The 2012 Acura TSX Special Edition is more than just a decorative dress-up package. In fact, for 2012, it's now the only way to order a TSX sedan with a manual transmission.
Allegedly inspired by the "fun-to-drive four-cylinder Acuras of the past," the new 2012 Special Edition package includes a few cosmetic touches that set it apart from a typical TSX sedan. Outside, Special Edition models receive a new front spoiler, a bespoke rear bumper fascia, new side sill trim, and unique badging. The twisted-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels used are similar to those available on other TSX trims, but SE cars receive gray painted accents. Inside, Special Edition cars boast unique seating surfaces, which incorporate perforated suede inserts paired with bright red backing. A matching red hue is used for contrast stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, and for footwell, gauge, and mood lighting.
Given the inspiration for the Special Edition, we're not shocked to hear the model is offered only with the TSX's 201-hp, 2.4-liter DOHC I-4. We are, however, a little surprised to hear availability of the 6-speed manual transmission - previously a no-cost option on all four-cylinder TSX sedans - will be restricted to the SE. That said, Acura officials don't anticipate relegating the stick to the sport-inspired Special Edition will impact volumes of the manual-equipped TSX. For those who don't enjoy rowing their own gears, a 5-speed automatic remains available on all 2012 TSX models, including the Special Edition.
Acura isn't releasing specifics on pricing just yet, but we're told the entire package should start just under $31,000. Buyers interested in adding navigation to the mix should note Acura's Technology Package -- which includes navigation -- is not available on the Special Edition. Presently, there's no word on if the Special Edition package - or the manual transmission option itself - will carry on beyond the 2012 model year. If you're interested in picking one up while you can, head to your dealer shortly; cars should be arriving in showrooms by the end of September.