From Acura press: The heart of the new TL is a compact, new 3.2-liter, 225-horsepower VTEC V-6. With more low-end torque and peak power than its predecessor, this new 24-valve, V-6-drives the TL to class-leading performance times, sets a new standard for refinement and smoothness, and delivers excellent fuel economy. Its first tune-up isn't required until 100,000 miles. The electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission offers the driver a sequential SportShift semi-manual mode, sophisticated Grade Logic Control, and the security of a standard traction control system.
With significant advances in torsional and bending rigidity, the TL's new unit-body is based on a new platform that reorients the front drive powertrain in a transverse position, to create more usable interior volume, while retaining in optimum weight distribution. To advance NVH control, the front and rear suspension are carried on isolated subframes, resulting in marked reductions in interior noise level.
A newly drafted version of the TL's full independent double wishbone suspension fitted with larger wheels and tires nets a substantial advance in handling performance. A more compact multi-link rear suspension also contributes to the TL's increased interior room.
For 1998, a single potent, powertrain drives the TL. The new 3.2 liter VTEC-equipped engine is substantially lighter than its predecessor, develops more horsepower and torque, delivers improved acceleration and superior fuel economy. Relative to its prime competition, the new TL develops more power and accelerates faster, while delivering competitive fuel economy. The new 60-degree, 24-valve, V-6 engine is mounted transversely in the chassis, improving packaging efficiency. (The previous engine had a 90-degree V-angle, and was positioned longitudinally in the chassis.) It is coupled with a sequential SportShift four-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control that drives the front wheels, with the assistance of a standard traction control system.