2015 Acura TLX is the new kid on the block. It replaces the Acura TSX and the TL. It’s a mid-size sports sedan that will have to compete against the likes of the Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and (in this case) Volvo S60.
The TLX is powered by Acura’s smooth 290 horsepower 3.5L V6 and delivers the power via the new 9-speed automatic transmission. Volvo S60 has a trick up its sleeve. It uses a 302 horsepower 2.0L super-turbo four cylinder. The supercharger is working at low rpm. Maximum torque of 295 lb-ft comes in at 2,100 rpm. The turbocharger takes over higher in the range. The result is smooth power delivery with no lag.
Acura’s trump card is the super handling SH-AWD. It uses torque vectoring to send the power the outside wheel(s) to bring the car through corners with authority.
|2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD||2015.5 Volvo S60 T6 FWD|
|Engine||3.5L V6||2.0 I4|
|Power||290 hp / 267 lb-ft||302 hp / 295 lb-ft|
|Transmission||9-speed Auto||8-speed Auto|
|Highway range mi||533.2||623.0|
|EPA mpg||21 / 31||24 / 35|
|Curb weight lbs||3,774||3,472|
So, which car is quickest at one lap around IMI Motorsports park? And which is faster at 0-60 mph? Watch the video to find out.
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been a contributor at TFL since 2011.