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Default 2014 Acura RLX gets trick hybrid all-wheel drive system for LA [w/video]

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Acura has endured a year of mixed reviews and middling sales for its new RLX flagship. Meanwhile, the Japanese automaker has been readying what may be the very best version of the car for its debut. Now the wait is almost over, as Acura will show its 2014 RLX Sport Hybrid SH-AWD at this year's LA Auto Show.

When it comes to dealerships in the spring of 2014, the RLX Hybrid will be the most powerful production car Acura has ever sold. The combination of a 3.5-liter V6 and three electric motors - a 35-kilowatt motor pushing torque to the front wheels and two 27-kW units feeding the rears - creates a total system output of 377 horsepower.

Those rear-end electric motors do more than just add power, they also drive the rear wheels without a traditional rear drive shaft and differential. This newest iteration of the Super Handling-All Wheel Drive calls upon the two rear motors to both drive and brake the rear wheels, vectoring torque in cornering situations for additional grip. All three electric motors make use of regenerative braking to feed electricity back into the system's 260-volt lithium-ion battery pack.

Acura has tried to make the RLX Hybrid high-tech in every respect, even beyond its rather exotic drivetrain. An electronic gear selector allows push-button access to the seven-speed dual clutch transmission, with Sport and Normal driving modes available. The car also boasts an advanced head-up display that can be configured to show navigation information, speed, compass heading and alerts from driver-assist systems. Other features carry over from the standard RLX, like the two-display, touchscreen console, LED headlights and an ELS audio system with Krell speakers (which our own Jeff Ross says is just dandy).

Find more information about the 2014 Acura RLX Sport Hybrid in the press release below and look for live images and impressions when the LA Auto Show opens up later this week.Continue reading 2014 Acura RLX gets trick hybrid all-wheel drive system for LA [w/video]

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