[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
American Honda reports strong sales numbers for September 2017
More.......................
Honda will be showing a Sports EV Concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
More.......................
The 1.5T in the 2018 Accord has VTEC!
More.......................
Honda Urban EV Concept unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show
More.......................
American Honda Reports August 2017 Auto Sales
More.......................
Some Civic Type Rs are overheating on track
More.......................
Spied on the STREET! Next Gen RDX
More.......................
Acura Reveals Striking New Design for 2018 Acura RLX; Debut Set for Monterey Automotive Week
More.......................
General Talk --> Re: Do you wrench on your own car?
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Honda Feelgood Article of year
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Proud new owner of...
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: C&D Test - Honda Accord 2.0T Touring 10AT
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: CTR 2nd Gear Issue?
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Got it!
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: Station offline due to compressor issues
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Re: updates on cracked windshield
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Kia Stinger - RWD
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> TSA vs driving and stinky cheese.
Join Discussion......
Type R --> Re: Cheaper Type-R model on the way
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> You guys wanna hear a Joke?
Join Discussion......
Accord --> Re: Accord 2.0T vs Camry V6 - MT Oct 2017
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 5,000 deaths annually from dieselgate in Europe
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Product Update: 2016 Pilot 9-Speed Transmission Warmer
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
article details
Author Ryan Leecock
Categories TL
Create Date September 18, 2003 12:07
Last Update February 08, 2005 18:36
Body Structure

Packaging

The 2004 Acura TL is 3.7 inches shorter, 2.5 inches wider and incrementally taller than the previous TL.



2004 TL 2003 TL Difference
Length (in.) 186.2 192.9 -6.7
Width (in.) 72.8 70.3 +2.5
Height (in.) 56.7 56.1 +0.6
Wheelbase (in.) 107.9 108.1 -0.2
Track, F/R (in.) 62.1/62.0 61.1/60.4 +1.0/1.6


In determining the overall dimensions of the new TL, the BMW 530i and Lexus ES 300 were the primary benchmarks. Audi's A4, the Infiniti G35, and the Mercedes-Benz C320 and S60 were secondary targets.

2004 TL 2003 BMW 530i 2003 Lexus ES 2003 M-B C320
Length (in.) 186.2 188.0 191.1 178.2
Width (in.) 72.8 70.9 71.3 68.0
Height (in.) 56.7 56.5 57.3 55.1
Wheelbase (in.) 107.9 111.4 107.1 106.9
Track, F/R (in.) 62.1/62.0 59.5/60.1 60.8/60.4 58.8/57.6


Rigidity

  • Increased use of high strength steel accounts for a strong unit body structure that is also light.
  • A front shock tower brace, a more rigid front bulkhead, a roof stiffener that extends to the C-pillar, and a new parcel shelf box section also contribute to stiffness.
  • Improved attachment of the front frame rails, roof and rear panel and parcel shelf and larger rear unit body gussets also contribute to overall stiffness.
  • The average torsional rigidity is 24 percent greater than the '03 TL and even better than the BMW 3 Series.
  • The new front bulkhead substantially improves front lateral bending rigidity by 30 percent over the previous TL.

High-Tensile Steel

High-tensile 440 and 590 steel was used for 48 percent of the body. Even though the forming process is similar to that used for standard steel, the chemical composition of high-tensile steel allows it to be stronger after forming. Parts can therefore be made thinner and lighter while maintaining strength.

Aerodynamics

Achieving the desired exterior styling required that most of the cooling air come from under the front of the car. Several different polypropylene panels enhance underbody aerodynamic performance. These lightweight and durable panels include a curved valance below the front fascia. Air attaches to its smooth radius at highway speeds and is directed into the radiator. The center section of the valance bends out of the way if the TL encounters a curb or other obstruction.

Other aerodynamic elements include refined A-pillar shape, front and rear deflectors, an engine undercover and a rear floor cover. These underbody improvements benefit fuel economy, reduce wind noise and improve high-speed stability. Internal testing reveals that the 2004 TL betters the BMW 530i, Mercedes-Benz C320, Lexus ES 300 and Volvo S60 in coefficient of drag.

Reduced Wheel Arch Gaps

Minimizing the visual gap between the edges of the tires and the wheel arches was an important design goal. To retain a wide wheel track with these narrow gaps, the TL has a special fender flange design that allows the tires to sweep up and inside without making contact during suspension movement.

Mass Reduction

Keeping the 2004 TL curb weight low was a matter of the highest priority for Acura. Despite a comprehensive array of new technologies and the added use of insulating materials to promote an even quieter and more luxurious cabin, strict control over component weight has kept the new TL to just 3,575 pounds, only 17 pounds more than the 2003 TL Type-S. And at 3,482 pounds, the 6-speed model actually weighs 76 pounds less.

This small weight differential between '03 and '04 models becomes all the more impressive considering these 2004 TL improvements and additions:

  • Improved body rigidity
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Larger wheels and tires
  • XM Satellite Radio
  • HandsFreeLink hands-free telephone connectivity
  • 2-way power lumbar driver's seat support
  • Tilt and telescope steering wheel
  • Wider moonroof

Source: Honda PR


See which TOV Dealer Network affiliates are currently accepting pre-orders for the 2004 Acura TL.

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Date Thread Starter Thread
09-19-2003 00:57
I'm even more impressed   (Score: 1, Normal)
Legendry329
09-19-2003 10:04
Re: I'm even more impressed   (Score: 1, Normal)
GreenyMP
09-22-2003 21:10
Re: I'm even more impressed   (Score: 1, Normal)
osaze
09-18-2003 18:20
What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
MWi
09-19-2003 08:29
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Tuan
09-19-2003 09:34
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
PRBallard
09-19-2003 11:09
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Legendry329
09-19-2003 11:13
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Legendry329
09-20-2003 18:53
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
fritzdick
09-21-2003 08:52
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
spence999
09-21-2003 11:27
sorry for the confusion - we cleared this up here already   (Score: 1, Normal)
JeffX
09-21-2003 08:57
Re: What is the Actual Length?   (Score: 1, Normal)
spence999
Jump to:
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Accord Touring 1.5T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0T PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy