The ILX’s aluminum block, direct-injected 2.4-liter inline-four engine produces 201 high-revving horsepower and 180 lb-ft of torque (both SAE net). Intelligent Variable Timing and lift Control (i-VTEC®) increases horsepower by opening intake valves longer and deeper at 4500 rpm and above. Direct Gas Injection sends fuel into each cylinder through a multi-hole injector for a more precise, effective air/fuel mixture.
Unlike a conventional automatic, the 8-Speed DCT changes gears through clutches–much more like a manual transmission–rather than simply a torque converter. The transmission has one clutch for odd-numbered gears and a second for even ones. While one clutch is engaged with the current gear, sensors predict whether the next gear change will be an upshift or downshift. The second clutch prepares the next gear ratio for instant engagement with a negligible loss of torque.
The true performance potential of the 8-Speed DCT is realized by paddle shifters that enable lightning-fast shifts that take only milliseconds versus a typical manual shift of about a half second. This makes lively acceleration out of a turn or engine braking down a mountain road particularly satisfying.
The MacPherson struts front suspension has revised, specially-tuned bushings and performance-calibrated geometry. This provides optimal wheel alignment while turning and smooth, solid handling. The multi-link rear suspension includes stamped-steel upper A-arms, cast aluminum knuckles, double lower lateral links, steel-toe control links, coil-over dampers and a large stabilizer bar.
With two pistons per damper, the ILX’s Amplitude Reactive Dampers work together for greater ride comfort. The first piston reacts to absorb minor road vibration, while the second one is stiffer, reigning in a larger suspension motion for improved stability.
The four-wheel disc brakes are designed with several subtle enhancements to improve their performance over conventional cars of the same size. Strengthened calipers improve effectiveness while enlarged splash shields increase fade resistance.
The reimagined A-Spec package is style in high gear with a new front and rear bumper, Diamond Pentagon Grille, and black gloss rear decklid spoiler. A powerful, yet beautifully-sculpted hood, trunk, and taillights complete a design concept that is bumper-to-bumper fearlessness.
Standard equipped on every ILX model, Acura’s Jewel Eye LED headlight technology mimics the natural sunlight using ten separate LED lamps. The intense, focused beams of light help you to view colors more vividly and reduce fatigue at night.
Stunning 18-inch Shark Gray wheels amplify aesthetics with their aggressive stance, turning heads everywhere you go; they also allow you to be more connected with the road.
The On Demand Multi-Use Display™ is an intuitive touchscreen that combines all the controls you need in one striking 7-inch color system. It puts audio, climate and programmed shortcuts at your fingertips, all with haptic feedback you can feel.
Dual-zone automatic climate control adjusts system output to keep the set temperature for each of the system’s dual-zones, allowing you and your front passenger to stay independently comfortable. A solar sensor measures the sun’s intensity to determine its impact on interior temperature to offer GPS-linked climate control convenience.
Select ILX models are Apple CarPlay™ compatible. Just connect your iPhone® to the USB jack, select Apple CarPlay on the touchscreen, and familiar iPhone app icons will appear on the touchscreen, so you can make calls, listen to music or other audio, and even access your iPhone’s navigation software.
Select ILX models are Android Auto™ compatible. Simply plug your compatible Android smartphone into the USB jack. This will also automatically pair your phone with Bluetooth®. For hands-free calling, accessing Google Maps™ and listening to music or other audio, select Android Auto from the touchscreen menu.
Tuned by Grammy award-winning record engineer and producer Elliot Scheiner, the ILX offers an available ELS Studio® Premium Audio System. With crystal clear audio clarity, surround sound and noise cancellation technology, this audio system is your personal symphony on wheels.
The standard Keyless Access System with pushbutton ignition lets you unlock the ILX doors, enter the car and start the engine without ever taking the key from your pocket. It also remembers the preferred seat position and side mirror settings for you and another driver.
Distractions happen, so the Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) can alert you to obstacles detected ahead. It’s programmed to provide visual alerts when it determines a crash is possible – and if you don’t react, it can brake for you.
The Road Departure Mitigation System uses a camera to identify lane lines and even objects on the side of the road. If it senses the ILX veering, it can warn you — and even brake as it assists you back into your lane.
Adaptive Cruise Control is the intelligent way to enjoy cruise control even in light traffic. Once you set a desired speed, radar maintains a set time interval behind the car detected ahead by balancing the throttle and braking where appropriate.
Using a forward-facing camera mounted above the inside rearview mirror, the Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) works proactively to keep the ILX centered in its detected lane.
If the ILX detects a vehicle in the next lane’s alert zone while going over 20 MPH, an indicator appears on the side mirror. If you signal in the direction of that vehicle, the mirror indicator flashes and a warning beep sounds.
When reversing, the Rear Cross Traffic Monitor uses radar to detect vehicles approaching from the side and can alert the driver to their presence with an audible warning and visual alerts in the rear camera display.