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Acura RL

Acura RL

The Acura RL was a full-size luxury sedan produced by the Acura division of Honda for the 1996–2012 model years over two generations. The RL was the flagship of the marque, having succeeded the Acura Legend. and was replaced in 2013 by the Acura RLX. All models of the Legend, RL and RLX lines have been adapted from the Japanese domestic market Honda Legend. The model name RL is an abbreviation for Refined Luxury. [ 2 ]

The first-generation Acura RL was a rebadged version of the third-generation Honda Legend, and was first introduced to the North American market in 1996, to replace the second-generation Acura Legend. The second-generation Acura RL was a rebadged version of the fourth-generation Honda Legend, introduced to the North American market in September 2004, as a 2005 model. This iteration of the RL received an extensive mid-generational facelift for the 2009 model year, and a further update for 2011. The third-generation debuted for the 2014 model year as the Acura RLX .

First generation (1996–2004) [ edit ]

1996–1998:54.5#160;in (1,384#160;mm)

1999–2001:56.5#160;in (1,435#160;mm)

1996 (KA9) [ edit ]

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1999–2004 Acura 3.5RL

In late 1998, the 1999 3.5RL received a front and rear facelift with integrated foglights, revised bumpers and hood, as well as driver and front passenger side airbags. The suspension and chassis were stiffened, and new alloy wheels were offered.

In 1999, a larger navigation system screen was added for the 2000 model year. Along with that larger screen came the conversion to easy-to-replace DVD map databases. In 2001, the 2002 model year 3.5RL received painted lower trim and mudflaps along with redesigned alloys and a newer, sportier suspension setup.

Perhaps the more important change was the engine, which was upgraded to produce 225#160;hp (168#160;kW) and 231#160;lb·ft (313#160;N·m) of torque. More insulation was added in the engine compartment was added for MY2002. In 2002, 2003 RLs received clear turn signal lenses in the rear lights, another new alloy wheel design, and various interior upgrades including new color schemes.

For 2004, the navigation system became standard, along with a redesigned center console and chrome door lock pulls.

The 1996–2004 3.5RL’s engine was the last in the Acura lineup not to use Honda’s variable valve timing system (VTEC ), This 3.5#160;L 90-degree V6 engine was internally designated as the C35A, and was the last of the Honda C engine V6 engines used in Honda and Acura lineups, being replaced by the newer Honda J engine 60-degree V6 engines. The 2004 RL was also the last Acura to use the numeric designation (i.e. 3.5) for its engine displacement.

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