We never found Acura‘s TSX wanting for power, but in order to fill the gap between its entry-level model and the larger TL, the company’s added a V-6-powered TSX model for 2010.
That V-6 is the same 3.5-liter, 24-valve, SOHC V-6 found in the front-wheel-drive TL. It’s still rated at 280 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque, which represents a 79 hp and 84 lb-ft jump over the 2.4-liter I-4. Helping channel that power are new 20-inch wheels and larger disc brakes, which are exclusive to the TSX V-6.
Opting for the six-banger also yields buyers features like leather seating, a power sunroof, and a seven-speaker audio system as standard equipment. Acura’s Technology Package, which includes navigation, real-time traffic updates, and a ten-speaker Panasonic/ELS surround sound system, remains an optional extra.
Certainly this sounds like an attractive option, but it comes with one caveat: there’s no manual transmission. The TSX V-6 comes standard with Acura’s five-speed automatic transaxle, and though it does offer a manual mode and requisite shift paddles, we’ll miss the silky-smooth six-speed manual offered on four-cylinder cars.
Acura’s surprisingly quiet on most details about this car, but promises we’ll know learn more closer to the TSX V-6’s launch this summer. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we’d estimate base prices hovering around $32,000 – right between the four-cylinder TSX and the front-wheel-drive TL.