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"More muscle, more hustle, and - oh, boy - a six speed to stir it all up." That's what Car and Driver had to say after a spin in the all-new Acura 2004 TL. And other critics are nodding in agreement.

With 270 horsepower, the 3.2-liter Acura 2004 TL introduces a new level of performance. It's obvious from first glance, with its bold, sleek lines and sporty stance. Powered by a 24-valve, VTEC™ engine, the TL delivers an exhilarating, yet smooth ride, with a double-wishbone suspension system. The story continues inside, with plush leather seats and an impressive console of technology features. Including the first automotive application of Surround Sound with DVD-Audio. It's the all-new TL. And now, it's yours to explore.


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Performance

You're in for an exhilarating ride with the 3.2-liter 2004 TL. From its all-aluminum, V-6, 270 horsepower engine to its responsive, all-wheel independent double-wishbone suspension system, the new TL is a true high-performance sedan. It even looks the part with sleek, graceful lines that complement its class-leading power. For handling precision, there's Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) and Traction Control System.

Engine

The Acura 2004 TL ushers in an entirely new era of performance sedan with an advanced 3.2-liter, 24-valve, V-6 engine that produces a class-leading 270 horsepower at 6200 rpm. But there's more to this exhilarating ride than meets the eye. Like our trademark VTEC® technology, which enables an impressive 238-lbs-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. And the Drive-by-Wire Throttle System™ for smooth acceleration, a refined shift feel and improved performance in all driving conditions. In short, it's a performance package intent on creating moments of pure oblivion.

24-VALVE

In the 4-valve-per-cylinder layout, two intake valves open at once, to let a high volume of fuel-and-air mixture into the cylinder in the brief time they are open. The timing of each cylinder's pair of intake valves is staggered and their lift is asymmetric. This creates a swirl effect within the combustion chamber, improving combustion. Two exhaust valves open to let the exhaust gasses out. To control the opening and closing of the valves, the engine uses a single overhead camshaft for each row of cylinders. Combustion is cleaner and more efficient, resulting in more power, lower emissions and increased fuel economy.

VARIABLE VALVE TIMING AND LIFT ELECTRONIC CONTROL (VTEC™)

At low rpm Acura 2004 TL, the VTEC™ intake valves follow a set of low-lift, short-duration cam lobes with timing that optimizes the flow of air and fuel into the cylinder. As the engine accelerates, the intake rocker arms transition to actuation by high-lift, long-duration cam lobes designed to optimize high-rpm output. VTEC™ delivers substantially more horsepower from 5000 rpm, and provides a considerable torque increase both at low and high engine speeds.


DRIVE-BY-WIRE THROTTLE SYSTEM™

In most cars, a mechanical cable connects the accelerator pedal to the throttle valve. The Acura 2004 TL uses the all-electronic Drive-by-Wire Throttle System™, first developed for Honda Formula 1 racing engines. It senses accelerator pedal motion, then a computer weighs this data against vehicle speed and engine data in real time and opens the throttle accordingly. The pedal feel is more direct. Acceleration is smooth from rest, and immediate at normal cruising speeds, for quick passing. Because control is more precise, throttle response is quick and sporty. Exhaust emissions are reduced, and performance and fuel economy are improved. Drive-by-wire facilitates communication between the engine and the ABS and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®), enabling a more coordinated reaction by these systems when they are engaged. In the TL with automatic transmission, throttle position and shifting are coordinated electronically, so the shift "feel" is more refined.





Transmission

The Acura 2004 TL is available with an automatic or manual transmission. A sophisticated 5-speed Sequential SportShift™ automatic transmission shifts with grace, or, with a quick flick of the lever into the shift gate, you can upshift and downshift for semi-automatic operation. For those who insist on calling the shots, you'll want the close-ratio, short-throw 6-speed manual transmission, which features a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) for enhanced traction during acceleration, and a Dual-Mass Flywheel for smoothness and control. The Grade Logic Control System minimizes "gear hunting" that other transmissions can encounter on steep roads and downhill stretches.

SEQUENTIAL SPORTSHIFT™

Move the gear selector into the left side shift gate to engage the Sequential SportShift mode. A nudge forward or back will shift up or down one gear, respectively. A safety override prevents any downshifting that would cause the engine to over-rev. While you're accelerating in a given gear, the drive-by-wire throttle and other fuel-supply controls make gear changes quicker and help prevent over-revving.



6-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION

In Acura 2004 TL the close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission, multiple synchronizers (triple-cone on gears 1 and 2, double-cone on gears 3-6) help reduce shifting load for a light, responsive feel. Reduced clutch size and a new wide-angle clutch torsion mechanism help to make shifting feel seamless.


GRADE LOGIC CONTROL SYSTEM

When in automatic mode, the transmission incorporates an advanced Grade Logic Control System and Shift Hold control, which work to reduce gear "hunting" and unnecessary shifting in Acura 2004 TL.

To cut down on unnecessary shifting when negotiating winding roads, the Sequential SportShift automatically incorporates improved logic called Shift-Hold Control. When the throttle is suddenly released and the brakes are applied, as is the case when decelerating at the entrance of a corner, Shift-Hold Control keeps the transmission in its current (lower) ratio as it negotiates the corner and accelerates out. This feature leaves the chassis undisturbed by excess shifting, and ensures that abundant power is available without a downshift at the exit of the corner.


 


Suspension

A rigid, four-wheel independent suspension system is what separates a serious performance sedan from the pack. But the Acura 2004 TL takes it a step further with a double-wishbone front suspension and double wishbone rear suspension for superior pitch- and roll-resistance while accelerating, braking and cornering. The front suspension combines large bushings with extremely rigid upper arms for reduced road noise and to help absorb impact energy. And stabilizer bars in the front and rear provide additional stability for firm, controlled handling.

DOUBLE WISHBONE FRONT SUSPENSION

The front suspension of the 3.2TL has been carefully designed to exploit the stiffness of the front subframe with stiffer springs, a 10% increase in the damping ratio, and a 20 mm-longer bump stop while a strut tower bar helps maintain precise suspension geometry during cornering.

DOUBLE WISHBONE REAR SUSPENSION

The lightweight multi-link rear suspension has five high-tension steel links that make it compact yet provide a wide range of controlled motion that results in sporty handling and a smooth ride. The wheel path is angled rearward to improve bump compliance. Toe curve is remarkably straight, with controlled "rear steer" during suspension motion.

 

 



Control

Acura 2004 TL stopping power is firm and precise with large 11.8-inch front (12.2-inch on manual transmission) and 11.1-inch rear disc brakes. To help maintain control in all driving conditions, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) adjusts brake pressure and engine power to help correct understeer and oversteer. For even more control, the Traction Control System (TCS) works seamlessly with VSA to monitor wheel slip while accelerating or driving on slippery surfaces. Even in inclement weather, the standard Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) helps the driver maintain steering control during hard braking.

Manual transmission models feature high-performance Brembo calipers and rotors, which are ventilated to reduce fade and increase friction and high-friction brake pads for additional braking power. Manual transmission models can also be ordered with even stickier P235/45 R17 high-performance tires.

4-WHEEL DISC BRAKES

The front brake discs are ventilated to help prevent brake fade, and measure 11.8 inches (12.2 manual transmission) in diameter. The rear discs, which carry a smaller share of stopping responsibilities, are non-ventilated and measure 11.1 inches in diameter.

VEHICLE STABILITY ASSIST (VSA®)


Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®) adds side-slip control to the ABS and Traction Control System. It works by controlling brake pressure, engine power or both to help maintain traction.


UNDERSTEER


If road conditions cause your vehicle to slip sideways, or "understeer," VSA® will decrease engine power to help correct the problem. If the side slip is not reduced, VSA will apply brakes to the inside front wheel to turn the car back onto its intended course. This reduction in "understeer" helps your vehicle regain traction to get you back on course.

OVERSTEER



If your vehicle begins to spin out, or "oversteer," VSA® automatically helps correct the problem by applying brakes to the outside front wheel. This helps reverse the potential spin and put you back on track.


TRACTION CONTROL (TCS)


The Traction Control System (TCS) component of VSA® uses sensors that monitor the front wheels and computer-controlled modulation of engine power and front brakes to help prevent wheel spin when starting out or accelerating. If the sensors detect excessive front-wheel acceleration, TCS automatically closes the throttle valve until wheel spin stops. This helps the TL maintain traction during acceleration and helps the driver retain steering control, even when accelerating on slippery surfaces.


ANTI-LOCK BRAKING SYSTEM (ABS)

At each wheel, sensors monitor wheel speed for skid. If lock-up seems imminent, ABS first brakes, then reduces hydraulic pressure to the affected wheel, letting it regain traction before full braking resumes, a process it can repeat more rapidly than is humanly possible. The 3-channel system monitors and controls each wheel individually. This provides better steering control and braking stability during maximum-effort stops, especially when one side of the vehicle is on a slipperier surface than the other.

BREMBO CALIPERS AND ROTORS

Standard with the 6-speed manual transmission, high-performance Brembo front brake calipers feature reduced fade, increased braking power and a weight reduction of 30% for quick, sure-footed stops. The combination of Brembo front brake calipers and High-Performance Tires further enhances the dry-and wet-weather handling and braking of the Acura 2004 TL.


 

 

 


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