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2008 Acura RL

 The innovation built into the RL begins with the most powerful engine ever offered in a production Acura sedan. The 3.5-liter VTEC™ V-6 engine develops 290 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque. In addition to developing abundant power, the RL engine meets tough ULEV-2 emission standards and delivers excellent fuel economy of 16/24 mpg* (city/highway).

A 3.5-liter, SOHC, 24-valve, 290-hp V6 equipped with VTEC variable valve timing provides seamless, smooth power. Some reviewers, however, feel it's just a bit underwhelming in a two-ton luxury cruiser. Accordingly, while the five-speed adaptive automatic transmission flawlessly provides power transitions through its paddle-shifters, the competition employs six and even seven-speed transmissions.

The extremely rigid Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure of the RL features extensive use of high-tensile steel and lightweight aluminum components to take construction beyond conventional safety protocols while keeping weight in check. Optimized fully independent suspension with front double-wishbone and multi-link rear design, large brakes and aggressive 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels work together to further enhance the reflexes of the RL.

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Engine
Engine Configuration V
Cylinders 6
Engine VTEC
Aspiration/Induction Normal
Displacement 3.50 L | 213.6 cu in. | 3500.9 cc.
Valves 24 valves.
4 valves per cylinder.
Horsepower 290.00 HP (213.4 KW) @ 6200.00 RPM
Torque 256.00 Ft-Lbs (347.1 NM) @ 5000.00 RPM
HP to Weight Ratio 13.8 LB / HP
HP / Liter 82.9 BHP / Liter
Fuel Type Gasoline - Petrol
Gear Ratios
1st Gear 2.70
2nd Gear 1.57
3rd Gear 1.07
4th Gear 0.69
5th Gear 0.48
Standard Transmission
Gears 5
Transmission Automatic
Sequential SportShift
Final Drive 4.60
Dimensions
Cargo Volume 13.10 cu. ft.
Passenger Volume 99.001 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 19.4 Gal
Seating Capacity 5
Doors 4
Exterior
Length 193.601 in | 4917.5 mm.
Width 72.701 in | 1846.6 mm.
Height 57.101 in | 1450.4 mm.
Wheelbase 110.201 in | 2799.1 mm.
Front Track 62.001 in | 1574.8 mm.
Rear Track 62.401 in | 1585 mm.
Ground Clearance 5.701 in | 144.8 mm.
Interior
Front Headroom 38.501 in | 977.9 mm.
Rear Headroom 37.201 in | 944.9 mm.
Front Legroom 42.401 in | 1077 mm.
Rear Legroom 36.301 in | 922 mm.
Front Hip Room 55.11 in | 1399.8 mm.
Rear Hip Room 54.01 in | 1371.9 mm.
Front Shoulder Room 58.501 in | 1485.9 mm.
Rear Shoulder Room 56.101 in | 1425 mm.

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