Acura 3.5 RL

From Acura press: As the flagship sedan in the Acura lineup, the 2004 RL boasts impressive levels of power, handling and luxury, allowing it to compete easily with the Mercedes E320, BMW 530i, Audi A6, and Lexus GS 300.

The 3.5 RL comes fully equipped. Standard features include leather seating surfaces, a power moonroof, an Acura/Bose Music System, an Automatic Climate Control System, heated front seats and door mirrors, and the HomeLink® remote control system.

For 2004, the RL receives a variety of interior enhancements that lengthen its list of standard features and reinforce its position as the most comprehensively equipped, technologically advanced sedan in its class. The most notable of these is the addition of XM® Satellite Radio. While some of its competitors are beginning to offer XM Satellite Radio as optional equipment, the RL is the only luxury sedan to include XM as standard equipment.

To complement the addition of XM Satellite Radio, the RL's standard Acura/Bose Music System has been enhanced, with two additional, door-mounted speakers and retuned amplifiers to provide even better sound reproduction. The 6-disc CD changer has been moved to the dash from the trunk for added convenience.

The 3.5 RL is powered by an all-aluminum, 3.5-liter, single-overhead-camshaft, 90-degree V-6 engine that produces 225 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 231 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. Four-valves-per-cylinder, a three-stage variable induction system, a sophisticated PGM-FI fuel-injection system, a variable silencer and an advanced air intake help to provide both high torque at lower engine speeds and excellent breathing at higher engine speeds. The 3.5 RL meets LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) standards. It is also designed to run for 105,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up.

The engine is located longitudinally, moving weight to the rear of the car for a 59/41 weight distribution, an optimal allocation for a front-wheel-drive sedan. The longitudinal mounting also yields reductions in noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), because it allows the use of softer, optimally positioned engine and transmission mounts.

An electronically controlled, 4-speed automatic transmission, with Grade Logic Control is standard on every 3.5 RL.

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