The totally redesigned RDX small crossover is easily the brand's best-selling model, eclipsing even the excellent 3-row Acura MDX. The brand just saw fit to give the RDX a special limited-edition paint job that mimics one made famous by the NSX supercar. The new edition is called the RDX PMC (coined for the brand's Performance Manufacturing Center), and it will be clad in Thermal Orange Pearl.
The NSX supercar received the special paint job in 2019, its third year of production (yes, it's hard to believe the 2nd-generation NSX is entering its fifth year). It was the same year the NSX was refreshed with some visual and some suspension tweaks to make it look and handle better. The 2021 RDX PMC painted in the color the NSX made famous is the fourth Acura vehicle to get the treatment, following the TLX and MDX.
The vehicle gets the new paint after a white RDX base car gets sent to Acura's Performance Manufacturing Center (where the NSX is built) in Marysville, Ohio. The vehicle gets assembled there and then painted using the same process the NSX receives. How's that for special treatment for a crossover that's about a fourth the price of the $157,500 NSX?
In terms of spec, the RDX PMC will have pretty much the same spec as the RDX with A-Spec and Advance packages, but it also gets the brand's spectacular Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system as standard equipment. Otherwise, it would cost $2,000 as optional equipment. The power is the same: 272 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque from the direct-injected 2.0-Liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
In terms of visuals, the PMC Edition has some fancy five double-spoked wheels in gloss black, a body-color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, a gloss-black roof, gloss-black side mirrors, and gloss-back door handles. The interior's colorway matches the exterior thanks to black suede and leather seats with contrasting orange stitching all over. Even the steering wheel, floor mats, and center console receive the orange stitching. Finally, there's a special interior plaque with the production number (# of 360).
The special, limited-edition RDX PMC Edition goes on sale this October at a price of around $55,000. If we've done our configurations correctly, that's about $5,500 more than a loaded RDX. That's not a small sum, but buyers will get a truly special RDX that only a handful of lucky owners will get their mitts on. Just make sure you get yours before Halloween.