Acura Crosses Its First SUV With The LastDecember 6, 2019
The company introduced the Super Handling SLX restomode
At RADwood’s 1980-1990 automotive culture event, Acura introduced the Super Handling SLX. The basis of the project was the turned 1997 Isuzu Trooper, which was also produced under the Acura brand, and equipped with a modern filling from the RDX crossover.
The collaboration between Honda and Isuzu in the 1990s led the Trooper SUV to be sold in Japan under the name Honda Horizon, and in the US as the Acura SLX. It was equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 (218 hp), a four-band automatic and plug-in all-wheel drive. For the premium brand, the SLX was both the first SUV and the first all-wheel drive model. The current restomode is designed to recall the history of the brand and show how much technology has changed.
The Super Handling SLX was built with a team of Acura engineers and Pikes Peak riders. The main difficulty was a change of layout: the SLX engine is mounted longitudinally, and the new one was to be placed across. In addition, the replacement of the rear continuous axle with a multi-link was required. After completing work under the hood, the SLX registered a racing 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo with a return of about 350 forces. It was combined with a 10-band automatic and the branded all-wheel drive SH-AWD.
Appearance at the same time remained almost unchanged. The two-tone Red Pearl / Champagne-Silver paint scheme has been preserved, but the original wheels have been replaced with 17-inch Fifteen52 Tarmacs with Yokohama Geolander A / T tires. At the back there is a new spare tire cover and SH-AWD nameplate. They didn’t touch the salon: it was pulled by the Dark Gray Milano leather, the steering wheel petals were mounted on the steering wheel, and the doors were decorated with decorative panels “under the tree”.
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