From Acura press: Acura's flagship, the RL sedan, again proves that refined luxury need not be without performance adrenaline. The RL's combination of performance, technology, aggressive styling and safety ensure that Acura's premier sedan maintains its competitive position among top tier luxury performance sedans. Plus, the RL allows the driver to be well connected to the world—through improved connection with the road along with electronic connectivity to the world around them. In short, it would be hard to find a production car at any price that offers more advanced electronic technology or drive system sophistication.
The 2010 RL offers an abundance of consumer friendly technology for the driver and passengers including satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® cellular phone connectivity, DVD-Audio stereo entertainment, Active Noise Cancellation and GPS-linked solar-sensing automatic climate control. The RL also features numerous high-tech items as standard including Active Sound Control, Smart Entry, Bluetooth® Audio and HandsFreeLink®. Technology abounds in the drivetrain in the form of a 3.7-liter V-6 engine (with the first ever SOHC use of VTEC® valvetrain actuation for both the intake and exhaust valves) that teams with Acura's acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system.
The 2010 RL features a 3.7-liter SOHC VTEC® V-6 engine that delivers outstanding power and torque to provide brisk acceleration, effortless cruising and excellent fuel efficiency The crankshaft of the RL is positioned transversely (side to side) rather than longitudinally (front to rear) which allows the RL engine to be packaged more tightly for better handling agility, without sacrificing interior comfort. Rated at 300 horsepower, the high-output 3.7L V-6 is as powerful as some V-8 engines, yet the V-6 is lighter for better acceleration and more nimble handling. The 3.7L helps ensure that drivers have plenty of torque available during normal driving by generating roughly 80-percent of peak torque available at a mere 1,000 rpm. The 3.7L V-6 features an engine bay cover assembly that simplifies the under hood appearance as well as focuses more attention on the engine.
The 3.7L V-6 is teamed with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission with revised shift parameters, a more robust torque converter, and two forms of transmission gear activation. For simplicity the RL utilizes a straight-gate style console-mounted shifter coupled with racing-inspired steering wheel paddle shifters for more spirited driving. Grade Logic Control is paired with exclusive transmission shift programming to deliver improved performance and a crisper driving feel.
To deliver exceptional handling performance and to maximize all-season traction, the 2010 RL comes standard with a Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™) system that incorporates control parameters that deliver quick, precise all-wheel-drive response. The RL's SH-AWD™ is the first all-wheel drive system in the world to distribute the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear wheels, but also between the left and right rear wheels. The system's torque vectoring direct yaw control feature makes the cornering character of the RL exceptionally neutral when under power. The result is a more predictable, more enjoyable driving experience.