Sunday, October 18, 2020

NSX-Inspired Acura RDX PMC Edition Sells As Fast As It Looks

Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Co., Inc


Acura’s top-selling vehicle year after year, the RDX crossover has allowed buyers a reasonably accessible entry to modern luxury that also excels in everyday driving. With 62,876 units sold in the United States in 2019, it could be difficult for a premium brand such as Acura to convey a sense of tailored prestige around such popular crossover vehicle. Drawing upon the mystique of the NSX hybrid supercar, the limited production 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition is already seen by buyers as a fantastically vibrant means to obtain some differentiation from the common dealership fare. 

A specially-prepared variant that goes beyond aesthetic and trim details, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition is the latest among a series of handcrafted models giving the Honda-supported luxury badge a new sense of prominence. First showcased with the TLX sedan in 2019, Acura has extended the precision performance halo of the NSX supercar and their Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) located in Marysville, Ohio throughout their vehicle lineup.


Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Co., Inc



Sent to Acura’s performance facility in a body-in-white form, the RDX crossover configured to the PMC Edition specifications receives a robotically-applied, multi-layer exterior paint coating. The RDX PMC Edition’s Thermal Orange Pearl colour (lifted from the premium paint chart for the Acura NSX) is accompanied by a gold and mica mid-coat in addition to four layers of clearcoat. A paint process taking a total of five days, Acura PMC staff carefully hand inspects the colour application. The Acura RDX PMC Edition’s Thermal Orange Pearl outer appearance is paired with gloss black components. In addition to accent touches including door handles, upper roof panel, door mirrors, gloss black colouring is used to finish the special crossover vehicle’s 20-inch split 5-spoke wheels as well as for the Acura Diamond Pentagon grille framed by a body-colour surround. Also featured in the unique exterior of the RDX PMC Edition are black chrome finishers on the dual exhaust outlets. 

The interior of the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition is carefully curated with the best features of the RDX’s A-Spec and Advance Package in addition to other unique surprises. A full equipment of technology including ACURAWATCH safety suite, rain-sensing windshield wipers and 10.5-inch Head-Up Display is equal to the Advance Package trim while perforated Milano leather sport seats with Ultrasuede inserts arrives from the A-Spec featured in an ebony colour shade. Orange stitching is applied throughout the cabin as well as on the seats, floormats and the leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. The PMC Edition model’s numbered serial plate on the center console is the final interior touch.  


Photo Credit: American Honda Motor Co., Inc


During the entire process of adding the tailored features to the crossover vehicle, Acura’s P.C. master technicians are involved in hand assembling key components for the exterior and interior. Aspects receiving this attention to detail includes the installation of the Acura RDX PMC Edition’s turbocharged 2.0-liter VTEC four-cylinder engine, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, chassis pieces as well as electronics and wiring. Every 2021 RDX PMC Edition production model will undergo a thorough quality control inspection identical to the procedure before the NSX supercar leaves their facility.  

Acura is producing 360 units of the RDX PMC Edition in total with only 30 examples are destined for Canada. Canadian reservations opened on September 22nd and the special model sold out in just one day. Selling for approximately $58,000, each 2021 RDX PMC Edition will be moved to their respective Acura dealerships wrapped in a protective film travelling inside an enclosed single-car carrier. 

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