2001 Acura 3.2 TL -- Introduction

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

Offered exclusively with a 3.2-liter, 24-valve, Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (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.

The 2001 model year 3.2 TL 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)
  • An extraordinary level of value in the midluxury segment

The heart of the TL is a compact, 3.2-liter, 225-horsepower, VTEC V-6 engine. With exceptional low-end torque and high rpm horsepower, 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 105,000 miles. The TL engine complies with tough LEV (Low Emission Vehicle) standards. California versions meet ULEV (Ultra Low Emission Vehicle) standards. The 3.2 TL features an electronically controlled 5-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift and wide gear ratios for outstanding acceleration, effortless cruising and high fuel economy.

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 enhance 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, results in stable and predictable handling. A compact multilink, double-wishbone rear suspension also contributes to the TL's spacious interior room.

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.

Known for its high level of standard luxury equipment the fully-appointed 3.2 TL comes with standard features that are often options from other manufacturers.

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-trimmed interior.

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