Ottawa Auto Show: 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

Published on March 19 2015

Another newbie for Acura, the RLX is the successor to the RL, only appearing for the first time at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, and the RLX Sport Hybrid now serves as Acura’s flagship sedan in the lineup.

While there are a total of four different RLX models available from Acura, the RLX Sport Hybrid is the most interesting and offers the most for the money. With a hybrid drive system as well as Acura’s SH-AWD, the Sport Hybrid might be the most expensive in the lineup but it also features the most content and goodies.

There’s a beauty in how the 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is powered. It manages to achieve the power of a conventional V8 with three separate electric motors (one up front and two in the rear) while also returning the fuel efficiency numbers of a 4-cyl. Combined horsepower and torque numbers sit at 377 each, as the 3.7L i-VTEC mill works together with the lithium-ion powered motors to get the RLX Sport Hybrid moving -- and quickly.  All power is handled via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission with Sequential SportShit and paddle shifters.

Even the SH-AWD system is poetry in motion, utilizing the electric motors to help transfer power. For example, from a stop, the rear wheels are powered by the twin rear motors which makes for an engaging and dynamic start as there is no lag in power from an electric motor. It’s full power right away with the 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid.  And when more aggressive driving and maneuvers require power from all electric motors and gasoline combined, power is sent to all four wheels to keep the RLX Sport Hybrid grounded and going precisely where you want it to.

The 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid also features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) to really boost your fuel efficiency. On highway cruises, your RLX Sport Hybrid runs on 3 cylinders only, the full six (along with the electric motors if necessary) will only kick in when passing or when accelerating hard. And at lower speeds such as in a parking lot or driving through a suburban neighbourhood, only the rear electric motors drive the rear wheels, quietly and efficiently.

The 2015 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid is a feat in engineering and design and offers a dynamic and sporty drive while still managing to be fuel efficient and more environmentally friendly than the other RLX models in the lineup. Win-win.

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