Super Street - - First Drive -

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.

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