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2011 Acura TL At A Glance

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With athletic and emotional styling, powerful engine performance and a Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) model, the fourth-generation 2011 TL is nothing less than the most exciting performance luxury sedan in Acura history. After a complete from-the-wheels-up redesign for 2009, Acura aimed to enhance every aspect of the original model. Featuring a stiff unit-body construction with expansive use of high-strength steel (as well as key aluminum components), unique and dramatic exterior styling, a choice of two powerful VTEC® V-6 powertrains (280-hp 3.5L and 305-hp 3.7L), Electric Power Steering (EPS), and a luxurious and technologically advanced interior, the TL sets the benchmark for the future direction of the Acura division.

The 2011 TL is available in numerous configurations including a choice between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive. In addition, the TL SH-AWD® is available with either a Sequential Sportshift 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. However, the TL 6MT goes well beyond the addition of a unique transmission. Acura engineers developed a complete performance package for the 6-speed model that includes numerous enhancements to handling, steering and reliability. Not only is the manual transmission model the best performing Acura TL ever, but it is the top performer in handling amongst every vehicle in its class.

The 2011 TL is a powerful and precise performance luxury sedan that is as confident and composed on a mountain road as it is in the city center. Replacing the previous generation TL’s Type-S model is the TL SH-AWD® model that is built exclusively for the enthusiast driver. Featuring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™, special suspension and steering tuning, the most powerful engine from Acura ever and performance minded close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox, the 2011 TL offers plenty of appeal for both commuters and performance enthusiasts. Unlike some sedan competitors that add all-wheel-drive to their vehicle to primarily help in winter conditions, the TL’s available SH-AWD® was specially designed to dramatically enhance sporty handling in addition to further enhancing the vehicle’s winter-driving capability. This means that the TL SH-AWD® is inspiring to drive year-round.

The 2011 TL SH-AWD® makes advances in both on-road performance and driving exhilaration as it significantly surpasses the previous track-tuned TL Type-S in all measurable levels of handling performance. Moreover, not only is the TL SH-AWD® more exhilarating when pushed on challenging roads, but in day-to-day use it delivers a more rewarding and exhilarating level of driving excitement. Without a doubt, the application of SH-AWD® with the TL sedan—Acura’s best selling sedan—marks a new milestone for performance, drivetrain sophistication and safety.

The 2011 TL has the visual presence to back up its performance, with exterior luxury cues like genuine stainless-steel trim, LED taillights and dynamic surface lines immediately capturing the viewer’s attention. Inside, TL occupants are treated to an engaging interior which includes advanced LED lighting throughout the cabin, thickly bolstered leather seating and flowing metallic or wood patterned accents. Regarding interior size, the fourth generation TL is the most spacious version ever.

As expected from Acura, the TL’s range of standard safety features is exemplary and includes six airbags, active front seat head restraints, and the advantages of Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body design.

In addition, a Technology Package is available on both models. Featuring items such as Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image mapping, the Acura/ELS Surround® premium audio system, Bluetooth® Audio and the Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition), the Technology Package offers a comprehensive electronic array of features.

POWERTRAIN FEATURES

TL

  • Front engine, front-wheel-drive
  • 3.5-liter SOHC, aluminum V-6 engine
  • 280 hp at 6,300 rpm and 254 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm
  • 11.2:1 compression ratio
  • Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) for intake valves
  • Lightweight magnesium alloy intake manifold with dual-stage induction system
  • Cold-air intake system
  • Integrated exhaust manifolds cast directly into the aluminum cylinder heads
  • High-flow sport-tuned exhaust system with dual outlets
  • Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system
  • Computer-Controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Direct ignition system
  • Detonation/knock control system
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000 mile tune-up intervals*
  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission with racing-inspired paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions.

TL Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®)

  • Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) for performance handling and all-season capability
  • 3.7-liter SOHC, aluminum V-6 engine
  • 305 hp at 6,200 rpm and 273 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm
  • 11.2:1 compression ratio
  • High-silicon aluminum cylinder sleeves cast directly into aluminum cylinder block
  • Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC®) for intake and exhaust valves
  • Lightweight magnesium alloy intake manifold with dual-stage induction system
  • Cold-air intake system
  • Drive-by-Wire™ throttle system with larger throttle-body (69 mm diameter versus 64 mm) for the 3.7L V-6
  • Integrated exhaust manifolds cast directly into the aluminum cylinder heads
  • High-flow, sport-tuned dual exhaust system with quad exhaust tips
  • Computer-Controlled Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
  • Direct ignition system
  • Detonation/knock control system
  • Maintenance Minder™ system
  • 100,000-mile tune-up intervals*
  • Sequential SportShift 5-speed automatic transmission with racing-inspired paddle shifters and Grade Logic Control System

*Does not apply to fluid and filter changes. Exact mileage is determined by actual driving conditions

TL SH-AWD with 6-Speed Manual Transmission (TL SH-AWD® 6MT)

  • Close-ratio 6-speed manual transmission
  • Heavy-duty clutch system with increased holding, reduced pedal effort and better feel
  • Exclusive tuning for the Super Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) system
  • Exclusive rate front coil springs
  • Exclusive rate front dampers
  • Stiffer engine and transmission mounts
  • Heavy-duty front driveshafts and CV joints
  • Heavy-duty front differential
  • Unique Electric Power Steering (EPS) tuning
  • Hill start assist function exclusively designed for the 6-speed manual
  • Overall reduction in vehicle weight (88 pounds lighter)
  • Improved front/rear weight distribution
  • Available 19×8-inch diameter aluminum wheels with 245/40ZR19 summer tires

Emissions

  • High-flow close-coupled catalytic converters plus under floor catalytic converter
  • High-capacity 32-bit RISC processor emissions control unit
  • Meets EPA TIER 2 – BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards

Fuel Economy

  • TL: EPA estimated 18/26/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • TL SH-AWD: EPA estimated 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • TL SH-AWD 6MT: EPA estimated 17/25/20 mpg (city/highway/combined)

*Based on 2011 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

BODY & CHASSIS FEATURES

Design & Styling

  • “Motion Surface” body design features the Acura signature grille, strong character lines and bold, aggressive curves
  • Projector-style HID low beam and halogen high beam front headlights
  • Bodywork integrated front fog lamps
  • Power tilt/slide moonroof with auto-reverse feature
  • LED illumination for taillights, Center High Mounted Stop Light (CHMSL) and outside mirror housing-mounted turn signals
  • Advanced underbody aerodynamics
  • Greater overall length, width and wheelbase than third-generation TL

Structure

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • Frame rails positioned inside of floor pan for improved aerodynamics
  • A, B and C-pillar foam separators
  • Extensive use of high-strength steel

Wheels & Tires

  • 17-inch diameter aluminum wheels; P245/50R17 M+S tires (standard on TL)
  • 18-inch diameter aluminum wheels; P245/45R18 M+S tires (available on TL with Technology Package)
  • 18-inch diameter aluminum wheels; P245/45R18 M+S tires (standard on TL SH-AWD®)
  • 19-inch diameter aluminum wheels; 245/40ZR19 summer tires (available on SH-AWD® model)

Steering, Suspension & Brakes

  • Electric Power Steering (EPS)
  • Suspension dampers with dual-stage “blow-off” valve
  • Double wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension
  • Firmer coil springs, dampers and stabilizer bars on SH-AWD® model
  • 4-wheel disc brakes with dual-piston (front) and single-piston (rear) calipers
  • Exclusive EPS and brake booster tuning for SH-AWD® model
  • Front fascia-mounted cooling ducts for the front brakes on SH-AWD® model
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA) on SH-AWD® model

INTERIOR FEATURES

  • Engaging cockpit designed for performance driving
  • Leather-wrapped 3-spoke steering wheel with illuminated fingertip controls
    and racing-inspired paddle shifters
  • LED backlit gauges with progressive illumination
  • High-resolution Multi-Information Display (MID) allows access to multiple electronic functions and customizable feature settings
  • Electronic compass
  • 10-way adjustable power driver seat (8-way power seat with 2-way power lumbar)
  • 8-way power front passenger seat
  • Premium leather seating surfaces
  • Exclusive sport seating and sport steering wheel on SH-AWD®
  • Solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode automatic climate control system with auto humidity control
  • Power moonroof with tilt, auto-open/close, auto-reverse and key-off operation
  • 5-position straight gate shifter
  • Tilt and telescoping steering column
  • Electronic cruise control
  • 276-watt 8-speaker audio system with 6-disc CD changer, AM/FM radio, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio and Dolby® ProLogic® II
  • USB port connectivity (for items such as an iPod®, iPhone® or removable mass storage devices)
  • Auxiliary jack interface (for portable MP3 music players)
  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface
  • 2-position memory function (for seating position, outside mirror adjustments, radio presets, climate control settings, MID presets and more)
  • Molded carpet insulation for superior fit and acoustic damping

Technology Package

  • Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ and rearview camera
  • 8-inch full VGA high-resolution color display with wallpaper function
  • AcuraLink® Satellite Communication System that allows communication between the TL and Acura
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting™
  • AcuraLink Real-Time Weather™ with radar image maps, 1- and 3-day forecasts, specific area weather and severe weather alerts
  • Acura/ELS Surround® premium 10-speaker surround audio system with DVD-Audio, DTS™, CD, AM/FM tuner, XM® Radio with Note function music reminder, Bluetooth® Audio, 3,000-song* hard disk drive (HDD) media storage system, speed-sensitive volume control (SVC) and a 440-watt Digital Signal Processing amplifier
  • Interface Dial that provides quick, intuitive access to navigation, audio, climate control and other features
  • GPS-linked, solar-sensing, dual-zone, dual-mode adaptive climate control system with humidity control system and air filtration
  • Keyless Access System (with Smart Entry and pushbutton ignition)
  • Perforated full-grain Milano leather seating surfaces
  • 3D metallic trim on instrument panel and doors
  • Chrome accented door handles
  • Rear trunk lid spoiler with integrated rearview camera
  • Michelin Pilot HX MXM4 P245/50R17 98V M+S tires

*Approximate capacity based on an average size of 4.0 MB per song at a 128kbps bitrate

SAFETY FEATURES

The 2011 Acura TL features the following safety technologies as standard equipment:

Active safety systems

  • 4-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control (Electronic Stability Control)
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Passive safety systems

  • Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure
  • 3-point seatbelts for all seating positions
  • Front seatbelt automatic tensioning system with integrated load limiters
  • Dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags
  • Dual-chamber front seat side airbags with passenger side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
  • Side curtain airbags for front and outboard rear seating positions
  • Active head restraints for front seats
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH) system in the rear seat

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