Remember the old Acura SLX? Maybe not. The Japanese affluence brand’s aboriginal SUV was awash alone in the U.S. in the backward 1990s as a carbon of the Isuzu Trooper. It was replaced at the about-face of the aeon by the MDX—arguably one of the smartest decisions Acura has anytime made.
Well, assumption what? The aggregation went out and absolutely adequate a 1997 Acura SLX with avant-garde genitalia and apparatus for the RADwood Car Show in Orange County, Calif. demography abode tomorrow, December 7.
“Nostalgia for ‘80s and ‘90s cartage has developed tremendously, and we’re seeing them alpha to become absolutely collectable,” said Jon Ikeda, carnality admiral and Acura cast officer. “RADwood is consistently arranged with a lot of fun and absorbing stuff, so we knew we would accept to accompany article a little crazy to the table.”
Only basal changes were fabricated to the exoteric and autogenous to bottle the agreeableness of the aboriginal SLX. The aboriginal two-tone acrylic arrangement was adapted application a Performance Red Pearl and Champagne-Silver combo, while 17-inch Fifteen52 Tarmac auto captivated in Yokohama Geolander A/T annoy alter the old ones. There’s a body-coloured adamantine additional annoy awning in the rear and reupholstered Milano covering seats forth with blah copse appliques in the cabin.
The automated aspect of the agent is a accomplished added story. As the “SH-AWD” brand on the liftgate suggests, this 22-year-old Acura SLX incorporates the adult all-wheel drive arrangement begin on bristles of Acura’s modern-day products.
The aggregation advance by Acura engineers and Pikes Peak antagonism drivers James Robinson, Paul Hubers and Jordan Guitar additionally accomplished absolutely a accomplishment by replacing the longitudinally army 3.2-litre V6 with a transverse-mounted, turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. The closing was acutely sourced from the accepted RDX and the amazing affair is that the RDX’s driveshaft went into the SLX after any modifications at all.
Instead of carrying aloof 190 application and 188 pound-feet of torque, the adequate Acura SLX produces 350 application and 340 pound-feet of torque, while the manual appearance 10 advanced apparatus instead of alone four.
New advanced and rear sub-frames were anchored to the aboriginal boxed ladder frame, the solid rear arbor was replaced with the RDX’s multi-link absolute rear abeyance and the brakes accustomed beyond discs.