Acura 3.2 TL

From Acura press: By setting sales records every month since its introduction in September of '98, the 3.2 TL has reaffirmed Acura's position in the mid-luxury segment as a premier performance nameplate.

Offered exclusively with a 3.2-liter, 24-valve, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC') V-6 engine, the TL combines one of the most powerful engines in its class with a new-generation platform that elevates handling responsiveness, quietness, roominess and luxury. Assembled exclusively in the United States, the new TL is designed to exceed buyer expectations with a remarkably high level of standard equipment.

Available in just one trim level with a comprehensive list of standard features, the TL is classified as a midsize car by the EPA. It has a roomy interior that's more spacious than those of its mid-luxury competition, cars like the Lexus ES 300, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.

The heart of the TL is a compact, 3.2-liter, 225-horsepower, VTEC V-6 engine. With exceptional low-end torque and high rpm horsepower, this 24-valve V-6 drives the TL to class-leading performance times, setting a new standard for refinement and smoothness, while delivering excellent fuel economy. Its first tune-up isn't required until 105,000 miles. The TL engine complies with tough LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) standards. California versions meet ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) standards. The 3.2 TL features an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and wide gear ratios for outstanding acceleration, effortless cruising and high fuel economy.

The TL is powered by a new-generation 3.2-liter, 225-hp, 24-valve V-6 engine. Remarkably compact and lightweight, the TL power plant and transmission incorporate a wide variety of advanced technologies. Relative to the previous-generation 1998 TL, total powertrain weight has been reduced by 16 percent. The engine alone accounts for eight percent of that weight reduction, no small feat in light of the engine's improved power output, refined NVH characteristics and high fuel economy.

Die-cast and heat-treated, the compact aluminum block is extremely rigid, with a high natural frequency and minimal resonant vibration. The TL V-6's iron cylinder liners have their bore pitch set at a close 98-mm spacing to reduce overall engine size. The free-revving TL engine is oversquare with a bore of 89 mm and a stroke of 86 mm to give the engine a total displacement of 3210 cc. The TL engine's V-angle is 60-degrees -- a departure from the 90-degree V-angle used in the previous-generation TL. This narrower angle improves smoothness and reduces overall bulk and weight. Designed to work with special compact pistons, the block has an unusually short deck height, resulting in an overall reduction in the height and width of the assembled engine.

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