What is the Acura RLX? I know manufacturer's nomenclature of cars can get really confusing when they start using letters and numbers. So let me give you a quick history lesson so you know what the RLX is and where it stands in the Acura lineup.
Back in 1986 Acura launched its first car the Legend. The Legend was Honda's halo car at the time and clearly became a legend. A decade later in 1996, the third generation Legend was rebranded as the Acura RL for North America (still Honda Legend in Japan). And now this year, the RL is being superseded by the RLX. There's a new halo car for Acura and at 377hp it's the Honda's most powerful production engine.
So why add the X to RL? No it's not to emphasis the AWD system. The RL had the Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) for years. We can only assume the X was added to RL to emphasis the new Precision All-Wheel-Steer (P-AWS). Yes, this is something like the 4WS (4-Wheel Steer) we remember on the old third generation '88-91 Honda Preludes. Only the new P-AWS is a million times better than ever before. Imagine decades more of technology advancement. The RLX is Acura's flagship car targeting other luxury cars like the Lexus GS, BMW 5-series, Infiniti M, and Mercedes E-class. But when you drive the RLX things like the P-AWS give you that realization that Acura still has that racing heritage in their DNA. Handling was tight and surprisingly great from a luxury car.
If you can afford it and you want a luxury hybrid the RLX comes in a Sport Hybrid version. Now before you start on that hybrid hater nonsense let me tell you. Don't think of it as a hybrid car that is luxurious. Think of it as a luxury car that has the added hybrid feature to gain a better fuel economy. Just about every full size luxury car sips, no guzzles gasoline. So why not have a perfect blend of hybrid mpg and luxury? Driving the RLX Sport Hybrid you would never know it was hybrid unless someone told you. With 377hp in a 3.5L, this is Honda's largest and most potent engine. This is not your typical hybrid. It feels more like a V8. We can't wait to see someone VIP the shit out of this thing. Just look at those headlights.
2014 Acura RLX and RLX Sport Hybrid
Power: 377hp (Sport Hybrid), 310hp (P-AWS)
Engine: 3.5L, V6, 24-valve direct injection, i-VTEC
Drivetrain: Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD) and Precision All-Wheel-Steer (P-AWS)
Chassis: double-wishbone front suspension, multi-link rear, aluminum subframe
Wheels/Tires: 19" wheels
Exterior: Jewel Eye LED headlights (Sport Hybrid), LED fog lights, aluminum hood, acoustin windshield and side glass, rain-sensing wipers
Interior: head-up display, Milano leather heated/ventilated electronic seats, expanding side curtains shades
Electronics: 7" GPS, Krell 14-speaker audio, Lane Keeping Assist System, parking sensors, Smart Entry, Smart Start