The Japanese manufacturer wants to take the laurels all over again and is sending at the iconic American hill climb no less than three very special cars.
Acura plans a show of force for the 95th edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, hitting the tarmac with two TLX sport sedans – one being the all-new 2018 TLX A-Spec – but will most likely search for the best time in the NSX supercar that will be fielded in the Time Attack 1 category. More so, the premium brand will see its cars – TLX and MDX – used as official pace cars and rookie orientation vehicles for the event. The new TLX A-Spec is prepared for the Exhibition class, getting an overhauled 500-horsepower turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. The other TLX is an all-wheel drive GT version set to compete in the Open class, powered by a biturbo V6 from the Pirelli World Challenge.
Meanwhile the Time Attack 1 class NSX is fashioned after the GT3 version but with production credentials, complete with less weight and aerodynamic upgrades. Speaking of the NSX, according to Sekino Yosuke, the Honda research and development chief, last year’s four-motor EV Concept was not there just for show as the engineers will learn precious lessons that will later be used in a road-going model, so we might one day see an electric Honda supercar with around 1,000 horsepower and the “four-wheel independent torque allocation.”