ZL1 Camaro, Redesigned 2012 Acura TL, Audi TT RS – 2011 Chicago Auto Show

Saturday February 12th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: ponycargirl

Article and photos by Megan Green

Camaro ZL1

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Minutes before the much anticipated debut of the Chevy Camaro Z28, it was all over Twitter that the car revealed would actually be a ZL1. A high performance Camaro, the aluminum hood is raised with a vented insert, rear diffusers and spoiler, and 20 inch forged aluminum wheels. Under the hood is the LSA 6.2L V8 engine with a 6-speed manual transmission. The ZL1′s power comes from a supercharged aluminum-block 6.2-liter V8 producing an estimated 550 hp.

The interior is given as much attention as the exterior design with microfiber suede inserts on heated leather seats. Unique to the ZL1 is a leather wrapped shifter and steering wheel, redesigned with the bottom of the wheel squared off and ZL1 badges. The ZL1 is still in development, though, and is projected to be available in early 2012. The ZL1 name is taken from the 1969 Camaro ZL1, which had an aluminum block 440-hp 427-cubic inch V8.

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2012 Acura TL Sedan – We're Keeping Our Fingers Crossed

Tuesday February 8th, 2011 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: aquadog

2012 Acura TL SedanAcura will soon debut the newly revamped 2012 Acura TL sedan at the Chicago Auto Show this week. Acura released a teaser photo of the car’s slightly refreshed rear, but what we’re really looking forward to is the reveal of the front fascia and the rest of the new TL’s specs. Public opinion and a lot of grumbling from our own team of editors at CarReview disliked the current style of the 2009 – 2011 Acura TL. Many are crossing their fingers, hanging garlic in their house, and picking up pennies everywhere with hopes that Acura will lose the ugly design of the current TL.

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2010 Acura TL 6-Speed Manual SH-AWD Review – Not the prettiest gal at the ball, but she can certainly dance

Tuesday July 20th, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: twain

2010 Acura TL
By Twain Mein

Pros:

  • Handling – incredible balance offering the best of performance and comfort
  • Roomy interior
  • Responsive engine
  • All the gizmos you could ask for
  • Price-a lot for the money
  • Safety-5 stars all around
  • All wheel drive

Cons:

  • Weak styling
  • Rear seats do not fold down

The 2010 Acura TL comes in two main variants, the base TL with front wheel drive and 280 hp, and the SH-AWD with all-wheel drive and 305 hp. We tested the fully loaded TL SH-AWD with the Technology Package option and high performance tires. Additionally, new for 2010, our TL came with a 6-speed manual. Sticker price was $43,385 plus $810 for destination and handling.

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2009 Acura TL SH-AWD – First Impressions

Friday January 16th, 2009 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2009 Acura TL
By Holly R.

  • Super comfortable seats, which hold you in place nicely when railing corners, accelerating quickly, or just cruising along the freeway
  • Easy to drive, easy to see out of and super sexy to look at
  • Pure quality on the interior and exterior. Not a rattle, creak, jerk when opening or closing anything
  • Really nice luxury features
  • Lots of thoughtful (and hidden) cubbyholes for things
  • Drives like a dream
  • Firm suspension that reminds you that this really has sports-car qualities, yet smooth enough to not be a bone-jarring ride

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2009 Acura TL First Impressions – Its inner beauty wins me over

Thursday January 8th, 2009 at 7:11 AM
Posted by: Derek


By Derek Mau

Pros

  • Smooth and supple ride
  • Lots of power on demand from a normally aspirated motor
  • An abundant number of luxury features makes for happy passengers
  • Full iPod integration
  • Respectable fuel economy from a 305 hp engine

Cons

  • Should have stayed true with the old exterior design

They say beauty is only skin deep. For the redesigned 2009 Acura TL you have to look under the skin to find its true beauty. With a lot of hype surrounding the new motor and suspension setup, I figured a true test for the new TL would be a long road trip. Like a blue-wing teal flying south for the winter, I decided to drive 400 miles from the San Francisco bay area to Los Angeles in search of warmer climate.

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2009 Acura TL Review

Thursday September 11th, 2008 at 10:99 AM
Posted by: kirkbell

2009 Acura TL SH-AWD
By Kirk Bell

Pros

  • Powerful engines
  • Sharp steering and handling
  • Pleasant ride
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Premium audio offered
  • Value for the dollar

Cons

  • Polarizing styling
  • No split-folding rear seat
  • Bland base wheels

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All-New 2009 Acura TL Has All-Wheel Drive

Thursday September 4th, 2008 at 6:99 AM
Posted by: Derek

2009 Acura TL SH-AWD

Hot-diggity! Acura comes out swinging hard with the redesigned 2009 TL and it looks “good“. Two distinct models are offered and both are heavy hitters with pumped-up engines. The FWD model gets a 3.5L V6, with VTEC®, that puts out a healthy 280 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. The big news is now a SH-AWD® drive version of the TL is offered and it puts out pumps out more power than the Energizer Bunny with 305 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque from a 3.7L V6 VTEC®engine.

Lots of luxury items and performance features promise to make the 2009 TL a big hit with the home run crowd. We recently drove the new TL and will publish a full review with our impressions the week of September 8. If you haven’t seen too many pictures of the new TL, I included a handful of photos for your viewing pleasure. Official press release and more photos from Acura are below the jump.

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2008 Acura TL Type-S Video Review

Wednesday March 5th, 2008 at 1:33 AM
Posted by: Derek

The 2008 Acura TL Type-S provides a blend of comfort, convenience, and sportiness, at a reasonable price. The TL has a 6-Speed Manual Transmission with Performance Tires, 3.5L V6, 286-horsepower engine, an updated vehicle security immobilizer system, two new exterior colors and expansion to 76 metropolitan areas for the AcuraLink real-time traffic system.

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2008 Acura TL Type-S Photo Gallery

Acura TL Type-S Specs

2008 Acura TL Type-S Specs

AcuraThe official website of Acura – www.acura.com

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2008 Acura TL Type-S Review – Acura Tests Your Self-Control

Tuesday February 5th, 2008 at 9:22 AM
Posted by: hollyrrr

2008 Acura TL Type-S
By Holly R.

Pros:

  • Super-stiff suspension (a sedan that drives like a sports car)
  • Easy to read gauges and controls
  • Super-comfortable seats
  • Superb acceleration

Cons:

  • Headlamp beam pattern is not good (dark, curvy roads using the low beam setting was downright scary)
  • Bluetooth® was too hard to program (of course, I still haven’t been able to program my portable one, so take this criticism with a grain of salt)
  • The windows didn’t roll down or up smoothly and it would be hard and frustrating to just crack the window open for some ventilation

If you have self-control issues, you do *not* want this car. You won’t be able to afford to keep it after all the tickets you’ll get. With that said, this was my first car for a review. Wow, what a car! I was thrilled to drive it, to say the least.

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