[Biturbos4] Acura RL

Quincy Chiang b5quattro at shaw.ca
Thu Oct 21 17:50:38 EDT 2004

Despite it's rather corny sounding name, I read that it's actually quite a clever AWD system.  I think this car should sell quite well, but I won't be knocking on their door anytime soon for the following reasons:

1. No manual, slushbox only
2. too big, I prefer smaller more nimble cars
3. Styling is nice but too generic

If you're looking for an alternative to the S4, here're a few...

- Audi A3 (perhaps the new S3 will come to North America at last?)
- VW Golf R32
- Volvo S60R (drove one, very clever suspension, nicely done inside and out, but it doesn't feel as fast as out 250hp S4, and the AWD somehow doesn't feel as planted as quattro)
- Subaru legacy GT
- Mazdaspeed 6 (coming out next year, 2.3L turbo AWD)
- Subaru STi
- Mitsubishi Evo

That's about it I think, as you can see, not a whole lot to choose from, especially now that you've been spoiled by the performance AND luxury of our S4 ;-)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Aurangzeb M. Agha" <ama-list at mltp.com>
Date: Thursday, October 21, 2004 2:35 pm
Subject: [Biturbos4] Acura RL

> I first saw an add for a sexy looking 4-door sedan when I caught 
> the tail 
> end of a commercial.  Later I was surprised to find out that the 
> sedan was 
> the new Acura RL.  I've always liked Honda's (my first car was a 
> Civic 
> DX), and have always wondered when, other than the NSX, Acura 
> would step 
> into the performance car territory.  Now, the new RL is out, and 
> it seems 
> they've taken a stab.
> I just read the following article on C&D:
> http://www.caranddriver.com/article.asp?section_id=19&article_id=8532
> I was pleasantly surprised to read that the new RL comes with 
> "Super-Handling All-Wheel-Drive (SH-AWD)"--a must for me.
> I'm curious to hear some feedback on thoughts about the RL.  Next 
> year, I 
> may either sell or trade my '01 S4 (when she's 5 years old) and I 
> want to 
> move to a 4-wheel drive.  I'm not enamored by the new S4's, so the 
> RL may 
> be an option.
> Also, any other thoughts on _*potential*_ 4-wheel drives to 
> consider (in 
> the performance category).
> Rgs,
> Zeb
> --
> '01 Silver S4
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