This old school motorhead, while appreciating the new hybrid drive systems featured in Honda’s Accord Hybrid and Acura RLX Hybrid Sport Coupe, will not pretend to fully comprehend the computer controlled intricacies of a one engine, 3 electric motor 9 speed CVT equipped Acura RLX .
Sure, we can follow the racing escapades of the soon to appear TLX G.T. and hope that 2015 or 2016 will finally bring the long awaited arrival of the Acura, Honda NSX.
All four cars mentioned have several mechanical attributes in common. Their maker has opted to incorporate Honda’s SH-AWD into the specific model to increase torque and re-define wheel specific power to the pavement; while increasing (in most cases) the overall average fuel economy.
While the Accord Hybrid does not produce the 375 hp touted by the Acura RLX, by utilizing similar engine/ motor technology and sport hybrid i-MMD, Honda has reduced the size of the I.C. engine, offset the subsequent torque loss with the gain of a high torque regenerative electric motor; making the 2014 Accord Hybrid the most fuel efficient midsize sedan in North America.
On the high performance side, the Acura RLX utilizes a larger displacement 3.5 L i-VTEC V6 I.C. engine and 3 electric motors for a combined horsepower/ torque rating of 377/ 295. With a stated highway average mpg of 30, the RLX provides performance and economy previously unheard of in a full size performance sedan.
I’ll let Honda take it from here with one of their finest accessories; the Honda Technological Picture Book.