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Two Versions of 2018 Acura TLX to Compete at Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Three Acura entries, including two versions of the redesigned 2018 Acura TLX, will compete in this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, marking Acura’s sixth-consecutive appearance at the event.

Acura NSX, last year’s Pikes Peak Time Attack 2 Production Class winner, will return this year with a few GT3-inspired modifications to compete in the Time Attack 1 Class with driver James Robinson behind the wheel. Joining the NSX will be a turbocharged, 500-horsepower Acura TLX A-Spec, piloted by Nick Robinson, in the Exhibition Class. Rounding out the Acura Trio, Peter Cunningham will compete in the Open Class, driving a modified AWD TLX GT.

Acura engineers have modified all three entries to deal with the grueling course and thin oxygen of the 4,720-foot run up to the summit at 14,110 feet.

More than likely, Acura’s expanded presence in this year’s Pikes Peak event is a result of the carmaker’s increased enthusiasm for racing, which Acura vice president and general manager Jon Ikeda has defined as core in reestablishing Acura as a luxury-performance brand.

The annual Pikes Peak race in Colorado is set for June 23rd. Offering several competitive classes for cars, trucks and motorcycles, this is its 95th running.

Russ Heaps
Russ Heaps is an author specializing in automotive, financial and travel news. For nearly 35 years he has covered the automotive industry for newspapers, magazines and internet websites. His resume includes The Palm Beach Post, Miami Herald, The Washington Times and numerous other daily newspapers through syndication. He edited Auto World magazine, and helped create and edit NOPI Street... Read More about Russ Heaps

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