[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][tov motorsports][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
Honda releases info on 2025 Civic Hybrid. "the most powerful non-Type R Civic ever"
More.......................
A little Prelude tidbit that came from last week's dealer meeting...
More.......................
Acura releases details on upcoming 2025 MDX refresh
More.......................
Acura confirms debut of long-rumored entry-premium CUV for early 2025
More.......................
American Honda reports March and 1st Quarter 2024 sales results
More.......................
Spied on the Street! 2025 Acura MDX Type S
More.......................
Honda releases details on upcoming 2025 Fuel-Cell Plug-in CR-V
More.......................
Honda enables Wireless CarPlay and Android Auto on 10th generation Accords via software upgrade
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: Honda is launching its new electric N-VAN e starting at $15,500
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2025 Civic Hybrid Reviews are out
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: The Old Man's thoughts about Honda's future
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Accord vs. Camry
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Global Debut: Honda Class 8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Truck Concept
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Tesla sales have peaked in California, industry group predicts
Join Discussion......
Clarity --> Re: Oh, we bought our PHEV
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda’s New Elevate Revealed As An India-Built SUV For Global Markets
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda Hypercar
Join Discussion......
Integra --> Re: Got my ITS
Join Discussion......
Strictly Technical --> Re: K1 Attack
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda Accord, Passport Struggle As Civic, HR-V Sales Surge
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Chinese EVs
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: 2025 CR-V e:FCEV Production Start at Ohio
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Mary Barra adjusts her EV outlook
Join Discussion......
RDX and TOV Project Civic Si Road Test Status
 Date: July 28, 2006 22:53
 Submitted by:  Tuan
 Source: TOV
 Credibility Rating: N/A


Jeff, Shawn, "LudegarH22A7", and I are out in Atlanta, GA for our TOV road test of the new Acura RDX and TOV Project Si. Shawn and I arrived from California and Texas respectively Wednesday night and were picked up by Jeff at the airport in an Alabaster Silver RDX. Riding back to TOV HQ, we immediately start to observe first hand the interior accommodations and features of the RDX.

That night Shawn and I get our first driving impressions of the RDX around town. It's very strange to hear a slight turbo whine from a factory Acura and a "foooosssshhhhh" sound on throttle lift-off. Having owned cars with the B, D, F, and J series motors, I admit a certain familiarity with normally aspirated Honda engines. The turbo K-series in the RDX is definitely not what I'm used to in a Honda/Acura engine. I will defer to Shawn's report for TOV's stance on the topic.

After a quick drive in the RDX, Jeff tossed me the keys to the Project Si. With a huge grin on my face, I take the Project Si for a spin. This is my very first time driving the Project Si and I immediately feel the ferocious potential of the car. The power, sound, and g-force hit me all at once and reminds me of a very strong 2.2L S2000. Again, more details later.

Waking up very early Thursday morning, Shawn, Jeff, and I drive the RDX to Honda Manufacturing of Alabama. We're promptly greeted by several Honda Associates and the One Lap of America Honda Odyssey race vans parked out front. After a great on-camera interview we get treated to a special opportunity to drive the race vans on Honda's test track! Wait for Shawn's report on what modifications were done to the car and instrumented 0-60mph and 60-0mph results. Feel free to guess the time and distance respectively.

After having lunch in the spacious Honda cafeteria and seeing a brief tour of the Odyssey production line, we all head back to Atlanta to pick up the rest of our test gear. Picking up the Project Civic Si and meeting up with TOV reader "LudegarH22A7", we begin our drive to Knoxville, TN. Along the way, we use our Motorola radios to communicate with one another and share our impressions of the cars.

First thing Friday morning, we take the short trip to Highway 129, also known as the Tail of the Dragon and TOV's favorite road test venue. We explore the capabilities of each vehicle in the fantastic curving highway. The RDX was very adept at keeping up with any car it met and we even had a little fun with a Ferrari F430 Spyder in the twisties. If you were at the Tail of the Dragon on Friday and heard the sweetest sounding K-series motor at full song, that was TOV tearing up the tarmac in our Project Si. In-car video driving impressions were done and will be processed as time permits.

Update:
Saturday morning, we were able to get the RDX on Dynolab's 2 wheel drive dyno and made several runs. We got typical Honda engine numbers and learned a few things about the characteristics of the turbo K23. It gave us some good ideas for modifications to the car. TOV's video report will be forthcoming.

We then headed to Ed Voyles Acura in Atlanta, where they graciously allowed the use of their lift so that we could do our undercar analysis video. The techs immediately swarmed the car and provided us with a few interesting comments. We also obvserved a few car shoppers take several looks at the RDX when it was parked up front.

We will be releasing a progression of articles in the next couple of weeks.

Last edited by Tuan on July 30, 2006 11:17

Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Subject Thread Originator Replies Last Post
  RDX Commercial
LouKY 14
  RDX at dealerships now.
80honda 4
  VTEC afraid of HMC?
LouKY 7
  Any new news?
SeXiKnMeXiKn 0
  you guys made killboy.com
OwAce 2
  Times for Race Oddy's
mentaloriental 15
  Damn....I was just in Atlanta!!!! Jeff
blue99si 0
  BOV sound?
Civic_Si 2
  Strange request - Lighting
dontbothertim 8
  Tony E, , Sounds like your Odyssey "R" is awaiting you!
Mike Freitas 10
  Videos!
siegen 13
View this profile on Instagram

TEMPLE OF VTEC (@temple_of_vtec) • Instagram photos and videos

First Drive: 2023 Acura Integra - Rebirth of an Icon?
Read Article....................
2023 Acura Integra PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2022 Acura MDX Specs and Features
Read Article....................
2022 Honda Civic Design Story, a video by Honda
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX Advance
Read Article....................
Photo Gallery: 2021 Acura TLX A-Spec
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2023 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
30