Spy Shot of 2014 Acura RLX Testing
The 2014 Acura RL is based on the Acura RLX concept that was introduced at the New York Auto Show. The RLX Concept's all-new 3.5-liter direct-injected VTEC V-6 engine and Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, with three electric motors, will combine to generate more than 370-horsepower, and are paired with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and will deliver V-8 acceleration with four-cylinder fuel economy—with an estimated EPA (city/highway/combined) rating of 30/30/30 mpg.
Of course, to be upfront, there is a nagging doubt that it might not be the new Acura RLX because the chase car with it is clearly an Infiniti M Class, but was that intended just to throw the scent off? Infiniti doesn't seem to have anything in the pipeline that would be ready for testing at this point with minimal camoflauge.
The reason we feel this is the new Acura RL is from nothing you can see in this photo: the front end. This car was originally spotted during the media introduction of the 2013 Audi All Road, Audi A5, S5, A4 and S4. On the test drive route from outside of Denver to Avon, this test mule was parked alongside the road at about 10,000 feet.
By the time my driving partner, Neil Hicks III from CarFanaticsForum.com and I pulled up next to it, the engineers got spooked and pulled a U-turn right in front of us. They provided us with a strong view of the front-end of the Acura RLX but without time for either of us to even snap a cellphone picture.