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2001 Acura CL


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Motor Portal Special Report

The 2001 Acura CL made its world debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show on January 6, 2000.  Actually, this car will be known as the Acura 3.2CL, and is expected to deliver class-leading horsepower, NVH (noise,vibration,harshness)control and crash protection.  There was no 2000 CL.  Dick Colliver, executive vice president, Acura Division, has stated  "With invigorating performance, a long list of standard features and stylish good looks, the Acura CL will definitely stand out as the class-leader."

The CL will be available in two models, both completely redesigned.  The  3.2CL and a new high performance version, the 3.2CL Type S. Both models will be powered by versions of Acura's all-aluminum, 3.2-liter, 24-valve V-6 with the VTEC (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control) system. The 3.2CL's V-6 engine produces 225 horsepower. The new Type S produces 260 horsepower through a dual-stage induction system and low-restriction exhaust system, making it the most powerful coupe in its class.

 Both CL's are equipped with a five-speed automatic transmission with the Formula 1 race car-inspired Sequential SportShift system, which allows the driver to select gear changes similar to a manual transmission. The SportShift also may be operated as a normal automatic transmission.

Both the 3.2CL and the Type S models will be Low Emission Vehicles (LEV). The California model 3.2CL will be an Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) to further reduce emissions. The CL's chassis has been engineered with a rigid, unit body structure, and a four-wheel independent double wishbone suspension system to complement the technology and performance capabilities of the powertraina and to provide outstanding handling. The Type S receives sport suspension tuning for greater cornering capabilities and performance.

Interior features include the following:

Standard Acura/Bose(R) six-speaker music system with six-disc, in-dash CD changer
 Computer-controlled Automatic Climate Control System with micron air filtration
Power moonroof
Leather interior with four individual bucket seats.
Acura Navigation System is the only factory option available on both the CL and CL Type S.

Type S receives:

Exclusive perforated leather seats and steering wheel
Metallic-faced instrument panel
Type S-badged perforated leather shifter knob
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system that helps the driver to maintain control during cornering, acceleration and sudden collision-avoidance maneuvers.

Both CL models are equipped with:

Standard xenon High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights
Antilock Braking System (ABS)
Driver and front passenger Supplemental Restraint System (SRS) air bags with dual threshold deployment and a dual stage inflation system on the passenger's side
Side air bags for the driver and front passenger also are standard.

The new CL  will be priced between $28,000 and $32,000, and is scheduled to be available at Acura retailers March 1, 2000.