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Acura RL



  • cericceric Posts: 1,092
    R34 GT-R comes with 5-speed manual only. Previous versions came with 4-speed manual. They only came with manual shift. To be exact, only GT-R V-Spec (with ATTESA-ETS Pro) has the "active LSD", which resembles SH-AWD. However, Nissan had it in 1999 already.

    The only thing new I found is the little "accelerating device". It is the interesting part to me.

    Note that even if SH-AWD is as good as GT-R V-Spec in handling, that is outrageous already for a luxury sports sedan.
  • jrock65jrock65 Posts: 1,371
    "According to Honda and Volvo. FWD set up is better for highway cruising"

    In what way is it "better" exactly?
  • mbukukanyaumbukukanyau Posts: 200
    They say FWD is better because they want you to buy their products. Cadillac tried that line with SLS and STS and it did not work. they are back to RWD now in full swing. Infiniti went RWD with G35 too.
    MB, BMW, Audi, are all RWD.
    Its only a matter of time before Acura bails to RWD. Ford can afford to Keep Volvo fight with FWD because they have Lincoln and Jaguar to go after the RWD boys. Honda has no option. The TL is already pushing the limits of FWD like the Deville and Buick. In this Game honda will have to decide if they want to go Buick or go after the big RWD boys.
  • shotgunshotgun Posts: 184
    Honda/Acura does indeed have an option and they've exercised it brilliantly by choosing SH-AWD! It's a no brainer mbukukanyau, everyone knows and has known for some time that FWD cannot compete with RWD when it comes to performance/handling and yes, everyone knows that the TL is at the limits with performance as far as FWD is concerned. However, Honda/Acura is addressing the problem by offering a solution that promises to exceed RWD performance/handling by offering SH-AWD. I dare say, before the game is over, the RWD boys will be scrambling to keep up with the SH-AWD men...
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    I thought that SH-AWD is to complicated to be used with MT.
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    You need to ask them
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    How you figure that Audi is RWD? Just so you know all manufacturers are building AWD, Acura doing the same. FWD TL by pushing the limit outsold all competition in it's class, and outperform most of competition as well.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    You dont have to accept my opinions, but honestly FWD is good at absolutely nothing. Do you think that Mercedes Benz does not design its cars with highway crusing in mind? Every single M-B product has AUTOBHAN written all over its DNA, and none of them are FWD. The reason that FWD is used, is so that joe average can get away with using all season tires and they dont have to spend the money on fancy traction\stability computers. FWD is a cheap way to get adequate performance, and adequate bad weather traction. Thats it. There's absolutely no reason why it would be better than any other format on the highway, and several reasons why it would be worse (understeer, torque steer, etc).

    Theres a roughly 275hp cap on FWD. The TL and Maxima have hit their limits, and they both have torque steer problems because of it. Not tear the wheel out of your hands Viggen torque steer, but significant torque steer nontheless. The RL is not going AWD because its the popular thing to do, its going AWD because it has to. I would expect the next Maxima and TL to get AWD as well. Thanks to advanced, lightweight electronic AWD systems, theres really no need for FWD anymore. Thats why its going the way of the dodo.
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    I have to agree that FWD and RWD will be obsolete in 10years from now. But you going to far with an argument I was not comparing FWD with RWD. I was just stating the logic behind 95/5 AWD set up. Just so you know 10 years ago everybody thought the limit for FWD was 200Hp, now it's 275 in 5years it can as well be 350HP. Just so you know ,and I am sure you do, TL is one of the best handling vehicles in the class, yes it has some torque steer, but Tl was able to put very impressive numbers on the track.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Yes it does pull very impressive numbers.. for FWD. It just comes down to plain physics though, I dont think you'll ever see a day with 350hp FWD cars. And as good as the TL's performance is, think of how good it could be with SH-AWD. The Lancer EVO MR pulls .98G on the skidpad. .98. No FWD Lancer, no matter the horsepower, could dream of that.
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    No RWD Lancer can do it either. I don't think AWD TL will be available with MT, and my next car will be MT.
  • shotgunshotgun Posts: 184
    Exterior Colors: Desert Mist, Deep Blue, Meteor Silver, Ruby Royal Red, Medium Silver, Silver Metallic, Premium White, Graphite Pearl, Nighthawk Black.

    Interior Colors: Black, Grey, Beige.

    Available Accessories: All Season mats front and rear, trunk net and tray, wood steering wheel and shift knob, back up sensors, gold emblems, door visors, nose mask, color matched splash guards, rear deck lid spoiler, +1 chrome look wheels, and A-SPEC (wheels, tires +1, suspension, and deck lid spoiler).
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    I had the same thing in my 93 Legend, it shifted hard from 1 to 2, and when pushed hard even span wheels from 1 to 2.
  • pg48477pg48477 Posts: 309
    Where did you get this data? Does it come with 6MT?
  • bartalk2bartalk2 Posts: 326
    FWD was not introduced just so Joe Sixpack could use all-season tires. FWD was widely adopted in the '70s, after the oil embargo, when cars downsized and FWD offered more interior room (no driveshift [is that what it's called?] intruding into the floor of the interior).
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    FWD has continued to be used because of the traction issue. A driveshaft does not take up that much room. Until the advent of traction and stability control, RWD was significantly worse in bad weather than FWD.
  • saugataksaugatak Posts: 488
    FWD has continued to be used because of the traction issue. A driveshaft does not take up that much room. Until the advent of traction and stability control, RWD was significantly worse in bad weather than FWD.

    For midsized sedans and below, an extra driveshaft will make a noticeable difference in room. It may not be a lot, but there's a reason why Hondas feel so roomy on the inside. Small high revving engine, small transmissions, small FWD drivetrain means max. space.

    As for FWD's main advantage being traction in rain and snow in all-seasons without having to do the tire switch, you'll get no argument from me. But let's face it, that is a pretty nice advantage. It's hard to enjoy the driving dynamics of a RWD when you are spinning out.

    SH-AWD looks good, one thing I'm wondering about is how is the weight balance? The v6 FWD TL has a 62-38 weight balance, which is pretty bad. Will the SH-AWD bring the RL closer to 50-50?

    No matter how great the traction is on SH-AWD, if the weight balance is not close to 50-50, I'd still prefer the driving dynamics of a perfectly balanceed RWD car (when not driving in snow and rain).
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I believe one difference between the Atessa system and SH-AWD is that SH-AWD can "continuously vary" torque split between front and rear (upto 70% of the torque can go to the rear wheels), and can "continuously vary" torque split between left and right rear wheels(upto 100% of the torque can go to outer rear wheel if it has traction), besides the accelerator device, of course.

    Most other AWD system will send 0-100/100-0 or 50-50 split (front and rear, or side to side). But there is a subtle difference between Atessa AWD and SH-AWD ( had a decent write up on this).

    Besides, I don't think Atessa is a pro-active system. SH-AWD is, in that it won't wait for wheels to lose traction.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Rear biased AWD or not, to me is simply a marketing gimmick. I don’t see why rear biased or front biased “AWD” system would be better, because the primary purpose of any AWD system is to maximize traction in a straight line or around a corner. I’m not surprised that BMW and Mercedes sales/marketing will try to convince buyers that RWD bias is somehow better and that Audi’s Quattro is somehow an “afterthought”. Funny when you think that Quattro is more successful than Mercedes 4-matic and BMW’s AWD system.

    SH-AWD will have up to 70% rear bias, but I doubt it will be true during cruising. May be during heavy throttle, or in slick conditions when fronts lose traction. Cruising will likely be front biased (supposedly, more fuel economical). But I don’t see why front or rear bias during cruising would matter, unless those BMW and Mercedes marketeers can explain it to me.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    I think the answer is marketing, plain and simple. Even though there is some evidence that supports the efficacy of RWD in several circumstances.

    One of the things that some of the AWD sytems "offer" is electronic control of the F/R distribution -- sometimes by an extension of the ABS/ESP systems. The brakes are applied -- and this is an oversimplification -- to wheels in order to provide the required torque shift. Quattro's torsen system actually shifts the torque to the wheels that need it -- instantly and without the aid of applying brake force to distribute torque.

    From a marketing perspective, when all is said and done, it will be a requirement -- to "play in the game, as the game needs to be played today" -- to be either RWD or AWD (and AWD with virtually any RWD bias will be touted as superior). Indeed Audi is planning on changing their system so that they can MARKET the quattro system as starting off with a slight RWD bias.

    The thing is, it is important to be able to show an AWD vehicle rounding a long sweeping curve at very high speeds with its tail stuck out (in classic oversteer stance). Although I have been to the Audi driving school in Austria 4 times and have made a quattro steer with its tail, the truth of the matter is that the quattro system is, shall we say, more reluctant to round corners with its tail out than, for instance, a BMW. Think marketing, don't think physics.

    In other words, even though some of the above behavior is caused by weight distribution and some is caused by the quattro system, the thing that will stick is a "picture" a "test report" -- marketing information, that is.

    The current perception is what I am speaking of, but I am also speaking of the phrase, "perception is reality!"
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    I’m not sure if you have seen video of the current Integra (RSX) Type-R running on a track with its tail hanging out (power oversteer), and that is a front driver with 60-40 front to rear weight split! I believe it was one of “Best Motoring” videos.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how SH-AWD improves upon the dynamics that Honda’s superb 5-link rear suspension (Watt-link double wishbone) already offers. It was already designed to passively steer the tail out.

    The RL will also be equipped with VSA, so understanding of how all the pieces of electronics work together under the skin will be very interesting.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    The foward biased TL will out slalom a "perfect balance" BMW.
  • chillenhondachillenhonda Posts: 105
    I dont think the SH-AWD system is marketing ploy at all. I believe is uses some of the technology of the Prelude SH's ATTS system, altho applied to the rear wheels and combined with an all-whel drive system.

    The Prelude's ATTS system "pulled" the car into the turn (I doubt I could explain how, but the system was highly praised on the track) nearly eliminating understeer in high performance situations. The Prelude platform really didnt have understeer to begin with, and is generally considered one of the best handling front-wheel drive cars ever made, especially since it had no torque steer (hardly any torque). I doubt Honda, known for their engineering achievements, would invest in this development and not make this system and it results pretty impressive.
  • robertsmxrobertsmx Posts: 5,525
    Simply for "marketing purpose", Honda could have simply used the VTM-4 as is. SH-AWD is a far more advanced version developed, so Acura/Honda does mean "business" with this RL.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    Absolutely. Its clear that Honda wants to put Acura in the same class as Lexus, Infiniti, Audi, and Mercedes-Benz. Half-assed efforts arent going to cut it.
  • saugataksaugatak Posts: 488
    The foward biased TL will out slalom a "perfect balance" BMW.

    I think 270HP vs 225HP has something to do with that.

    Look, I'm not knocking the TL, it's a great car and taking into account prices, I prefer it as an overall package to the BMW.

    I'm sure with equal HP, the 50-50 weight balanced BMW would dust the TL.

    In any case, that's not the purpose of this discussion. I just want to know if the RL is going to have better weight balance, b/c if it does, I'm holding off on a TL purchase.
  • markcincinnatimarkcincinnati Posts: 5,343
    Perhaps I have overstated "a" case for certain marketing efforts by car companies, such as Acura. I believe that Acura's efforts to engineer and bring to market an AWD system are not half measures. I believe that would be a mistake.

    However, I also believe that the initial spark for the devlopment and adoption of this technology were market driven. And, that is as it should be.

    This is not just marketing however -- yet, I'll wager that if Acura was known as a long time RWD company that there would have been less of a sense of urgency to bring out an AWD vehicle.

    These same reasons perhaps have pushed Cadillac and Chrysler to offer RWD vehicles and evolve to offering AWD vehicles.

    For reasons that we all can cite and probably some of them we all would agree with, the current market (here in the US at least) has come to believe that FWD is not to be continued in the Premium Market. Or, perhaps that one cannot remain in the Premium Market with FWD cars, states the case better.

    Acura's efforts may indeed be not only the first SH AWD but also, for the time being, the best.

    Rust never sleeps as they say.

    One year the Chrsler 300M is in a certain class -- now to remain and have any chance of moving up in status or perception, RWD and/or AWD are "the price for entry."

    Its always something.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    No, the horsepower does not come into it. If you look at the acceleration performance tests, the TL and the 330i automatic are almost identical.
  • saugataksaugatak Posts: 488
    OK lexusguy. You go on thinking that FWD TL can outhandle a BMW.
  • lexusguylexusguy Posts: 6,419
    2004 Acura TL. 0-60 in 6 seconds. 1\4 in 14 seconds. 60-0 braking in 115 ft. 68mph through the slalom.

    2004 BMW 330i. 0-60 in 6 seconds. 1\4 mile in 14 seconds. 60-0 braking in 121 ft. 63mph through the slalom.

    Hey whats that noise? Its your argument, going out the window. The TL pulls Porsche Boxster numbers going through the cones, and the BMW does not. The TL also out brakes the smaller, lighter BMW.
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