Acura TLX GT race car was unveiled earlier this year in Detroit, but we never got a good look at it. Now as we get closer to the car’s official track debut at Mid-Ohio’s Pirelli World Challenge competition the company releases the first real picture of the GT in full racing outfit. And it looks good.
Acura TLX GT has a humble background what with it being spawned from a family sedan that is not very easy to like. Still, in racing guise the TLX will be taking on some of the world’s finest super cars such as Audi R8, Bentley Continental, Cadillac CTS-V, Dodge Viper, Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Gallardo, McLaren 12C and Porsche 911.
Developed from the production Acura TLX by HPD and RealTime Racing, the Acura TLX GT features HPD chassis and aerodynamic performance parts approved for Pirelli World Challenge competition. It features a production-based direct-injected, twin-turbocharged V6 engine, and boasts Acura’s SH-AWD system which is also found in production models. Maybe the looks of the racing car could inspire a body kit or something for the production model, just saying!
“We’re excited to debut the Acura TLX GT race car in front of our ‘hometown’ audience of associates from the many Honda facilities in central Ohio,” said Art St. Cyr, President of Honda Performance Development and Vice President, Auto Operations, American Honda. “The competition in the Pirelli World Challenge is fierce, including many of the luxury makes the TLX will compete with on the sales floor. Acura has never shied away from a challenge. Instead, we seek it out, both on-track and in the marketplace.”