The all-new Acura RL luxury performance sedan, featuring updated styling, more horsepower, a groundbreaking all-wheel drive system and exclusive electronic equipment, will be priced at $48,900 in the 48 contiguous states Acura announced today. The all-new RL will go on sale October 14 at Acura dealers nationwide. It will be sold in one fully-appointed trim model with no available factory options.
While RL prices reflect a 7.2 percent increase, or $3,300, compared to last year, the 2005 model features a long list of enhancements, new features and industry firsts marking a dramatic improvement compared to the previous 3.5 RL.
The 2005 RL boasts the most powerful engine ever in an Acura, a 300-horsepower V-6 that delivers an increase of 75 horsepower compared to the 2004 3.5 RL. It also debuts Acura's Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ system (SH-AWD™), which proactively distributes torque between not only the front and rear wheels, but also between the left and right rear wheels for nimble handling and increased traction on all road surfaces. It comes equipped with a 5-speed Sequential SportShift™ automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Inside, the sophisticated cabin features an assortment of class-leading electronics. The RL is the first vehicle in North America to offer real time traffic capability. This groundbreaking feature is integrated into the AcuraLink satellite communications system and uses the XM NavTraffic service to acquire up-to-the-minute traffic information, including accidents, road work and flow (traffic speed), which is then displayed on the RL's 8-inch navigation system screen. Other standard interior features include an Acura/Bose® DVD-Audio system, which provides surround sound to all seating positions, the HandsFreeLink wireless telephone interface, and the Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, which, for 2005, has been upgraded to provide quicker start up and route search times, more points of interest and access to the Zagat Restaurant Guide. XM® Satellite Radio (with a one-year trial subscription) is also standard equipment.
As part of Acura's commitment to Safety for Everyone, the RL incorporates a wide array of the latest safety technologies including four channel Vehicle Stability Assist and dual stage, dual threshold front airbags. Importantly, it is the first Acura to feature the innovative Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which helps disperse collision forces over a larger frontal area to provide better protection for vehicle occupants.
Dramatically redesigned exterior styling complements a wider, more muscular stance accented by wide, 17-inch alloy wheels. In front, a dramatically sloping hood leads down to an aggressive front fascia highlighted by a five-sided Acura grille. A sleek cockpit, a forward sloping beltline and a short deck lid accent the RL's pronounced wedge shape, making it look fast from any angle.
2005 Acura RL Highlights
Body & Chassis
Pricing for 2005 Acura RL
|Models sold in 48 contiguous states||$48,900|
|Models sold in Alaska and Hawaii*||$48,165|
|o Destination and handling charge (all 50 states)||$570|
|*RL models sold in Hawaii and Alaska will not include XM® Satellite Radio or the AcuraLink™ communication system|
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