Acura has released pricing for its upcoming flagship, the RLX, at the Detroit Auto Show this week. Powered by an all-new direct-injected 3.5-liter V6 rated at 310 horsepower, the front-wheel-drive sedan replaces the outgoing RL model (2011's worst-selling car of the year) as the automaker's new flagship.

In addition to boasting the most spacious passenger cabin in its mid-luxury class, the new range-topping Acura features the automaker's first-ever application of Precision All-Wheel Steer and Jewel Eye LED headlamps. Standard equipment includes Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, with Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Blind Spot Information (BSI) system trim and option specific.

The four-door will initially be sold in five grades (prices exclude a destination charge of $895):
  • RLX - $48,450
  • RLX with Navigation - $50,950
  • RLX with Technology Package - $54,450
  • RLX with Krell Audio Package - $56,950
  • RLX with Advance Package - $60,450
While the new model doesn't officially go on sale until mid-March, to provide potential customers "with the opportunity to experience the numerous new technologies," Acura will preview its sedan at dealers during a "Destination RLX" program beginning in February.

As previously mentioned, an even more powerful version of the RLX, equipped with Acura's new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD) and a 370-hp powerplant, will debut later this year.
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Acura Announces Launch Plan and Pricing for 2014 RLX Flagship Sedan

Feature-rich Acura RLX boasts numerous signature Acura-exclusive technologies, delivers incredible value on a luxury scale with starting price of $48,450

DETROIT, Mich.,

The all-new 2014 Acura RLX flagship sedan will debut at Acura dealerships on March 15, 2013, with a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $48,450*. Featuring an all-new 310-horspower direct-injected SOHC i-VTEC V-6 powerplant, the most spacious passenger cabin in its class, and the first-ever application of signature Acura technologies including Precision All-Wheel Steer™ and Jewel Eye™ LED headlamps, the RLX delivers new levels of technology-enhanced performance, safety, and luxury-class comfort to Acura's range-topping sedan.

"With an array of signature Acura technologies, the 2014 Acura RLX sets a new standard for luxury in the Acura lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president and general manager of Acura Sales. "The feature-rich RLX epitomizes Acura's 'Man-Machine Synergy' product direction, utilizing advanced technology and smart vehicle design to deliver incredible performance, comfort and value on a luxury scale."

Destination RLX

In February, Acura dealers will kick off the "Destination RLX" client experience program – with every Acura dealer nationwide featuring two 2014 Acura RLX sedans, weeks ahead of the March 15 on-sale date, providing Acura clients with the opportunity to experience the numerous new technologies available on the RLX luxury performance sedan.

Flagship Features

The 2014 Acura RLX is powered by an all-new, 310-horsepower, direct-injected SOHC 24-Valve i-VTEC® V-6 powerplant, Acura's first-ever direct-injected engine architecture. Utilizing Variable Cylinder Management™ (with the ability to deactivate the rear bank of three cylinders) in combination with a lightweight and aerodynamic body design, the new Acura RLX is anticipated to carry a class-leading EPA fuel-economy rating of 20/31/24 mpg1 (city/highway/combined).

With the longest rear-seat legroom (38.8 inches), longest tandem seating distance (36.4 inches), and widest front and rear shoulder room in the mid-luxury class, the new RLX delivers full-size interior space in a nimbler, more efficient midsize luxury sedan exterior package.

Featuring the first-ever application of Acura Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS) the RLX achieves new levels of handling agility, high and low-speed maneuverability, and confident handling control for a two-wheel-drive luxury sedan. Precision All-Wheel Steer is the world's first technology to feature independent and continuous control of the left and right rear-wheel steering (toe) angles. Its benefits include crisper lane changes, more nimble cornering, enhanced dynamic response, tighter radius low-speed turning, and confidence-inspiring control.

As previously announced, a version of RLX featuring Acura's new Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive® (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®) technology, producing 370 horsepower with expected EPA fuel-economy ratings of 30 city/30 highway/30 combined, will debut later in 2013.

Further, the new RLX confidently competes in the high-end luxury sedan market with an incredible array of leading-edge technologies, including the next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system with AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface street traffic information.New standard safety technologies include Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Warning, a driver's knee airbag, and the next-generation of Acura's Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™ II) body structure; along with available Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS).

The RLX will also offer a bevvy of leading-edge visibility and driver-assistive technologies, including Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI) system, Multi-view Rearview Camera, Expanded View Driver's Mirror, and front and rear parking sensors.

The 2014 Acura RLX will be available in five grades – the well-equipped RLX, the RLX with Navigation, the feature-packed RLX with Technology package, the RLX with Krell Audio package, and the top-of-the-line RLX with Advance package.

MSRP*

RLX $48,450
RLX with Navigation $50,950
RLX with Technology Package $54,450
RLX with Krell Audio Package $56,950
RLX with Advance Package $60,450

Exterior Design and Function

The RLX follows an "aero-fused" exterior design motif with its wide and athletic stance, sharp upswept bodylines, aerodynamic greenhouse, and distinctive new Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights offering improved down-the-road illumination and lighting characteristics. The RLX's sleek upper body combines with aerodynamic features to deliver best-in-class levels of aerodynamic efficiency.

Seven spoke 18x8J aluminum-alloy wheels and 245/45 R18 all-weather tires are standard, while Technology, Krell and Advance grades feature 19x8J wheels and 245/40 R19 tires. The RLX's alloy wheels also feature a noise-reducing design that lowers tire noise by 7 decibels across the audible frequency range.

Additional exterior features available on the RLX include an acoustic glass windshield and door glass, integrated power rear sunshade, front and rear parking sensors, heated and auto-dimming side mirrors, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Interior Design and Function

The RLX interior features premium, soft touch materials throughout, with the tasteful application of premium metal and wood-grain accents. A stitched leather instrument panel, center console and steering wheel, along with available Milano perforated leather seats, communicate a new level of craftsmanship and refined luxury appeal in Acura's top-of-the-line sedan.

Luxury form and function are smartly integrated in the RLX's new center console, featuring dual screens – an 8-inch Navigation screen and a 7-inch On-Demand Multi-Use Display™ touch screen – that provide easy and direct one-touch access to key functions, including audio, climate control, navigation, and text-to-voice SMS text message functionality. The sliding, leather-trimmed armrest conceals a dual-hinged center storage compartment with easy access for both the driver and front passenger to USB connectivity, 12-volt accessory power outlet and space to store tablets and other electronic devices.

Additional interior comfort and convenience features include push-button start, power tilt and telescoping steering, power sunroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, and Bluetooth®3 HandsFreeLink®.

The standard 10-speaker ELS® audio system includes HD radio™, XM radio, Pandora® interface, USB connectivity, and an auxiliary jack. The RLX with Technology package is equipped with a 14-speaker Acura/ELS® Studio premium audio system. The Krell Audio and Advance grades receive an ultra-premium, 14-speaker, Krell audio system that sets a new benchmark for high-fidelity sound in a luxury vehicle.

Chassis Technology

Whether on a serpentine mountain pass, congested city street, or cramped airport parking deck, and in all weather conditions, the RLX with Precision All-Wheel Steer™ (P-AWS™) is designed to deliver an unprecedented level of handling precision and control in a two-wheel drive luxury sedan.

Working in concert with Vehicle Stability Assist® (VSA®) with Traction Control, and Agile Handling Assist dynamic braking system, P-AWS™ provides enhanced vehicle stability, maneuverability, and control. The RLX's handling performance is further elevated by its new double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension system with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and new high-output, belt-type electronic power steering.

All RLX models have 4-wheel disc brakes with high-friction pads and a 4-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS), along with new Hydraulic Brake Boost that improves brake pedal feel. New Electric Parking Brake with Automatic Brake Hold, and high-efficiency Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) are additional firsts for Acura.

New Direct-Injected i-VTEC® V-6 with VCM

The 2014 RLX is powered by an all-new, 3.5-liter, direct-injected SOHC


i-VTEC® V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™. Rated at 310 horsepower, the engine delivers exceptional drivability, with more than 90-percent of its peak 272 lb.-ft. of torque available from 2000 rpm to 6600 rpm. Variable Cylinder Management with 3-cylinder and 6-cylinder operation works in concert with the VTEC valvetrain to deliver superb cruising efficiency. The engine is mounted to a lightweight and rigid aluminum front subframe using a vibration-canceling Active Control engine Mount (ACM) system.

The new engine is mated to a reengineered Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission with revised gearing, an intuitive selector and steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. A driver-selectable Sport mode provides more aggressive shift points and more pronounced engine braking during deceleration, along with manual operation.

AcuraLink® Connectivity System

The RLX is equipped with the next-generation AcuraLink® cloud-based connected car system, delivering a comprehensive array of media, convenience, and security services via embedded two-way communications and web-enabled devices. AcuraLink® leverages the Aha™ by Harman cloud-based interface to provide users with thousands of customizable cloud-based news, information and media feeds. Next-generation AcuraLink® also delivers an array of available, subscription-based, security and convenience features, such as AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ featuring freeway traffic and, for the first time, surface street traffic information; airbag deployment notification; stolen vehicle tracking; remote locking and unlocking; security alarm notification; and 24-hour personalized concierge services.

Advanced Safety, Visibility, and Driver Assistive Technology

The RLX offers a bevy of leading-edge safety technologies, including standard Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), seven smart-deploying airbags including a driver's knee airbag, and Acura's next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering II (ACE II) body structure.

The RLX is anticipated to earn top-level safety ratings, including a 5-star NCAP Overall Vehicle Score2. The RLX is also expected to join the Acura TL sedan in earning an IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating, including a GOOD rating in the stringent new IIHS small overlap frontal crash test.

The RLX also offers a comprehensive list of advanced visibility and driver-assistive technologies, including the standard Expanded View Driver's Mirror and Multi-View Rear Camera with Dynamic Guidelines, along with available Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS) system, Collision Mitigation Brake (CMBS) system, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Blind Spot Information (BSI), and front and rear parking sensors.

Additional details on key advances and technologies for the all-new 2014 RLX:

Class leading interior space based on the RLX's longer wheelbase and efficient packaging. At 196.1 inches, the RLX is similar in length to the outgoing RL, but it has a two-inch longer wheelbase and is nearly two inches wider, placing the new RLX well above the norm in the mid-luxury class. The flagship RLX sedan has up to three inches more rear legroom than competing models, including the BMW 535i, Lexus GS350 and Audi A6.

Extensive use of lightweight materials includes the application of strength steel to 55 percent of the body, and the intensive use of aluminum-for the front fenders, hood, steering hangar beam, front and rear bumper beams, front subframe, and all-new "hybrid" front and rear door panels (steel inner structure mated to aluminum outer skin). The RLX weighs in at 3,933 pounds. Static bending and torsional body rigidity are up 52 percent and 46 percent, respectively.

Jewel-Eye™ LED headlights (an Acura first) LED lamps enhance the RLX's modern and distinctive appearance while providing outstanding light distribution and improved down-the-road illumination.

Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ offers a wide range of search options including local search functionality and AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic™ for both highways and surface streets.

Agile Handling Assist (an Acura first) uses active braking to help the driver smoothly and easily trace the desired line through a curve with smaller steering inputs.

Electric Parking Brake (an Acura first) provides one-touch parking brake activation.

Automatic Brake Hold (an Acura first) maintains the vehicle's position when the driving or parking brake are released until the throttle is depressed.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow (an Acura first), allows the RLX to independently maintain a set following distance in low-speed traffic situations, including stop and go traffic, and to initiate vehicle braking when necessary.

Forward Collision Warning (FCW) uses a camera mounted in the upper portion of the windshield to detect vehicles ahead of the RLX and audibly and visually alert the driver when it determines a frontal collision with a detected vehicle is possible.

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) uses the same windshield-mounted camera to detect lane markings on the road and alerts the driver if the vehicle is wandering from a detected lane.

Front seatbelt e-pretensioners use electronic control to reduce belt tension under normal driving conditions, while also enabling automatic belt tensioning in hard cornering maneuvers or in the event of a collision.

Multi-angle rearview camera with dynamic guidelines uses dynamic guidelines that reflect steering wheel inputs on the display to aid in backup maneuvers.

Capless fueling (an Acura first) eliminates the fuel cap and improves ease of fueling.


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      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      48k is too much. This is a pathetic flagship.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        The worst part about this is that Honda knows how to do RWD just fine, but they are apparently afraid of it. I can over look a lack of a V8, but the lack of RWD is unforgivable. No amount of marketing spin can hide the FWd origins of this car, and smart shoppers will pass it up.
          lazybeans
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          They aren't afraid of it, management are just a bunch of idiots who like FWD
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          @carguy1701
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      Master Austin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its already one of the worst selling cars in the market, the $60K will help ensure it keeps that position.
      PACMK02
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeez!, it's just me or the second gen Acura Legend was and still is a more atractive design than this one??? I think the Koreans, even without a premium brand will eat this RLX alive.
        adam1keith1980
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PACMK02
        If you ignore the badges, the Genesis, Equus, and K9 all have the fundamental right. At least they do not share the same architecture with the Sonata and Optima.
        Dyson Lu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @PACMK02
        Like they were supposedly eating the Civic alive and eating the Accord alive, etc.? Sure sure.
      Aryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Gorgeous design. People on this site are delusional.
        Dyson Lu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aryan
        The morons here hate because they think this car is like the failure that is the RL. Big failure as the RL was, the stupid haters automatically tag this one as a loser too. The RL was way overpriced. This is a much better car and thus more much reasonably priced. And as most of these idiots are juvenile boy racers, they are all hung up by the FWD vs RWD aspect , even though it is really a non-factor for the car's target audience.
          adam1keith1980
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dyson Lu
          People vote with their wallets, and they vote mostly for 5-series and E-class in the US and around the world, which are RWD-based. People who buy these cars want a smooth ride, capable handling, and a prestigious proportion. Honda is testing the limit of their fan base with this one.
          riserburn99andre
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dyson Lu
          Because people know that this is an Accord. No one willingly wants to fork over 20-25k more for a vehicle that has more pedestrian roots? For luxury car owners it is important the FWD vs RWD btw. The people speak volumes with their wallets and will continue too because Honda continues to pass off their luxury cars from their mainstream brand. A luxury car buy is an emotional purchase more than anything and you can't dupe the audience with these also ran vehicles Honda makes for Acura brand
          Karl T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dyson Lu
          I would actually laugh out-loud if I thought/knew someone paid anywhere near a $50-60k sticker price for that car. I was an Acura owner for 14 years and their endless string of ugly crap in the past 5-7 years lost me. I have yet to see anything on the horizon that would get me back. Friend has an '08 MDX, and that is the last decent-looking version of those. The TL looks like something out of Star Wars. The TSX is over-priced. (And underpowered until they finally added a V6) And the TSX wagon is hopelessly underpowered with the 4 cyl. I drove one 'empty' on a test drive and I can't imagine how woefully inadequate that car would feel with passengers or a load in the back. My V6 Mazda6 wagon blows them out of the water.
        alistair.dillingham
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aryan
        LOL... you sound like driving the WRONG WAY and thinking that ALL THE OTHERS DO.
        Gordon Chen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Aryan
        Did you see the price tag dude?
      desinerd1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't understand why people are so mad about it being FWD. RWD is oevrrated. FWD vs RWD doesn't really make much difference in driving experience. For all we know, the All Wheel Steer in the RLX might make it more fun to drive. People who are shopping in this class and price range don't care about RWD anyways. Think about it - BMW did a survey of their existing customers and found that 80% of them thought their car was FWD. I don't think people buying the RLX would be any different.
        NICE FOCKING CAR
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Upvote. You are probably right. The only people I see driving these things are old people. They typically drive so slow it wouldn't matter if only one of the front wheels drove the car. They wouldn't notice anyway.
        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Its just not an accepted practice in this segment.
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          @carguy1701
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        carguy1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        "Think about it - BMW did a survey of their existing customers and found that 80% of them thought their car was FWD" That's because most car buyers are complete idiots.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          Don't forget the NSX, but that's another story.
          adam1keith1980
          • 1 Year Ago
          @carguy1701
          BMW built their reputation on fast, good handling, luxurious RWD cars. Acura has no reputation other than dressed up Accords.
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          @carguy1701
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        Dyson Lu
        • 1 Year Ago
        @desinerd1
        Most people here are boy racers.
          adam1keith1980
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dyson Lu
          RWD is the prerequisite for a luxury car. Rolls-Royce only have RWD, for example. It's tradition.
      Zeeebs
      • 1 Year Ago
      You would have to be a functional retard to purchase this car for 60k.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Impala looks better
        adam1keith1980
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Especially the Acura looks like it belongs in the same class as the Impala.
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Acura must be out of their mind expecting people to pay 50 to 60k for a FWD car with a ton of tech. If this was standard AWD and 350-400 hp to start with, yes that makes sense. Buyers of this are classified idiots.
        zoom_zoom_zoom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Vinuuz
        Doesn't stop Audi and Volvo from charging MUCH more for even LESS.
          FIDTRO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @zoom_zoom_zoom
          Yeah, but you get a BMW with the 5-Series, not a Honda with a fancy dress.
      Maddoxx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Compared to Lexus GS350, Hyundai Genesis, Infiniti M37, Audi A6, E350 this would rank at the bottom of that list still.
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        @Maddoxx
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          adam1keith1980
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ aaronm_mt Anyone that dismiss the Genesis and Equus, which are RWD and available with V8's, as genuine luxury sedans because they carry the Hyunidai badge knows nothing about cars. I can personally custom make you a transverse engine FWD Rolls-Royce for a "reasonable" price of $150K if you are interested.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ aaronm_mt People vote with their wallets, and the Genesis is crushing, obliterating the RL and soon to be the RLX sales wise. Keep bashing all you want, they are growing. Maybe you guys working at Acura should do more market studies and find out why your products are such flops. 1st gen RDX, RL, ILX, ZDX all are disasters. Great brand you've got there.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ aaronm_mt Honda has absolutely NOTHING to compete with the Genesis Coupe, or any other RWD performance vehicle. Boy racer all you want, it is better than what Honda is offering.
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        adam1keith1980
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Maddoxx
        aaronm_mt: Acura = Luxury? Lol.
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          @adam1keith1980
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      stevenh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Honda succeeded in replacing the worst selling car of 2011 with the next worst selling car for 2013
      FoxJ30
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rough numbers - my parents are likely replacing their old Q45 soon, so I've been helping them look for a current, comparable car that would be better in winter (hence AWD options) E350 4Matic - $54k (with leather and nav, $57.5k) A6 3.0T Quattro - $51k (with Premium Plus package, $55k) 535i xDrive - $56k For the Benz and the Bimmer, you can knock about $2-3k off the price for RWD, which puts the three Germans at $53-55k for RWD and nav, $55-58k for AWD and nav. The $2-4k savings in going from a MB/BMW/Audi to an Acura RLX with nav doesn't seem worth it. And before someone comes back with complaints re: reliability and maintenance, here's two more numbers for you: GS350 AWD - $55k (wow Lexus charges a lot for nav...) M37 AWD - $54k If you want curb appeal, you'll go for the Germans. If you want better reliability than the Germans but still want the brand recognition, you'd go for the Japanese. $3-5k is not a lot in this segment, and Acura's going to have a really tough time convincing people that this car (especially in FWD form) is worth it.
        paqza
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FoxJ30
        Make sure they invest in snow tires. In general, remember that a car accelerates, brakes, and steers. Most AWD systems help tremendously with acceleration and some help a bit with steering. None help with braking. Our Subaru Legacy GT handled significantly worse in the snow without snow tires than our 1993 Camry with snow tires (upstate NY winters). After installing Blizzaks on the Subaru, it became virtually unstoppable. PSA: Any car with snow tires will beat any AWD car without snow tires in the snow. If you can get both, even better.
          FoxJ30
          • 1 Year Ago
          @paqza
          Oh trust me, I've tried to talk them into considering snow tires. My dad is convinced that a tire = a tire, and rubber = rubber, so the Infiniti managed to spend a year going around on practically bald tires when I was in college (the car is 15 years old). That said, it doesn't snow *that* often in central NJ, so keeping $1k worth of spare wheel/tire around is a lot of money and space. At least I talked them out of a Murano (ugly + CVT), Lexus RX (ugly + expensive), and my mom and I are adamant that we not let my dad buy another Avalon (the other car in the house). We'll see how many battles I can win, but my mom won't accept straight up RWD this time around, and of the remaining options, I'd prefer to recommend an AWD car to a FWD car, especially if they'd rather not measurably downgrade from a 15 yr old V8 land yacht.
        adam1keith1980
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FoxJ30
        With all the crap that Acura has been putting out for more than 10 years, I no longer see Acura in the same league as Lexus and Infiniti. Acuras are like Hondas with beaks, leather, and AWD options. At best, they compete with Buick and Mercury, and the latter is dead.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...Really Acura? you make great cars that no one cares about because they look like nothing. You didn't learn from the previous RL?
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