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Its not about the destination, its about the journey.

What's cool about the TLX GT is not so much the final product but more where it comes from. Where does it come from, well the same place as every other TLX, the assembly line...

Ok so it skips out early on the gizmos, gee gaws and general amenities but the unibody itself is birthed from the same sheetmetal as your I4 Base Case. Every TLX GT starts out as a Body in White.

High-strength steels (HSSs) of 340 MPa (49 ksi) and above comprise 52% of the new TLX’s body-in-white (BIW), with 35% of that being HSS 590. The TLX features a one-piece, UHSS hot-stamped door ring—1500-MPa (218-ksi) Usibor steel from ArcelorMittal—that was first applied on the 2014 Acura MDX, for enhanced occupant protection and body rigidity. Magna’s Cosma International provides the hot stamping.

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Despite the extensive lightweight material usage, the TLX’s BIW is heavier than that of the outgoing TL. “The reason: not only crash [performance] but we also wanted to significantly increase torsional stiffness and the mounting rigidities, the suspension fitting points,” Hargett said.

The structure’s torsional rigidity is up 21% vs. the previous TL, and mounting-point rigidity is 25% greater.
Naturally none of that is good enough for the eternal quest for cornering speed so something had to be done about that. To circumvent the obvious weight and distribution problems that come from using a production based base, a creative solution was found. Stuff the 3.5L V6TT in the drivers lap, hope for the best.



Ok not quite, but close. The motor was relocated so far back that with the hood open its barely possible to see. How far back you ask, if you want full access to the top end remove the plastic windshield and then remove the dash, the front half of the AWD system is mounted in front of the engine. Yes, that far back. Which means that even the drivers position is pushed well back, they're literally sitting in the back seat, just behind the B-Pillar.



Whats most impressive however is the engine, because the engine is the same engine that motivates your TLX. The TLX GT's 3.5L TT V6 is barely different from the stock motor, its the stock block, stock heads and stock crank. Obviously they bolted a couple of big blowers on each bank but thats really the extent of the modifications. Ok thats a lie, cooling, ignition, injectors, valves, pistons and cams have all been motorsported.

But don't take my word for it...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPuCTIXJ3kQ

Take a ride...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8x5Jz-zJsw
 

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As a race car it looks epic, something i really want to see in person one day and even hear/see in action.
Try your luck at automotive events that acura attends, auto shows being one of them. Some dealers have shows that they bring some unique cars to as well.
 

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Now they just need to bring this along with a regular TLX to some events and have them side by side, it would be cool to see what that comparo is like.
 

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Now they just need to bring this along with a regular TLX to some events and have them side by side, it would be cool to see what that comparo is like.
Agreed, but interestingly, there only seems to be one TLX-GT... I'll venture that for the winter autoshow circuit Acura may show more dedication to the project, or at least that would be nice yea!!
 

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Wow, 550 HP is pretty impressive but it looks like they'll have trouble keeping up with the other cars in that class. Where's the new NSX?
 
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