Acura plays catch-up with awd, 300hp

Jackson, Kathy; Jewett, Dale
January 2004
Automotive News;1/26/2004, Vol. 78 Issue 6077, Preceding p1
Trade Publication
Acura will equip its flagship RL sedan with all-wheel drive and a 300-hp V-6 engine to challenge luxury rivals who offer rear-drive and V-8s. Such a move would show that American Honda Motor Co. is taking a unique approach — a hybrid geared as much for performance as fuel economy — in a bid to elevate its luxury brand's flagship sedan. The current RL — with front-wheel drive and a 225-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 — has undersold comparable sedans from import rivals Lexus, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. The 2004 RL begins at $43,725, including destination.


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