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Performance

 Optional
 Standard
Engine
3.5-liter V-6 Engine*
3.7-liter V-6 Engine*
3.7-liter V-6 Engine
Included on TL SH-AWD
Drivetrain
Sequential SportShift Automatic Paddle Shifters*
6-Speed Manual Transmission*
6-Speed Manual Transmission
TL SH-AWD Option
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive*
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
Included on TL SH-AWD
Handling
Suspension Systems*
Steering System*
Performance Braking*
Rigid Body Structure*
Smooth & Quiet Ride*
Battery
Battery Management System*
3.5-liter V-6 Engine
Standard Feature
3.5-liter V-6 Engine

The 3.5-liter V-6 ensures that the front-wheel drive TL delivers on its aggressive appearance while providing a smooth, quiet ride.

  • The 3.5-liter, VTEC® V-6 engine produces 280 horsepower and 254 lbs.-ft. of torque (both SAE net).
  • EPA MPG Rating is 20 in the city, and 29 on the highway.2
  • Fuel efficiency is enhanced by lower-friction piston rings and the ability to run on lower viscosity oil and transmission fluid.
  • Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) increases high-rpm horsepower through enhanced airflow by opening the intake valves deeper and longer when the engine speed reaches a designated rpm.
  • A high-flow exhaust system increases the engine's power efficiency.
  • The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system adjusts throttle response so it can be easy to modulate in slow speeds, yet highly responsive when high performance is called upon.
  • All-aluminum construction, a hollow camshaft, and other weight-saving measures keep the engine lighter for better handling.
3.7-liter V-6 Engine
TL SH-AWD Standard Feature
3.7-liter V-6 Engine

The TL features Acura's largest engine, which offers a remarkable combination of power, efficiency and refinement.

  • The 3.7-liter VTEC® V-6 dishes up 305 horsepower and 273 lbs.-ft. of torque (both SAE net).
  • EPA MPG Rating is 18 cities and 26 highways with the automatic transmission.2
  • Fuel efficiency is enhanced by lower-friction piston rings and the ability to run on lower viscosity oil and transmission fluid.
  • Variable Valve Timing and Electronic Lift Control (VTEC) increases high-rpm horsepower through enhanced airflow by opening the intake valves deeper and longer when the engine speed reaches a designated rpm.
  • A high-flow exhaust system increases the engine’s power efficiency.
  • The Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system varies throttle sensitivity to provide the appropriate throttle response and feel to different driving conditions.
  • Lightweight magnesium-alloy cylinder head covers with hardened aluminum cylinder sleeves help improve vehicle balance and the power-to-weight ratio.
  • A forged crankshaft results in lower weight and increased strength.
Sequential SportShift Automatic Paddle Shifters
Standard Feature
Sequential SportShift Automatic

The 6-speed automatic transmission with Sequential SportShift paddle shifters gives you the best of both worlds by providing the convenience of precise and intuitive automatic shifting as well as shift-for-yourself control.

  • Set the transmission to “Drive” for smooth gear changes with an emphasis on fuel efficiency. Select “Sport“ for quicker acceleration, as the transmission allows the engine to rev higher before up-shifting.
  • Tapping a paddle shifter while in “Drive” brings a quick gear change with automatic operation returning when reaching a steady speed. This allows you to make quick gear changes without changing in and out of manual mode.
  • Using a paddle shifter in “Sport” puts the transmission into full manual mode, where you’ll have complete control in instances such as high-performance or hilly driving.
  • For better climbing or increased downhill engine braking, Grade Logic Control instructs the transmission to hold a lower gear when encountering a steep uphill or downhill grade.
6-Speed Manual Transmission
TL SH-AWD Option
6-Speed Manual Transmission

For those who consider no sport sedan complete without a clutch pedal, the TL SH-AWD offers a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. The combination of a manual shift and Acura’s Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) makes the TL SH-AWD a true driving enthusiast’s delight.

  • The shifter features even shorter throws than the TSX’s acclaimed linkage for quick, confident shifting.
  • The clutch has low-effort movement to reduce leg fatigue and short pedal movement for faster operation.
  • The hill start assist feature eases manual shift starts on inclines. Sensing an uphill grade, the system holds brake pressure momentarily to avoid rolling backwards as your foot moves from the brake pedal to the throttle.
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
TL SH-AWD Standard Feature
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
Super Handling All-Wheel Drive
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Though it has the same all-weather attributes of conventional all-wheel drive, Acura developed its revolutionary Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system to enhance high-performance dry-road handling. By continuously directing engine power to match weight distribution, available traction, and other conditions, SH-AWD provides seamless power transitions and supreme agility. The result is enhanced high-performance cornering that simply can't be matched by front, rear, or conventional all-wheel drive systems.

  • The system continuously determines the optimal level of power distribution between the front and rear wheels, and also between the rear wheels based on an analysis of wheel speed, steering angle, lateral G-force and yaw rate.
  • For better fuel efficiency, up to 90% of the power is sent to the front wheels when cruising in a straight line.
  • As weight shifts to the rear of the TL during hard acceleration, the SH-AWD system transfers up to 45% of engine power to the rear wheels to take advantage of available rear-wheel traction.
  • In a curve under hard acceleration, 70% of torque can be directed to the rear—all of which can go to the outside wheel to improve cornering by directing power where weight has shifted.
  • The system reduces understeer and increases stability by turning the outside rear wheel slightly faster than the rest of the wheels, rotating the vehicle through the turn.
Suspension Systems
Standard Feature
Suspension Systems

The TL’s exceptional ride and handling combination is derived in part from its racing-inspired double-wishbone front suspension system and sophisticated multi-link rear design.

  • The front upper and lower control arms provide precise wheel-position control for a superb, linear steering feel.
  • The front suspension is mounted to an aluminum-alloy sub-frame, isolating noise for a quieter ride.
  • For improved control and stability, both front and rear suspensions have been designed to minimize body movement during braking and acceleration.
  • Rear wheels are firmly positioned by upper A-arms, a toe link, and lower tubular links. For noise reduction, the lower links are mounted to a floating sub-frame.
  • A low center of gravity and front and rear stabilizer bars diminish body roll.
  • TL SH-AWD models get revised suspension tuning for sportier handling.
Steering System
Standard Feature
Steering System

Precision-crafted electric rack-and-pinion steering allows drivers to feel how the wheels are encountering the road through their fingertips.

  • The TL achieves a firm, on-center feel at highway speeds while delivering a precise tactile response during curves, minimizing the need for small corrections.
  • Torque-sensing variable power assist makes steering easy during low-speed activities like parking.
  • At highway speeds, power assist is reduced for a firmer feel.
  • Electric assist does not drain engine power.
  • On models without SH-AWD, a torque steer reduction system reduces engine torque in first and second gears when torque steer is most likely to occur.
  • TL SH-AWD models get revised suspension tuning for a heightened road feel.
Performance Braking
Standard Feature
Performance Braking

The TL brake system features a firm pedal feel that enables the precise modulation demanded of high-performance driving.

  • Large 12.6-inch ventilated front discs with dual-piston calipers and larger 13.2-inch solid discs in the rear deliver confident, consistent braking in repeated high-use conditions such as spirited mountain-road driving.
  • Ducts in the front air dam of TL SH-AWD models channel air directly to the front brakes for additional cooling.
  • The system comes with the anti-lock braking system (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), and Brake Assist.
Rigid Body Structure
Standard Feature
Rigid Body Structure

The TL body structure enhances acceleration, braking and turning response through weight-saving measures, while its remarkable rigidity allows the suspension to be tuned with greater precision.

  • The substantial use of high-strength steel simultaneously enhances the structure’s overall strength while helping to reduce weight.
  • Additional weight savings come from using aluminum for the hood, front suspension subframe, and rear suspension knuckles.
  • A nearly flat underside reduces aerodynamic drag that helps enhance fuel economy and reduce interior noise levels.
Smooth & Quiet Ride
Standard Feature
Smooth & Quiet Ride

The TL engine provides smooth, vibration-free operation with best-in-class wind-noise performance.

  • Windshield noise is reduced as a result of three soft noise-absorbing layers sandwiched between two plates of acoustic glass and thick, 5mm side and rear glass.
  • Electronically controlled engine mounts reduce engine noise.
  • An aluminum steering hanging rack reduces vibration.
  • Strengthened chassis mounting points improve suspension isolation.
  • Extensive body sealing reduces road noise.
Battery Management System
Standard Feature
Battery Management System

The TL has a Battery Management System that can help prevent the inconvenience of a dead or weak battery. The system initially warns you through the MID screen when it detects the battery getting weak and will shut down accessories if it detects the battery may soon be too weak to start the engine.