Hand-crafted 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition comes with NSX’s Thermal Orange Pearl paint

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

The 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition features a thermal orange paint job that it shares with the Acura NSX.
Acura will make a PMC Edition of its best-selling RDX for the 2021 model year. The move comes following successful PMC Edition iterations of the TLX and MDX and forecasts a design change is in the RDX’s future.

Named after Acura’s Performance Manufacturing Center (PMC) in Ohio, the 2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition will be hand-crafted alongside the Acura NSX by master technicians. Just 360 of the range-topping RDX PMC Edition models will be made and carry a sticker price in the low $50,000s. Exact pricing will be announced in the coming weeks.

Acura has given each of the North American market-exclusive models a Thermal Orange Pearl paint job – a color shared with the NSX.

It builds on the top-of-the-line RDX, which includes the RDX Advance Package and RDX A-Spec styling. The model gets exclusive black 20-inch alloy wheels, a body color grille surround, black chrome exhaust finishers, and a gloss black roof, side mirrors, and door handles. All-wheel drive is standard.

Acura has pushed the orange color to the cabin where it appears as color-matched orange stitching for the seats, center console, door panels, steering wheel, and floor mats. The RDX PMC edition features a 10.5-inch color head-up display, 16-way power Sport Seats trimmed in Ebony Milano leather and Ultrasuede, heated steering wheel, and heated outboard rear seats.

Like the NSX, each RDX PMC Edition will be built and handled with care. It starts as a body-in-white shell that arrives at PMC to be finished in its orange paint via a robotic paint system. Multiple base coats enhance the paint’s intensity. Next ,a mid-coat of gold and orange mica is applied giving off a pearlescent effect in the sunlight. Finally, four layers of clearcoat are applied to increase the paint’s luster and protect the finish. The total time in paint, including curing, is five days.

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Post-paint, PMC master technicians begin hand-assembling the two-row SUV starting with the installation of the drivetrains and chassis components, wiring harnesses, and electronics. Then, the wheels and tires are added. The final step in the process is to fit the vehicle with its unique interior including an individually numbered serial plate affixed to the RDX’s center console.

Following assembly, the RDX PMC Edition undergoes an identical quality control process as NSX, which includes a full electronic systems line-end test, expert wheel alignment, dyno run, water-leak test and final paint examination. Before exiting PMC, each vehicle is wrapped in a protective film and loaded onto an enclosed, single-car carrier for transport to an Acura dealer.

Acura has introduced a PMC Edition of the TLX and MDX as they have entered the final year of their design phase. Could a refreshed RDX be on the horizon for 2022? All signs point to yes.

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

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2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

2021 Acura RDX PMC Edition

Photo courtesy of Acura

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