[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017
More.......................
Honda will be showing a Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!
More.......................
Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show
More.......................
American Honda Reports August 2017 Auto Sales
More.......................
Some Civic Type Rs are overheating on track
More.......................
Spied on the STREET! Next Gen RDX
More.......................
Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX; Debut Set for Monterey Automotive Week
More.......................
Professional Motorsports --> Re: F1 - 2017 United States Grand Prix
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Acura falls to below average in CR quality survey
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 5,000 deaths annually from dieselgate in Europe
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: Round 15 - MotoGP - Australian GP SPOILERS
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: I saw my first 2018 Accord
Join Discussion......
S2000 --> Re: Ehh. Need S2000 technical help
Join Discussion......
MDX --> Re: Did it - mdx hybrid
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Proud new owner of...
Join Discussion......
TSX --> Re: Sudden problems.
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: 2018 Accord Tight Driver Knee Room
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: 18 Accord pics (June)
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: H2 fueling stations cheaper than charging stations...
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Do you wrench on your own car?
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Civic Si-R with the 2.0t engine?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 2019 Audi A7
Join Discussion......
2008 Acura Preview
 Date: April 08, 2007 08:00
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: TOV News
 Credibility Rating: Not Specified


In what's become a bit of an annual TOV tradition, our "Spring Cleaning" news feature is intended to provide a quick summary of what Honda and Acura have in store for your favorite products. This year we decided to split the feature in two pieces, serving up the Acura info first. Watch for the Honda update in the next few days. The report this year is a little bit earlier than past spring previews, so we will continue to provide updates when we learn more.

Acura
After emptying its chamber in 2006 with the RDX and MDX launches, Acura has left the cupboards essentially bare for 2007. Basically the only news here is that the 2007 model year will reportedly be cut short for one or more of the nameplates.

  • TSX We've heard from several sources that the buildout for the '07 TSX is already taking place. That means that '08 models will be appearing in showrooms in the early to mid-summer timeframe. There had been some speculation that given Acura's otherwise empty launch schedule for 2007, the FMC (full model change) for the TSX would possibly take place in the fall of 2007 for the 2008 model year. Current reports indicate that Acura will instead launch the next generation TSX as a 2009 model sometime in the early portion of 2008. We're hoping that means around March or April, as the current TSX launched in a similar timeframe in 2003. As for the product itself, there have been several different rumors floating about but AWD seems to be a common thread in most of the rumors. At this point it's not clear whether AWD will be standard or not, but if it's not you can safely bet that the base models will be front-wheel-drive. There have also been a few rumors of turbocharged motors finding their way underhood of the TSX, but we have heard no firm confirmations of these, and for what it's worth, at one point a half year ago or so some folks were telling us that the TSX would definitely NOT be getting a turbo motor. The current TSX is a fantastic car, but it's a bit of a shame that Acura never fully realized the car's magnificent potential with a potent ~250hp motor and limited-slip diff.
      What it needs: A more thrilling motor that can match its excellent chassis, and a limited slip diff to go along with it.
      What it DOESN'T need: We fear that an AWD system will bring too much weight and drag, dulling the TSX's edge

  • RDX We don't expect to see many changes to the RDX for 2008. This is another model that will supposedly see an early '07 buildout. The RDX has missed sales targets by a fair margin, so it will be interesting to see if an MMC (minor model change) occurs earlier than typical, in MY'09.
      What it needs: A more responsive transmission and a diet. A big reduction in understeer/more proactive SH-AWD system. A 6MT would be nice too.
      What it DOESN'T need: Turbo lag, high sticker price, two ton curb weight

  • TL The third generation TL launched very successfully in 2003 and recently benefited from its MMC for model year '07. Unfortunately, the expected uptick in sales hasn't quite materialized yet, even with the addition of the potent Type-S model. Competition has intensified greatly for the TL, so the parameters for the FMC (due next fall for model year 2009) are critical. The expectation is that the next-gen TL will join the remainder of Acura's lineup in carrying the SH-AWD torch. We're also expecting to see Advanced VTEC applied to its V6 motor for '09, and outputs nudging north of 300hp.
      What it needs: Unique underpinnings from the Accord. Real sporting credentials (a proper FR-based chassis). A 6-speed automatic. A pure focus on driving.
      What it DOESN'T need: More weight. We can tolerate SH-AWD, but only if it's offered in addition to FR and coupled to a responsive transmission

  • MDX It's only been on the road for around 6 months, and sales have been pretty steady. Don't expect anything but minor trim tweaks and perhaps some swatch shuffling until the MMC. Perhaps we'll see the auto-dimming rear view mirror that Acura somehow forgot on the '07 models. We love the MDX's 300hp 3.7L V6, but it would feel even better if it were hooked up to a more responsive transmission with tighter gearing. A 6-speed automatic should do the trick, and we're hoping that Acura engineers are hard at work on that right now.
      What it needs: A more responsive transmission with tighter gearing would make the most of the MDX's potent V6. A V8 would help its pedigree.
      What it doesn't need: To lose sight of the competition.

  • RL The poor RL continues to get battered in showrooms. As we discussed a little over a year ago, the product planners at Acura don't seem to have a lot to work with for the RL's MMC, so we're left wondering if it makes any sense to even do an MMC for the RL. From a strictly US perspective, the best strategy may be to just cut bait on it after a four or five model year run and perhaps reintroduce the Legend nameplate on an FR platform that could be shared with the TL (or whatever they might want to call a slightly smaller, sportier sedan variant). While it sounds like a good plan for the North American market, the problem with this strategy is that the RL was introduced in Europe fairly recently, as the Honda Legend. So that means the Legend name probably wouldn't fly on a completely different Acura vehicle, nor would Honda likely be super keen on replacing the European Legend so soon after its introduction. Now if there is in fact an MMC, Acura needs to cook up a real humdinger of a drivetrain with a 300+hp V6 that feels like 300hp and a transmission that makes the most of it. With its 6-cylinder competition now offering 0-60 times in the low 5s range, it needs to be a pretty special drivetrain.
      What it needs: A clean sheet redesign that takes the market into account (Hint: FR configuration, engine options). A big boost in performance will help in the mean time, starting with a better matched transmission.
      What it DOESN'T need: Let's just move on...

  • NSX About the only thing we know for sure is that we won't be seeing an NSX successor in MY'08. Of course, we got to see the Advanced Sports Car Concept at this year's Detroit Auto Show, and there's supposed to be another concept shown in Tokyo this Fall, but if we're to believe some reports that are floating around, Acura's backpedaling a bit on where the NSX is headed. Some stories suggested that Acura had already scrapped the ASCC design. If true, a 2010 debut may be too optimistic, but we're willing to wait another year or two for the right car. We've made no secret that we're not big on the Front-engined, all-wheel-drive layout that Acura's been talking about - we feel that anything tied to the NSX's heritage must have the motor mounted midship. And we realize some people are big fans of AWD, but we'd rather keep things simple (and lighter!) and have our next-gen NSX rear-wheel drive. An SH-AWD version is fine as long as it's offered in addition to the mid-engined, rear-drive "base" NSX.
      What it needs: Mid-engine, rear drive base configuration, and keep weight targets as low as feasible. SH-AWD should be optional.
      What it DOESN'T need: To become a GT-R.

Last edited by JeffX on February 01, 2008 08:54

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Your Feedback
Date Subject User
05-20-2007 22:28 What the Acura RDX needs IMHO   (Score: 1, Normal) tdiidman
05-22-2007 17:43 RMartin
07-11-2007 13:01 roadwarior8
04-16-2007 22:04 MDX Updates spied   (Score: 1, Normal) cat in the baby
04-16-2007 22:58 aznstuart
04-17-2007 04:44 Colin
04-17-2007 13:56 Varmint
04-17-2007 19:59 cat in the baby
04-18-2007 01:07 Colin
04-24-2007 21:43 Mike Freitas
04-30-2007 13:08 Nick GravesX
04-12-2007 00:21 Hyundai   (Score: 1, Normal) HONDA AFVM
04-19-2007 16:34 HondaSales2
04-20-2007 15:53 BartMan
04-11-2007 17:59 SH-AWD TL? Dont think so....   (Score: 1, Normal) cfox84
04-11-2007 22:51 aznstuart
04-12-2007 01:20 ntt18
04-12-2007 10:22 klossfam1
04-13-2007 10:07 JeffX
04-15-2007 15:38 lexusgs
04-19-2007 23:33 tonycd
04-09-2007 15:13 No Wagon?   (Score: 1, Normal) robdough
04-09-2007 15:47 RyanDL
04-09-2007 19:25 jsmd
04-09-2007 19:37 aznstuart
04-09-2007 22:24 solphoenix
04-09-2007 23:57 Babingatron
04-10-2007 00:12 CarPhreakD
04-10-2007 16:22 GHOAG
04-10-2007 22:31 JeffX
04-10-2007 18:58 98EX4cyl
04-11-2007 09:14 RyanDL
04-11-2007 09:55 duncan
04-11-2007 10:04 RyanDL
04-11-2007 11:17 jsmd
04-11-2007 12:29 duncan
04-11-2007 12:39 Sasker
04-11-2007 12:46 Sasker
04-11-2007 13:01 duncan
04-11-2007 14:55 Sasker
04-11-2007 15:18 solphoenix
04-11-2007 15:25 jsmd
04-11-2007 15:36 RyanDL
04-11-2007 17:10 duncan
04-11-2007 17:10 Varmint
04-12-2007 10:25 duncan
04-12-2007 13:51 Varmint
04-12-2007 15:04 duncan
04-12-2007 17:09 Varmint
04-13-2007 14:30 duncan
04-11-2007 09:37 jsmd
04-11-2007 16:47 Varmint
04-11-2007 18:33 98EX4cyl
04-11-2007 20:46 jsmd
04-10-2007 20:10 HONDA AFVM
04-10-2007 11:40 Chris David
04-10-2007 13:47 iceman6
04-13-2007 15:41 ender
04-14-2007 00:59 Babingatron
04-14-2007 01:39 ender
04-16-2007 13:57 Varmint
04-16-2007 18:33 aznstuart
04-16-2007 21:58 JeffX
04-17-2007 09:55 duncan
04-17-2007 13:51 Varmint
04-17-2007 17:03 duncan
04-19-2007 23:30 Babingatron
04-15-2007 01:18 Message below viewing threshold View   (Score: 0, Preposterous) fortan
04-15-2007 13:23 ender
04-16-2007 19:30 tmferris
04-17-2007 23:33 silverf161
04-17-2007 23:45 silverf161
04-09-2007 10:37 SADDEST PART OF IT ALL......   (Score: 1, Normal) DevilMayCry
04-09-2007 22:36 dampfnudel
04-11-2007 20:05 CarPhreakD
04-17-2007 00:27 Buran
04-12-2007 20:05 Buildout Timing (and MY2008 TSX Changes)?   (Score: 1, Normal) KevinB1098
04-14-2007 15:44 Colin
04-15-2007 17:20 KevinB1098
04-09-2007 14:44 LEGEND name   (Score: 1, Normal) Legend93
04-09-2007 17:31 aznstuart
04-09-2007 19:36 Frogger
04-12-2007 06:03 FMKorg
04-09-2007 20:35 PINOCHET
04-15-2007 14:31 ender
04-09-2007 09:48 BRING BACK THE HSC   (Score: 1, Normal) aznstuart
04-10-2007 14:44 Nick GravesX
04-10-2007 20:07 HONDA AFVM
04-10-2007 21:04 aznstuart
04-10-2007 23:57 HONDA AFVM
04-14-2007 16:38 Colin
04-08-2007 19:42 What I'd love to see   (Score: 1, Normal) Kn1ves
04-09-2007 00:27 s2ktaxi
04-13-2007 22:14 ender
04-13-2007 12:17 ASCC = ASX?   (Score: 1, Normal) DA-B17A1 Driver
04-09-2007 04:05 The ASCC will become another RL are you listening Acura?   (Score: 1, Normal) FMKorg
04-10-2007 17:37 JMU R1
04-13-2007 11:35 DA-B17A1 Driver
04-12-2007 14:12 what the MDX needs ....   (Score: 1, Normal) jimmyp5
04-12-2007 17:11 Varmint
04-12-2007 20:49 aznstuart
04-13-2007 10:01 JeffX
04-09-2007 21:38 Wrong, wrong on the RL   (Score: 1, Normal) 6SPDTL
04-09-2007 22:21 solphoenix
04-10-2007 10:43 MrBiglzwerth
04-09-2007 22:25 sadlerau1
04-10-2007 14:36 siegen
04-10-2007 09:38 RyanDL
04-10-2007 12:01 6SPDTL
04-10-2007 12:42 RyanDL
04-10-2007 16:21 6SPDTL
04-10-2007 13:10 Hondu
04-10-2007 12:07 6SPDTL
04-10-2007 14:18 JeffX
04-10-2007 14:43 Nick GravesX
04-10-2007 16:38 6SPDTL
04-10-2007 21:50 sadlerau1
04-10-2007 22:30 TeggyBoi
04-11-2007 06:42 Nick GravesX
04-11-2007 09:25 RyanDL
04-11-2007 21:30 sadlerau1
04-13-2007 04:09 neuronbob
04-10-2007 17:09 Prez808
04-10-2007 17:38 RyanDL
04-10-2007 21:02 aznstuart
04-12-2007 19:23 ACURA TL DESIGN 2007 & 2009   (Score: 1, Normal) HONDA CAT
04-10-2007 20:42 umm...Acura, get ya azz in here.   (Score: 1, Normal) Prox Enmity
04-11-2007 13:25 Nick GravesX
04-11-2007 13:33 CarPhreakD
04-11-2007 15:36 hondacura
04-11-2007 15:56 Torque
04-11-2007 17:26 Prox Enmity
04-12-2007 00:12 Powered by Honda
04-11-2007 17:29 Prox Enmity
04-11-2007 20:02 CarPhreakD
04-11-2007 23:32 solphoenix
04-12-2007 00:04 Torque
04-12-2007 00:14 Powered by Honda
04-12-2007 06:01 Nick GravesX
04-12-2007 06:01 Nick GravesX
04-12-2007 13:21 Torque
04-12-2007 00:05 Powered by Honda
04-12-2007 06:03 Nick GravesX
04-10-2007 23:58 Crazy Idea ? Maybe smaller not bigger.   (Score: 1, Normal) fortan
04-11-2007 06:37 Nick GravesX
04-11-2007 10:49 fortan
04-11-2007 13:15 Nick GravesX
04-11-2007 10:30 Chris David
04-11-2007 17:23 Varmint
04-11-2007 22:48 aznstuart
04-12-2007 09:19 Varmint
04-08-2007 12:33 Acura SL...Time to learn from mistakes   (Score: 1, Normal) revvin
04-08-2007 13:27 vtecascendency
04-08-2007 14:26 JMU R1
04-08-2007 14:57 cat in the baby
04-08-2007 17:02 aznstuart
04-08-2007 18:14 roninsi02
04-08-2007 19:43 Frogger
04-08-2007 21:33 krazeericeboi54
04-08-2007 23:17 alankaste
04-08-2007 23:36 roninsi02
04-09-2007 00:21 HONDA AFVM
04-08-2007 23:39 JeffX
04-09-2007 07:22 Mechanic
04-09-2007 23:47 HONDA AFVM
04-10-2007 06:16 Nick GravesX
04-10-2007 09:13 JeffX
04-10-2007 14:34 Nick GravesX
04-10-2007 16:32 HONDA AFVM
04-11-2007 03:30 FMKorg
04-11-2007 04:58 dodole
04-11-2007 13:22 Nick GravesX
04-12-2007 05:49 FMKorg
04-09-2007 12:51 MasterOfDaDomain
04-09-2007 16:48 sjava
04-09-2007 09:41 aznstuart
04-09-2007 12:09 duncan
04-09-2007 13:28 aznstuart
04-09-2007 13:37 duncan
04-09-2007 14:24 gearhead99
04-09-2007 04:18 FMKorg
04-09-2007 18:00 reddsharkk
04-09-2007 19:53 aznstuart
04-09-2007 22:52 FinalVibes
04-08-2007 17:34 Sports Cars   (Score: 1, Normal) aznstuart
04-08-2007 18:17 roninsi02
04-09-2007 00:41 NSXman
04-09-2007 00:52 jero
04-09-2007 07:31 fasthonda
04-09-2007 10:02 Frogger
04-09-2007 12:10 Demitri434
04-09-2007 12:30 duncan
04-09-2007 17:47 redline
04-09-2007 19:55 aznstuart
04-10-2007 11:05 duncan
04-10-2007 16:53 redline
04-10-2007 17:35 JMU R1
04-10-2007 20:57 redline
04-10-2007 23:12 Demitri434
04-11-2007 09:25 duncan
04-11-2007 11:24 redline
04-11-2007 11:42 duncan
04-11-2007 12:18 duncan
04-11-2007 13:28 Nick GravesX
04-11-2007 13:49 JMU R1
04-08-2007 17:16 Message below viewing threshold View   (Score: 0, No Value Added) Prox Enmity
04-09-2007 00:33 HONDA AFVM
04-09-2007 03:01 Adampops
04-09-2007 10:08 Demitri434
04-09-2007 20:11
    • Message below viewing threshold View   (Score: -1, Flamebait)
Prox Enmity
04-09-2007 20:19 Mikef
04-10-2007 09:54
  • Message below viewing threshold View   (Score: 0, Normal)
flicmod
04-10-2007 14:46
    • Message below viewing threshold View   (Score: 0, Normal)
Mikef
04-09-2007 00:45 Nothing coming soon...   (Score: 1, Normal) jero
04-09-2007 01:31 ntt18
04-09-2007 01:35 jero
04-09-2007 03:30 TeggyBoi
04-09-2007 13:30 98EX4cyl
04-09-2007 17:56 TeggyBoi
04-09-2007 19:02 98EX4cyl
04-09-2007 23:11 TeggyBoi
04-09-2007 23:20 TeggyBoi
04-09-2007 12:22 08 and beyond.   (Score: 1, Normal) tmferris
04-08-2007 13:18 TSX Introduction   (Score: 1, Normal) Garlick
04-08-2007 17:29 JeffX
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 1.5T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy