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The result is the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder SUV powerplant currently available in America. That gives the MDX the highest horsepower and torque output of any engine in the Acura lineup. Compared to the previous generation MDX, the new engine gains 47 horsepower and 25 lb-ft. Of that horsepower gain, 20 horsepower came from an increase in displacement and a new Although more powerful, the engine is actually A 5-speed mdxx transmission with Sequential SportShift is standard, giving the driver the choice of fully automatic operation or manual shifting via a special shift gate.

The result is reduced understeer, superior cornering accuracy and more total cornering performance. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive mdxx maintain your vehicle. The MDX engine has a 20008 degree V-angle, compact 200 dimensions, and it sheds A high flow intake system, high compression ratio, close-coupled catalytic converters and high flow exhaust make the MDX engine the most powerful normally aspirated 6-cylinder engine in its class.

These high-silicon sleeves dissipate heat better than iron liners. The aluminum sleeves also allow a closer piston-to-cylinder clearance for quieter operating noise. A mechanical etching process during manufacturing exposes silicone particles embedded in the aluminum sleeves, which provide a hard piston-ring sealing surface.

The block also incorporates a deep-skirt design for rigid crankshaft support and minimized noise and vibration. The MDX uses a forged steel crankshaft for high strength with minimum weight. This elevated compression ratio is possible due to an oil jet system that sprays cooling oil on the underside of the piston crowns to keep temperatures in check. These lightweight components are made of pressure-cast, low-porosity aluminum, and improve overall packaging, enhance exhaust flow and allow the optimal positioning of a primary close-coupled catalytic converter on each cylinder bank.

To save weight and reduce parts count, an exhaust manifold is an integral part of each cylinder head casting. Magnesium cylinder head covers save a total of 2. The MDX features lightweight camshafts. Assembled from tubular mqnual shafts with splined steel lobes and journals that are pressed in place, this unique style of camshaft design is a first for Acura.

Intake valves in the engine are 36mm in diameter an increase of 1mm over the previous engine designyet weigh percent less due to a reduction in material in the valve head. The exhaust valves measure 30mm in diameter.

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To ensure positive sealing, a 3-layer shim-type head gasket is used. A single Aramid-fiber reinforced belt drives the overhead camshafts. Operation of the intake valves changes to optimize both volumetric efficiency and combustion of the fuel-air mixture.

At low engine speeds, the intake valves have low lift and are open a comparatively short period of time during cylinder filling. At high engine speeds where breathing is critical, the valves switch to a high-lift, long duration mode to deliver the best volumetric efficiency.

The pistons slide into position to lock together the three intake rockers for a given cylinder, which then follow a single high-lift, long-duration camshaft lobe. To improve engine breathing and engine sound, particularly at high rpm and manuaal throttle openings, the MDX has a 20008 intake manifold system. With a large diameter inlet, a pair of resonators and a low-restriction filter element, the MDX induction system flows an additional percent more than the previous system. The throttle profile of the new MDX provides low speed control, followed by progressively building response at higher speed for improved linearity.

This information is used to define the throttle control sensitivity. This gives the MDX throttle pedal a predictable and responsive feel that better meets driver expectations.

Multiple sensors constantly monitor critical operating parameters, such as throttle position, intake air temperature, coolant temperature, ambient air pressure, intake airflow volume, intake manifold pressure, exhaust-air ratios and the position of the crankshaft and cams. The MDX uses a dual-stage intake manifold that is designed to deliver excellent airflow to the cylinders across the full range of mmanual operating speeds.

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0208 2-piece manifold is also very light due to its cast magnesium design. Internal passages and two butterfly valves within the intake manifold are operated by the powertrain control module provide two distinct modes of operation by changing plenum volume and intake manula routing. At lower rpm these valves are closed to reduce the volume of the plenum and effectively increase the length of inlet passages for maximum resonance effect and to amplify pressure waves within each half of the intake manifold at lower rpm ranges.

As the benefits of the resonance effect lessen with rising engine speed, the butterfly valves open at rpm to mabual the two halves of the plenum, increasing its overall volume. An electric motor, commanded by the powertrain control module, controls manua, butterfly valves.

The inertia of the mass of air rushing down each intake passage helps draw in more charge than each cylinder would normally ingest. The inertia effect greatly enhances cylinder filling and the torque produced by the engine at higher rpm.

The cell per-square-inch, high-efficiency converters mount directly to the exhaust port of each cylinder head for extremely rapid amnual light-off after the engine starts. A significant weight savings and reduction in parts count is realized by eliminating traditional exhaust manifolds. Downstream of the close-coupled catalyst, a hydroformed 2-into-1 collector pipe carries exhaust gases to a single secondary catalytic converter located under the passenger cabin.

This high-flow unit has a revised shape and a large 62mm outlet. Downstream of the underfloor catalyst, the system splits flow into a pair of underfloor chambers the previous MDX used a single chamber to give the exhaust note a more refined sound.

With the valve in each silencer closed, the exhaust sound level is muted for quiet cruising. When exhaust flow increases sufficiently due to high rpm and a large throttle opening, the silencer valves open and provide a secondary exit path inside the silencer chamber.

A number of advanced technologies are factors in this excellent emissions performance. The cylinder-head mounted close-coupled catalysts light off quickly after engine start up, and a bit RISC microprocessor in the powertrain control module PCM boosts computing power to improve the precision of spark and fuel delivery.

In particular, right after startup, better fuel atomization is provided by the high-efficiency multi-hole fuel injectors that mrx accurately deliver fuel to each cylinder.

Based kdx these inputs PGM-FI continuously adjusts and optimizes the amount of fuel manuzl to each cylinder. To ensure consistent starting, the MDX has a one-touch starter system that maintains starter engagement until the engine starts, even if the driver releases the ignition switch.

To provide greater driving range while maintaining a mddx interior climate, mqnual MDX has superior air conditioner efficiency. By partially mixing cool cabin air with fresh air in the blower, the amount of compressor operation manuao be reduced by up to percent compared to operating exclusively on exterior air.

Over the manyal of a tank of fuel, this partial recirculation mode can extend fuel economy by manul much as 4-percent. The MDX powerplant is exceptionally smooth thanks to its degree V-angle and compact, rigid and lightweight die-cast aluminum-alloy block assembly.

A rigid forged crankshaft, die-cast accessory mounts, and a stiff cast-aluminum-alloy oil pan also help reduce noise and vibration. Designed for a high level of durability and low maintenance, the MDX transmission has a strengthened aluminum case that carries both high-torque clutches and high-strength gears. Avura transmission cooler is positioned in the front of the MDX to help keep the transmission fluid temperature within tolerance, particularly when towing.

The Sequential SportShift 5-speed transmission can be operated in conventional fully automatic msx via a console-mounted shifter. When the system determines the MDX is on a hill, the shift schedule is adjusted to automatically hold the transmission in a lower gear for better climbing power or increased downhill engine braking.

In spirited windy road driving, where the throttle is quickly released and the brakes are applied as might be the case when decelerating to enter a cornerShift Hold Control prevents upshifts to higher gears 4th and 5th. This reduces disturbance to the chassis and ensures abundant power is immediately available without a downshift. On curving roads, Shift Hold Control significantly improves throttle responsiveness and reduces unnecessary shifting. When in manual mode, a forward push of the selector lever commands an upshift, while a rearward pull commands a downshift.


The current transmission gear is shown in a digital display within the tachometer face. To heighten control and driver involvement, special shift logic in manual mode delivers quicker, firmer shifts than in fully automatic mode. An array of features are active when the transmission is in manual mode to help ndx the engine and drivetrain from inadvertent damage.

The transmission ECU cuts off fuel flow to the engine if there is a possibility of over revving. In the rare situation where the fuel cutoff alone is unable to prevent engine over revving as could happen on a steep downhill the transmission will upshift itself to prevent engine damage.

Regardless of the selected ratio, the Sequential SportShift transmission will automatically downshift to first gear as the vehicle comes to a stop thus preventing pulling away from a stop in a higher gear. The MDX ndx an intuitive 5-position shift gate that simplifies the operation of the transmission.

When operated in automatic mode, the transmission allows the driver to choose D 1st through scura gear or D3 1st through 3rd gear. The D3 position selects only the first three gears for increased engine braking or reduced shifting during city driving.

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Since the engine can be throttled by the engine management system during upshifts and downshifts, the function of the engine and transmission can be closely choreographed for faster, smoother shifting. This innovative full-time all-wheel-drive system actively distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear axles but also between the left and right rear wheels.

Up to the available traction limits, Direct Yaw Control delivers an uncanny level of precision and driver confidence. During acceleration and cornering on slippery surfaces, a conventional 4WD vehicle distributes torque evenly between the two rear wheels. This may lead to loss of traction of the inside rear wheel as load is transferred to the outside wheel due to load transfer during cornering.

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For all situations including low-traction roads, the side-to-side torque distribution is naturally aligned with the tire vertical loads.

This enhances traction and allows maximum utilization of the available road surface grip during acceleration and cornering. This preventative measure significantly reduces the number of brake and throttle interventions. The response is so quick that the instability may be corrected even before the driver knows it is occurring.

A torque transfer unit is bolted directly to the front-mounted transaxle. A short horizontal shaft and a hypoid gear set within the case send power to the propeller shaft, which in turn carries it to the rear drive unit. The MDX rear axle is geared to turn up to 1. Located on either side of the hypoid gear that drives the rear axle, two identical Direct Electromagnetic Clutch systems control the amount of drive torque that reaches each rear wheel. The fast acting clutches coupled with smart control logic means traction is maximized in most conditions, without the need for driver intervention.

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An electric coil controls the pressure in each clutch device. The amount of available rear axle torque transmitted to each rear wheel can vary continuously, ranging between zero and percent, depending on the conditions.

Since the clutches are electromagnetically operated, the amount of drive torque delivered to each rear wheel can be controlled quickly and precisely, reducing wheel slip in low traction conditions.

The clutch packs and friction material are specially designed for the small amount of continuous slip between front and rear axles created by the 1. An oil-temperature sensor allows the ECU to estimate the clutch plate coefficient of friction which changes with heat in each clutch pack and then adjusts the current sent to the electromagnetic coil that controls the compensation of each clutch.

To ensure that the amount of torque transmitted remains optimized as miles accumulate a coil provides a feedback loop that the ECU uses to adjust current to the electromagnetic clutches to compensate for clutch wear.