2005 Acura RL A-Spec Concept

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Story by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
price $$ $54 400
engine90 Degree, Aluminum V6
positionFront Transverse
valvetrainSOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl w/VTEC
displacement3471 cc / 211.8 in³
bore89 mm / 3.5 in
stroke93 mm / 3.66 in
power223.7 kw / 300.0 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output86.43 bhp per litre
bhp/weight166.02 bhp per tonne
torque352.51 nm / 260 ft lbs @ 5000 rpm
body / frameUnit Steel
driven wheels4WD w/SH-AWD
front tiresMichelin Pilot Sport 245/40 R20 tires
rear tiresMichelin Pilot Sport 245/40 R20 tires
front brakesBrembro Discs w/8-Piston Calipers
f brake sizex 381 mm / x 15 in
rear brakesBrembro Discs w/8-Piston Calipers
r brake sizex 381 mm / x 15 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Coil Springs, Stabilizer Bar, Progressive Valve Gas Dampers
r suspensionMulti-Link w/Coil Springs, Progressive Valve Gas Dampers
curb weight1807 kg / 3984 lbs
wheelbase2800 mm / 110.2 in
front track1606 mm / 63.2 in
rear track1615 mm / 63.6 in
length4917 mm / 193.6 in
width1847 mm / 72.7 in
height1435 mm / 56.5 in
transmission4-Speed Auto
gear ratios2.697:1, 1.573:1, 1.071:1, 0.694:1, 0.481:1, :1
final drive4.600:1