Acura Legend Sedan GS

From Acura press: The 1995 Acura Legend Sedan is available in three luxury models: the fully equipped L, the more elaborately equipped LS, and the top-of-the-line GS. The 1995 Acura Legend Coupe features two models: the L and the LS.

"The Acura Legend GS offers more luxury features as standard equipment than any automobile in its class," said Rich Thomas, Acura executive vice president- general manager. "Luxury car owners continue to recognize the outstanding quality, value and prestige of the Legend, making it the top-selling luxury performance import automobile in the category."

The Legend is available with either a 200- or 230-horsepower, 3.2-liter, 24-valve, aluminum alloy, V-6 engine. An advanced, three-stage Variable Induction System increases torque throughout the engine's operating range, and Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) helps to ensure efficient operation under all driving conditions.

The planners and engineers set ambitious goals for the second-generation Legend powertrain: to provide substantially higher performance, with greater smoothness and quietness and no sacrifice in fuel efficiency. To accomplish this, they developed a longitudinal drivetrain with a 3.2-liter, 24-valve V-6 engine. Stronger, more refined manual and automatic transmissions, a more durable differential and a new mounting system were designed to match the increased power and torque.

The engine development team was given a mandate to develop an engine with significantly higher performance and greater refinement than its predecessor, with no increase in weight or fuel consumption. Given the acceleration and fuel efficiency targets they had set for the Legend, they saw no need for a large V-8engine. The engine displaces 3206 cc, with a bore of 90.0 mm and a stroke of 84.0 mm. The cylinder block, like that of all Acura engines, is made of aluminum alloy and is equipped with cast-iron cylinder liners.

The Legend Sedan Land LS engine delivers a high level of driveability and performance under the full range of driving conditions. Peak power is 200 horsepower; torque output is 210 lbs.-ft.

The engineers took great care to precisely tailor the power delivery of the Type I engine so that it would produce ample low-end torque for excellent driveability and plenty of high-end power for sustained cruising and passing capability.
The Type II engine, introduced in the 1993 Legend Coupe L and LS, became available in the top-of-the-line Legend Sedan GS in 1994. It has the same 3206 cc displacement and 9.6:1 compression ratio as the Type I engine of the Legend Sedan L and LS. The Type II engine, however, produces 230 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 206 lbs-ft of torque at 5000 rpm.

To achieve this higher power rating, a number of refinements were made to increase intake and exhaust efficiency. In typical Acura fashion, this power increase was achieved through refinement of the existing operating systems, rather than by add-ons such as turbochargers, or by increasing displacement and thus increasing weight.

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