September 2, 2004
Canadian pricing announced for 2005 Acura RL
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Toronto, Ontario – Acura Canada announced the price for its all-new Acura RL performance-luxury sedan. The MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) will be $69,500, up from $55,800 for the 2004 3.5RL model.
Powering the RL is a new 3.5-litre VTEC V-6 engine with 300 horsepower – a 33 percent increase compared to its predecessor. Torque has risen to 260 lbs.-ft. – a 12 percent increase. The revised 3.5-litre engine meets much tougher emission standards and delivers comparable fuel economy as compared to its predecessor. Mated to the new engine is a 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift, paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control.
The new 2005 Acura RL features a new all-wheel-drive system called SH-AWD. The SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive) system is the first all-wheel-drive platform that distributes the optimum amount of torque not only between the front and rear wheels but also between the left and right rear wheels. In addition to providing the expected traction advantages of all-wheel drive, SH-AWD increases the rotation speed of the outside rear wheel during aggressive cornering to help the car turn more effectively under power. This lessens the cornering load on the front tires to reduce understeer and improve handling balance and total cornering grip.