New Acura TL Redefines Performance with the Most Powerful Engine in Acura History and Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM)

    With dramatic new styling, precise handling and advanced technology and
    safety features, the fourth-generation TL is Acura's performance leader

    TORONTO, Oct. 8 /CNW/ - Since its inception, the Acura TL
performance-luxury sedan has set lofty standards for styling, performance,
comfort and technology. Available for 2009 in two distinctly different models
- TL and TL SH-AWD(R) - the all-new fourth-generation Acura TL expands the
model's capabilities and appeal with evocative style, a choice of two VTEC(R)
engines (including a new 305-horsepower V6 engine), and the TL's first-ever
application of Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(R)).
    Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Pricing for the new 2009 TL starts at
$39,990 for the front-wheel-drive model, and $44,490 for the all-wheel-drive
TL SH-AWD(R) model.
    Boasting larger dimensions, optimized suspension, more powerful
powertrain and a new Sequential SportShift transmission, the 2009 TL offers
more appeal than ever before. It is by far the most technologically advanced
sedan ever offered by Acura.
    A choice of two different all-aluminum VTEC(R) engines enables the new
2009 TL to satisfy a wide range of customers. Standard is a 3.5-litre V-6
engine producing 280 horsepower and 254 lb-ft of torque that sends power to
the front wheels. This new, more powerful engine is also fuel efficient, with
fuel economy ratings of 11.6 L/100km city and 7.5 L/100km highway.
    Serious performance-sedan devotees will choose the TL SH-AWD(R) to make
winding roads their own. Its all-new 3.7-litre V-6 engine produces 305
horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The 3.7L engine has fuel economy ratings
of 12.3 L/100km city and 8.1 L/100km highway.
    The pièce de résistance on the TL SH-AWD(R) is the Super Handling
All-Wheel Drive(TM) system, now available on the TL for the first time. During
spirited cornering, SH-AWD(R) seamlessly distributes more torque to the
outside rear wheel to create a "yaw moment" to help the TL turn in more
quickly and precisely - while also continuously apportioning drivetrain torque
front to rear and left to right. The result is a remarkably balanced and
precise all-wheel-drive performance sedan that excels year-round, not just
during inclement weather.
    The standard transmission is a Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic
with F1(R)-style steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and Grade Logic
Control. Merging the convenience of an automatic with the enjoyment of
SportShift manual gear selection, the transmission also features an overdriven
top gear for maximum fuel efficiency on the highway. In fact, the Acura
transmission has the widest gear-ratio spread of any 5-speed transmission in
its class, providing strong acceleration in lower gears and relaxed,
fuel-efficient highway cruising.
    Ride quality and passenger comfort benefit from the 2009 TL's larger
exterior dimensions. Featuring 152 mm (6.0") greater exterior length, 45 mm
(1.8") more overall width and a modest 11 mm (0.5") increase in overall
height, the TL is noticeably larger than its predecessor.
    The larger body size directly contributes to greater interior roominess;
it also allows a 35-mm (1.4") longer wheelbase to improve ride quality and a
significantly wider track -28 mm (1.1") wider in front and 44 mm (1.8") wider
in the rear - helps generate even greater cornering control.
    On the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive(TM) (SH-AWD(R)) model, more
performance-minded suspension and brake tuning, larger 18-inch wheels/tires,
racing-inspired front brake cooling ducts, and specially-tuned Electric Power
Steering are designed to take the enthusiast's driving experience to even
higher levels.
    The TL interior features a new "dual personal" layout that provides both
the driver and front passenger with their own personal space. Thanks to its
larger exterior dimensions, the new TL has 33 mm (1.3") more rear legroom and
14 mm (0.5") of added rear shoulder room compared to the previous generation
    For improved safety, the Acura TL features Advanced Compatibility
Engineering(TM) (ACE(TM)) body structure. The ACE(TM) body structure better
dissipates crash energy in a severe frontal collision through the use of
dedicated load-bearing frame structures that efficiently distribute crash
energy through the body structure, while also helping to preserve the
integrity of the passenger compartment.

    MSRP pricing for the new 2009 Acura TL:
    $39,990 - Acura TL
    $43,490 - Acura TL Technology Package
    $44,490 - Acura TL SH-AWD
    $47,990 - Acura TL SH-AWD Technology Package

    Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada. Six distinct
vehicles (CSX, TSX, TL, RL, RDX and MDX) are marketed under the Acura brand.

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