Review: 2002 Acura 3.2 CL Type S
SEE ALSO: Acura Buyer's GuideBy Annabelle Frankl
My first time driving an Acura and what a pleasant surprise. Looks great, drives amazingly well, and has all the gadgets and gizmos one could possibly need. Indeed, a well-kept secret, from me, at least, if not from all those loyal Acura drivers.
The Type S is Acura’s way of saying that you’ve got even more power, performance and handling capability than the normal CL, including an extra 35hp, thanks to a higher compression ratio (10:5:1), plus the fact that engine efficiency is improved through better heat transfer, courtesy of lighter weight spin-cast iron cylinder wall liners.
The Type S gives a wonderfully solid ride – really sporty, with great handling. It features a more rigid chassis than the normal CL, with stiffer front and rear springs, increased damper compression, and larger-diameter rear stabilizer bar, which all act to reduce body roll during cornering. Combined with 8 vehicle- stability assist sensors, which monitor traction control, ABS and the stability enhancement measures – a smooth ride is virtually guaranteed. The ABS is 3-channel, but if high cornering forces are sensed (as in, ‘uh oh, I think I came into that one a bit fast’), it automatically switches to 4 channel, giving the rear wheels independence of each other, and applies higher brake pressure to the outer rear wheel. All rather clever.
The Type S is as much of a joy to sit in as it is to drive.
Given the quality of the CL Type S’s performance and handling, along with it’s high level of comfort and design, I’m really rather impressed by it’s asking price of $32,380, a price which includes many features that, on other vehicles, would result in an additional $2000-$3000. It’s sleek, quick, quiet, yet seats 4 in comfort, and will give you 19/29, city/highway efficiency. Show me the open road.