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Default 2008 Acura RL - Introduction

Torrance, Calif. - Sep 11 —

OVERVIEW


The 2008 Acura RL combines performance, technology, style and safety in an
athletic luxury package that pushes the boundaries of automotive design on multiple
fronts. No production car at any price has ever offered more advanced electronic
technology or drive system sophistication. All the while, none has made its
driver more connected to the surroundings on the road – with real-time
traffic information, personal assistance, phone communication and audio entertainment.
True to form for Acura, the many advanced systems of the RL are engineered to
be as consumer-friendly as possible.


Also, as part of its continued commitment to providing Safety Through Innovation,
Acura will again highlight the availability of two available Technology Packages
on the RL:



  • RL with Technology Package includes: Acura Satellite Navigation System
    and AcuraLink™ with real-time traffic, Active Front Lighting System
    (AFS) and an upgraded wood interior

  • RL with Technology Package plus CMBS™ and PAX® Tires: includes
    Acura's Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Adaptive
    Cruise Control (ACC) and Michelin® PAX® run-flat tires


CMBS™ uses a millimeter-wave radar unit mounted inside the RL's
front grille to detect vehicles ahead and to monitor potential rear-end collisions,
to alert the driver when the likelihood of a collision increases, and to help
reduce the impact on front occupants by tightening the seatbelts and applying
the brakes should a collision prove to be imminent.


The Michelin® PAX® system run-flat tire technology helps provide enhanced
mobility and security with continuous mobility of up to 125 miles at 50 mph
following a tire puncture.



RL with Technology Package plus CMBS™ and PAX® Tires also adds the
convenience of Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Adaptive Cruise Control also uses
the radar system mounted inside the front grille to measure the distance between
the RL and the vehicle directly ahead. To compensate for varying traffic flow,
ACC continually adjusts vehicle speed by automatically applying throttle and
braking to maintain a consistent following interval.


The innovation built into the RL begins with the most powerful engine ever
offered in a production Acura sedan. The 3.5-liter VTEC™ V-6 engine develops
290 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque. In addition to developing abundant power,
the RL engine meets tough ULEV-2 emission standards and delivers excellent fuel
economy of 16/24 mpg* (city/highway).


A Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic with F1®-style paddle shifters
and Grade Logic Control sends power to the standard Super Handling All-Wheel
Drive™ (SH-AWD™) system. There are numerous traction advantages
of all-wheel drive and SH-AWD™ does something no other current AWD system
can: it increases the rotation speed of the outside rear wheel during aggressive
cornering to help the car turn more effectively under power. This function reduces
the cornering load on the front tires to reduce understeer, to improve handling
balance and total cornering grip.


The RL exterior's aggressive style foreshadows the power beneath the
hood. Its shape is taut and athletic, and its acceleration and cornering performance
allow it to challenge the most capable German and Japanese sports sedans. Comfort,
quietness and ride quality are also on a par with all competitors.


The extremely rigid Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™)
body structure of the RL features extensive use of high-tensile steel and lightweight
aluminum components to take construction beyond conventional safety protocols
while keeping weight in check. Optimized fully independent suspension with front
double-wishbone and multi-link rear design, large brakes and aggressive 17-inch
aluminum-alloy wheels work together to further enhance the reflexes of the RL.


The elegantly styled interior includes perforated leather-trimmed seats, wood-styled
accents and top-rate materials. These are complemented by the most advanced
electronics available including the Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System
with Voice Recognition™, the innovative AcuraLink™ satellite communication
system with real-time traffic, Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), and a spectacular
Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround Sound System. Safety is also enhanced with
a standard passenger seatbelt reminder, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS),
and side curtain airbags. These advances team to make the RL the strongest,
most powerful, best handling and most luxurious sedan Acura has ever built.


Like all Acura models, the RL is covered by a six year or 70,000 mile limited
powertrain warranty in addition to the four-year or 50,000 mile standard bumper-to-bumper
warranty.*Based on 2008 EPA mileage estimates, reflecting new EPA fuel economy
methods beginning with 2008 models. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not
compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how
you drive and maintain your vehicle.



Powertrain Features:



  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD™)

  • 5-speed automatic with Sequential SportShift, paddle shifters and
    Grade Logic Control

  • 3.5-liter SOHC VTEC® V-6 engine

  • 290 horsepower @ 6200 rpm

  • 256 lb-ft of torque @ 5000 rpm

  • VTEC™ (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)
    valvetrain

  • Drive-by-wire throttle system

  • Variable flow exhaust system

  • 11.0:1 compression ratio

  • High inertia dual-stage intake manifold

  • Direct ignition system with detonation/knock control

  • Computer-controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)

  • Meets CARB LEV-2 ULEV emissions standard

  • 100,000 miles or more tune-up interval


Body and Chassis Features



  • Unit body with extensive use of high-tensile steel and aluminum

  • Lightweight aluminum front and rear subframes

  • Independent double-wishbone front suspension

  • Independent multi-link rear suspension

  • Electronically controlled, speed-sensing, variable power-assist
    rack-and-pinion steering

  • 17x8-inch aluminum-alloy 5-spoke wheels

  • Michelin P245/50R17 98V high performance, all season tires

  • Available Michelin PAX® run-flat high performance, all-season
    tires (included with the RL Technology Package plus CMBS™ and PAX®
    Tires)

  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution
    (EBD)

  • Xenon High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights

  • Active Front Lighting System (AFS) (included with Technology Package)

  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination

  • Flush junction between side glass and B-pillars

  • Power moonroof with tilt, automatic open/close, auto-reverse and
    key-off operation

  • Heated outside mirrors with driver recognition, reverse gear mirror
    tilt-down and integrated directional signals




Comfort & convenience features:



  • Acura/Bose® 10-speaker Surround Sound System with 6-disc CD,
    DVD-Audio, and DTS® changer and AM/FM tuner

  • Active Noise Cancellation™ system

  • MP3 auxiliary jack

  • Keyless Access System™

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
    for Bluetooth® phones

  • Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition™
    and real-time traffic (included with Technology Package)

  • Standard rearview camera on models equipped with navigation

  • Available Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) (included with CMBS™
    and PAX®)

  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate
    control

  • Driver's 8-way power seat with power adjustable lumbar support

  • Front passenger's 4-way power seat with power adjustable
    lumbar support

  • Electronic tilt and telescoping steering column with driver recognition

  • Multi-Information Display (MID)

  • Power rear sunshade

  • Rear side sunshades

  • Remote retractable rear headrests

  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel


Safety features



  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure

  • Impact-absorbing crumple zones (front/rear)

  • Side impact door beams

  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with location and pressure
    indicators

  • Driver's and front passenger's dual-stage, dual-threshold
    airbag Supplemental Restraint System (SRS)

  • Driver and front passenger side airbags with front passenger Occupant
    Position Detection System (OPDS)

  • Side curtain airbags for front and rear outboard seats

  • Optional Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
    (available in the RL Technology Package with CMBS™ and PAX® Tires)

  • 3-point adjustable height seat belts with load limiters and front
    pretensioners

  • 3-point seat belts at all seating positions

  • Automatic Locking Retractor/Emergency Locking Retractors (ALR/ELR)

  • Front head restraints adjustable for height and tilt

  • Remote retractable rear seat head restraints

  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) child-seat mounting
    system

  • Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) with traction control

  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)

  • Brake Assist


MARKET SUMMARY


V-6 powered sedans are the highest volume sellers in the RL's segment.
Because they represent the core of the market, Acura decided to build the best
V-6 powered luxury performance sedan possible. Hence the 290-hp V-6 powered
RL was created. By choosing not to implement use of a V-8, which accounts for
only 15-percent of the vehicles sold in this market segment, it meant that the
RL would be lighter, more nimble, and better balanced.


Key 6-cylinder competitors in the RL's segment include the BMW 528i,
Audi A6 3.2, Lexus GS 350, and Mercedes-Benz E350. However, with its SH-AWD™
system as standard equipment, the RL has a distinct advantage over each of those
competitors.


POWERTRAIN


Powering the RL is a compact aluminum-alloy 3.5-liter SOHC VTEC® V-6 that
is mounted transversely. The V-6 produces 290 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque while
meeting stringent CARB LEV-2 ULEV emissions targets. Fuel economy numbers are
16/24 mpg (city/highway).


The RL comes standard with a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission
with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control. Gears may
also be shifted manually via a multi-gate shifter located on the front center
console.


The defining powertrain feature of the RL is Super Handling All-Wheel-Drive™
(SH-AWD™). The system continuously varies the engine torque split between
the front and rear wheels as well as with the left and right rear wheels. To
help the RL arc through corners with better chassis balance and more total grip,
SH-AWD™ overdrives the outside rear wheel at a faster speed, using engine
torque to help the car rotate into the turn.


BODY & CHASSIS


The RL body fits its role as a mid-luxury sports sedan with a muscular appearance
and an aggressive, dynamic personality.


The unit body structure is stiff for superior handling precision and utilizes
a variety of steel grades in different areas where maximum strength is required.
In addition, the hood, front fenders, trunk lid, frame, front and rear subframes,
bumper beams and major suspension components are manufactured from aluminum
to reduce weight. Some of these components are formed using an advanced "blow
forming" process that allows intricate shapes to be created without increasing
the weight of the part.


Careful attention was paid to smoothing airflow over, under and around the
RL's body, across the flush side glass and across the windshield wipers.
A cowl garnish was installed at the lower part of windshield to reduce air turbulence,
while an advanced exterior-mirror design contributes to improved quietness inside
the car.


The independent front double-wishbone and independent multi-link rear suspension
use aluminum arms that mount to aluminum subframes. Vehicle Stability Assist™
(VSA®) with traction control, large 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS and 17-inch
aluminum-alloy wheels set new standards for RL dynamic performance.


The RL features the Active Front Lighting System (AFS) (available in the RL
with Technology Package). To help the driver see around corners, the low-beam
headlights can swivel laterally up to 20-degrees when certain steering angle
and speed conditions are met. Xenon HID low-beam headlights, LED turn signals
integrated in the exterior mirror housings and a Center High-Mounted Stop Lamp
(CHMSL) dramatically increase visibility. Daytime running lights are standard,
as is the Keyless Access System.


INTERIOR


The interior of the RL is more than just luxurious, sporty, and fully equipped
with comfort and convenience features. Technology abounds in the form of the
AcuraLink™ satellite communication system that includes the first ever
U.S. application of real-time traffic information. This feature includes traffic
information for 76 major metropolitan areas that the RL driver can access to
see traffic tie-ups on major freeways. The information is delivered in real
time via graphics displayed on the RL's MID screen. This real time information
allows drivers to re-route themselves to clearer traffic corridors without relying
on ambiguous radio traffic reports.


Other RL interior features are equally appealing. As an example, the innovative
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system is offered as part of the optional RL Technology
Package plus CMBS™ and PAX® Tires. With ACC, when cruise control is
activated the innovative system uses radar to allow the driver to set and maintain
a specific following distance interval between the RL and the car directly in
front of it.


The RL interior features luxurious styling, perforated leather-trimmed seats,
and dramatic LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination. Premium technologies
define the interior just as it does the powertrain and chassis. These technologies
include: a GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate
control system; an Acura/BOSE® 10-speaker surround sound system with DVD-Audio
6-disc changer that provides 500 times the clarity of a typical CD system; MP3
and DTS capability; and standard XM® Satellite Radio.


Premium features continue in the form of Active Noise Cancellation™
(ANC) that neutralizes low-frequency noise in the interior along with Bluetooth®
HandsFreeLink® which is a hands-free phone interface compatible with many
Bluetooth® phones for a seamless cellular communication experience—in
the car or away from it. Other technologies include a Multi-Information Display
(MID), a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with specific tire and pressure
indicators, and the Maintenance Minder™ system.


SAFETY


The RL earned the highest possible ratings (5-star) awarded during frontal
(NCAP) and side (SINCAP) crash tests for outboard positions and rollover resistance
tests conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA). The RL is one of a select few vehicles in the history
of the program to receive such high ratings in all three categories. The RL
also earned a GOOD safety rating from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety
(IIHS) for frontal offset and side impact tests.


With the RL, Acura embraces active as well as passive safety as essential
goals. Active safety features that can help a driver avoid an accident include
SH-AWD™, Vehicle Stability AssistTM (VSA®) with traction control,
and 4-wheel disc brakes. ABS and Brake Assist also help contribute to greater
driver control. HID Xenon plasma-arc low-beam headlights and the available Active
Front Lighting System (AFS) contribute to superior nighttime visibility.


One of the optional packages available for 2008, the RL Technology Package
plus CMBS™ and PAX® Tires adds the Collision Mitigation Braking System™
(CMBS™), Adaptive Cruise Control and Michelin PAX® run-flat tires.
Components of this package and are not available separately.


The RL also features Acura's innovative Advanced Compatibility Engineering™
(ACE™) body structure. ACE™ is designed to help dissipate collision
forces in frontal crashes, while enhancing crash protection for occupants and
passengers in other vehicles.


The RL features a driver and front passenger dual-stage, dual-threshold airbag
Supplementary Restraint System (SRS). Side curtain airbags that provide head
protection for all outboard seating positions are also standard equipment. The
RL also has seat sensors that monitor the weight on the front passenger seat
that will automatically turn off the passenger-side front side airbag if it
detects an occupant who weighs less than 65 pounds.

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