It’s like nothing you’ve ever driven. In fact, it’s like nothing anyone has ever driven. The new RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD (Super Handling All-Wheel Drive) is a watershed for performance sedans—quite simply the most powerful and technologically advanced Acura ever built. This is no mere hybrid with one eye on the gas gauge. This is the RLX Sport Hybrid with both eyes on the road ahead.
Don’t call it the gas pedal anymore. From a standing start, acceleration on the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD® is swift and electric—making use of the dual rear motors to drive the rear wheels. Unlike gasoline engines, electric motors produce 100% of their torque the moment they are engaged. It’s something you’ll appreciate as you watch the speedometer needle rapidly climb north.
When a very short onramp and fast-moving traffic warrant aggressive acceleration, the gasoline engine and all three electric motors work in assertive harmony. Right when you need it, they can deliver immense power to all four wheels and amazed expressions to all four passengers.
On a twisting road, the RLX Sport Hybrid is fully in its element. The rear electric motors augment handling prowess by independently applying positive and negative torque to the rear wheels. This torque vectoring helps rotate the car through the turn. Sport Hybrid SH-AWD lets you carve a professional driver’s precise line through a challenging curve, whether traveling at high speed, accelerating or simply coasting. It is truly exhilarating—and groundbreaking.
At highway speeds the 310-hp V-6 gets the assignment—with support from the front electric motor when essential. Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) increases your fuel efficiency by allowing the engine to run on only three cylinders. When you need to quickly pass an 18-wheeler, the VCM system instantly fires all six cylinders, and the electric motors, if necessary. Pass completed, the engine returns to three-cylinder power. The transition is imperceptible, until you look at your average mpg.
Wet conditions don’t have to be intimidating. Quite the opposite. Even on rain-slicked or snow-covered pavement, the RLX Sport Hybrid feels firmly planted. When a sudden summer storm soaks the road, Sport Hybrid SH-AWD monitors speed, road conditions, driver input and other factors to distribute power to the wheels with the most traction. Confidence can, in fact, be engineered.
Finally, a reason to appreciate stoplights and stop-and-go traffic. When braking or coasting—two events that occur frequently during a morning and evening commute—the hybrid system captures kinetic energy and uses it to charge the state-of-the-art Lithium-Ion battery.
The advanced hybrid system always delivers as much—or as little—power as you need. Navigating a crowded parking lot or driving through your neighborhood, the two rear electric motors can smoothly and quietly propel the rear wheels. As you accelerate to a higher speed, gasoline power and the front electric motor seamlessly join in.