Third in series of hand-built Acuras
PMC model gets NSX eye-searing orange paint
Acura has just revealed its latest hand-built master-technician special. The 2021 Acura RDX PMC is put together in the same place the NSX is crafted, it will get a special NSX paint colour, and it will be limited to just 360 units.
The compact RDX is the best-selling Acura over the last two years, so it seems fitting that they’re giving it the same Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) treatment that’s already been applied to the TLX sedan and MDX midsize crossover. Acura says that they’re giving the RDX some “supercar DNA” from the NSX by taking some special RDX parts to the PMC, Acura’s NSX and now bespoke-built vehicle facility in Marysville, OH, and then hand assembling them using workers who would normally be building the NSX.
It starts with the eye-searing Thermal Orange Pearl paint that’s been a premium colour on the NSX since 2019. The special paint is applied using the PMC’s advanced robotic paint system, with multiple base coats followed by a gold and orange mica mid-coat, and four layers of clear that are then hand-inspected to check for defects. The whole paint process takes five days.
After that exhaustive paint process, hand assembly starts, including drivetrain and chassis components like the special PMC-edition 20-inch alloys and the interior that wears Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede with Orange Pearl contrast stitching for the seats, door panels, center console, and steering wheel. It gets 16-way sports seats and a 10.5-inch colour head-up display.
Each of the 360 PMC RDXs, with 30 headed to Canada, also get a gloss black roof, door handles, and pentagon grille. They come with a mix of A-Spec and Platinum Elite kit that gives them just about every feature offered on the RDX, along with a full NSX-style quality control inspection including alignment, dyno run, water-leak test, and then they’re transported via enclosed single-vehicle transport.
All this also comes with a numbered serial plate, and the RDX PMC Edition is expected to start around $58,000 when deliveries start in November.