Acura 3.0 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 3.0CL is powered by a state-of-the-art, transversely mounted, single-overhead camshaft, all-aluminum 3.0-liter V-6 engine created jointly in the United States and Japan. The engine is built exclusively at the Anna Engine Plant in Anna, Ohio, for worldwide consumption. It's the first V-6 Acura has produced in America, and the first mass-produced V-6 built anywhere to incorporate VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control). The only other current VTEC V-6 engine powers the limited-production Acura NSX sports car.

Typical of all Acura engines, the 3.0CL engine uses a cast aluminum cylinder block for lightness with cast iron cylinder liners for longevity. Employing the latest VTEC architecture, the engine has four valves per cylinder-two intake, two exhaust- operated by a single overhead camshaft (SOHC) per cylinder bank via friction-reducing roller followers. The lightweight, compact powerplant delivers a broad and full torque band (peaking at 195 pound feet at 4700 rpm) and the highest horsepower output in its class (200 horsepower at 5500 rpm). The 3.0CL achieves outstanding acceleration, and among the highest combined fuel economy of any competitive car using regular unleaded fuel. Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) handles fuel delivery, and is monitored by an OBD-II on-board diagnostic system.

Consistent with Acura's tradition of engine design excellence the CL's new V-6 is designed to run for 100,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up. (Likewise, the V-6 engines found in the Acura 3.5RL flagship luxury sedan, and 3.2TL touring luxury sedan, SLX luxury SUV and the 2.3CL also run for 100,000 miles before their first scheduled tune-up.)

As the first of a new series of V-6 powerplants, the 3.0CL's engine incorporates Acura's latest technology, which makes it physically the smallest and lightest in its displacement range. Additionally, its 60-degree V-angle, coupled with careful detail engineering, results in NVH characteristics that are among the best in class. It is paired with an advanced electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission that attains new levels of shift smoothness and efficiency. For 1998, all CL models use a single powertrain control module (PCM) to control all engine and transmission functions, including the new immobilizer feature.

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