Acura which was Honda’s response to Toyota’s luxury arm Lexus has been on sale in the U.S. for more than 25 years now. Throughout this time we have seen some of the nameplates like the Integra and Integra Type-R being a massive success for the brand. Apart from the Integra, Acura in between kept on bringing several high-performance cars to the U.S. market and peaked with the launch of its crown jewel the NSX super sportscar. So here is a list of the ten fastest Acura cars of all time right from the start of the 21st century till 2022.

The list below has 10 Acura cars arranged according to their 0-60 MPH timings. The list starts with an iconic Acura car which was recently resurrected by the brand. The 2001 Acura Integra, which offered a perky 1.8L inline-4 engine, set a benchmark for its competitors and goes all the way to the limited production and the fastest Acura ever, the 2022 NSX Type S which offers 600 hp.


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10. 2001 Acura Integra Type-R

The 2001 Acura Integra Type-R was a two-door front-engine front-wheel-drive coupe. It was powered by a 195 hp, 1.8L naturally aspirated inline-4 engine that made 130 lb-ft of torque. The output was channeled through a close-ratio five-speed manual transmission to the front wheel giving Integra a standard FWD. All that power helped the Integra Type-R clock a 0-60 MPH sprint in 6.7 seconds. To achieve these figures from such a small engine Acura engineers went to great lengths.

2001 Acura Integra Type-R

Specs

Price

$24,450

Engine

1.8-liter inline-4

Horsepower

195 hp

Torque

130 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

6.7 sec*

Top Speed

145 MPH

Transmission

5-speed manual

Drivetrain

FWD

The power was bumped up by 25 hp to the standard Integra along with other improvements including a larger throttle body, high-compression, and low-friction pistons, high-performance camshafts, etc were made to the give the Type R the edge. Courtesy of these efforts the engine offered not only better performance but also helped it get the title of most powerful naturally aspirated mass-produced engine per liter (108 hp per liter).

9. 2013 Acura RDX

The 2013 Acura RDX received a complete redesign and was all-new from ground-up. The 2013 model year ditched its turbo-four engine and SH-AWD (Super Handling AWD) in favor of a V6 and regular AWD system. The latter setup was shared with the Honda CR-V and gave a boost to the RDX’s mileage and performance. Powered by the 273 hp, 3.5-liter V6, the 2013 RDX AWD did 0-60 MPH in just 6.3 seconds.

2013 Acura RDX

Specs

Price

$35,720

Engine

3.5-liter V6

Horsepower

273 hp

Torque

251 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

6.3 sec

Top Speed

135 MPH

Transmission

6-speed automatic

Drivetrain

AWD

The older RDX came with a five-speed automatic while the 2013 RDX received an updated 6-speed automatic. The six-speed automatic transmission along with the above changes and a more aerodynamic efficient body resulted in a performance-oriented luxury crossover. Back in 2013, the RDX started at $34,320, and the one above started at $35,720.

8. 2011 Acura RL

The 2011 Acura RL was another shot by the brand at the luxury performance sedan segment. The RL was Acura's flagship sedan and was powered solely by a 3.7-liter V6 that made 300 hp and 271 lb-ft of torque. It came with a six-speed automatic and SH-AWD (Super Handling AWD) that helped the sedan do 0-60 MPH sprint in 6.1 seconds.

2011 Acura RL SH-AWD

Specs

Price

$47,200

Engine

3.7L V6

Horsepower

300 hp

Torque

271 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

6.1 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

Transmission

6-speed automatic

Drivetrain

SH-AWD

The RL came with a long list of standard features and had a top speed of 130 MPH. Key features include power-folding side mirrors, rearview sensors with a rearview camera, satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with voice recognition, GPS-linked solar-sensing automatic climate control, active noise cancellation, etc.

7. 2010 Acura TSX

The 2010 Acura TSX sports sedan came with a choice of two engine options an inline-4 or a V6. With the target of making TSX competitive and powerful enough for the luxury sports sedan segment, the latter engine was added. The V6 engine produced 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque and came with a 5-speed automatic as standard. In this configuration, the 2010 TSX V6 was able to do a 0-60 MPH sprint in just 5.9 seconds.

2010 Acura TSX V6 Technology

Specs

Price

$35,500

Engine

3.5-liter V6

Horsepower

280 hp

Torque

254 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

Top Speed

N/A

Transmission

5-speed automatic

Drivetrain

FWD

The TSX with the inline-4 engine startest at $30,000 while the one above with the V6 started at $35,500. Apart from the gusty V6, Acura also gave the TSX a double-wishbone front and multilink rear suspension system and revised the calibration of its dual-mode suspension dampers. All of which went in to make the sedan not only go fast but also handle well. 

6. 2003 Acura 3.2 CL

The 2003 Acura 3.2 CL was a sedan-based coupe that was targeted at people looking to own a luxury sports coupe. The 3.2 CL came in two trims a base and Type-S. Between the two, the Type-S that came with a 3.2-liter V6 making 360 hp and 23 lb-ft of torque was the most powerful and also the quickest. The 3.2 CL Type-S coupe did a 0-60 MPH sprint in 5.9 seconds.

2003 Acura 3.2 CL Type-S (Manual)

Specs

Price

$30,550

Engine

3.2-liter V6

Horsepower

260 hp

Torque

232 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

5.9 sec

Top Speed

N/A

Transmission

6-speed manual

Drivetrain

FWD

The same could do a standing quarter-mile sprint in 14.5 seconds at a speed of 96 MPH. It came with a standard 6-speed manual and front-wheel-drive configuration. For all this, the 3.2 CL Type-S back in 2003 carried an MSRP of $30,550. For this price key features offered include a helical limited-slip differential, electric sunroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, etc. 


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5. 2015 Acura TLX

The 2015 Acura TLX is the brand’s successor to the TL sedan and thus was an all-new mid-size sports sedan. It came with two engine options a 206 hp, 2.4-liter inline-4, and a 290 hp, 3.5-liter V6. The latter came standard with a 9-speed automatic and a choice of FWD or SH-AWD system. The TLX when had with the V6 and SH-AWD was the quickest doing 0-60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds.

2015 Acura TLX V6 SH-AWD

Specs

Price

$42,345

Engine

3.5-liter V6

Horsepower

290 hp

Torque

267 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

5.8 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

Transmission

9-speed automatic

Drivetrain

SH-AWD

While the TLX V6 with FWD took just one-tenth of a second more than the SH-AWD model courtesy of lower curb weight (of the FWD model). The price of the V6 with SH-AWD started at $42,345 and offered features like leatherette seating surfaces, heated and power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an Acura Premium sound system, etc.

4. 2022 Acura MDX

The 2022 Acura MDX is a three-row Acura SUV and also the first of its type to get the Type S version. The new MDX Type S is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 engine that makes 355 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. The SUV can do 0-60 MPH in just 5.5 seconds which is two-tenth of a second quicker than the regular MDX SUV (0-60 MPH time of 5.7 seconds).

2022 Acura MDX Type-S SH-AWD

Specs

Price

$66,700

Engine

3.0-liter turbocharged V6

Horsepower

355 hp

Torque

354 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

5.5 sec

Top Speed

130 MPH

Transmission

10-speed automatic

Drivetrain

SH-AWD

*3rd party figures

The latter is powered by a 290 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine and comes with an option of FWD or SH-AWD while the former comes with SH-AWD as standard. Apart from the more powerful engine, the MDX Type S adds more upgrades like adaptive dampers, Brembo front brakes, self-sealing tires, massaging front seats, ELS Studio premium sound system, etc.

3. 2012 Acura TL

The 2012 Acura TL marked the fourth generation of the performance luxury sedan from the brand. Offered with two engine options a 280 hp, 3.5-liter V6, and a 305 hp, 3.7-liter V6 engine the TL was a benchmark for Acura in the performance sedan segment. Powered by the bigger V6 and had with a 6-speed manual sending the power to the SH-AWD system, the 2012 TL did a 0-60 MPH sprint in just 5.3 seconds

2012 Acura TL SH-AWD (Manual)

Specs

Price

$40,015

Engine

3.7-liter V6

Horsepower

305 hp

Torque

273 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

5.3 sec

Top Speed

N/A

Transmission

6-speed manual

Drivetrain

SH-AWD

For 2012, the TL with V6 and SH-AWD started at $40,015. For the 2012 model year, it came with redesigned front fascia and a shorted overhang for improved aerodynamics. Other changes were done to the rear bumper and the taillight. Apart from these updates key features offered on the TL sedan included ventilated front seats, Acura/ELS Surround premium audio system, Bluetooth audio, etc.

2. 2019 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid

The 2019 Acura RLX is a mid-size luxury sports sedan that received a complete redesign (in line with Acura’s latest design language), for the previous model year. It was offered in two models, a regular V6-powered model and a Sport Hybrid SH-AWD. In the latter configuration, the RLX Sport Hybrid could do a 0-60 MPH sprint in just 4.9 seconds, thus making it the second-fastest Acura production car on our list that was ever made and sold in the United States. The RLX Sport Hybrid powertrain is comprised of a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors.

2018 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD

Specs

Price

$61,900

Engine

3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors

Horsepower

377 hp

Torque

341 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

4.9 sec

Top Speed

155 MPH

Transmission

7-speed dual-clutch automatic

Drivetrain

SH-AWD

The result is a combined output of 377 hp and 341 lb-ft which was sent to its SH-AWD system through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In this configuration, the 2018 RLX Sport Hybrid sedan carried a base price of $61,900. Key features offered on the RLX Sport Hybrid sedan included Milano leather upholstery, 14-speaker Krell ultra-premium audio system, GPS-linked climate control, etc.

1. 2022 Acura NSX

The 2022 Acura NSX in its final production year was given a rightful sent-off with the Type S limited-run model. Acura will be making 350 units of the same and as of this writing, all of them have been sold off. Powered by a 600 hp, 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and three electric motors, the NSX Type S can do 0-60 MPH in just 2.7 seconds. The crown jewel of the Acura comes with 9-speed dual-clutch automatic and SH-AWD as standard.

2022 Acura NSX Type S with Lightweight Package

Specs

Price

$182,500

Engine

3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and three electric motors

Horsepower

600 hp

Torque

492 lb-ft

0-60 MPH

2.7 sec

Top Speed

191 MPH

Transmission

9-speed dual-clutch automatic

Drivetrain

SH-AWD

It has a top speed of 191 MPH and its price starts at $169,500 and the one above with the Lightweight Package starts at $182,500. The Lightweight Package replaces interior trims with carbon fiber and the regular engine cover with the carbon-fiber engine cover. It also replaced the regular brakes with carbon-ceramic brakes, thus allowing the car to shed weight and help it go faster. 

With this, we come to an end of our fastest Acura list. As expected none of the Acura cars either old or new could even dare to come close to the Acura NSX supercar be it in the top speed or the 0-60 MPH timing. Although it's good to see some of the Acura SUVs also getting featured on the list courtesy of the Type S trim being made available on them. 


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