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2000 Acura 3.2 TL -- Introduction

OVERVIEW
After the highly successful launch of the new-generation 3.2TL in model-year '99, it might be logical to expect 2000 to be a slow year for the TL from a technical standpoint. Once again the TL exceeds expectations-this time with significant enhancements. More than just minor tuning, the 2000 3.2TL benefits from significant advances in performance, safety, convenience, efficiency and emissions control.

Far reaching changes extend to almost every major system in the 3.2TL. Here are some of the key developments:

  • Larger intake and exhaust valves combine with a new intake manifold design to increase low end torque by 5.5%
  • New 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission with revised gear ratio
  • 0-60 mph acceleration has improved by 0.5 second
  • Improved highway fuel economy, up 2 mpg/hwy
  • New front seat side air bags with passenger-side sensors
  • New dual-stage front passenger air bag
  • All TL models now meet LEV standards; California versions meet tough ULEV requirements
  • Improved interior control illumination and legibility
  • The optional Acura Navigation System is easier to use and now features a Digital Video Disc (DVD) database with complete on-board coverage of the continental United States

By setting sales records every month since its introduction in September of '98, the 3.2TL has reaffirmed Acura's position in the mid-luxury segment as a premier performance nameplate.

Offered exclusively with a 3.2-liter, 24-valve, VTEC V-6 engine, the TL combines one of the most powerful engines in its class with a new-generation platform that elevates handling responsiveness, quietness, roominess and luxury. Assembled exclusively in the United States, the new TL is designed to exceed buyer expectations with a remarkably high level of standard equipment.

Available in just one trim level with a comprehensive list of standard features, the TL is classified as a midsize car by the EPA. It has a roomy interior that's more spacious than those of its mid-luxury competition, cars like the Lexus ES 300, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and BMW 3 Series.

CONCEPTS AND GOALS
The 2000 model year 3.2TL is designed to provide:

  • A sporty and refined driving experience
  • Class-leading engine performance and operating smoothness
  • Secure and refined dynamic characteristics at all road speeds
  • Sophisticated styling with a vibrant, sporting spirit
  • An unusually spacious and accommodating interior with ergonomically designed controls, fine materials and an impeccable level of fit and finish
  • A comprehensive approach to safety engineering that combines accident-avoidance technologies with advanced impact-energy management engineering and class leading Supplemental Restraint Systems (SRS)
  • A new level of value in the midluxury segment

3.2-LITER V-6 ENGINE
The heart of the TL is a compact, 3.2-liter, 225-horsepower, VTEC V-6 engine. With more low-end torque and a higher horsepower rpm peak than the '99 TL engine, this 24-valve V-6 drives the TL to class-leading performance times, setting a new standard for refinement and smoothness, while delivering excellent fuel economy. Its first tune-up isn't required until 100,000 miles.

For 2000, the TL engine now complies with tough LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) standards. California versions meet ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) standards. These tighter emission controls typically reduce engine performance, but in the 2000 TL, carefully selected engine improvements including enlarged intake and exhaust valves and a new intake manifold preserve peak output figures, and actually make for a significant 5.5 percent improvement in mid-range torque.

The 2000 3.2TL features a new electronically controlled 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission, improving on the 4-speed SportShift used in the '99 model. With revised, closer gear ratio and a taller top gear, acceleration and highway fuel economy are both improved. With its stronger performance, semi-manual shifting mode, sophisticated Grade Logic Control, and the security of a standard Traction Control System (TCS), the TL powertrain offers enthusiast drivers a lot to get excited about.

ACURA'S NEWEST FRONT-DRIVE PLATFORM
With significant advances in torsional and bending rigidity, the TL's unit-body is based on a new-generation platform that positions the front drive powertrain in a transverse orientation to create more usable interior volume while retaining optimum weight distribution. To advance Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) control, the front and rear suspension are carried on isolated subframes, resulting in low interior noise levels. The TL's fully independent double-wishbone suspension fitted with large 16" wheels and tires, resulting in stable and predictable handling. A compact multilink, double-wishbone rear suspension also contributes to the TL's spacious interior room.

ACCOMMODATING MIDSIZED INTERIOR
With a wheelbase of 108.1 inches, the TL offers generous interior space, both for passengers and luggage. The interior volume, totaling 110.8 cu ft, places the TL in the EPA's midsize class, while most of the TL's competitors are classified as compact cars.

HIGH CONTENT OF LUXURY FEATURES AND AMENITIES
The TL is known for its high level of standard luxury equipment; and the 2000 3.2TL takes that approach a step further. Offered in just one trim level, the TL comes with standard features that are often options from other manufacturers.

DRAMATIC STYLING INSIDE AND OUT
Graceful, athletic proportions reflect the TL's focus on delivering personal driving satisfaction. Distinctive and refined in its lines, the TL's exterior makes a strong stylistic statement, echoed by the sweeping cockpit-type feel of its leather-lined interior.

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