Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
6/22/17 3:45 p.m.
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Acura is introducing something new for the 2018 model year: the Acura TLX V6 A-Spec. It's the highest trim level for the TLX and comes with exclusive features like bigger wheels and wider tires, ventilated front seats, and remote engine start. The A-Spec doesn't gain anything in the performance department over the next lowest trim level, but does it really need to?

One interesting feature available on this car is the Precision All-Wheel Steer™ system. It automatically adjusts rear toe angle to help with low-speed maneuverability and high-speed stability. The TLX V6 comes in both front- and all-wheel-drive guises, and the all-wheel steering is only available with the front-drive layout. Our test car, however, had all-wheel drive.

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Trackmouse
Trackmouse SuperDork
6/22/17 3:46 p.m.

And yet, it STILL has the ugliest face this side of Gene Simmons.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
6/22/17 3:51 p.m.
Trackmouse wrote: And yet, it STILL has the ugliest face this side of Gene Simmons.

It's not classically handsome, but it doesn't hold a candle to the blazing ugliness coming out of Toyota / Lexus, or Nissan, these days.

This thread is relevant to my interests as we begin to shop for a replacement for DW's beloved TSX. I suspect we'll find more value elsewhere, though.

Bobzilla
Bobzilla MegaDork
6/22/17 4:11 p.m.

This piques my curiosity. The original A-Spec packages were all dealer add on bits (ground effects, wheels/tires, suspension and badges) that actually gave them more grip to go along with the aggressive looks. This looks like an actual factory built trim level instead.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
6/22/17 4:15 p.m.

Yes, A-Spec is now a factory thing. I was at some of the early press introductions for the A-Spec dealer-installed parts. Fun events.

Bobzilla
Bobzilla MegaDork
6/22/17 4:32 p.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: Yes, A-Spec is now a factory thing. I was at some of the early press introductions for the A-Spec dealer-installed parts. Fun events.

I sold a bunch of them, that's for sure.

drdisque
drdisque HalfDork
6/23/17 9:04 p.m.

Should have come with a sport exhaust or something like that - something that makes it more than just an appearance package. Maybe option for OE Summer-only tires.

759NRNG
759NRNG HalfDork
6/23/17 9:19 p.m.

And yet it is another nose heavy FWD....Can you spell UNDERSTEER???? I'm sorry....not,but what in the H is the fixation with THIS....please speak to me....I had a Saab 99 in the winters of 76-78 in NEOH with nothing but street...wait for it...........Semperits.......remember those? Yes a great car for the region/season...but beyond that, not very inspiring from an enthusiasts (corner carver) standpoint. And yes I own the ultimate Saab from GM...'03 Aurora 4.0 as we speak

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