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  Acura TL Type-S

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Country of origin:Japan
Introduced in:2007
Source:Company press release
Last updated:September 11, 2006
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Click here to download printer friendly versionThe 2007 Acura TL storms into the mid-sized luxury market with revised exterior and interior styling, an improved navigation system with AcuraLink(TM)satellite communication system with real-time traffic and the re-introduction of the Type-S performance model. Featuring 286 horsepower from a new 3.5-litre V-6 engine, the performance oriented TL Type-S includes a re-tuned suspension along with unique exterior styling and interior trim that delivers the emotional thrill of a high performance luxury sedan without sacrificing comfort and convenience.

The 2007 TL and TL Type-S offers a wide array of class-leading technology, such as the Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium sound system, Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM) (optional on the TL and standard on the Type-S) that now features AcuraLink(TM) with real-time traffic, and HandsFreeLink(TM) Bluetooth(TM) technology that allows drivers to synchronize their cell phone address books with the car. A newly redesigned 5-speed automatic transmission, re-tuned suspension and VTEC-enhanced power-trains further add to the driving experience.

The Type-S returns to the TL line-up after a three year hiatus, bringing with it significant performance upgrades. At its core is a 3.5-litre VTEC V-6 engine with 286 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 256 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. The Type-S engine is available with the new 5-speed automatic that features F1(R)-style paddle shifters or a close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission. Regardless of transmission choice, all Type-S models feature a suspension tuned for enhanced handling and four-piston Brembo front brakes.

The popular TL comes with a 3.2-litre VTEC V-6 engine that produces 258 hp at 6200 rpm and a broad torque curve that peaks with 233 lb-ft of torque at 5000 rpm. It is mated exclusively to the new 5-speed Sequential SportShift automatic transmission. Both the 3.2-litre V-6 in the TL and the 3.5-litre V-6 in the Type-S meet stringent CARB LEV-II ULEV emissions requirements. TL fuel economy is 20/29 mpg (city/highway), while the Type-S fuel economy is 19/28 mpg (AT) and 20/29 (MT).

Both the TL and TL Type-S feature sophisticated double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspensions that maximize driver control without sacrificing ride quality or comfort. The Type-S features firmer front and rear anti roll bars, stiffer springs and shocks as well as numerous other refinements to provide a sportier handling and ride. Also available are special high performance "summer tires" which greatly enhance handling.

The exterior of the TL features numerous subtle refinements for the 2007 model year. The new front fascia features a larger grille, redesigned bumper, new headlight assembly and fog lights relocated to the lower bumper. In addition, the tail lights, rear bumper and alloy wheels have been re-designed to set the 2007 TL apart. For a more aggressive appearance, the Type-S receives exclusive front and rear fascias with unique bumpers, black chrome trim, wider side sills, ten spoke alloy wheels and aggressive quad tailpipes.

Both TL models feature subtly revised interiors. The TL and Type-S feature a new 3-spoke steering wheel, new gauges with a "spun metal" look with laser-etched numerals, and model-specific ambient lighting that is blue on the TL and red for the Type-S. Models without navigation systems have a restyled centre console that uses vacuum fluorescent displays, like those in high-end audio systems, for the audio system and climate control. Additionally, the Type-S features special sport front seats with additional lateral support, the Type-S logo on the steering wheel and embossed on the seat backs, and Active Noise Cancellation(TM).

The 2007 TL and Type-S continue to offer high-tech innovations, like the standard 225-watt Acura/ELS Surround(TM) Premium 8-speaker Sound System with 6-disc CD, DVD-Audio, DTS(R) and Dolby(R) Pro Logic(R) II. This audio system broke ground as the first standard application of DVD-Audio in a production vehicle in the 2004 TL. For 2007, it is updated to play discs encoded with WMA and MP3 music files, and features Dolby(R) Pro Logic(R) II and speed-sensitive volume compensation. The audio system also integrates the Active Noise Cancellation(TM) to reduce Type-S cabin noise while cruising.

The standard HandsFreeLink(TM) lets the driver link and dial a Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone by voice, and on TL's equipped with the Acura Navigation System, it is able to import the driver's cell phone address book into its own memory for added convenience. A new, higher-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) shows mobile phone data, tracks the car's maintenance needs, displays warnings and offers an array of driver preference settings.

Also standard are power seats for both the driver and front passenger, and keyless entry with a new One Touch Start system on models with an automatic transmission. The only factory option for the TL model is the DVD-based Acura Satellite-Linked Navigation System(TM), while Type-S buyers need only to select transmission options.

The 2007 TL and TL Type-S protect their occupants with a comprehensive array of safety technologies, high-grade materials and advanced construction techniques. In addition to front and side airbags, The TL and Type-S also feature standard side curtain airbags to help protect vehicle occupants from head and neck injuries in the event of a sufficient side impact. Along with the use of high-tensile steel in critical areas and computer-modelled crush zones, these technologies help the TL achieve a 5-star frontal rating in federal crash tests in addition to achieving a "GOOD" rating in all categories evaluated during the IIHS offset collision.

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