• Jun 13, 2008
Acura may finally be getting serious about entering the large-car luxury game with a new version of its range-topping sedan, the RL. The latest spy shots of what is likely the 2011 RL appear to corroborate recent rumors suggesting that Honda will ditch the long-running front-wheel-drive layout in a bid to compete with its peer class, which includes the BMW 5 series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Though much is hidden by the stretched-out TSX bodywork, a close look at the profile shows a longer hood with the front wheels moved farther forward, which not only improves the vehicle's looks with less front overhang but also indicates that the engine may be longitudinally mounted.
Considering the fact that a rear-wheel-drive architecture seems increasingly likely for the next RL, we can also hold out hope that the rumored V8 engine may be underhood. Previous reports peg its output at 420 horsepower, which should be matched with cylinder deactivation in an effort to keep fuel economy respectable. With gas prices as they are, we also wouldn't be surprised to see Acura stick with a V6 engine as standard, leaving the eight-cylinder as an option. Would it be too much to request leaving off the massive metal triangle on the grille that has infected the rest of Acura's recent cars? Click the source below for more pics.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      ugly. i like the current design more. it's unfortunate honda is breaking their traditional philosophies just to play ball with the germans but i guess it has to be done to be taken "seriously" in the luxury segment.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Reported.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Luxury car sales are down more in the US than any other country, meaning should Acura be developing a V8 (seems unlikely), as long as it's more efficient than its rivals, it will do well in the market place. The biggest problems were it was underpowered and too small for a flagship model, neither problem being addressed by a V8 or RWD. Another complaint was that it looked a bit too much like an Accord, not a bad thing if you're chasing Accord sales, but a very bad thing when you're trying to justify it as a luxury vehicle. That also has nothing to do with needed a V8 nor RWD.

      You were saying?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Re: icu812ru469 comment

      The Accord (US), TSX (Euro) and LegendRL share the same platform only modified for each one.

      Get educated.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Thank you Auntie May... I'll be going to be edumicated now...
      • 6 Years Ago
      RWD totally plausible.
      V8? Not so much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Pontiac Bonneville. How cute.
      • 6 Years Ago
      420hp What are the Honda guys at the factory "smoking"(get it).


      =P
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda can put out 420hp from a 4.0 V6 with good low and midrange torque. They dont need a V8.
      Dick Collier the Honda North American CEO said last year Honda has never made a V8 nor does it see a need for one.

      420hp @ 6500 rpm and 320 tq @ 4500 rpm and a 7 or 8 speed auto is more than enough.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If Honda was going to do something like this, it would make 420hp@7500 & 320ft-lbs@5500
        • 6 Years Ago
        Pacman, Dick Collier the Honda North American CEO meant in mass market production cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What about Honda's V8 Le Mans engine?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Autoblog, please stop posting about upcoming Acura products. They'll all have one thing in common. FUGLY front grille and blinded Acura designers. The new "Acura design" studio in California is working out really well for Honduh.



        • 6 Years Ago
        i agree. all the acuras look like crap now except for the RDX and MDX. the new grill design such as on the new TSX is terrible.
      • 6 Years Ago
      IMHO, I don't think Acura couldn't submit an entry level luxury car without having a v8 in it. People who buy these cars don't worry about gas prices (in theory).
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honda doing a RWD car that is not a coupe? Must be a new day.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Lets just hope it looks nice, the TSX is ok looking, especially compared to the facelifted RL
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