Acura 3.2 TL
From Acura press: The 2004 Acura TL represents the third generation of Acura's near-luxury sedan entry, which was introduced in 1995 and featured a second-generation TL in 1999. Enthusiast drivers appreciate the previous-generation TL for its high dynamic capabilities-it is a true driver's car that competes against the best near-luxury sedans.
These enthusiasts are increasingly looking for more dynamic refinement and capability, and emotional styling. With the 2004 TL, Acura set out to create an all-new vehicle with an exterior design that is more taut, athletic and powerful than before.
For inspiration they considered a design style referred to as "Bauhaus," named for the famous German design house of the 1920s that defined "form follows function" design. The TL uses crisp, taut lines instead of sweeping curves, satin trim in key areas rather than bright chrome, and a driver-oriented layout makes driving more engaging.
The TL is powered by an aluminum-alloy 3.2-liter V-6 that uses advanced Acura technology to provide an exceptionally high level of power and refinement. The new VTEC V-6 generates 270 horsepower and 238 lbs-ft of torque-far outpacing the previous generation 3.2 TL (225 horsepower and 216 lbs-ft), and even the 3.2 TL Type-S (260 horsepower and 232 lbs-ft). Compared to the previous generation TL and TL Type-S, the new TL engine delivers identical EPA estimated city and highway mileage* when paired with the Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. In terms of emissions performance, however, it meets CARB LEV-2 ULEV requirements, a much tougher standard than either of its predecessors.
For the first time ever, the TL offers an available 6-speed manual transmission at no extra cost. With short shift throws, closely spaced ratios and slightly shorter (higher numerically) overall gearing, the 6-speed manual transmission is targeted at drivers interested in extracting the maximum performance-and hands-on fun-out of the most powerful V-6 engine in the class. A helical gear-type limited-slip differential is applied as standard equipment in the 6-speed manual transaxle, providing maximum grip and handling stability under heavy acceleration