Acura 3.5 RL

From Acura press: As the flagship sedan in the Acura lineup, the 2003 RL boasts impressive levels of power, handling and luxury, allowing it to compete easily with the Mercedes E320, BMW 530i, Audi 3.0 A6, and Lexus GS 300.

The RL's 3.5-liter V-6 engine is the biggest engine to have ever powered an Acura sedan. This potent powerplant generates 225 horsepower while at the same time, delivering impressive fuel efficiency and low tailpipe emissions. The RL is classified by the EPA as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV).

A firm, enthusiast-oriented suspension enhances the 2003 RL's handling responsiveness and stability. Wide wheels and tires enhance cornering grip, while a 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, a variable silencer and an advanced 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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