It’s a little strange to think that this otherwise ordinary Acura TLX will actually be one of the rarest cars I’ll drive this year. Just 360 examples of this hand-built TLX PMC Edition will be sold, making it one of Acura’s (and Honda’s) smallest-volume cars yet. But beyond the inherent cool factor of driving something so exclusive, a few days behind the wheel of this small-batch sedan reminds me that Acura’s aging TLX still has a lot to offer, with or without that fancy red paint.
If you paused at the phrase “hand-built,” I promise, you read that correctly. While normal TLX models roll off the line at Honda’s Marysville Auto Plant, this one heads to finishing school at the nearby Performance Manufacturing Center — that’s the PMC in PMC Edition. There, these special TLX sedans are hand-assembled on the same lines where skilled women and men bolt together the Acura NSX, and every one of the PMC Edition cars is painted in the supercar’s formerly exclusive shade of Valencia red — a complex finish that takes five days to fully apply.
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