Acura 3.2 TL Type-S
From Acura press: With the introduction of an all-new model in 1999, the Acura TL sedan earned glowing praise from the public and the automotive press alike, quickly establishing itself as a sales leader in the highly competitive near-luxury segment. For 2002, Acura reaffirms its position as a premier luxury nameplate with the release of an impressively updated 3.2 TL and the introduction of a new, high-performance 3.2 TL Type-S model.
Designed to thrill even the most demanding driving enthusiasts, the new TL Type-S combines class-leading technology and power with uncompromising luxury -- setting an exciting new standard in the luxury performance segment. Incorporating 24 valves, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC), and an innovative, dual-stage induction system, the 3.2-liter Type-S engine produces 260 horsepower. The 3.2 TL uses a 225-horsepower version of the 3.2-liter engine.
In addition to its impressive horsepower, the new TL Type-S also adds a sport-tuned suspension; V-rated all-season, high-performance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels; a standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system and a sporty cockpit treatment.
The TL features numerous other enhancements for 2002. A completely redesigned front end offers a leaner, more aggressive appearance while incorporating standard fog lights. The TL's taillights have also been redesigned for a cleaner look. Noise and vibration have been significantly reduced with improved door seals and new insulation in the doors.
Two engines are offered in the 2002 TL. Propelling the 3.2TL is an all-aluminum, 3.2-liter V-6 that uses 24 valves and Acura's innovative VTEC system to deliver 225 horsepower and 216 lb-ft. of torque.
The V-6 in the high-performance TL Type-S model builds upon this potent foundation by adding a high-flow, dual-stage induction system and a free-flowing exhaust -- which help boost output to 260 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.
In each engine, Acura's patented VTEC system -- first unveiled on the NSX exotic sports car -- helps provide an exceptionally flat torque curve, enhanced engine breathing, and superb responsiveness at all engine speeds.
Both the TL and the TL Type-S are equipped with an electronically controlled, 5-speed automatic transmission with Acura's Sequential SportShift system. Inspired by the transmissions used on modern Formula One race cars, Sequential SportShift allows the driver to shift the forward gears semi-manually -- without the need for a clutch pedal. The transmission also offers the shifting convenience of a conventional automatic.