2008 Acura TL and TL Type-S Boast Exhilarating Performance and Style With Exceptional Level of Standard Luxury
I]FeaturesAcura Best-Selling Sedan Carries Through Refinements to 2008 Model
The 2008 Acura TL prevails as a leader within the midsized market thanks to its recently-revised exterior and interior styling, expanded navigation system wîth AcuraLink™ satellite communication system featuring real-time traffic (with the addition of 32 more metropolitan markets), added safety and security features, two new exterior colors, along wîth the return of the performance-minded TL Type-S model.
'The TL remains a leader in the mid-luxury §egmènt, winning the hearts of performance luxury sedan customers wîth its bold styling, razor-sharp performance and exceptional list of standard luxury features,' said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, sales. 'The return of the TL Type-S further distinguishes the performance pedigree of the TL lineup.'
The 2008 TL and TL Type-S offer a wide array of class-leading performance, comfort and convenience technologies such as the Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium sound system wîth DVD-Audio, Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ (optional on the TL and standard on the Type-S) featuring AcuraLink™ wîth real-time traffic information in 76 metropolitan markets, and Bluetooth™ HandsFreeLink™ technology that allows drivers to synchronize their cell phone address books wîth the vehicle.Powertrain/Chassis
The TL is powered by an advanced 3.2-liter, 24-valve SOHC VTEC® V-6 engine that produces 258 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 233 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com) Both the TL's 3.2-liter V-6 and the 3.5-liter V-6 in the TL Type-S meet the Ú.S. EPA's stringent Tier 2-Bin 5 (and CARB LEV-II ÚLEV) exhaust emissions standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com) The EPA fuel economy rating for the TL are 18/26 mpg* (city/highway), while the Type-S is rated at 17/26 mpg* (AT) and 18/27 mpg* (MT).
The TL Type-S features significant performance upgrades, beginning wîth a larger displacement, 3.5-liter VTEC® V-6 engine turning out 286 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 256 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm that is mated to either a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic wîth §teering wheel mounted F1®-style paddle shifters. All TL Type-S models feature powerful Brembo four-piston front brake calipers and a suspension tuned for enhanced handling.
Both the TL and TL Type-S feature sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension systems wîth double wishbone front and multi-link rear setups, maximizing driver control without sacrificing ride quality or comfort. The Type-S features firmer front and rear anti roll bars, stiffer coil springs and shocks, as well as numerous other sport-oriented suspension refinements. Also available are special 235/45R17 Bridgestone Potenza RE 030 high performance 'summer' tires that further enhance limit-handling performance.
The TL and TL Type-S feature subtle interior and exterior styling differences. Matching its more powerful and aggressive engine and suspension setups, the TL Type-S boasts exclusive front and rear fascia styling cues, black chrome trim, wider side sills, ten spoke alloy wheels and aggressive quad tailpipes. Both models feature fog log integrated into the lower bumper and signature Acura five-sided grille. Available for the 2008 TL are two new exterior colors: Polished Metal Metallic and Bold Beige Metallic.Source - Acura
To further enhance its sporty performance, the TL features a driver-oriented cockpit wîth titanium look accents, LED ambient lighting, and spun metal dials. TL Type-S also features several exclusive interior cues such as aggressively bolstered two-toned leather sport seats, TL Type-S logo embossed on the seat head rest and §teering wheel, textured stainless-steel pedals and an Active Noise Cancellation™ system.
The 2008 TL and TL Type-S continue to lead the class in the application of consumer-relevant technology advancements, such as a standard 225-watt Acura/ELS Surround™ Premium 8-speaker Sound System wîth 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS® and Dolby® Pro Logic® II. The system plays discs encoded wîth WMA and MP3 music files, it features Dolby® Pro Logic® II and incorporates speed-sensitive volume compensation. The sound system also includes XM® Satellite Radio wîth 170 channels of digital programming. The audio system also integrates the Active Noise Cancellation™ to reduce Type-S cabin noise while cruising.
The standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system lets the driver link to and then dial a Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phone by voice. On TL's equipped wîth the Acura Navigation System, the system is able to import the cell phone's address book into its own memory for added convenience. A high-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) shows mobile phone data, tracks the car's maintenance needs, displays warnings and offers an array of personalized driver settings. For 2008, the TL's navigation system now works in Hawaii and the AcuraLink™ wîth real-time traffic has been expanded to incorporate 76 metropolitan markets—an increase of 32 markets.
Also standard in all models are power seats for both the driver and front passenger, and the single factory option for the TL model is the DVD-based Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System™. In addition, TL Type-S buyers can select automatic or manual transmission along wîth available high-performance tires.
In keeping wîth Acura's 'Safety Through Innovation' initiative, the 2008 TL and TL Type-S protect occupants wîth a comprehensive array of safety technologies, high-grade materials and advanced construction techniques. In addition to front and side airbags, the TL and TL Type-S are equipped wîth standard side curtain airbags to help protect vehicle occupants from head and neck injuries in the event of a side impact collision. The 2008 model also adds a separate Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS) warning lamp to the meter display, in compliance wîth new government safety standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)
Along wîth the use of high-tensile steel in critical areas and computer-modeled crush
zones, these technologies help the TL achieve a top 5-star rating in Ú.S. government's frontal crash test, and a GOOD rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) frontal offset test and Side Impact Collision Evaluation (SICE) test.
Developed by designers and engineers at Honda R&D Americas in California and Ohio, and safety tested in the company's advanced safety laboratories in Raymond, Ohio, the TL is assembled in the company's Marysville, Ohio, plant alongside the Acura RDX luxury SÚV.
Like all Acura models, the 2008 TL and TL Type-S are covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 6-year/70,000 miles powertrain limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.
Acura offers a full line of technologically advanced performance luxury vehicles through a network of 268 dealers within the Únited 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 SÚV and the award-winning MDX luxury sport utility vehicle.
Acura's best-selling model, the TL has ranked as the second best-selling luxury sedan in the U.S., right behind the BMW 3-Series. Introduced in 1995, the Acura TL debuted as a mid-size luxury sedan with front wheel drive that was produced to replace the Acura Vigor. Acura incorporated some of the most popular features from the Legend, while that vehicle was discontinued during the same year. The Acura was rebadged for the Japanese market in '96 as the Honda Aspire an as the Honda Saber from 1996 through 2004.
From 1996 until 1998 the TL was available in two engine sizes, a 5 cylinder 2.5 liter, a lavish sports car model and a 6 cylinder 3.2 liter luxury sedan. The first generation was assembled in Sayama, Japan and came with a 111.8 in wheelbase. Its 2.5L 176 HP engine came with a 4-speed automatic transmission. On March 28, 1995 the very first 1996 Acura TL rolled off the assembly line.
In 1999 the second generation was introduced and was available with only the more popular 3.2 liter engine. Much larger than the previous generation, the 1999 TL showcased sleeker updated styling along with a more powerful V6 engine. Acura was attempting to market to a younger generation, and in the Acura TL, it succeeded.
The second generation TL was also called the Honda Inspire and was assembled in Marysville, Ohio. The engine was the 3.2L 224 hp V6 and the 3.2L 260 HP. The transmission was a 4-speed automatic and after 2000 the 5-speed automatic was introduced. The second generation model featured a 108.1 inch wheelbase with an overall length of 192.9 inches.
Honda introduced the TL-X concept car in 1998, and this was a preview of the second-generation TL that would be unveiled in 1999. The newest TL was derived off the USDM Honda Accord platform and featured a newly-designed 3.2 L 225 hp SOHC VTEC J32 V6 that was joined to a four-speed electronic automatic transmission with SportShift.
The 2.5 was dropped for the second generation, and the 3.2 TL was built alongside the Honda Accord before being imported into Japan and sold as Honda Inspire at the Honda Clio dealer network, and as Honda Saber in the Honda Primo and Verno dealer networks. On August 4th, 1998 the very first 1999 Acura TL 2G rolled off of the assembly line. The only available option on the sedan was a hard drive-based navigation system.
For the 2000 model year, the Acura TL was given slightly more features, including a 5-speed automatic transmission with SportShift. The new gear allowed for better fuel economy and acceleration when compared to the previous four-speed automatic transmission with SportShift. Other additional changes on the 2000 model included the addition of side impact airbags for front passengers and a change of format for the navigation system. The CD was also exchanged for a DVD-based navigation system.
The following year a brand new redesigned coupe version of the TL was unveiled; the 3.2CL. Though mechanically identical, the '01 model never reached the height of sales that it's sibling model reached. In May of 2003 this coupe model was discontinued. The 2001 model featured a new redesigned cupholder, a feature that the previous years model didn't have. The warranty of these models were also extended by the manufacturer due to recurring problems with the automatic transmission.
For 2002 the Acura TL received a minor makeover that resulted in a refreshed front fascia, redesigned taillights, a 6 CD in-dash changer along with several other features. For this same year a new Type-S model was also added to the lineup. The Type-S added 35 hp as well as 17-inch wheels, firmer seats and suspension.
Acura introduced an A-SPEC version of its popular TL Type-S model that was available only in Canada in 2003. This edition was limited to only 800 units produced. Cosmetic differences were the only variations between the A-SPEC and non A-SPEC versions.
On September 30, 2003 the first third generation Acura TL rolled off of the assembly line. The vehicle underwent a complete redesign in 2004, mainly due to the customers that wanted a more powerful vehicle along with a sportier exterior. The new '04 TL was introduced with a redefined chassis, a 270 horsepower 3.2 L V6 engine along with the enhancements such as Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a DVD-Audio surround sound system.
The third generation of the Acura TL was assembled in Marysville, Ohio from 2004 until 2008. The third generation Acura TL was released for sale in North America on October 6, 2003. Derived from the seventh generation USDM Honda Acorrd, the new TL was developed mainly in the Y.S. by a team led by Erik Berkman with bodywork by American Honda designer Jon Ikeda. Powered by a 270 hp, the third generation is based on the new SAE measurement standard for horsepower and 233 lb-ft of torque, 3.2 L 24 valve SOHC VTEC V6 engine joined to a 5-speed automatic with SportShift or 6-speed manual.
Honda offered a factory-sanctioned ‘tuner package' version of the TL in March of 2004 to the driving public. Featuring a suspension tuned by Makoto Tamamura, an indication of the TL A-SPEC's aggressive engineering. Other features included an underbody kit, spoiler, limited edition A-SPEC steering wheels, 'A-SPEC' badge on the back, and 18-inch wheels that are all standard features on the A-SPEC package.
The first car in the American market to include a 6 disc DVD-Audio system, the third generation TL featured output through an 8-speaker 225-watt system, engineered by
Panasonic and tuned by Elliot Scheiner. In 2004 the TL became Acura's best selling luxury sedan with more than 79,000 sold in that year.
For 2005 the Acura TL received minor updates that included a tire pressure monitoring gauge along with higher horse power rating that was determined through new testing procedures. A passenger airbag cutoff switch along with extra stitching on the front seats were some of the updates featured on the '05 model. Brembo 4 Piston brake calipers for the front wheels were also featured on manual transmission models.
For 2006 the TL received the Tire Pressure Monitoring System, an updated and improved weight ratio, along with a new engine management system that aided in reducing torque steer. Though the engine remained the same throughout 2007, a new horsepower rating of 258 hp is due to a change in testing procedures.
For 2007 the Acura TL was updated with a slightly revised exterior along with a revised interior that featured a new steering wheel, new gauges, and new colors for 07 models. To improve ride comfort, the 2007 model received suspension changes. LED signal blinkers were added on the side mirrors and fog lights on the bumper. A new rear view camera with image displayed on the navigation screen along with XM NavTraffic on the new navigation models. The sound system is now MP3/WMA compatible along with the new standard auxiliary audio jack. The base model dropped manual transmission due to extremely low sales.
The Type-S edition of the TL returned. The new Type-S received the Acura RL's 3.5-liter V6 engine that was tuned for 286 horsepower and 25 lb-ft of torque with either a 5-speed automatic with paddle shifters of a 6-speed manual transmission. Differences were mainly focused on the exterior with the addition of quad exhaust pipes, newly restyled taillights and front fascia. Additional updates were focused on the lip spoiler, LED lights, Brembo brakes, dark silver 10-spoke wheels, exclusive Type-S badging along with new exclusive color options. The interior of the Type S featured two-tone trim on the headrests and steering wheel, racing pedals, carbon fiber trim and red interior lighting. Standard now was the touch screen navigation along with a re-tuned suspension.
For 2008 the TL showcased an improved new immobilizer system, a separate Tire Pressure Monitoring System warning lamp, along with two new body colors. The navigation system was also updated to now work in Hawaii. There is a rumor that Acura will unveil an all-new special generation of the Acura TL in 2009.By Jessica Donaldson