Honda will showcase the upcoming Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD at the LA Auto Show later this month. The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD combines a 3.5-liter SOHC direct-injected i-VTEC V-6 engine with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and three high-output electric motors. (A concept combination of the RLX and Acura Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain was unveiled as the RLX concept at the New York International Auto Show in 2012, earlier post.)
Acura’s first luxury sedan to use hybrid powertrain technology and electric-powered all-wheel-drive, the RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD delivers V8-like performance with 4-cylinder fuel efficiency, along with the handling and all-weather performance capabilities of Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system.
The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD has total system power of 377 horsepower (281 kW) and an anticipated EPA combined cycle fuel economy rating of 30 miles per gallon (7.8 l/100 km).
The RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD will join the 310-horsepower RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS) in the Acura model line in 2014. The RLX P-AWS model made its world debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show in 2012 and went on sale earlier this year.