More happened on the Acura stand at the 2006 New York International Auto Show than we’ve seen from Honda’s luxury brand in years.

First up was the release-finally-of the Acura-ized CR-V called the RDX. A premium small SUV, the RDX should be hitting dealer lots by summertime. The powertrain consists of a turbo-charged four-banger with 240 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque, ad a manu-matic tranny that features “F1-style shifting,” according to Acura VP John Mendel.

Packed with electronics, as befits the Acura brand, the RDX features Super-Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and a stiff ACE body structure. There’s also a “customer-relevant” Technology package with a new navigation system, voice control, and more. Acura expects to sell 40,000 of these 5-passenger SUVs per annum.



Acura, Auto Show Archives, New York International Auto Show

Written by Roadfly Charlie

Charlie is Roadfly’s founder and publisher, and was taught to drive by his father in a 1974 Porsche 914. That made poor Charlie a Porsche fanboy for life, and after driving a 911SC at 16, he bought and campaigned a variety of 944s at racetracks up and down the East Coast, earning awards and track records in his twenties. Charlie never really got over the car bug, and after a career in real estate development he founded the Internet media firm that became Roadfly. Charlie lives in McLean, VA with his wife and two daughters, and between the demands of family and business doesn’t have much time to play with cars anymore, excluding the machinery we review.
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