2012 Acura RL delivers exceptional refinement
The RL luxury performance sedan has long served as one of Acura’s most technologically advanced vehicles, and for 2012 such use of technology abounds. Whether it be advance technology applied to the engine, chassis or interior- the RL owner will reap the benefits in the form of performance, safety and comfort.
Featuring bold looks, a 300 horsepower engine and Acura’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system, the 2012 RL demonstrates that refined luxury is complemented perfectly by advanced technology and performance adrenaline. In addition to delivering luxury, style and performance, Acura’s top-of-the-line sedan keeps drivers more connected to their world (and the world around them) by featuring some of the latest in intuitive, easy-to-use, state-of-the-art technology.
“The RL continues to set the benchmark for the innovative use of customer-relevant technology,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. “There aren’t many cars at any price that offer more advanced technology or drive system sophistication.”
The 2012 RL is available in three variations: RL, RL with Technology Package and RL with Advance Package. All RL’s feature as standard a potent 3.7-liter V-6 engine with VTEC valvetrain operation, a Sequential Sport Shift 6-speed automatic transmission, Super Handling All-Wheel Drive, leather trimmed interior, power actuated front seats, leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control system, power moonroof, power windows, Acura/Bose Surround Sound audio system, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink connectivity and a Multi-Information Display (MID) that allows easy access to multiple electronic functions.
An available Technology Package includes a satellite-linked Acura Navigation System with Voice Recognition, AcuraLink Real-Time Traffic with Traffic Rerouting, AcuraLink Real-Time Weather, rear view back-up camera, back-up sensors, Active Front Lighting System (AFS), ventilated front seats and a simulated burlwood accented steering wheel and shift knob. The top RL trim is the Advance Package which adds Acura’s Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), power folding side mirrors and genuine maple wood instrument panel trim.
The advanced technology built into the 2012 RL includes a 3.7-liter SOHC V-6 engine that develops 300 horsepower and 271 lb-ft of torque thanks to an innovative VTEC valvetrain system for both the intake and exhaust valves, a high compression ratio, along with a special dual-stage magnesium intake manifold that enables the intake to function as a single- or dual-plenum manifold design based on engine operating parameters. In addition to generating excellent power, the RL engine meets the latest EPA TIER 2 - BIN 5 and CARB LEV II ULEV emissions standards.
A Sequential SportShift 6-speed automatic transmission is used that not only generates strong acceleration performance, but also helps deliver good fuel economy. In addition, the 6-speed transmission teams with a multi-clutch torque converter that has an advanced converter lock-up assembly with multiple lock-up disks that generate nearly double the facing area of a typical torque converter. The lock-up assembly not only reduces heat build-up during operation, but also allows for lock-up activation during a much wider range of driving conditions, which is instrumental in allowing the RL to achieve an EPA rated* city/highway/combined fuel economy of 17/24/20 mpg.
The Sequential SportShift 6-speed transmission can be shifted via a console mounted straight gate shifter or by racing-inspired paddle shifters mounted on the back of the steering wheel.
The RL’s acclaimed Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system simultaneously provides an exhilarating driving experience as well as peace of mind- regardless of most weather conditions. In addition to the numerous traction advantages of all-wheel drive, SH-AWD utilizes torque vectoring (the increase of rotation speed of an outside rear wheel) to create a “yaw moment” to help the RL turn more effectively while under power. Such a yaw moment reduces the cornering load on the front tires to minimize understeer, to improve handling balance and to escalate total cornering grip.
To complement the high-performance powertrain, Acura engineers gave the RL a rigid yet lightweight Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure. A strong body was critical for achieving the engineers’ high targets for steering and handling precision, outstanding ride quality, isolation of undesirable road inputs along with excellent safety.
The RL’s body is constructed primarily of high tensile strength steel, while the hood, trunk lid, front fenders and bumper beams are made of lightweight aluminum. A sophisticated four-wheel independent suspension system with double-wishbone (front) and multi-link (rear) architecture, isolated front and rear subframes, large diameter stabilizer bars and heavy-duty steering rack components works in concert with the rigid unit body construction to complete the RL’s chassis layout. Subframes and suspension components made of aluminum reduce the RL’s weight for improved performance, better fuel economy and more supple suspension action.
To provide excellent handling and looks, 18x8-inch diameter 15-spoke aluminum wheels are matched with performance-minded Michelin Pilot all-season tires. While the wheels add a look of visual sophistication, they also deliver mechanical sophistication thanks to the use of resonator wheel technology.
In an effort to quell road noise transmitted to the RL’s cabin, the unique noise reducing wheel uses a polypropylene Helmholtz resonator that encircles the center portion of the inside of the wheel. Such resonator wheel technology significantly lowers middle frequency noise (between 100 and 500 hertz). Combined with the added use of insulation material on the floorboard areas of the RL, there is a 1.3 dB reduction in interior noise- which translates to a 15-percent improvement.
Powerful, responsive and predictable braking is supplied by a four-wheel disc brake system utilizing 4-piston aluminum front brake calipers matched with 12.6-inch diameter ventilated front brake rotors. At the rear, 12.2-inch solid brake rotors team with large single-piston calipers. Braking is further aided by the use of a four-channel anti-lock braking system (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist.
When equipped with the Advance Package, linked to the RL’s braking system is Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) that uses a grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar unit to monitor the distance between the RL and the vehicle directly ahead. ACC can regulate the RL’s speed to maintain a pre-set following distance interval between it and the vehicle directly ahead. If following distance becomes too close, the ACC system warns the driver and applies the brakes if necessary.