• Apr 12, 2008
2008 Acura TLHonda/Acura had its 2009 dealer meeting in New Orleans last week, and a little birdie that claims to have attended has whispered some details about the 2009 Acura TL in our ears. According to our anonymous tipster, the '09 TL range will consist of two models. The front-wheel-drive car will be powered by a 3.5L V6 delivering 280 horsepower. The step-up version will feature SH AWD and have a 3.7L, 300-horsepower V6 underhood (presumably the same one used in the MDX). We're told the latter car is not a Type-S, by the way -- that trim level goes back into hibernation with the arrival of the '09. Word is, the car "looks amazing." The TL in its current state is Acura's best-looking vehicle, so our curiosity is definitely piqued.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Damn Honda, stop half assing it and make the damn car RWD already. Also, 300 HP from a V6 isn't that amazing anymore.

      I, like someone else said, really hope they don't **** up the styling on the TL. The current one is gorgeous and they have been screwing up everything else.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If the TL's FWD's V6 has 280 HP and takes premium gas, that would be a bit silly. The Accord's 268 V6 probably accelerates nearly the same but would run fine on regular gas. A premium gas requirement with so little to show for it could be a deal-killer in these days of costly fuel.

      I hope the new Acura looks good--hard to beat the current TL IMO.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Do people buying $35,000 luxury toys - ie. an $800 a month car note - really make their decision over $3 extra for a tank of premium?

        Most posters here here have a reverence for fuel economy that's completely out of touch with the real world.

        Matches the out of touch reverence for performance cars, but that at least makes some sense because 400hp toys are actually fun to aspire towards.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cant wait till they release some pics of it
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree. The current gen TL is the best looking Acura out there. I still can't figure out why Acura's aren't RWD despite the fact they're the better JDM Honda offerings. Toyota and Nissan offer RWD in their premium brands. Honda should get a clue and follow suit! Here's hoping they don't pull a TSX on the TL.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It is so annoying to see everyone commenting that they want RWD on this car. The only people that would make such a complaint are those that have never driven a vehicle with SH-AWD.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have seen the 09 TL, in N.O. The best way to describe it is it's the sports 4 concept with the TL front end... The Upgrade 3.7L engine is to produce 305bhp, not 300bhp. All you G35 lovers out there better look out, cause you'll throw rocks at the G after seeing the new TL.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know when Acura is planning on unveiling this car and when it should go on sale?
        • 6 Years Ago
        TL 3.5L to go on sale in September, TL 3.7L to go on sale in November.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Does anyone know if this car is going to be unveiled before it goes on sale in the fall? If so when?
      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF... No A-VTEC?
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is great ! I've been awaiting the launch for a while now. Since this happens once every four years, the launch will be quite exciting.

      Rajat
      • 6 Years Ago
      I will stab acura in the vagina if they don't offer a manual in this thing.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Be prepared to stab your own. There's a negligible market for manual tranny TLs. The (2010/2011?) Type-S might change things.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The new grille is a given, the only question is will the rest of the new TL "make up" for it ? Well, actually I have another question (will interior rattles be a problem again), but that will have to wait until the early "beta testers" purchase the '09. I have to say one feature I'm looking forward to having myself someday is the USB port which is also becoming available on 2009 Hyundai vehicles.
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they price it right, I guess. The current TL is a little expensive IMO, I'd rather spent a little bit more and get the 335i.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd spend a little more and get the G35. The 3-series sedan looks downright crappy in comparison. Now only if BMW grafted the coupe nose to the sedan as they did with the M3....
      • 6 Years Ago
      No one has ever said that FWD was more fun than RWD; it's simply not true... What is true is that trying to drive a RWD car year-round in the northeast is simply not practical.

      Sure, give me a RWD sports car for the sunny days and a beater for the winter, but if I buy a nice, luxurious, fuel-efficient 4-door sedan to drive to work, it shouldn't be out of commission when the flurries begin to fall...

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