Acura is application the branch that builds its NSX supercar to crank out a appropriate copy of the TLX sedan. Debuting at the 2019 New York Auto Show afterwards this month, the 2020 Acura TLX PMC Copy will be the aboriginal of a alternation of “handcrafted” limited-edition models, according to Acura. The TLX goes on auction this summer, with a special-edition MDX set to chase ancient afterwards that.
“PMC” stands for “Performance Manufacturing Center” — the Marysville, Ohio, branch that builds the NSX. Because it was already set up to body a low-volume supercar, Acura ample the branch could additionally be acclimated to add some appropriate touches to its added banal models. The TLX PMC Copy will be hand-assembled by the aforementioned technicians that body the NSX, and will abide the aforementioned quality-control action as that six-figure car, according to Acura.
The PMC Copy will be acclaimed from an accustomed TLX mainly by its paint. The Valencia Red Pearl hue was taken from — you estimated it — the NSX. The acrylic actualization nano-pigment technology, which creates a added active appearance, according to Acura. Robots administer assorted abject coats and two bright coats, and anniversary acrylic job is again duke inspected. The accomplished process, including curing, takes bristles days, according to Acura. That’s an aeon compared to the acrylic action acclimated on a accustomed automotive accumulation line.
It’s abnormal to see an automaker try to about-face a banal car like the TLX into article handcrafted and small-batch. Acura seems to be aggravating to actualize a stronger affiliation amid the NSX supercar and its approved models. This is accepted in the industry as the “halo effect,” but best automakers don’t go through the agitation of putting sedans on supercar accumulation curve to accomplishment that effect.
Other than the small-batch body action and appropriate paint, the PMC Copy is basically a range-topping TLX Advance archetypal with the sportier exoteric administration from the A-Spec trim level. The PMC Copy does get some different features, including model-specific 19-inch wheels, appearance atramentous exoteric trim, Milano covering seats with Alcantara inserts, and atramentous chrome bankrupt finishers, but the changes are all cosmetic.
Acura may body this TLX at the aforementioned factory, but that doesn’t beggarly the auto gets the NSX’s amalgam powertrain. The PMC Copy gets the aforementioned 3.5-liter V6 offered in added versions of the TLX. The V6 is rated at 290 application and 267 pound-feet of torque, and is akin to a nine-speed automated manual with all-wheel drive.
The PMC Copy will amount “around $50,000,” according to Acura. That’s about $4,000 added than a absolutely loaded, all-wheel drive, TLX Advance. The TLX won’t be the alone agent to get the PMC treatment. Acura affairs to barrage a PMC Copy MDX crossover as well, and may actualize added appropriate editions in the future.
“We advised the PMC not alone to body NSX, but to accord Acura the adaptability to analyze handcrafted assembly of limited-edition models,” Jon Ikeda, Acura cast officer, said in a statement. “The TLX and MDX PMC Copy are the aboriginal to booty advantage of this different capability, and we intend to analyze added options.”