Acura 3.5 RL

From Acura press: The flagship sedan in the Acura lineup, the 3.5 RL reflects its manufacturer's unrelenting pursuit of automotive excellence. For 2002, the RL boasts significant enhancements in power, handling, NVH isolation, and security, allowing it to duel easily with the Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 Series, Audi A6, and Lexus GS 300.

The 3.5-liter V-6 engine is one of the biggest engines that has ever powered an Acura sedan. Thanks in part to the addition of a new variable silencer, the engine now generates 225 horsepower, a significant improvement over the previous model's 210-hp output. At the same time, this potent powerplant delivers impressive fuel efficiency and low tailpipe emissions. The RL is classified by the EPA as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV).
A firmer, more enthusiast-oriented suspension enhances the RL's handling responsiveness and stability for 2002. Wider wheels and tires enhance cornering grip, while a retuned, speed-sensitive, power-steering system improves handling feel. For superb control in all driving situations, the RL is equipped with Acura's highly sophisticated Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, which helps provide both traction control and stability assistance.

The 3.5 RL is powered by an all-aluminum, 3.5-liter, single-overhead-camshaft, 90-degree V-6 engine that produces 225 horsepower at 5200 rpm and 231 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 rpm. Four valves-per-cylinder, a three-stage variable induction system, a sophisticated PGM-FI fuel-injection system, and a new variable silencer and revised air intake 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. It is also designed to run for 105,000 miles before its first scheduled tune-up.

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 reductions in noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH), because it allows the use of softer, optimally positioned engine and transmission mounts.

An electronically controlled, 4-speed automatic transmission, with Grade Logic Control is standard on every 3.5 RL.

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