The Acura RL was one of the Division of Honda vehicles built 1996-2012 for two generations produces full-size luxury sedan. The Acura RL was the flagship of the brand that he succeeded the Acura Legend, and was replaced in 2013 by the Acura RLX. All models of the Legend, Acura RL, and Acura RLX lines adapted from the Japanese domestic market Honda Legend. The model name “RL” is an abbreviation for “Refined Luxury.”
The first generation Acura RL was a rebadged version of the third generation Honda Legend, and was introduced for the first time in the North American market in 1996 to replace the second generation Acura Legend. The second generation of Acura RL was a rebadged version of the fourth generation Honda Legend to was introduced to the North American market in September 2004, as a model 2005. Get this iteration of the RL a wide middle generations facelift for the 2009 model year and another update to the 2011. the third generation debuted for model year 2014 Acura RLX.
Acura RL First Generation (1996-2004)
In 1996, the Acura RL 3.5, internally as “KA9” to replace the legend. Acura was the name of legend, when the market research has shown that consumers knew Acura own model names, “Legend” and “Integra”, not necessarily associate the name with Honda, “Acura” brand. Had the 3.5RL is longitudinally mounted V6 engine its center line in a line is fitted to the vehicle axle and not in the transverse direction (ie, 90 degrees offset from the vehicle axis) as most other front-wheel-drive cars. This longitudinal placement for a smaller turning radius and easy maneuverability allows in-town, and 56/44 front / rear weight distribution. The end of 1998, the 1999 3.5RL front and rear facelift with integrated fog lights, revised bumpers and bonnet, driver and passenger side airbags. The suspension and chassis were stiffened and offered new alloy wheels.
In 1999, a larger screen navigation system for the 2000 model year was recorded. Along with the larger screen came the conversion to DVD easily replace map databases. In 2001, the 2002 model year received 3.5RL lower trim, strainers with new alloys and a newer, sportier suspension tuning painted. Perhaps the more important change is been the engine that has been upgraded to produce 225 hp (168 kW) and 231 pounds · ft (313 Nm) of torque. More insulation was MY2002 was included in the engine compartment added. In the year 2002 2003 RLs received clear indicator lenses in the rear lights, another new alloy wheel design and various interior upgrades with new colors. For 2004, the navigation system was standard, contracts with a redesigned center console and chrome door lock.
Acura RL Second Generation (2005-2012)
A new generation of cars, internally as “KB1” the end of 2004 was introduced for the 2005 model year. Still without the much-rumored V8 engine, it featured a sophisticated all-wheel drive Acura as “Super Handling-All Wheel Drive” (SH-AWD). It integrates active differences with the all-wheel-drive system and traction control to the handling, similar to the “ATTS” system on the 1997 Honda Prelude SH easily improve. At the time of its introduction, the Acura RL SH-AWD was the first all-wheel-drive system to vary the distribution of power not only from front to back, but also sides in the back with a technique called torque vectoring page. The RL can take up to 70% of the available torque to the rear wheels, and up to 100% of the available reserve torque are directed onto a wheel. In combination with a specially developed planetary About the drive, the rear wheels up to 5% higher speed than the front wheels, directed the torque to one wheel or torque vectoring, have a steering effect. When the car accelerates to a curve, torque to the outside rear wheel vectorized the tail around the bend to push faster as outside cause paddles oars of a rowboat faster than the inside rudder to turn the rowboat to minimize the usual sub-before-heavy vehicles ,
New features at the 2005 Acura RL contain a key-less entry system that the driver is allowed to lock and unlock the car by the door handle without the remote control and a key-less start system. A new 260 watt, ten-speaker Bose DVD-Audio 5.1 sound system compensated for the RL cabin provided several Bose technologies. Bose Audio Pilot is a noise compensation technology, analyzes the background environment cabin noise and uses an algorithm based on cabin acoustics to increase certain parts of the music signal, so that they can be heard clearly on environmental sound “disorder” with no apparent change in the volume. Bose Centerpoint processed stereo and matrix surround-sound recordings, to permit the reproduction by the 5.1 sound system, even if the source can only be a stereo audio track. Bose Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) completed the suite. Always on whether the stereo was or not, ANC took input from two microphones in the booth set up to analyze powertrain-related low-frequency sound waves into the cabin. The information ANC sent to the sound system to create a precisely shaped and time-phased audio signal from the door speakers and the subwoofer. The result was a drastic reduction of the engine and exhaust noise.
The 2005 Acura RL was also the first vehicle, the Honda Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, since each newly introduced Honda and Acura vehicle design has greatly increased use. The ACE structure features extensive use of high-strength steel and lightweight aluminum components in a front polygonal main frame, designed to engage vehicles of different size and weight of a frontal impact and distributes the forces by more structural way, while avoiding or minimizing cabin deformation , In practice, this means in an SUV to ACE-structure car collision, there is a greater chance that the ACE body structure will engage with the SUV frame and disperse crash energy around the passenger compartment. In conventional non-ACE Auto structures of the SUV frame has a much greater chance of missing or overriding of the conventional vehicle main structural components and a greater chance of deformation of the passenger compartment.
The Acura RL car structure in 2005 extensive use of something “exotic” materials for a car in this price range. These included aluminum alloy in the bonnet, front wings, boot lid and frame, front and rear frame, control arms, knuckles and front bumper. Magnesium has been used in the inlet manifold, and the two-piece drive shaft means is made of a carbon reinforced composite. The Acura RL provided extensive aerodynamic design of the treatment, including details such as industry-first flush side windows and underbody panels and diffusers to reduce lift itself, resulting in a very low drag coefficient of 0.29.
Acura RL Safety
In October 2010, the Acura RL has been named by Consumer Reports as the most reliable new car to luxury limousines, one of five Honda models honored in their respective categories so. The others were the front-wheel-drive version of the Acura TL with upscale sedans, the Honda CR-V small SUV, the Acura RDX small upscale SUV and the Honda Ridgeline compact pickup truck.
From 2005 to 2008 Acura RL has been ranked # 1 and has the best car reaches protection score (46.4) in Informed for Life “2003-2009 vehicle risk index values”. For both the 2009 and 2010 model years of the Acura RL received a five-star crash safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For the 2009 model year, the Acura RL received a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) earn a “good” the highest score possible on frontal-offset, side impact and rear crash protection tests. The Acura RL “good” scores continue to be conducted for all tests in the 2010 model year.