Acura 3.5 RL
From Acura press: The Acura 3.5 RL is the flagship sedan of the Acura lineup. The product of an intensive research and development effort in which every nuance of the interface between driver and car was examined, the 3.5 RL luxury sedan takes Acura to a new level of comfort, performance, refinement and human engineering.
At the same time, the 3.5 RL delivers an engaging driving experience with the confident handling, immediate response, advanced safety engineering and high levels of performance Acura drivers have come to expect.
Dramatic improvements in comfort, ergonomics, noise, vibration and harshness and performance have made it the quietest, smoothest, most refined Acura ever built. The 3.5 RL is a world-class luxury sedan, competing with the likes of the Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, Lexus GS 300/400 and LS 400, and the Infiniti Q45.
The 3.5 RL is powered by the largest engine with the most torque ever produced in an Acura sedan. The 3.5-liter V-6 engine develops its peak torque at an extraordinarily low 2800 rpm, giving immediate throttle response, authoritative acceleration and the on-demand power typical of a big-bore V-8, but with the light weight and packaging efficiency of a V-6.
he 3.5 RL is powered by a 3.5-liter, all-aluminum, single-overhead camshaft, 90-degree V-6 engine that produces 210 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 224 lb-ft of torque at a very low 2800 rpm that is designed to go 105,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up. Four valves per cylinder and a three-stage variable induction system help to provide both high torque at lower engine speeds and excellent breathing at higher engine speeds. The 3.5 RL meets LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) standards.
The 3.5 RL engine was developed with two major goals in mind: first, to provide maximum power at the engine speeds used in most day-to-day driving (1500 rpm to 4000 rpm). And second, to be both quieter and smoother than any engine in Acura history.
The engine is located longitudinally, moving weight to the rear of the car for the 60/40 weight distribution deemed optimum for a front-wheel-drive sedan. The longitudinal mounting also yields benefits in noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) performance, because it allows the use of softer and better located engine and transmission mounts.
An electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission, with Grade Logic Control software, is standard on every 3.5 RL.