The old saying “Win on Sunday, sell on Monday” is alive and well and Acura is hoping it applies to crossovers.
In an effort to promote the 2019 RDX, Acura will enter a modified model in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 24th. The crossover will compete in the Exhibition Class and be driven by Jordan Guitar who is a member of the company’s North American chassis development group.
The RDX has a “lightly modified” powertrain that features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which has been equipped with a larger turbocharger. The model also has a ten-speed automatic transmission and a Super Handling All‐Wheel Drive system. The setup closely echoes the standard RDX but engineers also installed a “48-volt micro hybrid” system, an electric supercharger and a larger intercooler.
Thanks to these modifications, the Pikes Peak RDX develops 350 hp (261 kW / 355 PS) and 330 lb-ft (447 lb-ft) of torque. For comparison, the standard model is rated at 272 hp (203 kW / 276 PS) and 280 lb-ft (379 Nm) of torque.
Besides the upgraded powertrain, the RDX features a stripped out interior to reduce weight. The crossover also has an optimized all-wheel drive system, a race-tuned suspension and 19-inch forged wheels with Pirelli racing tires. Lastly, the RDX has been outfitted with Brembo front brake calipers and racing pads.
The RDX isn’t the only vehicle Acura is bringing to Pikes Peak as Nick Robinson will drive a TLX A-Spec in the Exhibition Class. The model features aerodynamic improvements, a revised suspension, a limited-slip differential and a turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that develops 500 hp (373 kW / 507 PS).
Acura’s NSX will also be racing for the summit with James Robinson behind the wheel. The Time Attack 1 NSX set the overall hybrid record last year and this year the car is lighter and features larger turbochargers. The NSX’s aerodynamics package has also been changed as there’s a larger rear wing and a bigger front splitter.
Last but not least, RealTime Racing will compete in a TLX GT race car. The model features a twin-turbo V6 engine, revised transmission gearing and a suspension which has been designed specifically for hill climbs.