Acura to Debut RS-X Prototype, Revamped 3.2 TL at Detroit Auto Show
12/7/2000 7:36:28 PM
Featuring a bold new look and advanced engine technology, the RS-X prototype provides consumers with an early glimpse of on an all-new Acura production vehicle coming later in the 2001 calendar year. The new model will serve as the replacement for the Integra in Acura's growing line of performance-minded luxury vehicles.
The three-door, four-passenger RS-X combines aggressive styling, exceptional aerodynamics and a wide, muscular stance to communicate its serious sporting intentions. Exterior styling highlights include extremely short front and rear overhangs, slim A- and B- pillars, and a sharply-chiseled front fascia featuring Acura's signature five-sided grille flanked by large, four-lamp headlights. The production version of the RS-X will also be the first model in North America to be powered by the company's next-generation series engine with i-VTEC technology.
The 3.2 TL builds on its position as the best-selling luxury sedan in the U.S. with a host of enhancements for the 2002 model year including a new, high-performance Type S model boasting 260 horsepower -- the highest output of any vehicle in its class.
All 3.2 TL models receive a number of styling changes for 2002 including new front end styling with a more aggressive front grille, reshaped headlights and a cleaner, more integrated taillight treatment. An Acura/Bose music system with 6-disc in-dash CD player is standard on all 2002 TL models. Additional enhancements to the Type S include the adoption of Acura's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system, larger 215/50R 17-inch tires, a unique alloy wheel design, metallic-face instrument panel, perforated leather seats and steering wheel, and Type S shift knob. Numerous suspension refinements further enhance the Type S model's sporty character. Additional details on the RS-X prototype and the 2002 3.2 TL and 3.2 TL Type S will be announced on Monday, January 8, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.