The Special Sauce
Acura continues its seemingly refreshed approach to vehicle manufacturing, which in 2020 has produced a return to the Type S performance-minded nameplate and now a limited-edition Acura RDX, hand assembled at their Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC). This marks just the fourth vehicle to get the rub and make its way through the strict quality parameters of the specialty center, and takes a seat among its TLX, MDX and NSX siblings. Based on the A-Spec and Advance Package features, this limited run RDX serves as the flagship for Acura's top-selling SUV family.
At a Glance
- Hand-assembled at Acura's PMC
- Thermal Orange Pearl paint
- Only 360 models produced
- A-Spec and Advance Package features
- 2.0L turbo VTEC engine
- Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD)
- Gloss black wheels and accent pieces
- Orange stitched interior
- Ebony Milano leather sport seats with black Ultrasuede
Grabbing Your Attention
This new RDX offering will be capped at just 360 units and available in any color you want, so long as it's the brand's in-your-face, ultra-bright Thermal Orange Pearl. You might recall the color formerly reserved strictly for the new generation NSX. A bold color, especially for an SUV, made even more attention-grabbing with its gloss black 20-in. alloys. Other shiny black accents include the mirrors, handles, and roof, while the main grill's trim is body color-matched rather than black, like the standard RDX. The lack of chrome throughout the exterior is celebrated on our end, and even the exhaust finishers have been given a black chrome treatment to tone them down considerably and aid in contrasting the unique paint color.
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Trust the Process
And about that paint—it's not the basecoat/clearcoat that you're used to, and in fact, the process starts with a blank slate, body-in-white RDX. PMC's advanced robotic paint system lays down a number of base coats and the final step involves four layers of clear. There's an in-depth inspection process that accompanies any car getting the PMC treatment and total time involved in just the paint work is five full days.
The Heart and Soul
Powering this RDX is the same 2.0L turbo mill used under the hood of any other RDX, though with this model the optional SH-AWD system is standard. What does change, however, is the interior treatment. Detailed orange stitching weaves its way through the Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede seats, door panels, A-spec trimmed steering wheel, center console and even the floor mats. A 10.5-in. head-up display is the center of attention, but if you look down toward the bottom of the center console, you'll spot the official PMC number plate. The sophistication of the current generation RDX is already enticing, but the PMC version takes things a step further without getting gaudy.
Just like the other PMC vehicles, a complete inspection of the electronics system is performed along with a precision wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and one last paint inspection. Once satisfied, the vehicle is meticulously wrapped in protective film and gently placed onto an enclosed, single-car transport to make its way to a dealer for delivery.
A Driver Worth Dailying
The low $50,000 range is what you'll need to get your hands on one of the 360 PMC RDX that will be produced and start delivering next month. And while not everyone can afford a $50K daily driver, if you have the means, this might just be the ultimate daily. In terms of the features and amenities, the SH-AWD handling and the incredibly unique color and fine details, the PMC RDX is worth every penny.