Always admired Acura's lean TSX but wished it had a little more pep in its step than the 2.4-liter Accord-sourced four provides? Enter the 2010 Acura TSX V-6, introduced today at the Chicago Auto Show and fortified with Honda's 3.5-liter V-6 in brisk 280 hp tune and, thus, an additional 79 hp. Additional torque provided by the V-6 will likely make an even bigger difference, and while official figures haven't been released, the 3.5-liter makes 258 lb-ft in the Accord, quite a bit more than the TSX four-cylinder's 172 lb-ft.
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Alas, claiming "maximum performance and efficiency," Acura offers only its Sequential SportShift automatic transmission with six forward ratios. Sure, most Americans opt for automatics, but the nimble nature of the TSX is especially suited for one of Honda's slick sticks, and that alone is one of the pure driving joys of the four-cylinder TSX. Clearly, Honda is moving a bit upmarket with the TSX V-6, a move that will likely pay off in higher sales.
It seems a smart move to position a model between the TSX four and the new TL, which has grown in price, size, and weight. But the purists might not sign on to the TSX V-6 if they have to take the extra torque through a slushbox. We have our fingers crossed that the TSX V-6's bigger wheels and tires and presumably heavier front weight bias won't disrupt its nimble handling magic.