Acura debuts restomod Super Handling SLX for RADwood
The company's original SUV has been reborn with a modern SH-AWD drivetrain and 350 horsepower.
Acura has revealed a unique restomod project, the Super Handling SLX, that has been built for the RADwood car show in Orange County, California, this weekend.
The company started with a 1997 SLX -- the brand's first SUV -- and swapped its original 3.2-liter V6, four-speed automatic, and conventional 4x4 drivetrain in favor of more modern technology.
The restomod is powered by Acura's latest 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine with 350 horsepower, mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission and the company's fourth-generation Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system borrowed from the RDX.
Minimal changes were made to the interior and exterior, aside from a Performance Red Pearl and Champagne Silver two-tone paint and subtle SH-AWD badge. The original wheels and tires were also swapped for 17-inch Fifteen52 Tarmac rims wrapped in Yokohama Geolander A/T tires.
""Nostalgia for '80s and '90s vehicles has grown tremendously, and we're seeing them start to become really collectable," says Acura brand officer Jon Ikeda. "RADwood is always packed with a lot of fun and interesting stuff, so we knew we would have to bring something a little crazy to the table."
The SUV will be on display alongside an unmodified 1996 SLX, 1986 Integra and 1991 NSX at the Saturday show.