On March 30, Hondaâ€™s luxury brand for overseas, Acura announced that it will unveil a racing car for their all-new and updated ILX at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, beginning on April 1.
The Acura ILX was launched back in February 2012 at the Chicago Auto Show. Based on the Honda Civic, the ILX was developed to become Acuraâ€™s newest entry model. It features the same mechanisms as the Civic, but comes with an exclusively designed exterior.
After undergoing its first significant makeover, the 2016 model was launched last fall at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Along with major improvements to both its interior and exterior, the new ILX has been upgraded from a 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder gasoline engine to a new direct-injected 2.4-liter system.
Compared to its previous 2.0-liter system, this new 2.4-liter engine offers an additional 51hp of maximum output (201hp/6,800rpm) and 5.5kgm of maximum torque (24.9kgm/3,600rpm). The engine is mated to an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) with torque converter.
The upcoming New York International Auto Show will feature a racing car based on the upgraded ILX. The exterior has been updated to accommodate its latest production model. This ILX endurance racer will compete and aim for victory at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in California this December.
(Translated by Travis Yamabata)