Jumat, 12 Maret 2010

2011-2012 Acura RL

2011-2012 Acura RL

This will be a big year for the Acura RL. Acura plans to give the RL an all-new look for 2011 as well as the automaker’s first-ever V8 engine option. Rumors are also circulating that the 2011 RL will be Acura’s first vehicle based on a rear-wheel-drive platform. Expect the 2011 Acura RL to hit showroom floors in the fall of 2010. Find out more about what’s in the works for the 2011 Acura RL in our auto review.

 The 2011 RL should start at about $47,100 MSRP; no invoice data available
: current fuel economy car ratings are 16/22 mpg city/highway, but those numbers may improve with the introduction of more fuel-efficient powertrains. The V8 engine will have lower fuel economy ratings.
 3.7-liter, 300-horsepower V6 or 4.8-liter, 420-horsepower V8
 five-speed automatic transmission only option currently, but another transmission is likely to be paired with the V8 engine

0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds for V6 engine option; data unknown for V8 mode: three trim levels with V6 or V8 engine
 identical to those in 2010 model
 2010 suspension was firmed up to provide better sports performance; more changes are unlikely for 2011
 four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; six-year/70,000-mile powertrain warranty; roadside assistance for the life of the vehicle

The only photos available of the 2011 Acura RL are spy photos that conceal the car’s major features. Preliminary car review articles confirm a complete redesign in the works for the 2011 RL, but details are unknown. The only things we know so far are that many of the new RL’s body components will come from the Acura TSX, and the RL will have Acura’s first-ever rear-wheel-drive-based platform.

The first official road test of the 2011 Acura RL will be interesting to see how Acura’s first V8 and rear-wheel-drive vehicle perform when paired. The handling of the 2011 RL is expected to be sporty, and the V8’s performance will no doubt put it at the top of its class. Critics would like to see Acura revamp the RL’s brakes for 2011, as the braking of the 2010 model was lackluster to say the least.

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