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Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, better known as SH-AWD, made its production debut in the 2005 Acura RL. Since then, two different versions of SH-AWD have made its way into the current Acura lineup: a third-generation SH-AWD system that can be found in vehicles like the TLX and RDX, and an industry-first, electrically-powered torque-vectoring AWD system employed by Acura’s Sport Hybrid models. Join Vern Eide Acura as we explain how SH-AWD works, find out the difference between SH-AWD vs. AWD, and learn which Acura cars have SH-AWD.
SH-AWD technology is responsible for the track-inspired performance you see from the NSX supercar. But how does Acura’s SH-AWD system actually work? SH-AWD continuously directs engine power to match weight distribution, driver input, available traction, and other conditions. This means the system proactively redistributes power before you lose traction in the first place.
As an all-wheel drive system, Acura’s SH-AWD will definitely give you more confidence during a South Dakota winter, but this drivetrain can do so much more. Continue reading to learn all about SH-AWD features and benefits.
SH-AWD will create more traction through corners because most of the engine torque can be distributed to the rear wheels. Additionally, the system can apply all of that power to the outside wheel, shifting weight/torque to where it’s needed most and improving your ability to corner at faster speeds.
In driving scenarios where understeer is common, SH-AWD will increase stability even more by revolving the outside rear wheel slightly faster than the other wheels to help prevent front tire slippage.
SH-AWD can send a majority of the vehicle’s engine power to the front wheels while cruising on a straightaway to greatly increase fuel economy.
While the TLX sport sedan, MDX performance SUV, and RDX sport crossover all come available with SH-AWD, the RLX can be equipped with the Sport Hybrid SH-AWD powertrain – an electrically-powered, torque-vectoring version of the SH-AWD system that is featured in the NSX supercar.
We here at Vern Eide Acura would like you to experience the reliability of Acura’s SH-AWD system for yourself. Schedule a test drive online or just stop by our dealership located at 4030 S. Grange Drive in Sioux Falls, SD. Don’t be intimidated by South Dakota’s ice and snow. Tackle the winter weather with an Acura car or SUV equipped with Super Handling All-Wheel Drive.