• May 12th 2010 at 4:59PM
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2010 Acura TL A-Spec – Click above to enlarge

Every once in a while, automakers will design special trim levels and packages specifically tailored for our friends to the north. The latest, from Acura, is the A-Spec package available on the 2010 TL sedan, which includes add-ons like 19-inch wheels on special summer tires, an aero kit, dark chrome grille (which somehow manages to make the shield a bit easier on the eyes), rear accents and (of course) A-Spec badges. Underneath the extra glitz is Acura's Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive system, and a choice of either a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission.

We spoke with Honda's American PR team, and while they assure us that there are no plans to bring the A-Spec to Yankee soil, prospective TL buyers in the States shouldn't be too put off. Glancing through the TL's U.S.-market configuration site, we see that American models can be optioned with all sorts of A-Spec-like accessories, including underbody spoilers, sport grilles and different wheels. It might not have the appropriate badging, but it'll do the trick.

The TL A-Spec can be ordered from Canadian Acura dealers as you read this, retailing from $51,290 CAD. For the full details, hit the jump to read Acura's press release.

[Source: Acura]
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New Acura TL 'A-Spec' Available Across Canada

'A-Spec' Package Adds 19-inch Alloy Wheels and Aero Kit

TORONTO (May 11, 2010) – Acura has announced the introduction in Canada of the 2010 Acura TL A-Spec limited edition package, effective May 10, with a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price of $51,290.

The 2010 Acura TL A-Spec features Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) and includes all of the features of the TL SH-AWD Technology Package trim with either 6-speed manual transmission or 5-speed automatic transmission. The TL A-Spec includes the following unique features:

- 19-inch alloy wheels with special summer performance tires
- Full aero kit skirt package; front, side and rear skirts
- Midnight chrome grille and rear piece
- 'A-Spec' badge and 'A-Spec' floor mats

Acura is the luxury-performance division of Honda Canada Inc. Seven distinct vehicles (CSX, TSX, TL, RL, RDX, MDX and ZDX) are marketed under the Acura brand. The Acura ZDX, MDX and CSX are built at the Honda of Canada Mfg. assembly facility in Alliston, Ontario.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, 5 speed automatic, isn't that so yesterday?!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Screw the 5AT, I'm in for the awesome 6MT. :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you can afford 51 grand for a car than you can afford the 600 bucks for winter rims and tires. There's no point in calling people idiots because they don't share your beliefs. Who cares if the gov't makes winter tires or chains mandatory. If it isn't your car or your money than don't worry about.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have the A-Spec kit on my 2005 TL and it looks 10 times better than this POS. When I come in for maintenance I have to stay in a closed room and look at the wall until its time to go. I dare not go into the show room in fear of seeing a messed up RL, or the new Fugly TL or the ZDX thing from Mars.

      I remember when I once made a trip to the Acura dealership because my friend had just gotten his Integra serviced there. They had an NSX next to an Integra Type R (All White) next to a Candy Apple Red Legend Coupe with tan interior. I would have bought all three of those cars had I had the money back then.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ lorenzo

        if you actually took the time to read what the article was about it was... Drum roll please..... A Specs on TL's. So wow, I was actually discussing the A Spec kit during an A Spec article. Besides, I didn't buy my Acura for performance so FWD is alright with me. If I want to drive for real I pull out my 997 C4S for that. Ouch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I bought my TL over a 200f Accord because it looked waaaay better, had a much nicer interior and had a better engine. The paint job was also higher quality and I get much better service at the Acura dealership compared to Honda. If I was remotely attracted to the looks of the 2005 Accord I would have seriously considered purchasing one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But this POS handles better than your FWD and isn't trying to push 300 hp through two wheels out front.

        And while we're at it I still don't understand why anyone would buy a FWD TL over an accord. Does it actually handle better at high speed or stay more stable?

        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with speed12sil - fundamentally wrong choice of a chassis design for that class of car. Dynamically, just off........


        And thanks for sharing with the world about your wonderful "A-Spec" kit of plastic crap you decided to tape to your "car".

        gee, got pics up you can share too? do you have a build site where you are holding a roll of double stick in one hand and a Hawian Punch Slurpee in the other?
      • 5 Years Ago

      Summer only tires on an AWD sedan, in CANADA!

      That is the stupidest thing I've heard since... oh... since Subaru decided to put summer-only tires on the Legacy GT.

      Why would it seem appropriate to make the customer almost immediately buy all season tires to replace the summer tires, or buy a second set of wheels and tires for snow, with a brand new AWD sedan, sold in places where IT SNOWS!!!!

      This isn't exactly a sunshine-only garage-queen sports car. This is an all-weather, AWD daily drive new car.

      There ARE high performance all-season touring tires that would be just fine for these cars, and wouldn't be OUTRIGHT DANGEROUS the first time a few centimeters of snow falls in the great white north.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I have 6 sets of 4 wheels and tires each, for three different cars.

        I know about changing wheels and tires seasonally. I know it is better.

        But if the second set is not included in the price of the car, it is kind of stupid to equip the car, and send the customer out onto the road with tires that will become DANGEROUS in short order, once the season changes.

        there should be an all-season option, or standard fitment, and let the owners AFTER the fact choose to use specialized tires, if they want.

        FORCING someone to buy another set of tires right away, well before the original tires are worn out, is kind of a jerk move on the part of any car company, when it is OBVIOUS that the summer tires will be a big problem in any amount of snow... whether that be in the snow belt of the US, or any other country, but especially CANADA, which is pretty much entirely within the snow belt seasonal, sub-arctic, and arctic climate zones.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You've been told, but you aren't paying attention. All-season are nowhere near as good as real snows. Regulating snow tires in a cold climate is no different from regulating headlights, horns, brake lights etc. It's not about freedom. It's about safety. Driving is a privilege, not a right.

        If you don't want to own an extra set of tires, you probably won't be buying the A-Spec. Other TL's wear all-seasons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gee, great. The government mandating everything... Lack of personal freedom is a wonderful reason.

        Why not start off with a set of tires that will be sufficient for any and all conditions, and let the owner choose whether they want optional or aftermarket specialized tires, rather than mandating them?

        Besides, canadian police evidently crack down on speeding pretty hard. so how fast is a sporty sedan really going to go before getting nicked like a convoy of Minis?
        • 5 Years Ago
        All Season are called all seasons because they suck in all seasons. Tires are probably the part of the car that makes the biggest performance difference. Do the right thing, High performance summers on your fancy pantsy rims and good winters on steelies. Sorted.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Most of the people I know do this wild thing called change their tires when it snows, it's amazing - summer tires for summer grip, and winters for winter, instead of no-seasons all year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ akboss302

        Not this debate again. Yes. For those with a garage/storage space, a second set of wheels & tires makes sense. Not all of us have this luxury.

        Nobody's saying all-seasons are as good as snow tires in the snow, but as BF mentioned, there are some damn good UHP all-seasons out there that would overall be much safer for the masses who aren't inclined to stock 2 sets of wheels & tires for each vehicle they own.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Boxer, your just not getting it.

        In real winter climates like Quebec, All-Season Tires DO NOT CUT IT. The statistics don't lie, All-Season users were getting into accidents at drastically higher rates than Winter Tire users.

        "And it is estimated that the 10 percent that doesn't bother causes 38 percent of the winter accidents."

        The law seems fairly justified.

        As for offering a "performance look" edition with Summer only tires... doesn't this only make sense? Even -more- sense in Canada than say New York, where as at least in Canada most people expect to have to buy two sets of wheels and tires?

        • 5 Years Ago
        A good portion of Canadians as well as myself have summer tires for summer and winter tires for winter. All seasons suck in summer and in winter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In some parts of Canada, it is frowned upon not to use seperate Winter Tires. I think I remember something about a proposed law to that effect in a few areas. Strange yes, but given than in Canada a large segement of the population (something 60%+) uses winter tires its market appropriate.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would had preferred that all the cars I had bought to come standard with summer tires, or at least offer summer tires as a no-extra cost option. I would actually save me money instead of selling the all-seasons off at a loss to get decent summer tires. Obviously any one with the means will try to get a set of winter tires for the winter. Even the best all-seasons don't cut it compared to a decent set of winter tires.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I bought a hi-end name brand set of snow tires this last year. I'll stick with good all seasons next time. They were useless, felt like I was driving on bags of water...and provided me with more fear than I've ever experienced in snow than a nice set of all seasons ever have. Never knew which way they wanted to go. Can't wait for winter!! (On the praries they're all but useless anyway...highways are never clogged up long enough to make use of the extra traction, and the three days of snow at one time we get - heck missing work is cheaper than keeping a set of useless snow tires)

        Besides that...this is still an ugly car. Gimme an old TL type S anyday. This makes me turn away and cover my eyes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Anyone with the money to spend $50,000 on a Euro Spec Accord has the money to afford snow tires. They are required by law in some areas and by common sense in most others. If you are going to have Snow Tires anyway you might as well have good summer tires since "All Seasons" aren't really good for either Summer or Winter.

        That grill actually doesn't look that bad compared to the standard one. Makes this package almost worth it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Snows are required in Quebec. SO why not start you off with summers in a car designed to go fast?
      • 5 Years Ago
      No one swinging at that slow-pitch?

      The Acura TL EH-Spec?

      Maybe Acura thinks the grill looks like beaver teeth or something...

      Go! Habs GO!
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's the first thing I thought too - you just beat me to the punch. I'm just sorry I had to wade through 3 pages of little girls whining about summer tires to see it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It would take far more than some flashy trim to make any of the current Acura models attractive. The shapes remind me of locomotives, but with far less charm.

      Honda has had some beautiful cars in the past, and the current Fit has a lot of charm, the Civic a bit less.

      The current Accord is awkward and heavy looking. It is hard to imagine how they replaced designs that were way too bland with this.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really can't think of a situation where I'd be inclined to buy this instead of a Lancer Evo or an STI. Not that I can afford any of them :)
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks awesome and since the TL out handles everything in it's class you're not being a poser with all those look fast add-on parts, big thumbs up!
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, amazingly, Acura isnt naive enough to think that it snows everywhere in Canada, year-round.

      If I had winter tires, I'd mount them in late November/early December, and take them off in March, just like I would in pretty much any state it snows.

      Fact of the matter is, our weather is almost exactly the same as yours as far south as VA and the Carolinas.

      Good on Acura for realizing that
        • 5 Years Ago
        I change mine in early november, and they don't come off until April. Snow storms can come out of the blue, and summer tires are DANGEROUS on any snow.

        But you are talking about additional cost, directly out of pocket, within less than a year of buying a brand new car.

        If it has summer tires, you have to buy, and pay to mount 4 new tires, in place of your OTHER 4 new tires, before the first snow that your new car ever sees, just because Acura decided that summer tires in Canada were a good idea.

        With good all-seasons, chances are you could put a year or two on those tires, and upgrade on your own timetable, IF YOU CHOOSE TO.

        And the first snow won't catch you by surprise, with a $50K+ AWD sedan that still slides like a walrus when you try to steer or stop, because it still has it's OE summer tires mounted. Especially if you don't mount the snows until December, and it snows in mid-November.

        Either that, or Acura should throw in a second set of wheels and snow tires, and a free service appointment to change them for you. for more than $50K that you are spending on that car. (and you still have to load 4 dirty tires into your sedan to haul them back home to your garage.)

        Otherwise, you are crawling around in the dirt, in the COLD to change your own wheels... Iike I do for 3 cars.

        Not many people that I know have spent the money on extra sets of wheels and tires, and crawl around in the cold with a jack and a wrench, and change out all of their wheels twice a year, and store three secondary sets while they aren't rolling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One thing you have to realize is that VERY RARELY do we drive on actual snow. If there is a flurry that leaves any snow on the road, the salt trucks are out in full force right away, clearing the snow and prematurely rusting away the bodies of our cars. The only time any car here sees snow is when it's pulling out of an unshoveled driveway.

        What really confuses me about the comments here though is why everyone is bashing Acura for having summer tires on its car when tons of other automakers do it on their cars.

        (R)S4? Evo? STi? 335xi? Higher performance AWD sedans. What do they have? Summers.

        As long as the buyer knows he's getting a car with only summers, and feels it is worth paying for winter tires, like he would with any of the Aspec's competitors, I see no harm.

        This is supposed to be a higher-performance sedan, not a winter beater or complete luxury barge. If that's what you're looking for, I bet Toyota could use some help moving ES's off dealer lots.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does the chrome beak actually look SMALLER too?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So, who cares? The only thing good about the 4th Gen TL is that is didn't come out in 2008.
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