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Default A Technological Tour De Force -- the 2008 Acura RL Sedan

2008 Acura RL Features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive? (SH-AWD?) and a Comprehensive Package of Advanced Technologies to Deliver Exceptional Performance, Comfort and Control

Torrance, Calif. - Sep 11 —

The Acura RL enters the 2008 model year as one of the most sophisticated and
exhilarating touring sedans on the road today, putting the driver in command
of their environment while delivering extraordinarily athletic performance within
the luxury performance sedan class.

With an advanced and efficient 3.5-liter SOHC VTEC® V-6 engine, Acura's
exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ System (SH-AWD™), and
cutting-edge technologies including available AcuraLink™ with real-time
traffic, Active Front Lighting System (AFS), Collision Mitigation Braking System™
(CMBS™) with Adaptive Cruise Control, and Active Noise Cancellation™
(ANC), the RL is the bearer of technology-enhanced performance, luxury and comfort
in the Acura sedan lineup.

"The RL is a forward thinking luxury sedan that provides a truly exceptional
balance of performance, efficiency, and technology-enhanced driver control,"
said Dick Colliver, vice president, sales. "There isn't another
car in its price class that comes close to delivering the level of customer
relevant technology as the RL."

For 2008, the RL continues to be offered in three trim levels: the luxuriously
appointed RL; the RL with Technology Package that adds Acura Satellite Navigation
System and AcuraLink™ with real-time traffic, Active Front Lighting System
and an upgraded wood interior; and the RL with Technology Package plus CMBS
and PAX®, featuring Acura's state-of-the-art Collision Mitigation
Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Michelin
PAX® run-flat tire technology.


Powered by an advanced and efficient 3.5-liter, 24-valve, all-aluminum SOHC
VTEC V-6 engine replete with variable flow exhaust and drive-by-wire throttle,
the RL is Acura's most powerful sedan, turning out 290 horsepower at 6200
rpm and 256 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm The engine is coupled to a Sequential
SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission that enables driver-controlled gear
changes using the shift lever or steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.

The transmission is paired with Acura's exclusive Super Handling All-Wheel
Drive™ system (SH-AWD™) for superior cornering ability, handling
stability and all-weather control. The highly innovative SH-AWD™ platform
distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear
wheels but also between the left and right rear wheels. During straight line
cruising and moderate cornering, up to 70-percent of torque is delivered to
the front wheels for optimal efficiency. During full throttle acceleration or
spirited driving, up to 70-percent of available torque is directed to the rear
wheels for increased acceleration and cornering traction. When cornering, SH-AWD
employs an exclusive acceleration device that overdrives the outer rear wheel
by up to 105-percent of the wheel's normal rotational speed, while electromagnetic
clutches send up to 100-percent of rear torque to a specific wheel, thus dramatically
enhancing the RL's cornering capability.

Body and Chassis

To complement the high-performance powertrain, Acura engineers gave the RL a
highly rigid yet lightweight Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
unit body structure, critical for achieving the engineers' high targets
for steering and handling precision, outstanding ride quality, isolation of
undesirable road inputs along with outstanding safety.

The RL's body is constructed primarily of high-grade, high tensile steel,
while the hood, trunk lid, and front fenders and bumper beams are made of lightweight
and highly rigid aluminum. A sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension
system with double-wishbone front and multi-link rear design, mounted to isolated
front and rear subframes, works in concert with rigid unit body construction
to complete the RL's lithe and luxurious chassis setup. Subframes and
suspension components made of aluminum further reduce the RL's weight
for more supple suspension action, improved performance, and better fuel economy.

The RL is fitted with Michelin P245/50R17 98V all-season high performance
tires on 17x8-inch alloy wheels. The RL with Technology Package plus CMBS™
and PAX® features P245/680R 460A 102V Michelin® PAX® run-flat tires
mounted to unique alloy wheels.

Powerful, responsive and predictable braking action is supplied by a powerful
four-wheel disc brake system utilizing aluminum 4-piston front calipers matched
with 12.6-inch diameter ventilated front brake rotors and 12.2-inch solid rear
rotors with large single-piston calipers. Braking is further aided by the latest
advancements in safety technology including four-channel ABS with Electronic
Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.

RL models equipped with the Technology Package also feature the Active Front
Lighting System (AFS) with Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights that
swivel up to 12 degrees laterally in response to vehicle speed and steering
wheel input. When cornering, the inboard light swivels to illuminate a larger
area of road surface throughout the corner, improving down-the-road visibility
and minimizing blind spots.

The RL with Technology Package plus CMBS™ and PAX® also boasts the
first application of Acura's Collision Mitigation Braking System™
(CMBS™). Using millimeter-wave technology, CMBS™ monitors the distance
and closing rate between the RL and the vehicle directly in front of it. It
then uses that information to continuously calculate the likelihood of a frontal

CMBS™ operates in three stages: In the first two stages, if the system
determines that the closing rate between the two vehicles has increased beyond
an acceptable level, the RL first uses audible, visual and tactile warnings
to alert the driver. If the condition goes unchanged, stage two of CMBS involves
the activation of light braking. If the system determines that a collision is
unavoidable, a third stage retracts the driver's and front passenger's
seatbelts and activates the brakes to reduce the speed of impact thus helping
to mitigate the damage of a collision.

The optional CMBS ™ package also includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC),
which adjusts vehicle speed automatically to compensate for the varying speed
of traffic flow. Michelin® PAX® run-flat tires provide enhanced mobility
and convenience by allowing the RL to drive up to 125 miles at 50 mph in the
event of a tire puncture.


The RL's exterior styling underscores its advanced performance and technology
leadership. At the vehicle's front, a dramatically sloping hood leads
down to an aggressive front fascia with angular headlight treatments, a signature
Acura five-sided grill and distinctive lower air intake openings. A sleek cockpit,
a forward sloping beltline and a short deck lid accent the RL's pronounced
wedge shape, making it look fast from any angle.

Inside, the RL with Technology Package is as luxurious as it is sporty. The
interior features rich leather, genuine wood trim, and an assortment of leading-edge
technologies to enhance driver control and information access. These technologies
include Acura HandsFreeLink™, a Bluetooth®-based wireless phone interface
that allows calls to be made and received utilizing the RL's steering
wheel-mounted HandsFreeLink buttons.

Another key component of the RL Technology Package is the Acura Navigation
System with Voice Recognition™. This easy to use system features a menu
of 685 voice commands, a comprehensive destination guide with over 7 million
points of interest, 3-D graphics for freeway interchanges, on and off-ramps
and turn-by-turn voice guidance. In addition, 1.7 million U.S. cities and street
names may be accessed through the voice recognition command. The system can
be accessed through the steering wheel-mounted voice recognition buttons or
by using the Interface Dial located on the instrument panel. Previously, the
Acura Navigation System worked in the lower 48 U.S. states, but for 2008 it
now works in Hawaii as well.

Acura real-time traffic provides live traffic information through the navigation
system, displaying a variety of up-to-the-minute information including traffic
flow (traffic speed), accidents, and freeway construction. For 2008, real-time
traffic coverage has expanded by 32 markets to include a total of 76 major metropolitan
areas including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Traffic flow and accident
information are updated continuously, allowing drivers to choose the least congested
route to their destination.

In addition to enabling the real-time traffic feature, the AcuraLink™
satellite communication system allows for communication between Acura and the
vehicle, providing the driver with the latest diagnostic information specific
to their vehicle, as well as vehicle-related messages. Working with the HandsFreeLink™
wireless telephone interface, drivers can respond to AcuraLink™ messages
or they can one-touch-dial Acura dealers or Acura Roadside Assistance (TLC®)
using their Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone.

The RL also features a standard premium 10-speaker Acura/BOSE® DVD-Audio
system that uses Bose Cabin Surround™ circuitry to deliver surround vibrant
sound to all seating positions. This innovative system utilizes eight distinct
channels (compared to two channels on a typical premium stereo system) to deliver
sound resolution 500 times greater than traditional CD. In addition, Centerpoint™
signal processing circuitry processes stereo recordings to five independent
channels thus delivering simulated surround sound from conventional CDs. With
Active Noise Cancellation™ (ANC), undesirable road, wind and other intrusive
noise is greatly reduced through noise cancellation technology that creates
a precisely timed reverse phase audio signal to reduce unwanted noise by up
to 10 decibels. In addition, with the application of AudioPilot® noise compensation
technology, constant monitoring of cabin noise occurs to which the audio system's
sound balance is continually adjusted to deliver a constant level of perceived
music volume.

The RL is the only Acura equipped with the Keyless Access System™, allowing
the owner to lock and unlock doors, open the trunk, and start the car without
using a key. When the key fob is brought within approximately two and a half
feet of the car, the system electronically links and the doors can be locked
or unlocked simply by touching the RL's door handle. Rather than hunting
for and then inserting a traditional ignition key, the engine is turned on and
off via a switch mounted on the steering column.

The RL, like all 2007 Acura models, is covered by a six-year/70,000 mile limited
powertrain warranty and a four-year or 50,000 mile limited standard bumper-to-bumper
warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC®),
which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip


In keeping with Acura's "Safety Through Innovation" initiative,
the 2008 RL is equipped with a comprehensive array of the latest technologies
to enhance active safety (accident avoidance) and passive safety (crash protection).
On the active safety front, all RL models feature SH-AWD™, Tire Pressure
Monitoring System (TMPS), Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction
control, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. Brake Assist
continually analyzes the driver's normal braking habits, monitoring both the
rate of pressure applied along with total pressure, and then uses this information
to help the driver to more quickly apply full braking pressure in an accident
avoidance situation.

In the event of an accident, the RL employs a series of passive safety features
working in concert to absorb and re-direct the energy of a collision. These
features include a reinforced, energy-absorbing frame structure, a sophisticated
supplemental restraint system, dual-stage front airbags, driver and front passenger
side airbags, and side curtain airbags. The passenger's side airbag features
an Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS) to prevent airbag deployment if
a child or small-stature adult leans into the deployment path.

The RL, along with the all-new RDX and MDX sport-utility vehicles, utilizes
Acura's unique Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
body structure. ACE™ employs a network of front frame structures that
better distribute collision forces through the body structure and away from
the passenger cabin.

The RL has earned 5-star ratings (the best possible) for frontal and side crash
tests, and for rollover resistance, from the U.S. Department of Transportation's
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The RL is the fourth vehicle
in the history of the program to earn the top rating of "five stars"
in all three test categories. Government star ratings are part of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program
( In addition, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
(IIHS) awarded the RL a GOOD rating in Side Impact Collision Evaluation (SICE)
along with a GOOD rating for IIHS' frontal offset crash test.


Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles
through a network of 268 dealers within the United States. The 2008 Acura lineup
features five distinctive models including the RL luxury performance sedan,
the TL performance luxury sedan, the TSX sports sedan, the turbocharged RDX
luxury crossover SUV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.

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