Acura 3.5 RL
From Acura press: The 3.5RL is the fourth all-new model to join the Acura lineup of luxury vehicles since March 1995- expanding the lineup to six luxury vehicles in all - and it becomes the new flagship car of the Acura division.
"The RL is the flagship of a new lineup we've designed to be best-in-class from top to bottom," said Rich Thomas, Acura's executive vice president and general manager. "We're proud of our 10-yearhistory as a leader in the import luxury marketplace, which includes Acura's being No.1 in sales for the past nine consecutive years. This new lineup of vehicles will enable us to raise the bar to a whole new level. We're very excited about the future."
Powered by a new 3.5-liter V-6 that is the largest powerplant ever for an Acura model, the four-door, front-wheel-drive 3.5RL does not require a scheduled tune-up for the first 100,000miles. It will carry the flag for a lineup that has significantly broadened its range of product choices for the luxury vehicle buyer.
The 3.5 RL is powered by a 3.5-liter,all-aluminum, single-overhead camshaft, 90-degree V-6engine which produces 210 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 224 1bsft of torque at a very low 2800rpm. Four valves per cylinder and a three-stage variable induction system help to provide both high torque at lower engine speeds and excellent breathing at higher engine speeds.
While based on the general design of the 3.2-liter V-6, the 3.5-liter RL engine represents a major departure from the engineering philosophy that gave rise to that earlier engine. Apart from fasteners and other minor components, the two engines have few parts in common.
The RL engine was developed with two major goals in mind: first, to provide maximum thrust at the engine speeds most normally used in day-to-day driving, i.e., the range from 1500 rpm to 4000 rpm. And second, to be both quieter, smoother and more durable than any engine in Acura history. The RL can travel 100,000 miles without requiring a scheduled tune-up.
The engine is located longitudinally, moving weight to the rear for the 60/40 weight distribution deemed optimum for a front-wheel-drive sedan. The longitudinal mounting also yields benefits in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance, because it allows the use of softer and better-located engine and transmission mounts.
An electronically controlled 4-speed automatic transmission, with Grade Logic Control software, is standard on every 3.5RL.