2010 Acura RL
The Acura RL is Acura’s flagship luxury sedan. It is fitted with some of the latest in technology. In-dash technology includes an updated version of Acura's AcuraLink satellite navigation system featuring traffic maps and weather updates via a map. The weather system, called AcuraLink Weather, receives constantly updated weather information from XM. Acura also promises improved their voice recognition software.
An all-new 3.7 liter V6 engine highlights performance upgrades. The 300-horsepower, 271 lb-ft. of torque SOHC motor features Honda's VTEC system and propels the RL from 0 to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Unlike on the old 3.5L powerplant, the 3.7L units uses VTEC on both the intake and exhaust.
The new V6 meets ULEV-2 emissions standards. A five-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission is standard. It includes new “smart” F1-style steering wheel-mounted paddles and a new straight-gate console-mounted shift lever.
Also new for the model year is the availability to use the paddle shifters when the shifter is in drive, not just manual mode. The system allows the driver to up or downshift on the fly, such as for passing maneuvers, but will revert back to automatic mode if it detects the driver is no longer shifting.
Suspension modifications and steering upgrades are also included. The RL continues to use Acura’s Super-Handling all-wheel-drive, but has more of a rear-drive bias for 2010. Newly standard for 2009 are 18 inch, seven-spoke alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin tires. They replace 17 inch wheels. Acura says that the 2009 RL challenges “the most capable German and Japanese sports sedans.”