Acura 2.3 CL

From Acura press: The 1998 Acura CL Series two-door sport-luxury coupe marks a significant milestone in the company's history. Conceived specifically with the needs and tastes of American buyers in mind, the CL Series is the first Acura model to be designed and engineered entirely in the United States. In addition, building upon Acura's commitment to the American market, the CL Series is manufactured exclusively in East Liberty, Ohio.

The CL Series was created to appeal to what Acura has identified as a growing number of American consumers interested in the concept of a stylish, personalized sport-luxury coupe, but with limited buying options in the mid-luxury coupe segment. Also, within the Acura lineup itself, the CL Series is designed to bridge the gap between the youthful, performance-oriented Acura Integra and the more luxurious and refined Acura TL Series--blending key qualities of each car into one distinctive, appealing package.

To fulfill that mission, the CL Series combines an exciting interior and exterior design, lively throttle response, and precise handling with an unusually high level of standard luxury and convenience features. Perhaps most important, the CL is priced to deliver exceptional value for the dollar.

The 2.3CL is powered by a completely re-engineered single-overhead-camshaft, 2.3-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Designed to produce additional horsepower and torque with a significant reduction in noise and vibration. Like all other Acura engines, this powerplant is made of aluminum alloy and is equipped with cast-iron cylinder liners. It features four valves per cylinder-two intake, two exhaust-and a single overhead camshaft. The engine is also equipped with Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and an onboard diagnostic system (OBD-II). Peak output is 150 horsepower at 5700 rpm and 154 lbs-ft of torque at 4800 rpm.

For exceptional power at all engine rpms combined with excellent fuel economy, the engine utilizes the unique Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) system first pioneered by Acura on the exotic NSX sports car. By automatically changing the timing, lift, and duration of the intake valves, the VTEC system contributes to abundant low-rpm torque and impressive high-rpm horsepower.

Transmissions for the 2.3CL include a refined 5-speed manual and a new optional electronically controlled 4-speed automatic equipped with the Grade Logic Control System. A direct-acting electronic cruise control system is standard equipment.

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