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01-10-2005, 05:38 PM
<B>Acura RL A-SPEC Concept Vehicle Displayed at North American International Auto Show <br></B><p><br><I>Detroit 01/10/2005 -- The Acura RL A-SPEC Concept vehicle made its debut today at the North American International Auto Show. Based on the all-new 2005 RL luxury performance sedan, this extensively modified concept is a design model to explore the next level of A-SPEC performance accessories for Acura's top-of-the-line sedan. <p>The RL A-SPEC Concept is approximately one inch wider than the production model with wide fender flares, restyled rocker panels and side sills accenting a solid, muscular look. While the production RL features a wide stance, the Concept RL's track has been widened by 30mm. The wider track combines with custom 20-inch alloy wheels, and high performance Michelin Pilot Sport 245/40 R20 tires, to give the RL an even more muscular appearance. <p>A bold, sloping hood ends in a redesigned front fascia that features a new bumper, an enhanced signature Acura grille and larger lower air intakes. In the rear, the trunk lid has been restyled with an integrated spoiler. A new rear bumper featuring pairs of dual, high-flow exhaust finishers has also been applied. <p>An A-SPEC high performance suspension package with track-tuned shocks and springs lowers the car by one inch and enhances the RL's handling precision. Brembo brake components on all four wheels feature 8-piston calipers and 15-inch drilled rotors to give the RL A-SPEC Concept enhanced stopping power. <p>Inside, the RL A-SPEC Concept features custom hand-stitched premium leather on the seats, instrument panel, and door panels combined with a two-tone Alcantara headliner, and blonde Birchwood accents for a decidedly Latin flare. A wood sport steering wheel and shift knob evoke a high performance, yet luxurious feel. <p>The all-new 2005 RL, upon which this concept is based, went on sale in October and immediately set a new monthly sales record in November, it's first full month on sale. Dramatically redesigned with sporty new exterior styling, a 300-horsepower engine, sport-tuned suspension and an assortment of the latest technology, including the revolutionary SH-AWD' system and real time traffic integrated into the navigation system, the RL is a true driving enthusiast's luxury performance sedan. <p>For more information about Acura vehicles, please visit <A HREF="http://www.acura.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.acura.com</A>. For media inquiries, please go to <A HREF="http://www.acuranews.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.acuranews.com</A>. <br></I><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010983665_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010983665_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010983646_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010983646_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984115_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984115_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984094_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984094_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984074_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984074_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984135_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984135_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984053_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984053_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984156_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984156_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984175_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010984175_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010983623_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><A HREF="http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09/HON2005010983623_pv.jpg" TARGET="_blank">http://i.tnpv.us/pv/2005/01/09...v.jpg</A><p>Source: <A HREF="http://www.AcuraNews.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.AcuraNews.com</A>

Santeno
01-11-2005, 10:06 AM
These designers that tune cars, even the in-house ones, all need to learn one word and repeat it endlessly, like a mantra, in their heads:<p>HARMONY<p>I swear, I look at some of these mods and they look like the designers bought them at the local teenage tuner shop. I know they have the expertise to do a much better and harmonious integration of their mods and still make the car look more menacing.

Naga Royal Guard
01-11-2005, 10:57 AM
i agree, the chrome grille inserts look cheap and those rims are wayy to large and they probably dont make the best use of the chassis either

1966_GTO_
01-11-2005, 11:04 AM
I don't think the grill looks cheap, but it doesn't look right. I really like everything else. Very sporty. But this car cannot compete with the STS-V or even the CTS-V IMO.

Snake Vargas
01-12-2005, 08:52 AM
I think the kit doesn't look right on a car like this. The front bumper looks tacky, the rear lip spoiler extraneous. The wheels are too big, the grille is just odd. The side skirts aren't too bad, but again, not for a car like this.<p>The quad exhausts are interesting, but perhaps a little overdone for a car with 'only' 300hp and a V6.<p>As Santeno said, disharmony seems to be the end result here.