Acura

Acura For 1997

By Carey Russ

Acura, the first of the Japanese-based luxury divisions, has undergone some recent changes in its lineup. Car names have been dropped in favor of alphanumeric designations. The company introduced the TL series mid-luxury sedans, the RL flagship luxury sedan, SLX sport-utility vehicle, and CL coupe within the past year and a half. The Integra continues in coupe and sedan form, and a limited-production high-performance version of the Integra coupe will debut. The 1997 version of the ultra high-performance NSX sports car features a larger, more powerful engine and a 6-speed manual transmission.

RL

Acura's new flagship luxury sedan is powered by the largest V6 engine the company has ever made, and is priced significantly below its V8-powered competition. According to Acura, it is the most refined, sophisticated sedan to carry the company's badge.

Among the refinements featured in the 3.5RL are an air filtration system that filters out almost all pollen, dust, and smoke particles, an engine that needs its first tune-up only at 100,000 miles, and an optional electronic navigation system.

TL

Two models of the mid-luxury Acura TL series are offered. The 2.5TL, powered by a 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, was introduced in mid-1995, and the 3.2-liter V6-powered 3.2TL made its debut a year ago. 1997 models have only minor revisions to standard and optional equipment.

CL

The CL series of sports-luxury coupes are the first Acura cars to be designed, engineered, and built in this country. Designed in Torrance, California, and built at East Liberty, Ohio, the CL coupes are American cars for American driving.

Two models are offered. The 4-cylinder 2.2CL coupe was introduced last summer. The recently-introduced V6-powered 3.0CL uses the first mass-produced V6 application of the VTEC variable valve timing and lift system.

Integra

The quick little Integra coupes and sedans continue for 1997 with only minor revisions, except for the new limited-production, high-performance Type R.

The Integra Type R coupe puts the crown for highest specific power output in a mass-produced automobile engine back in Acura's possession. Its 1.8-liter, dual overhead cam. 16-valve VTEC engine makes 195 horsepower - over 108 horsepower per liter. The chassis has been upgraded as well, and the Type R is lower and lighter than an equivalent Integra GS-R. Special bodywork reduces aerodynamic lift and drag. Larger brakes and a racetrack-calibrated suspension are used. Interior trim is unique to the Type R, which will be available only in Championship White to commemorate Honda's first Formula One victory, by American driver Richie Ginther at the Mexican Grand Prix in 1965.

SLX

Introduced a year ago, the Acura SLX sport-utility has only minor changes to equipment for 1997.

NSX

The practical high-performance exotic sports car has even more performance for 1997. The aluminum, dual overhead cam V6 has increased from 3.0 liters to 3.2 liters, and horsepower is up to 290. The engine still features the VTEC variable valve timing and lift technology for smooth, powerful operation at all engine speeds. A 6- speed manual transmission is now used. Larger brakes, with an improved anti-lock system, new aluminum alloys for the body panels, and other mechanical and cosmetic enhancements complete the NSX package. Despite the changes and increased engine and brake size, weight is only up by 4 1/2 lbs.

An automatic-transmission model of the NSX is available. It uses a 3.0-liter, 252-horsepower version of the V6 and a Formula One- inspired SportShift with a steering column-mounted shifter.

More Information from the Manufacturer

-->

Home | Buyers Guides By Make | New Car Buyers Guide | Used Car Super Search | Total New Car Costs | Car Reviews Truck Reviews
Automotive News | TACH-TV | Media Library | Discount Auto Parts

Copyright © 1996-2014 The Auto Channel. Contact Information, Credits, and Terms of Use. These following titles and media identification are Trademarks owned by The Auto Channel, LLC and have been in continuous use since 1987 : The Auto Channel, Auto Channel and TACH all have been in continuous use world wide since 1987, in Print, TV, Radio, Home Video, Newsletters, On-line, and other interactive media; all rights are reserved and infringement will be acted upon with force.

Privacy Statement | Size Does Matter | Media Kit | XML SITE MAP | Affiliates

Send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Editor-in-Chief@theautochannel.com.

Submit Company releases or Product News stories to submit@theautochannel.com.
Place copy in body of email, NO attachments please.

To report errors and other problems with this page, please use this form.

Link to this page: http://www.theautochannel.com/