The 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition equipped with a six-speed manual transmission aims its message squarely at driving enthusiasts who consider themselves purists. If you prefer an automatic, the TSX Special Edition offers a beauty at no extra charge. For now, though, please do a stick-shift-driving friend a favor and pass this story on.
Call them purists or the faithful. They’re the drivers who support the notion that a well-engineered manual transmission endows a sports sedan with a more engaging personality, a certain friskiness on a favorite road. That’s one reason why the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition offers the choice between a six-speed manual and the outstanding Sequential SportShift five-speed automatic, for the same MSRP of $30,810*.
The Acura brand has long appealed to driving enthusiasts who appreciate highly responsive, high-revving engines, tightly tuned suspension systems and intuitive controls. The 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition keeps that spirit alive while delivering all the comfort, luxury and safety expected in a modern sports sedan.
To driving enthusiasts, the most special part of this car will be how Acura so expertly matched a close-ratio six-speed transmission to its acclaimed 201-hp 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Those who prefer automatics might never give a thought to transmission ratios; for stick-shift drivers, however, the term “close-ratio” holds great meaning. Having six “close” ratios means there’s less drop-off of engine speed between gear changes, helping to keep the 2.4-liter aluminum powerplant in the sweet spot of its power band. Multi-cone synchronizers for the first four gears help make shifting quick, quiet and satisfying. Short throws and a precise linkage will likewise endear themselves to fans who know a truly sport-oriented transmission when they shift one.
The rest of the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition six-speed specs also sing to driving enthusiasts. The double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension systems endow the TSX Special Edition six-speed with the renowned Acura handling and road feel while preserving a smooth, quiet ride. Enhancements made in 2011 for quietness carry into the 2012 TSX models including an acoustic glass windshield, thicker side windows, additional sound insulation and other features.
That quietness, along with a roomier interior than in the Lexus IS Sedans, provides the basis for a truly luxurious cabin. All 2012 Acura TSX models include such standard amenities as power-adjustable, heated front seats, a power moonroof and a premium seven-speaker sound system with subwoofer. Bring all your music along to enjoy through the CD player, or use the USB port to connect an iPod®. Tune into an AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio and make hands-free calls with the standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system.
The 2012 Acura TSX makes an unmistakable design statement with its crisply tailored lines and the distinctive front grille design that identifies all current Acura models. To this taut canvas, the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition adds just a few key embellishments including a bolder front spoiler, a new rear bumper fascia with a central vent-like design, plus unique side sills. This model’s exclusive 17x7.5-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels show an almost three-dimensional style with a polished finish with dark gray background.
The 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition model’s interior likewise gets a tasteful, yet sporty enhancement. An exclusive seating design combines Ebony leather with perforated black Lux Suede® inserts and red stitching, the stitching also trimming the leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter. Details that add to the “special” in this Special Edition include ambient lighting and gauge lighting that glow in red, aluminum pedal covers and a black headliner, rather than gray as in other TSX models.
The Acura luxury experience continues with standard Acura Total Luxury Care® (TLC®), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.
Come in and test drive the sports sedan that will make you seek out the curviest lines on a map, the 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition six-speed.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $885.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.