Acura to showcase Super Handling All-Wheel Drive technology at Chicago Auto Show

Feb 4, 2020   Technology

Acura will showcase its groundbreaking Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) technology at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show in February, which just surpassed cumulative North American sales of one million units. Acura's industry-first SH-AWD technology debuted 16 years ago based on extensive research into "direct yaw control" that led to the world's first torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system.

Featured on five of the six Acura models, SH-AWD or Sport Hybrid SH-AWD is available on the TLX and RLX sport sedans, RDX and MDX SUVs, and NSX supercar. Through four generations of continuous innovation Acura has raised the bar for performance-enhancing AWD.


Acura SH-AWD is not just about foul-weather traction. SH-AWD uses dynamic torque vectoring to provide more accurate and predictable handling performance in all road conditions. Up to 70% of engine torque can be sent to the rear wheels as needed, with up to 100% of that torque apportioned to either the left or right wheels. Further, today's SH-AWD can overdrive the outside rear wheels by up to 2.7%, creating additional rotational speed that helps "pull" the car through the turn with increased grip and cornering accuracy.


The 2020 Acura RDX features the 4th-generation SH-AWD, the most sophisticated and capable SH-AWD system yet, with faster response and a 40% increase in maximum torque capacity.Acura also has an advanced electronic Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system, as featured on the NSX supercar, RLX sedan and MDX three-row luxury SUV, using twin electric motors to provide instantaneous negative (braking) and positive torque independent of the gasoline engine.


Acura AWD sales in Illinois have grown 7%. AWD sales now represent nearly 80% (79.1%) of all Acura sales in Illinois, compared to national average mix of 55.7%. Illinois is one of Acura's top sales markets, including sales of AWD vehicles. It is Acura's #4 state for sales of AWD vehicles in the US.

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