Technology Package ($0 -- includes Acura navigation system with voice recognition, AcuraLink real-time traffic with traffic rerouting, AcuraLink real-time weather, Acura/ELS Surround premium audio system with 410-watt digital sound-processor amplifier, 10 speakers, DVD-Audio, CD player, MP3, WMA and DTS player, Dolby ProLogic II, XM radio with note function music reminder, USB port and aux jack connectivity, and 15GB of hard disk drive (HDD) media storage, Pandora Internet radio interface, SMS text messaging feature, GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone automatic climate control system)
Naturally aspirated, port-injected V6, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, variable intake + exhaust-valve timing and lift
Compression ration (x:1)
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)
273 @ 6,200
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)
251 @ 5,000
Six-speed automatic with steering-wheel-mounted paddles
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)
There's about a tenth or three to be gained with generous pedal overlap and the front tires even bark a little bit. Upshifts at WOT (in both D or S) are smooth and reasonably quick and exactly at redline, hence no need for Manual. I didn't sense (feel or hear) any telltale VTEC cam changeover - odd, no?
In "normal" driving, the brake jump-in is pretty abrupt with only a small amount of pedal travel. In "panic stops," the pedal feels softer with more travel. Tire and ABS both make an audible protest. Straight, fade-resistant brakes.
"Skid pad: Very little ESC intervention if any. Very communicative steering that isn't unnecessarily heavy or light. Very nice. Steady moderate understeer on the limit.