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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
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.
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
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.
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
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