• Feb 27, 2008

When we had the current-generation Acura RL in the Autoblog Garage, we thought that its understated design was attractive enough, but opined that it looked rather anonymous in the face of competitors such as the BMW 5-series, Infiniti M35 and especially the new Cadillac CTS. What may be a bigger problem to consumers is the lack of a V8 engine option, especially considering that even Hyundai has seen fit to offer its top-level sedan with V8 power. Additionally, the current RL is based on a front-wheel-drive chassis architecture, and although we found that the Super Handling-All Wheel Drive system worked rather well, the new RL might get an AWD system based on a rear-wheel-drive chassis.

If rumors from Japan's Best Car agazine hold true, expect to see a new 4.5 liter V8 in Acura's recently redesigned flagship sporting over 400 horsepower. The rendering shown above appears to be a current-generation Accord, which is already quite large, stretched out in every direction. A U.S. version for Acura would surely get a grille more in-line with its current angular design theme which was shown off at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month. Since this is just a rendering, we won't judge its looks much, but we would hope that a production version of Acura's RL flagship would look significantly different than their mainstream sedan, the Accord.

[Source: Best Car via Winding Road]



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      Brian
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, this rendering looks GREAT!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "A U.S. version for Acura would surely get a grille more in-line with its current angular design theme which looks like a total pice of sh*t was shown off at the Chicago Auto Show earlier this month."

      After seeing the Hyundai Genesis sedan at the Milwaukee Auto Show last weekend, Acura needs to either get out of this segment altogether or come up with something that doesn't look like a fat, oversized Accord with plastic aluminum stretched across it's nose. Jeez, Joan Rivers looks better than the frontend of the 2009 RL!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know that to play with the big boys, you have to run with the big boys, but maybe Honda should take a stand and say we're going to continue to be "environmentally conscious" and not build just big gas guzzlers. Maybe it takes one company to say "no" rather than "hey, where do I go?"
      • 6 Years Ago
      Some of you can't read.

      The picture is the Accord not a render design of the RL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this Best Magazine is all bullcr@p
      I think their trying to hint the car companies such as Honda and Toyota to produce what they want haha
      • 6 Years Ago
      "but we would hope that a production version of Acura's RL flagship would look significantly different than their mainstream sedan, the Accord"

      But this is a Japanese publication, so I presume they are talking about the domestic Honda Legend, which would be expected to follow the styling trends of the rest of their lineup. In North America it should, yes, be expected to carry an "Acura" face.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why does everyone have to copy Audi's LED DRL?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda building a V8? thats great news if it actually happens... put A-VTEC in it and it'll be on ward's ten best for the next decade
        • 6 Years Ago
        Again: only 10-11 years late to the party. Ford has had variable timing V8s in luxury models since around 1998 and in regular Fords since 2004 (F-150, Stang, Falcon).
        • 6 Years Ago
        You have no clue. Honda might start buy making an S2000 that doesn't normally eat gas, before getting to magical 4.0L V8s. Its a fact the $/mi in gasoline is the same for Mustang GT vs S2000, chum

        p
        • 6 Years Ago
        advanced VTEC does more than variable timing, it can do continously variable cam phase control AND continously variable valve lift and timing control. variable valve timing has been around for 10 years and honda does that too. its not that big a deal. just check the literature, it's an interesting but confusing field.

        the modular V8 in the current mustang gets 300hp from 4.6 liters - a honda a-VTEC V8 could get 400hp (probably more)from 4 liters and significantly better gas mileage
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hey look, a faster and uglier Accord!
      • 6 Years Ago
      'Evironmentally conscious'?

      You mean politically correct.

      Pure fraud and I hope you eco-fools lose your shirt, so you freeze when it's apparent we're probably cooling more than we're warming.

      Unbelieveable!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I pretty much completely hate it.

      The grille is awful. The rear isn't entirely terrible, but it's so derivative of a Mercedes that it spoils the entire look.

      Skip.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ironically and sadly, the rendering looks much better and downright fantastic relative to the abomination that we'll get here soon in the form of the new RL. JeSUS, look at the grill...even the current gen. RL looks far more coherent than this....
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