Acura 3.2 TL
From Acura press: The 1996 Acura TL touring luxury sedan marks a significant milestone in the company's marketing history in the U.S. As is obvious from the name, Acura has adopted an alphanumeric designation for this model. Toput the focus on Acura, instead of a growing number of model names, all future Acura models will adopt an alphanumeric designation.
The TL is designed as a touring luxury automobile and offers a sporty and more youthful alternative to traditional luxury cars.
A touring automobile is one that's conceivedas a long-distance runner that has the power to take its occupants across the continent effortlessly and in great style. At the same time, it has the handling response, nimbleness and quick reaction to throttle of a sporting sedan. As such, the TL provides a very high degree of luxury, comfort and interior room. The 1996TL Series competes against other mid-luxury cars such as the Lexus ES300, Mercedes C220 and C280 and BMW 3 and 5 Series.
With its combination of luxury, performance and quality, the TL Series further strengthens ACllra'sposition as the number one-selling luxury nameplate in the U.S. market.
The TL Series is available with either a 3.2-liter V-6 or a 2.5-liter, inline five-cylinder, engine. The 3.2TL engine, like all other Acura engines, is made of aluminum alloy and is equipped with cast-iron cylinder liners. It features a single-overhead-camshaft design, 4 valves per cylinder, a direct ignition system and a Variable Induction System. The engine also features an onboard diagnostic system (BD-II). Peak power is 200 horsepower at 5300 rpm and torque output is 210 lbs-ft at 4500 rpm.
The engine of the 3.2TL is located longitudinally for an optimal front/rear weight distribution, higher rigidity and impact protection.
Goals for both engines included ample low-end torque for excellent driveability and plenty of high-end power for sustained cruising and passing capability.
The engine of the 2.5TL is a compact, all-aluminum, inline 5-cylinder design equipped with a single overhead camshaft, four valves per cylinder, Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) and a dual-stage intake manifold. It produces 176 hp at 6300 rpm and 170 lbs-ft of torque at a very low 3900 rpm.
The transmission for the TL Series is an electronically controlled 4-speed automatic with a Grade Logic Control System.
The longitudinal arrangement of both powertrains achieves a number of desired goals. It creates an ideal 60/40 weight distribution for excellent handling and turn-in resonse. Also, it allows the use of softer engine mounts, with reduce the level of noise and vibration reaching the cabin. By tilting the 2.5-liter engine 35 degrees, the engineers were also able to achieve a low hoodline for maximum visibility, and a reduction of frontal area to reduce aerodynamic drag.
Like all other Acura engines, the engine blocks of both TL models are aluminum castings with cast-in iron liners, a design known for its light weight, excellent rigidity and good long-term durability. The crankcase designs feature deep skirts and extensive webbing, substantially reducing engine noise and vibration.