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Acura stuffed an RDX engine into a 1997 SLX for Radwood SoCal

If that wasn't enough, the turbo four has been boosted to 350 horsepower.

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Restomod 1997 Acura SLX for Radwood SoCal

Acura is bringing this 1997 SLX to Radwood SoCal, and it's much more than it seems at first glance.

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Acura has replaced the stock engine and drivetrain with the turbocharged four-cylinder, 10-speed automatic and Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system from a 2020 RDX crossover.

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The track has been widened, and the SLX has been fitted with an independent rear suspension setup in place of the original solid rear axle.

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There are custom 17-inch Fifteen52 Tarmac wheels wrapped in Yokohama off-road tires, and the front brakes are larger.

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While the RDX's 272 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque might seem like plenty, Acura fitted a custom exhaust, intake, ECU and turbo, boosting the 2.0-liter motor to 350 horses and 340 pound-feet.

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The SLX has been repainted in Performance Red Pearl, a color available on many 2020 Acura models.

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Of course, the SLX's two-tone scheme had to stay, so the lower body is finished in Champagne Silver.

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The hard-shell spare-tire cover is a custom unit, and there's an SH-AWD badge on the tailgate.

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Acura acquired the SLX from brand enthusiast Tyson Hugie; it had around 178,000 before the restoration.

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