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Report: Acura releasing something 'unconventional' next year?

by Jeff Glucker (RSS feed) on Dec 21st 2010 at 3:58PM

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Acura has been toying with us for some time. We've been waiting patiently for an NSX replacement soon after the original Japanese supercar disappeared, and while we've been waiting around Acura told Car and Driver that something "unconventional" is coming in the very near future. The only hint we have is the use of the word "sporty." Unfortunately, that tag can apply to nearly anything these days, with exhibit A being the 2011 Acura TSX Sport Wagon.

Car and Driver was able to confirm that the car will not be the front-engined camo-clad car we saw from time to time. However, they got a very confident "probably" from Acura regarding the resurrection of the NSX nameplate.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/21/report-acura-releasing-something-unconventional-next-year/

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Since the last unconventional thing they released is this:

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I hope they do not release anything unconventional... Ever again :puke:

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Report: Acura RL Successor Planned, Joined By Something “Unconventional”

By Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Editor

December 21st, 2010

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2011 Acura RLEnlarge PhotoAcura has just released a slightly revised version of its RL flagship sedan for the 2011 model year but there’s no denying the car is seriously starting to showing its age, having been on the market since 2004.

A successor is promised, with reports on its development dating back all the way to 2008, but now we have some official spiel on just exactly what Acura has planned.

Speaking with Car and Driver at the unveiling of the 2011 Acura RL, the automaker’s product chief, Vicki Poponi, confirmed that a new car is planned and is likely to keep the RL name. One thing is for certain; it won’t get a V-8 engine or rear-wheel drive layout.

Poponi explained that fuel efficiency and advanced technology is now the driving force in the luxury market, not old-world thinking like size and horsepower. As Poponi pointed out, “the RL customer is a conservative customer.”

You can take these to mean that the next-generation RL will be similar in size to the current model and will focus on improving fuel efficiency, refinement and safety. Expect a launch date sometime within the next 12 to 18 months.

Moving on to other models Acura has in the pipeline, something “unconventional” is also planned. While it won’t be the V-10 NSX successor we saw testing at the Nurburgring a few years back--that project has officially been canned due to cost and environmental concerns--it will likely remain sporty.

Instead we may see Acura utilize a heavily modified version of the Honda Accord platform, including it possibly being converted to a mid-engine design and fitted with an advanced V-6 hybrid powertrain. Click here for more details.

[Car and Driver]

link:

http://www.motorauthority.com/blog/1052795_report-acura-rl-successor-planned-joined-by-something-unconventional

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ACURA PLANNING TOTALLY NEW RL, SPORTY OFFERING FOR NEAR FUTURE?

By Mark Kleis

The ink has yet to dry on Acura’s press release concerning its mid-cycle update for the 2011 RL flagship sedan, but already talks are starting suggesting that a more worthy update is on the way in the near future.

From a sales standpoint, the generation RL that started with the 2005 model year has dwindled significantly from its peak, managing a meager 3,000 units sold for the year. For 2011, the changes act as a mid-cycle refresh to help maintain sales while a fitting successor is prepared as the engine was retained, a gear added to the transmission and minor cosmetic and feature tweaks were updated as well.

Now, according to the folks at Car and Driver, Acura representatives have coughed up the suggestion that a proper redesign is well underway, and likely just one to one and a half years from hitting the market.

If that weren’t welcome enough news for Acura enthusiasts, C&D also managed to get unofficial confirmation that some sort of new, “unconventional” model is on the table as well. Given that the conventional approach for Acura right now seems to be conservative and luxury only, something with a dose of sport appeal might be exactly what the doctor ordered.

link:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/acura-planning-totally-new-rl-sporty-offering-for-near-future.html

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I can count on one finger how many times I've seen the current generation RL in person.

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you would see more of them sitting on lots of those 'preowned luxury auto brokers'.....

"2006 Acura RL, 3200 miles, almost like it has never been driven!!!"

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I can count on one finger how many times I've seen the current generation RL in person.

You've probably seen plenty, but they don't stand out. I don't see very many post-MMC RLs though. Drove a pre-MMC one. Very nice, but not sporty enough.

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