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 Date: February 10, 2003 16:40
 Submitted by:  JeffX
 Source: autoweek.com
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By MARK RECHTIN | Automotive

While Acura Division redesigns its product line and enters new segments, it will not need rear-wheel drive to be a true luxury brand, dealers were told at the make meeting

Acura sedans and coupes can have as much as 270 hp and still have a luxurious feel with front-wheel drive, said Ramsay Gillman, a multifranchise dealer from Houston.

Anything more powerful than that would require all-wheel drive, which hints at the direction of the replacement for the 3.5 RL.

cat_code=carnewsloc_code=indexcontent_code=07799113" >Read The Rest At Autoweek.com...

Commentary: From my perspective, I sure hope this AWD setup is a dandy. In other words I hope it doesn't mean a 2+ton hulk of an RL. I also hope the system (likely VTM-based) is designed to improve the overall driving experience, including handling and roadholding rather than simply to improve traction on snowy roads. This means that for the most part the system should be virtually transparent, yet when push comes to shove, exhibit a slight bias towards delivering power to the rear wheels. I'm sure my hopes for a sub-4000lb RL are probably in vain, though, especially considering that even the mid-size German cars are exceeding 4000lbs in some of their iterations. As far as the FF situation goes, I think more power (more than the current 260hp level, at least) through the front wheels is possible, but getting it down is a matter of continuing to reduce vehicle weight and improving weight transfer characteristics.

Thanks to Greg Mirchevsky for the link to this news item



Last edited by JeffX on February 10, 2003 16:41

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02-10-2003 16:51
I just love your perspective and comentary   (Score: 1, Normal)
danielgr
02-10-2003 18:30
Re: Acura Marketing Reps are IDIOTS!   (Score: 1, Normal)
Paul Perakos
02-10-2003 18:58
They are dreaming....   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-13-2003 20:32
TSX will be under $26k   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 10:01
mercs making diamler chrysler better, chrysler making mercs less reliable   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 10:01
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02-11-2003 22:02
That is the most absurd thing I have ever heard.   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-17-2003 23:51
i've been waiting for the tsx for awhile.....   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-21-2003 03:11
Re: i've been waiting for the tsx for awhile.....   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-16-2003 12:47
Honda is in the right direction   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-10-2003 18:52
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02-13-2003 20:58
The TSX is a 4-door 'lude   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 06:38
Acura's future - as I see it   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 09:01
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02-13-2003 20:56
RWD will never happen. Get over it.   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 10:29
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02-11-2003 16:15
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02-11-2003 21:54
DaimlerChrysler, Ford and FIAT all want to own Honda... but not going to happen.   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 22:58
Re: DaimlerChrysler, Ford and FIAT all want to own Honda... but not going to happen.   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 00:17
Let's all buy stock in Honda and....   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 10:19
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02-10-2003 20:41
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02-11-2003 01:21
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02-11-2003 04:34
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02-11-2003 21:39
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02-12-2003 12:39
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02-12-2003 23:32
An Accord is an Accord is an Accord... and Acura service stinks!!   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-13-2003 20:41
Re: prestige   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 09:40
Re: Acura =luxury   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 02:34
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02-11-2003 10:43
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02-12-2003 20:18
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02-12-2003 13:13
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02-13-2003 02:28
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02-13-2003 13:28
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02-13-2003 20:37
The next RL will be a 300 hp, AWD, hybrid beast   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-10-2003 19:42
Note...   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-12-2003 12:12
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02-12-2003 09:43
In my opinion, Honda needs to fix Acura as follows:   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-12-2003 01:38
Restarting Acura   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-12-2003 08:39
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02-11-2003 19:05
Why acura?? why???   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 11:14
Acura with gas at $2.00 per gallon   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 00:11
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02-11-2003 00:15
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02-11-2003 01:19
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02-11-2003 02:06
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02-11-2003 10:24
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02-10-2003 16:56
There you have it folks!   (Score: 1, Normal)
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02-11-2003 00:11
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