Tag Archives: Acura

Episode 323: Ricky Taylor Explores his Acura DPI car with us at Laguna Seca

We also chat about the 2023 LMDH entry, racing against, and with, Kevin Magnussen, and all the ups and downs of his 2022 IMSA thus far

  • A quick overview of the 2022 Italian Grand Prix at Imola
  • Ricky Taylor shares his thoughts on his 2022 season
  • We chat about the ins and outs of DPI downforce
  • What’s it like to see Kevin Magnussen back in F1?
  • What races look good for Wayne Taylor Racing in 2022?
  • What about 2022 and beyond?
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Ricky Taylor, driver of the Konica Minolta Acura ARX-05, Acura DPi

Episode 314: Acura Wins the 2022 24 Hours of Daytona

Meyer Shank Racing led an Acura 1-2 at the 24 Hour event with Wayne Taylor Racing’s Acura following close behind. We also catch you up on the latest Formula 1 news, WRC, and I speak with Ricky Taylor of Wayne Taylor racing about the Daytona race.

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Acura Announces the Return of an Icon, and My Youth, the Integra

When Honda launched its premium Acura brand back in the 1980s, it started with two models. The Legend sedan and the Integra hatchback. Today, during this years Monterey Car Week, Acura announced the return of one of those models.

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Podcast 277: Episode 11 of 2021 – 2021 12 Hours of Sebring Results and Interviews with BMW and Porsche Factory drivers

  • Robin is joined by Jonathan Gitlin of Ars Technica
    • They discuss the results of the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring
    • Surprise call-in from BMW Factory Driver John Edwards
    • Jimmy Johnson’s performance
    • 12 Hours of racing action
    • Porsche wins GTLM and GTD race classes
    • Great chat with Porsche Factory Driver Patrick Long
    • Robin Warner’s Porsche Taycan 4S video
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Podcast 270: Episode 4 of 2021 – 2021 24 Hours of Daytona Post Race Debrief

2022 Acura MDX Gets Big and Stylish

After months of multiple announcements and reveals, the 2022, fourth-generation Acura MDX has arrived, adorned with a new look and riding on a new platform. This new generation brings about a new era for the premium, three-row SUV as it is now burdened with the title of flagship model, meaning it’s here to represent the best of what Honda’s luxury/performance brand can deliver. That ignores the NSX supercar, of course, which Acura calls its halo car.

Riding on an all new platform that Acura designed specifically and, for now at least, solely for the MDX model, it is a claimed 32 percent more torsionally rigid than the third generation model. Furthermore, the front strut suspension was tossed in the bin and replaced with a much more car enthusiast friendly double-wishbone set-up. The rear suspension retains its basic four-link structure, but engineers thoroughly reworked it to increase both handling prowess and ride comfort.

The most obvious change of the latest MDX, however, is its new skin, as Acura adopted the design language that was first introduced on the 2019 Acura RDX. And it works well. Because the MDX is longer and wider than before and, indeed, the biggest car Acura builds, the curves and creases of the design flow naturally here, never looking blunt or stunted. The stance is low and wide, given the category, and the front and rear overhangs are reduced, adding visual strength. That said, I’d prefer a smaller emblem attached to the grille in front. It’s not an eye sore, but it stands out more than it blends in.

Considering all of the aforementioned newness, Acura surprised me by bolting up the existing 3.5-liter V6 with no updates, such that it continues to produce the same peak outputs of 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque, just as the 2020 model does today. Acura’s rebuttal is that while the engine remains unchanged, they installed a new, 10-speed automatic transmission, with an 8.9-percent shorter first gear, putting more torque to the road from zero speed.

Moreover, the MDX gets the latest generation Super Handling all-wheel-drive, SH-AWD, that can send 70 percent of the torque to the rear-axle and then distribute 100 percent of that to either wheel. That flexibility in torque distribution helps the MDX mitigate the inherent handling issues of a long wheelbase, 113.8-inches, and a nose heavy body, 58 percent of the weight rests on the front axle.

In fact, the MDX handles WAY better than you’d ever expect it to. Steering has a nice weight to it, with good turn-in response and high-levels of precision, which makes it easy to keep speed up in the corners, and really lean on the 20-inch all-season tires. While the MDX understeers, it does so much less than you’d expect. If you really try, you can even get the rear-end to wiggle a bit at corner exit. In a three-row SUV!

And all the usual safety and luxury bits are here. Standard in the MDX is a Qi smartphone charging pad, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a built-in Amazon Alexa. That’s controlled through a 12.3-inch center console screen. The seats are leather and comfortable. The space is cavernous and the ergonomics are intuitive. You also get plenty of space and flexibility for cargo carrying needs.

The point is, Acura built a useful SUV, as they’ve always done. But this time around, they added more style and driving prowess than before. And by big margins. Base price is under $48,000. But you’ll have a lot more fun with one of the SH-AWD models that start at $49,925. For that money, you get a flagship worthy SUV to roll in. One that will even allow you to crack a smile on your favorite twisty road.

Podcast 214: Motorsports Miscellany, Formula One and IMSA News

Our Podcast covers racing news as of October 20th 2017

Hosts: Christopher Roche, Jamey Price and Robin Warner