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Acura RDX makes public debut at Tour of California

RDX named official team and lead support vehicle of Rally Cycling team

Published: May 18, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: May 20, 2018, 2:40 AM

2019 Acura RDX Rally Cycling support vehicle

Many new vehicles get their public debuts at auto shows but not the Acura RDX; is getting its public debut on the road as the official team and lead support vehicle of the Rally Cycling team in the Amgen Tour of California (May 13-19).

This will be the 7th year for Acura as official vehicle of Rally Cycling (the US’s top-ranked continental men’s and women’s cycling program), and the company will also supply a 2018 NSX supercar as a second support vehicle.

2018 Acura NSX Rally Cycling support car

“We’re excited to continue our longstanding partnership with Rally Cycling and showcase the all-new RDX on public roads,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president & general manager of Acura. “The 2019 RDX is the quickest, best-handling yet, making it the perfect vehicle to support the Rally Cycling team throughout the rigorous race season.”

The re-engineered turbocharged RDX is the first in a new generation of Acura products, delivering a larger cabin loaded with new technologies and features. It will be available for public consumption mid-year, now that it has started production in East Liberty, Ohio.

2019 Acura RDX production

Founded in 2012, the Rally Cycling women’s team is made up of 13 riders, including Canadians Sara Bergen, Gillian Ellsay, Katherine Maine, Sara Poidevin, and Allison Beveridge and Kirsti Lay (who were part of the bronze medalist team pursuit at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro).The men’s team was founded in 2007, and is made up of 16 riders, including Canadians Ryan Anderson, Rob Britton, Matteo Dal-Cin, Adam de Vos and Nigel Ellsay.