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SH-AWD AWD system is 15 years old

Published on February 28 2019

The advanced and very efficient SH-AWD Acura all-wheel system is 15 years old this year. Introduced for the first time on the 2005 Acura RL, it was the world's first torque vector AWD system.

Five generations of the SH-AWD system have followed over the years. The second generation introduced in 2007 on the MDX SUV and TL and ZDX models was the first to combine the system with stability and traction controls. In 2014, the technology was electrified for the first time with the arrival of the RLX Sport Hybrid. 

Sport Hybrid SH-AWD: a unique hybrid engine

Acura's Sport Hybrid SH-AWD technology is obviously a hybrid engine, but its configuration makes it unique. Unlike many other hybrid systems currently available on the market, Acura has a gasoline engine and three electric motors.

Two of the electric motors propel the rear wheels while the gasoline engine takes care of the front wheels. This configuration allows Acura models that are equipped with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system to enjoy the added stability and safety that comes with all-wheel drive when facing tough road conditions.

The result is improved stability coupled with impressive performance. There are three Acura models available today that feature the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system.

When we offer a system as advanced as Acura's SH-AWD Sport Hybrid, we want to make sure it is offered on as many models as possible. That's why Acura offers its Sport Hybrid system on most of its models including the new Acura TLX, the Acura MDX, the redesigned Acura RDX and the legendary Acura NSX.

In the Acura NSX, for example, the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD system allows the car to reach 100 km/h in just 3.0 seconds.

To learn more about the new Acura vehicle lineup and SH-AWD Sport Hybrid technology, contact us today at Camco Acura!

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