GO HIGH OR GO HOME!
Acura was so gung-ho about its new RDX, a race version was built for this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb! It was based on an actual production vehicle, and power was bumped up to 350 hp and 330 lb-ft using a larger turbo and intercooler. To combat turbo lag and the mountain’s crazy elevation (14,110foot finish line), an electric supercharger was thrown into the mix, while the 10-speed all-wheel drivetrain was modified for more rear bias as opposed to factory. Updated suspension, Brembo front brakes, 19-inch HRE wheels, Pirelli race tires, and a gutted interior complete the modest list of modifications. Driven by Honda R&D engineer Jordan Guitar, the RDX was forced to compete in a shortened version of the Pikes Peak course due to dangerous weather. Jordan finished with a time of 5:29.542; for comparison purposes, about 13 seconds behind a Porsche 996 GT3 on the same course.