The sports coupe became the first models of Acura, designed and manufactured in the USA. The basic CL took over the general stylistics of the concept car CL-X, presented in 1995, which looks really unusual: you won’t find any lock on the luggage roof, as it opens by means of lever, located at the driver’s seat.
Initially, Acura CL had two varieties of engine: 2.2 CL and 3.0 CL, similar to the corresponding cars Honda Accord Coupe (from which the company has adopted the independent suspension with all its peculiarities). The all-aluminum engine has an electric drive fuel injection system.
Acura CL first appeared in 1996 as the model of 1997 lineup, took the position between the sedans Integra and TL. In 1998 the basic CL acquired the larger and more powerful 2.3-liter engine. As a result, the model 2.2CL changed its designation for 2.3CL.
The double airbags and ABS system provide the safety of driving. The 2.3-L model has four-cylinder engine, with the 2.3-liter working volume and the capacity of 150 horsepower. It is designed according to the VTEC technology. The 3.0CL model has the 3-liter VTEC V6 engine with the capacity of 200 horsepower. The standard complete equipment of both versions include: automatic climate control, electric window regulators and mirrors, central locks, the steering-wheel, adjustable for height, the cruise control, leather and wooden coating and automatized hatch.
Compared to the previous generation, the model of 2003 model year acquired the modified radiator grill, new head lights, tail lights, exhaust system and the hexactinal light-alloy discs. The new model car is equipped with the aluminum six-cylinder power unit with the capacity of 3.2-liter. The standard complete equipment of the car includes 16-inch wheels, climate control, leather passenger compartment and six-disc audio system. The sports modification of Acura CL – Type S is traditionally equipped with 260 horsepower engine, 17-inch wheels with high-speed tires and leather seats.
The standard complete equipment of CL also implies the automatic climate control system, electric drive window regulators and door locks, keyless door opening system with the in-built anti-theft alarm, adjustable driver’s seat with 6 electric drives of shift and inclination, the electric drive glass hatch and audio system with 6 dynamic loudspeakers and CD player.