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Acura RL, Sedan
#3407 of 7386 plood good
Aug 23, 2004 (11:06 am)
Count me in as one who loves the look of the genuine walnut used in the rl but would be glad for a very nice facsimile of the same in pure plastique for environmental concerns. Plastique sounds better...genuine solid burled walnetted plastique with finely brushed aluminium.
'05 rl mpg (my guess) will be more like 19 city, 28 highway based on what I've seen acura deliver with their 5 sp auto in the tl and tsx. it should be tracking about 2000 rpm at 75 mph and with it's decent aerodynamics, give a nice highway return on gas. hauling around awd and a bigger body than the tl, it will deliver less in stop-and-go.
Oh yeah, agree with this no-brainer, '04 tl takes the '04 rl in less than 2 rounds.
spent the weekend bombing around northern OH and western PA with old friends in an a4 1.8 quattro with 5 sp and loved driving it. was pretty impressed with a 1.8 litre 4 delvering smooth power up and down the curve. interesting in that it only gets around 26 mpg highway but revs were well over 3 grand at 75 mph. still, it hummed along nicely. my other partner has a new clk 320 and it was very fine too. but nothing compares to the 35' sailboat we launched from Catawba island sailing the weekend around the Erie Islands -- never thought 8 nauts could be that much fun. 1st mate duties require large amounts of food and drink too, was clocking about 3 beers per afternoon high seas, 2-3 glasses wine docked.
Aug 23, 2004 (11:07 am)
we keep cross posting. whattsamatta U?
#3409 of 7386 Re: quotable quotes ........ [ksoman]
Aug 23, 2004 (11:45 am)
Hey now! There is no requirement in the TH rules saying that posts have to make sense! =)
With old growth trees, it's a bit more complicated than just replanting. The environments where these trees survive tend to be those where mankind has not yet intruded. The trees are very old and, even if replanted, will not reach the maturity of an old growth tree for well over 100 years.
Okay, eco-rant over. Sorry about the topic shift.
#3410 of 7386 Saab had a concept 9-3 Wagon
Aug 23, 2004 (1:15 pm)
recently that used black glass on the dash.
I think it looked great.
Glass is made with sand and heat. A well run glass works can be very eco-friendly.
#3411 of 7386 fake wood ......
Aug 23, 2004 (2:14 pm)
I put in 550+ square feet of laminate flooring in my home last year. It's an "engineered" product of compressed wood by-products (like particle board) with a laminated top (like Formica) of a pretty good-looking maple grain. Went down pretty easily and quickly once I got the hang of it. Looks like a $6K job that cost about $1.2K for materials.
I'm thinking of putting more in as the W-T-W carpeting wears out.
In cars, I don't think that the wood vs. plastic veneer for accent trim is that big a deal.
Aug 23, 2004 (4:42 pm)
jeff88: "plastique"? "bombing around"?
#3413 of 7386 Re: [carlisimo]
Aug 24, 2004 (3:59 am)
haha carlismo, well caught, i dont want my RL to smell of RDX or something...
Hey Jeff, what's going on? On the other hand, I'm thinking of making a Seattle to Jersey drive in a free '96 A6....
#3414 of 7386 some more info on the 05 RL
Aug 24, 2004 (4:25 am)
Well lets see, there is an article on CNN.com which talks about Honda CEO driving around at 181 mph in a test car on the togichi race track.. There is some additional information in that article that talks about what will filter into the RL.
It has a intelligent night vision technology is capable of picking out pedestrians in the dark using two sensors below the headlight and here's the second tid bit of information, it will use a head's up display, like some GM luxury vehicles. This is all debuting on the Honda Legend, which we all know is the Acura RL here.
lets see if it really makes the light of the day.
Aug 24, 2004 (8:10 am)
Logic1 - I assume that glass was crash safe. I like the idea of using glass. My cousin works with glass as a hobby. It can be used to create some wonderful effects. But I'd be concerned about how flexible it is (or isn't).
Ksoman - Thanks for the link. If Acura moves forward with that, I doubt we'll see it here in NA. In Japan, and to a lesser extend Europe, pedestrian safety is a bigger concern. They do a lot more driving in cities with bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Here in the US, we tend to stick to highways.
Aug 24, 2004 (9:14 am)
I doubt the night vision (Honda showcased it first in the Dualnote prototype at 2001 Tokyo Motor Show) and LKAS (Lane Keep Assist) will make it to the RL. They will definitely be offered in Japan since the lesser models have it.
Intelligent cruise control (something that we expected to see in 1999 TL since 1998 TL-X concept had it) will definitely be offered. I would like to see Acura offer CMS/e-Pretensioner though another feature that is offered in Japanese Accord and Inspire. CMS (Collision Mitigation System) uses radar to detect potential accident and starts with a warning to the driver. If the driver responds, brake assist “assists” the driver to a safe stop. If the driver doesn’t, and it is too late, the seat belt tightens up before imminent collision and the CMS takes over the braking task and applies full braking force.
I just read that Toyota’s version may be offered in the new GS as an option.