praised its refinement and high tech nature, including the Precision All-Wheel Steer system, and the above average road manners it bestowed. But, for a brand with Acura’s sporting legacy, we found the RLX to be luxurious, safe and solid, but sorely lacking in excitement. Well, that picture might change with this car, the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.
How? Well, the Sport Hybrid takes the RLX’s front drive 3.5-liter V6 and adds not one but three electric motors. They raises total output from 310 to 377 horsepower. The first one, a 35 kW electric motor, and its 1.3 kWh lithium-ion battery, assist the V6 providing a high voltage boost when needed.
But, the real fun comes into play with the two 27kW electric motors that power the rear wheels, taking the Super Handling all-wheel-drive concept to an electrified new level. Both rear motors work independently delivering either power or regenerative braking to the wheels to help torque vector you around corners.
Also replacing last year’s torque converter 6-speed automatic is a new 7-speed dual clutch unit with Drive selected by way of push buttons, and manual gear selection with paddle shifters.
For more sparkle, there’s also a new multi-page Head-Up display.
BRIAN ROBINSON: “How does it all work? Well, the RLX has always been more about luxury and technology than outright performance and that doesn’t fully change here, but it has gotten a whole lot more entertaining to drive.”
JOHN DAVIS: The word hybrid means there must be some fuel economy gain and there is. The Combined MPG rating goes from 24 to 30.
Pricing hasn’t been finalized, but you can expect a healthy increase over base RLX prices, when the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid arrives at dealers this Spring.
Engine: 3.5-liter V6