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#7348 of 7385 Re: US 2011 RL News and Rumors [smarty666]
Mar 12, 2010 (5:14 pm)
Just turned in my leased 06 RL and picked up my new 2010 RL ...... got tired of waiting for Acura to make up their minds about powertrain specs ...... my decision was also prompted by info that I got from Car & Driver ....... supposedly Acura was very serious about V8/RWD pkg until the economy tanked and they got real cold feet about introducing a 70k high tech / high performance sedan in a down economy. I fully feel that the vehicle could successfully compete in that market segment but I wouldn't commit to that kind of money to be the first kid on the block to have one .... I always said that I'd much rather spend 5-7 k more for an S-spec RL (think M-5, AMG E-Class, S-spec Audi, etc.) I've owned / leased 96,00,04,06,and now 2010 RL's and have loved every one of them ....... and apart from a warped rotor issue on the 06, we've never had a problem with any one of them. I wanted an all weather capable sedan that my wife would feel safe driving when I was gone ....... she spun her BMW on some black ice and swore the Bimmer saved her live .... I told her not to get it twisted .... God wasn't ready for her yet ..... but we started buying Acura's and never looked back ....... We've owned em' all ..... high line German, American, Swiss, and even owned a Peugot 505-S, and I tell all of my Lexus LS, Infiniti M, buddies ........ for value, handling, and grin thrills per dollar ...... nothing beats an RL ..... in the meantime, I love my new RL just like I loved all of my other RL's .......especially when the weather goes south on you .
#7349 of 7385 Re: US 2011 RL News and Rumors [bufsol50]
Mar 12, 2010 (7:17 pm)
you know, I can understand them holding off with the reintroduction of the NSX because that obviously would be a extremely expensive sports car but I don't know how much longer they can wait for a RWD/V8 platform! they really need to add one to the RL so that it can compete completely with its other American, Japanese, and German competition!
the V6 RL should slate in price between 42-50k with the V8/RWD option slating somewhere between 52-62k! a V8 RL should not be priced at 70k, that should be for a new model above the RL; what Acura will eventually need to do, and Infiniti too, is they are going to have to introduce a model above of the RL, and the M37/M56 in Infiniti's case, that can compete with the LS, A8, 7-series, and S-Class; that way the RL with a V6 or V8 option would compete with the M, GS, 5-series, E-class, and A6!!
eventually, they'll need to bring back the NSX, which I am so looking forward to, and possibly 1 other sport/convertible coupe type, maybe a restyled/redone version of the CL because most of the competition has at least 2 different sport coupe models!!
#7350 of 7385 Do You Consider Acura A Luxury Brand???
Mar 22, 2010 (4:47 pm)
Hi all, I am not sure if this was the specific discussion to post this in so I thought why the heck not and see what a bunch of you guys think! I have a 08 TL, actually my second, after a 06 TL I had and there has been a lot of BS spread on a couple of luxury forums on here, namely the one that questions Hyundai ever becoming a luxury brand on the auto news tab, that Acura isn't really considered a luxury make like BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and Infiniti are?
I have currently both luxury and mainstream cars and I can say with 100% certainty that Acura is just as luxurious as BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, etc! and this is based off not only my experience with the cars but with the dealership, service department, and corporate in regards to customer service etc!
I have been having to constantly defend all our honors because I personally feel this argument is ludicrous, and while Acura certainly doesn't have a luxury sport enthusiast background (ie the lack of a V8 with RWD model) that doesn't mean that they are not any less luxurious then the other 5 in all sense of the word "luxury"
I've argued that except for sport performance/super crisp handling, Acura provides all the necessary characteristics of a luxury brand, such as high quality, proven reliability, above and beyond dealership/service experience, loaner cars, high reliability, great technology, and luxury creature comfort! all of which make it a luxury brand
I'm sick of people trashing Acura like they are rebadged Honda's while I have test driven Honda's back to back with Acura's I can assure you they are not simply rebadged Honda's!!
I wanted to get all you Acura owner and leasee thoughts on this subject and suggest you visit the luxury boards on edmunds and defend Acura's luxury status with a passion and tell all the rest of the luxury car owning community, especially the sport enthusiast community WHY AND WHAT makes Acura a luxury line!!
I personally and tired of hearing from the BMW, Mercedes, and Lexus people that Acura is a "wannabe" or "pretend" luxury brand - their is more to luxury then V8/RWD don't you think???
Look forward to hearing your posts!!!
#7352 of 7385 Re: The RL Is Coming to an End! [smarty666]
Jul 16, 2010 (8:01 pm)
The site for which smarty666 provided a link now carries an update saying:
"UPDATE: Acura has released a statement saying that RL will continue to be the brand's flagship model and it's in no danger of being euthanized." As the satisfied owner of 2008 RL, I'm pleased to hear that, though for all practical purposes Acura been doing no marketing of the RL at all in the last few years.
#7353 of 7385 Re: The RL Is Coming to an End! [ed307]
Jul 17, 2010 (9:15 am)
Correct, I was just coming on to correct that b/c they posted the update yesterday evening. Typical Acura wishywashy behavior though! No wonder they are in the shape they are in!
#7354 of 7385 Re: The RL Is Coming to an End! [smarty666]
Jul 17, 2010 (9:52 am)
And typical Internet gossip and drama.
Before the blog insinuated, and before the posting drama proliferated the RL was being dropped, did anyone link and source the Japanese press from which this manifested? It stated that the Japanese LEGEND would be dropped. For that matter, it did not even specify the LEGEND in other markets, never mind the Acura counterpart.
Will the the current model be retired? Indeed. But does not that only open opportunity for a new model / generation? Do you see blogs posting RL Re-GENESIS!!!!?? Nope.
Internet blogging and posting often becomes silly gossip and drama unsubstantiated. Chicken Little lives.
#7355 of 7385 New Pre-Owned RL Owner
Jul 17, 2010 (2:21 pm)
We just traded in our '02 TL-S for an '08 RL/NAV with 23K miles. It's Certified Pre-Owned and in terrific condition. We haven't put too many miles on it yet but the car rides like a dream. I can't imagine anyone saying this isn't a "luxury" car. Our friends have an '09 E-series and the RL has a better ride. Granted there's no star on the hood but I can't seeing paying $10K more for it.
#7356 of 7385 Re: The RL Is Coming to an End! [tamparl]
Jul 17, 2010 (2:59 pm)
No it wasn't internet gossip for God sake. It was a mistake on autoblogs part and typically they get things right so at least they came out and said that they made a mistake. Let's not go crazy about it!
#7357 of 7385 Re: New Pre-Owned RL Owner [suv2002]
Jul 17, 2010 (3:34 pm)
I am very pleased with my 08 RL and I throughly enjoy the ride, suspension, acceleration etc. i.e I enjoy the overall quality of the interior and exterior. I also understand that posters post for different reasons. Having posted for years, I have observed many posts by im-posters which are still alive and well ad posters who are sincere. Which one are the readers who read this post?
Hey if you don' t like the RL go to the site where you can get your accolaides and leave us Acura believers/owners/satisified customers alone.
And no I have no financial interests nor do I work for , sell, or otherwise receive compensation from Acura/Honda.
Good luck to all and stay safe. Oh, I forgot to mention the Rl's safety ratings all a the top, at least for the 08 RL.