New Acura 3.2 CL Luxury Performance Coupe Debuts at Los Angeles Auto Show

1/3/2001 6:17:00 AM

Acura introduced today the all-new 3.2CL coupe at the 2000 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2001 CL coupe offers high performance engine technology, advanced European styling and best-in-class standard features, making it well positioned to compete in the luxury performance coupe market.

"The CL is our latest entry into the competitive luxury performance coupe segment," said Dick Colliver, executive vice president, Acura Division. "With invigorating performance, a long list of standard features and stylish good looks, the Acura CL will definitely stand out as the class-leader." The CL will be available in two models: The completely redesigned 3.2CL and a new high performance version, the 3.2CL Type S. Both models are powered by versions of Acura's all-aluminum, 3.2-liter, 24-valve V-6 with the patented VTEC™ (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system. The 3.2CL's V-6 engine produces 225 horsepower and is similar to the engine in the popular Acura 3.2TL luxury performance sedan. The new Type S produces 260 horsepower through a dual-stage induction system and low-restriction exhaust system, making it the most powerful coupe in its class. The Type S tuning also allows for a flat torque curve providing an impressive 231 lb-ft of torque between 2500 and 5500 rpm. Both CL's are equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission with the Formula 1 race car-inspired Sequential SportShift system, which allows the driver to select gear changes similar to a manual transmission. The SportShift also may be operated as a normal automatic transmission. The CL achieves luxury and performance while balancing Acura's commitment to the environment, as both the 3.2CL and the Type S models will be Low Emission Vehicles (LEV). The California model 3.2CL will be an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) to further reduce emissions. To complement the technology and performance capabilities of the powertrain, the CL's chassis has been engineered with a rigid, unit body structure, and a four-wheel independent double wishbone suspension system to provide outstanding handling. The Type S receives sport suspension tuning for greater cornering capabilities and performance. Large diameter disc brake rotors provide confident stopping power to the 16" aluminum alloy wheels (17" on Type S) with all-season high-performance tires. The new CL has been equipped with a comprehensive array of comfort and convenience amenities. Interior features include a standard Acura/Bose® six-speaker music system with six-disc, in-dash CD changer, computer-controlled Automatic Climate Control System with micron air filtration, power moonroof and leather interior with four individual bucket seats. The best-in-class Acura Navigation System is the only factory option available on both the CL and CL Type S.

To enhance the performance character of the Type S, the vehicle receives exclusive perforated leather seats and steering wheel, metallic-faced instrument panel and a Type S-badged perforated leather shifter knob. Acura technology extends to the area of vehicle safety with the CL's extensive list of standard safety features. Both CL models are equipped with standard xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights for excellent nighttime visibility, Antilock Braking System (ABS), along with driver and front passenger Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags with dual threshold deployment and a dual stage inflation system on the passenger's side. Side air bags for the driver and front passenger also are standard, and incorporate an occupant size and position sensor system on the passenger's seat, allowing the control module to shut off the passenger's side air bag if a child or small adult is leaning into the deployment path of the air bag. The Type S also adds a unique Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system that helps the driver to maintain control during cornering, acceleration and sudden collision-avoidance maneuvers.

The new CL is the third Acura to be designed, engineered and assembled in the United States and will be priced between $28,000 and $32,000. To be available at Acura retailers March 1, 2000, the CL will be covered by a comprehensive 4-year/50,000 mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty. Additional ownership benefits include Acura Total Luxury Care (TLC), which provides free 24-hour roadside assistance, concierge service and trip routing.