2004 Acura 3.5 RL -- Introduction

OVERVIEW
As the flagship sedan in the Acura lineup, the 2004 RL boasts impressive levels of power, handling and luxury, allowing it to compete easily with the Mercedes E320, BMW 530i, Audi A6, and Lexus GS 300.

The 3.5 RL comes fully equipped. Standard features include leather seating surfaces, a power moonroof, an Acura/Bose Music System, an Automatic Climate Control System, heated front seats and door mirrors, and the HomeLink® remote control system.

For 2004, the RL receives a variety of interior enhancements that lengthen its list of standard features and reinforce its position as the most comprehensively equipped, technologically advanced sedan in its class. The most notable of these is the addition of XM® Satellite Radio. While some of its competitors are beginning to offer XM Satellite Radio as optional equipment, the RL is the only luxury sedan to include XM as standard equipment.

To complement the addition of XM Satellite Radio, the RL's standard Acura/Bose Music System has been enhanced, with two additional, door-mounted speakers and retuned amplifiers to provide even better sound reproduction. The 6-disc CD changer has been moved to the dash from the trunk for added convenience.

And while the RL has offered the Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System' as a factory-installed option on previous models, 2004 marks the first year that it will be included as standard equipment on all models sold in the 48 contiguous states. The Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition' features a variety of new and improved features, the foremost being a new voice recognition system that recognizes 130 commands. Other enhancements over the previous generation system include quicker calculation speeds, enhanced graphics and a larger database that now includes over 7 million points of interest.

In addition to the new technology, the 2004 RL receives a host of trim enhancements including a redesigned steering wheel, meter panel and center console, brushed metal finishes and chrome interior accents, and a wood shifter knob.

The RL's 3.5-liter V-6 engine is the biggest engine to have ever powered an Acura sedan. This potent powerplant generates 225 horsepower, while at the same time, delivering impressive fuel efficiency and low tailpipe emissions. The RL is classified as a Low Emission Vehicle (LEV).

The powertrain includes a 4-speed automatic transmission for smooth, precise shifts.

A firm, independent double-wishbone suspension enhances the RL's handling responsiveness and stability. Wide wheels and tires enhance cornering grip, while a speed-sensitive power-steering system improves handling feel. For superb control in all driving situations, the RL is equipped with Acura's highly sophisticated Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, which helps provide both traction control and stability assistance.

Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) are kept to minimum levels through extensive use of insulation in the engine compartment, under the dash and other key areas.

A standard OnStar® communications system provides drivers with 24-hour voice access to a live OnStar advisor, who can provide emergency assistance. An available OnStar route guidance concierge and a Virtual Advisor feature allow the driver to obtain news updates and sports scores and even listen to e-mail using a hands-free, voice-activated Internet connection.

GENERAL CONCEPTS AND GOALS
The luxuriously appointed, technologically advanced 2004 Acura 3.5 RL provides:

  • A spacious interior stocked with an exhaustive list of standard amenities and cutting-edge technological advancements including XM Satellite Radio, the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition and the OnStar in-vehicle communications system
  • A potent, refined, four-valves-per-cylinder engine, delivering 225 horsepower
  • A highly-tuned suspension system for responsive handling
  • The added control of a Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system
  • Bold exterior styling, using a prominent, pentagonal grille and high, wide "shoulder lines" for a distinctive Acura look and feel. The styling is coupled with excellent aerodynamic performance, created, in part, by lower side sills that help reduce lift and provide stability in gusty wind conditions and at high speeds
  • The latest in safety technology, including a dual-stage front-passenger's air bag, driver's and front passenger's side air bags with occupant height and position sensors in the front passenger's seat, and front seat belt pretensioners
  • A high level of noise isolation
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