Acura 3.2 TL Type-S

From Acura press: Designed to thrill even the most demanding driving enthusiasts, the 2003 Acura 3.2 TL luxury performance sedan combines class-leading technology and power with uncompromising luxury - setting the standard in the luxury performance segment. The 3.2 TL comes in two models; the fully featured 3.2 TL and the high performance TL Type-S. The 3.2 TL features a 225 horsepower, VTEC, V-6 engine, while the TL Type-S incorporates an innovative, dual-stage induction system and a free-flowing exhaust to produce 260 horsepower.

The TL boasts a spacious, well-appointed interior that provides an extremely high level of standard luxury, convenience. A long list of luxury amenities includes leather-trimmed seats and door panels, power moonroof, Acura/Bose Music System, Automatic Climate Control System, theft-deterrent system and heated front seats. For 2003, the TL adds the OnStar® service as a standard feature in all models equipped with the optional Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System.

In addition to its impressive horsepower, the TL Type-S also adds a sport-tuned suspension, V-rated all-season, high-performance tires on 17-inch alloy wheels, a standard Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system and a sporty cockpit treatment.
The 3.2 TL is powered by an all-aluminum, 3.2-liter V-6 that uses 24 valves and Acura's innovative VTEC system to deliver 225 horsepower and 216 lb-ft. of torque. The V-6 in the high-performance TL Type-S model builds upon this potent foundation by adding a high-flow, dual-stage induction system and a free-flowing exhaust - which help boost output to 260 horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.

In each engine, Acura's patented VTEC system - first unveiled on the NSX exotic sports car - helps provide an exceptionally flat torque curve, enhanced engine breathing, and superb responsiveness at all engine speeds.

Both the TL and the TL Type-S are equipped with an electronically controlled, 5-speed Sequential SportShift transmission. Inspired by the transmissions used on modern Formula One race cars, Sequential SportShift allows the driver to shift the forward gears semi-manually - without the need for a clutch pedal. The transmission also offers the shifting convenience of a conventional automatic.

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