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2005 Acura RL

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Acura's flagship sedan was completely redesigned last year as a larger and more luxurious all-wheel-drive model. While a V-8 is still not part of the picture, its 3.5-liter VTEC V-6 engine delivers a respectable 290 horsepower. It comes mated to a five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic that can be taken through the gears manually, via either a console shifter or steering-wheel-mounted race car-like paddle controls. A four-wheel independent suspension helps the car hold the corners, and traction on both wet and dry pavement benefits from the RL's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive System that distributes the optimum amount of torque between both the front/rear and left/right rear wheels. The car's satellite navigation system includes a real-time traffic monitoring function for majorU.S.cities that can warn the driver of road delays ahead and suggest alternate routes. Standard features include adaptive headlamps and a keyless access/starting system. A newly offered Technology Package includes a Collision Mitigation Braking System that monitors potential frontal collisions and automatically alerts the driver, tensions the seatbelts, and applies the brakes if it detects a crash is imminent and unavoidable; it also comes with adaptive cruise control and run-flat tires. A dealer-installed A-SPEC performance package becomes newly available for 2006, and includes a track-tuned suspension package that lowers the car by nearly three-quarters of an inch, 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport tires, an underbody kit, and a rear spoiler.

 

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