• Jan 31, 2010
At the very least, our friends to the north will soon have another Acura TL trim level to choose from. Reader Steve F. dropped us a line to let us know he received this mailing from Acura, which included an announcement a new TL A-Spec model. What is it? Sadly, it isn't as exciting as it might sound. Start with a loaded Acura TL SH all-wheel drive with the tech package, and add 19-inch wheels, summer rubber, an aero kit, and A-Spec badges, and friends, you have the TL A-Spec. In short: it's an appearance package. Canadians, it's coming this spring to your neck of the woods. Will we see it Stateside as well? Don't know, and we won't lose sleep wondering about it, either. Thanks for the tip, Steve!

[Source: Acura Canada]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      No no no... blur it more! MORE!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wont lie, I was waiting for it to render...
      • 4 Years Ago
      "And we're won't lose sleep about it either."

      Really?
        • 4 Years Ago
        to jandrews90: you need to check YOUR spelling and grammar, because it would be "there ARE so many mistakes." "there's [there is] so many" = fail.

      • 4 Years Ago
      All so wrong about the TL, it will out perform its competition and have better resale value and uhmmm not need repairs AT ALL!!! On my 4th one and I'm laughing all the way to the bank very quickly...

      You all jump on the media bandwagon but you all got this one wrong. Go drive this and then its competition and compare resale vs. operating costs vs. bang for the buck TL hands down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ouch, that sucks to replace those I'm sure... I think Andrew is describing serious heat damage. Where do you live man?
        • 4 Years Ago
        In terms of visual offensiveness, nobody will argue it doesn't thrash the competition!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree they should have just improved on the looks of the 08 TL subtle with ShAWD. I have not had any of the interior issues or wear at all, however I garage mine. Do you leave yours to bake in the sun 24/7??? because that surprises me.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do live in florida, but the cracking dashes are universal for the 04s. just google TL cracking dash or something along those lines. there are tons and tons of angry owners. there is even a facebook group for the problem.

        http://tl.acurazine.com/forums/showthread.php?t=730775
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hey, Andrew. . .second generation CL owner here. I'm curious as to if your issues include blown headlight inverters. I've had nowhere as many problems, (my primary issue is other motorists running into me every six months) but the general consensus is that they quit at about the 5-6 year range. And they're absurdly expensive to repair. . .

      • 4 Years Ago
      The dark chrome is a nice touch, otherwise I don't think this particularly newsworthy. Don't know about Acura's trim and optioning hierarchy in Canada, but in the U.S., the only other exclusive items (I think) an A-Spec offers over an SH-AWD Tech are aero and pointless badging. More feature carryover with the ZDX would've added some meaningful exclusivity, if only until it's worked into the lineup at mid-cycle. As is however, this looks as if it's going to materialize as a largely superficial disappointment.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez Autoblog, throw some NSFW tags up when you post the TL. I was eating!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        No worries, it's funny enough that a double post is acceptable!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank you, Acura for once again proving that A-spec = Meh-spec.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Summer rubber? Canada? How many weeks of driving enjoyment does that equate too?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes... we Canadian's like living in 354-days of wintery snow. My parents are thinking about trading in their igloo and purchasing one of those fancy homes that are covered with bricks and see through windows.

        Seriously... if you haven't noticed, 95% of the Canadian population is within 1-hour drive of the US boarder. Windsor, Ontario, for example is SOUTH of Detroit, Michigan.... how about that?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh man.. you found us out!

        Okay, admittedly... our Parliament Buildings are melting from Global Warming. Admittedly, the beaver population is down, since they have no wood to eat from Logging. Admittedly, Molson Canadian is not Canadian anymore, and Pamela Anderson has those big suckers to trap hot air from Florida and bring it up North with her to keep her warm on her visits to Toronto.

        Admittedly, Snowmobile sales are down from a recessed economy, and we're still waiting on the new Nike Bronze Snow XS Shoes, with the Carbon Fiber paddles...

        But just because of all this, doesn't mean we don't need summer rubber.

        We do need SOME rubber, for our Hummer H1's, Unimogs, etc, when we decide to go to the beach and go ice fishing in July.

        You know, this is a problem for us too.

        The only reason we have Acura's here is to put them on a spit and roast them inside our snow forts, and keep the kids warm.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The smart Canadians have winter tires for the winter and summer tires for the summer, instead of the all-season crap that isn't particularily good in any condition. Oh, and I have my summer tires on for more weeks in the year than the winter tires.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I drive my Taurus year-round.

        (Of course, I don't live in Canada. But I still would if I did.)
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like it will be the next Decepticon. Please I am so sorry everyone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh!
      • 4 Years Ago
      What a goofy looking automobile. :sigh:
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jeez Autoblog, throw some NSFW tags up when you post the TL. I was eating!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Awww... :(

        If they made cars look even half as pretty as the DC5, they'd get my love, that's for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Traitor :P
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