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2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid - The Heart Of An NSX In A Crossover?

September 27, 2017

 

When you hear the word hybrid, you usually think of a Prius, right? Slow, boring but great on fuel economy. We are now in a new era where hybrid technology is used for performance, rather than fuel savings. Just take a look at the latest hypercars in recent years. The McLaren P1, the Porsche 918, even the Ferrari LaFerrari. All have hybrid systems using electric motors to fill in for the gas engine when it's not at peak performance.

 

The MDX Sport Hybrid is the same way. It uses three electric motors, just like the NSX supercar. One assisting the V6, and two out back independently powering the rear wheels. The benefit of electric motors is instant torque off the line, creating a large crossover with sporty pick up. The advantage of independent motors in the back, is true torque vectoring. Not only can the outside motor spin faster than the other, the inside motor can also use regenerative breaking to create a greater torque difference. It's really clever stuff and creates a fun driving experience.

 

For my complete thoughts on the MDX Sport Hybrid, watch my full Clutch Kick review here: https://youtu.be/Qf8aurpT0Ig

 

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Great Styling

Sporty Driving Experience

Amazing Sound System

 

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Dead Brake Pedal

No Apple Car Play

 

Specs:
Engine: 3.0L DOHC 24-Valve V6 w/ 3 Electric Motors

Drivetrain: Electric AWD

Power: 321hp (Total Output)
Torque: 289 lb-ft (Total Output)
Transmission: 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Transmission
Wheelbase: 111.0 in
Curb Weight: 4,484 (Hybrid w/ Tech and Adv. Package) (57/43%)
Base Price: $44,200
Price as Tested: $58,000

 

 

 

 

 

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