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Acura Adds Performance-Oriented Manual Transmission Model to 2010 TL Lineup

Source: Acura | Published: Thu Aug 19, 2010

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The 2010 TL SH-AWD makes advances in both on-road performance and driving exhilaration as it significantly surpasses the previous track-tuned TL Type-S in all measurable levels of handling performance. Moreover, not only is the TL SH-AWD more exhilarating when pushed on challenging roads, but in day-to-day use it delivers a more rewarding and exhilarating level of driving excitement. Without a doubt, the application of SH-AWD with the TL sedan-Acura's best selling sedan-marks a new milestone for performance, drivetrain sophistication and safety. Not only is it the best performing Acura TL ever, but the TL SH-AWD is a top performer amongst every vehicle in its class.

The 2010 TL has the visual presence to back up its performance, with exterior luxury cues like genuine stainless-steel trim, LED taillights and dynamic surface lines immediately capturing the viewer's attention. Inside, TL occupants are treated to an engaging interior which includes advanced LED lighting throughout the cabin, thickly bolstered leather seating and flowing metallic or wood patterned accents. Regarding interior size, the 2010 TL is the most spacious TL ever.

305-Horsepower V6 Engine in the SH-AWD

A quintessential component of the 2010 Acura TL's mission as a performance luxury sedan is to provide the maximum possible driving enjoyment for enthusiast drivers. Thus, the TL offers a choice of two all-aluminum powertrains. The standard 3.5-liter V-6 develops 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque and drives the front wheels through a sophisticated Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System. The 3.5L features technologies like a Drive-by-Wire throttle system, Computer-Controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI), Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) for the intake valves and a sport-tuned exhaust system with dual tips. The 3.5L V-6 delivers strong power and 18/26 mpg (city/highway) fuel efficiency while meeting California's stringent CARB LEV II ULEV emissions certification.

The TL takes the driving experience to the next level with the availability of the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) model, which features a 3.7-liter V-6 engine developing 305 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque-making it the most powerful Acura sedan ever. With additional features including a cold-air intake system, Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC) for both intake and exhaust valves, and a high-flow, sport-tuned dual exhaust system with four exhaust tips, the SH-AWD powertrain truly delivers racetrack-quality performance. In addition, the 3.7L V-6 meets CARB LEV II ULEV emissions certification and delivers city/highway fuel economy of 17/25 mpg. The innovative SH-AWD system is unique to Acura and by employing torque vectoring, in hard cornering under acceleration it can send more torque as well as overdrive the outside rear wheel, thereby creating a "yaw moment" that enhances vehicle dynamics by generating a turn-in effect.

A Feeling of Intelligent Luxury in the Interior

The TL's driver-focused objective is strongly presented throughout the interior, where a "dual personal" layout provides a feeling of separate personal space for the driver and front passenger. Sweeping shapes and high-quality materials provide a feeling of intelligent luxury, while a formidable array of standard and available electronics reward the TL occupants with top-flight audio, navigation and communications experiences. On the driver's side, all the controls and instruments are positioned intuitively, allowing the driver to focus on the driving experience while still enjoying Acura's substantial array of electronic aids and conveniences.

Luxury and technology are evident from the moment the TL's doors are first opened, and detail after detail underscores Acura's commitment to winning over the luxury customer. From the shape and feel of the door handles and the precision of the door-sill plates, to the richly appointed leather seating and the ergonomic positioning of seat bolsters, armrests and controls, the 2010 TL immediately connects with the luxury customer. But it is the remarkable range of standard features that do the convincing- features like 10-way power driver's seat (8-way power seat with 2-way lumbar support) and 8-way power passenger's seat, steering-wheel mounted paddle shifters for the Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission, and an 8-speaker, 276-watt audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM Radio with Note function, Bluetooth Audio, USB port and AUX jack connectivity, and HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface.

An available Technology Package adds a desirable range of electronic upgrades to the extensive list of standard luxury features, beginning with the Keyless Access System (with smart entry and pushbutton ignition) and luxurious full-grain perforated premium Milano leather seating surfaces. Designed to integrate seamlessly with the TL driving experience, the electronic features continue with an Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, rearview camera and an 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display, plus AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting and AcuraLink Real-Time Weather with radar image maps. In addition, an AcuraLink Satellite Communication System provides a continual interface between the TL and Acura. An interface dial complements powerful voice recognition capability that provides intuitive access to navigation, audio, climate control and other features. For the ultimate audio experience, the Technology Package includes an Acura/ELS Surround 10-speaker, 440-watt premium audio system with DVD-Audio, DTS, CD, AM/FM radio, XM Radio, Bluetooth Audio and a 2,500-song hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system.

Safety Technology

The Acura Division's interest and concern for safety engineering is well known. This concern extends from safety for the driver and passengers of the TL, the safety of occupants of other vehicles, and even the injury mitigation to pedestrians. The 2010 TL provides such safety with a complement of the latest safety engineering and features.

The story begins with the TL's Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. Introduced to the Acura Division in the 2005 RL and now integrated into the TL, ACE is an exclusive body design that enhances occupant protection and crash compatibility in frontal crashes. The ACE design utilizes a network of connected structural elements to distribute crash energy more evenly throughout the front of the vehicle. This enhanced frontal crash energy management helps to reduce the forces transferred to the passenger compartment and can help to more evenly disperse the forces transferred to other vehicles in a crash. With the application of the ACE body structure to the TL, the entire Acura lineup is now equipped with this revolutionary safety technology.

While ACE is a structural foundation for the TL's safety performance, its array of industry-leading passive safety technologies is equally important. The list begins with six airbags, including dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags, dual-chamber front seat side airbags, and side curtain airbags for the front and outboard rear seating positions. Features continue with 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions, while the driver and front passenger also have front seatbelts with an automatic tensioning system with load limiters. The TL offers head restraints for all seating positions with active head restraints for the two front seats. The rear seat features Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH), which permits easy attachment of up to two child seats.

The TL's handling performance helps provide drivers with excellent accident-avoidance capabilities, which capabilities are complimented by features such as 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, EBD and Brake Assist, and Vehicle Stability Assist. Additional exterior safety features include daytime running lights (DRL) and a deformable hood panel, hood hinges and windshield-wiper pivots to help mitigate pedestrian injuries.

The 2010 TL meets the latest crash-safety regulations, including the FMVSS214 for side impact protection and FMVSS301 fuel system integrity regulations. The 2010 TL also achieves the highest ratings in National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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