2019 Acura RDX To Tackle Pikes Peak With A 350 HP Engine

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.

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  • Andrewthecarguy

    Why not make a street version to tackle the X3 M40i?

    • Honda NSX-R

      Who knows, maybe they are…

  • Honda NSX-R

    I have a feeling that some of the enhancements on this RDX such as the mild-hybrid system could trickle down to future Acuras

  • THE NISSAN C-PILLAR KICK-UP/FLOATING ROOF ISN’T PRETTY ON NISSAN’S, I DON’T KNOW WHY ACURA, AMONG OTHERS INSIST ON COPYING IT.

    • Mill0048

      There’s people on both sides of the fence there. I actually like most of Nissan’s applications of the floating roof design. Is there a particular reason you don’t like it? No sense of strength to the rear of the cars? Or perhaps breaks up the vehicle color scheme too much?

      • WELL FOR ONE IT’S NISSAN’S SO WHY COPY IT? NISSAN TOOK THE FLOATING ROOF WHICH WAS USED WAY TOO MUCH IN THE FIRST PLACE AND ADDED THE C-PILLAR KICK-UP AND USE IT ON EVERY CAR THEY SELL. THE LEAF AND THE JUKE (KICKS) WERE UNIQUE AND FUNKY (NOT PRETTY) NOW THEY BLEND IN WITH THE REST OF THEIR CARS. ALL THAT PLUS I DON’T THINK IT’S AN ATTRACTIVE DESIGN ELEMENT AND NOW MANY COMPANIES ARE COPYING IT.

  • Tom Weech

    Did Acura just out the RDX Type-S Sport Hybrid?

    • Honda NSX-R

      It could be a teaser for an RDX Type S…could be.

  • Hopefully something will come out of this to the road car. Acura is getting boring.

  • john1168

    RDX lightly modified my @$$… Bigger turbo, adding an electric supercharger and adding a hybrid system is considered lightly modified??? LMAO! I’m really looking forward to the future of electric superchargers. And I like the new RDX.

  • Harry_Wild

    Why not offer this increase in powertrain to the consumer? Kind of stupid to have this as a promotional RDX and not available for purchase! Another lame brain idea from Acura management!

  • SteersUright

    Acura’s silly racing efforts translate to nothing tangible in the showroom considering they never build any truly exciting models derived from said racing efforts. They have no answer to M, M sport, AMG, S, RS… Its a shame too, how hard would it seriously be to take all the performance bits from this MDX and make a proper competitor to some of those German sporty SUV’s?

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